All posts tagged: Vince Guaraldi Trio

Desert Island Discs with Calhoun

I continue to find new examples every day that the old saying “you can’t judge a book by its cover” really is true. In this case, it relates to the Fort Worth bred band Calhoun, a project that from looking at their band name, I’d expect them to be a bitchin’ stoner rock band. Which is not to say that they’re not bitchin’, because they definitely are all of that and then some, but “stoner rock,” they ain’t. Their latest album Heavy Sugar (available for purchase from Amazon) drops a very solid dose of dream pop that will be music to the ears for those who are fans of bands like Death Cab, Brookville and maybe even Coldplay if their music was a little bit more muscular. Some of my favorite albums are the ones that I began listening to with no expectations and after I had listened to Heavy Sugar a few times, I wanted to know more about the formative albums that led them towards the music they’re making now. After reaching out, …

Mix Six: “Thanksgiving”

DOWNLOAD THE FULL MIX HERE The thing I love about Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) is that it’s a holiday devoid of the trappings of Christmas. You don’t have to buy gifts for people, no worries about “the pressure” felt this time of year, and no elaborate decorations around the house. Nope. It’s just a a time to get together with family and friends, eat a big meal, maybe watch or play some football, and generally hang out and enjoy the day. Also, probably because it’s a difficult holiday to market (’cause you know, there’s no Santa or religious significance), there’s been a paucity of songs about Thanksgiving.  Sure, Christmas songs are dime a dozen, but, except for Adam Sandler, how many Thanksgiving songs do you hear on the radio this time of year? Chances are zero. Why? Because Christmas is a big business holiday and Thanksgiving is basically a mom and pop corner store holiday. Christmas is about consuming under the guise of “giving,” and Thanksgiving is a more reflective holiday; a time when many …