Battle Cry – Jagged Row

When I first put together the beginning of “The Locrian Song”, I had the riff, and I said to myself, I should see how this sounds as part of a rock song. My first thought was to take a guitar pattern I thought of as endemic to rock and play it under the riff. InContinue reading “Battle Cry – Jagged Row”

Evolve – Imagine Dragons

When I wrote “Great House of the Captive Lovers” (original title: “Mythos”) in high school, I didn’t know exactly what triplet time was. I just had a song idea, and I knew there was a place I wanted to go with it. AWOLNATION’s “Sail”, Imagine Dragons’ “Believer”, and later Bishop Briggs’ “River” occupy a specificContinue reading “Evolve – Imagine Dragons”

“Heroes” – David Bowie

As part of the promotion for my new EP, Demos from Safety, I’m posting reviews of some of the works which inspired each song on the album. I’ll admit that the inspiration of “Heroes” on my song “The Difference” was a bit roundabout. I had spent some time studying Bowie’s key changes and consciously attempting toContinue reading ““Heroes” – David Bowie”

Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends – Coldplay

As part of the promotion for my new EP, Demos from Safety, I’m posting reviews of some of the works which inspired each song on the album. My song “Immortality” opens on the chord progression to “Violet Hill”, something that wasn’t intentional but definitely makes sense; the main thrust of the song, a lament after allContinue reading “Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends – Coldplay”

The Black Parade – My Chemical Romance

As part of the promotion for my new EP, Demos from Safety, I’m posting reviews of some of the works which inspired each song on the album. I didn’t know that you could end a song by just smashing everything together into a multifaceted waltz-time cacophony until I heard MCR’s “The End.” That’s the wayContinue reading “The Black Parade – My Chemical Romance”

Demos from Safety EP – Jack Lavin

My EP is out! You can check it out here. I’m very proud of the work I’ve put together, so please give it a listen if you like my taste in music. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting about some of the albums which inspired me as I was making this; to myContinue reading “Demos from Safety EP – Jack Lavin”

Quadrophenia – The Who

I have no idea what the story of this album is, at all, but I love the music of this album so much. “Love Reign O’er Me” is an incredible 3/4 jam that deserves all of its foreshadowing and is too profound to be explained; if you have never heard it, I beg you toContinue reading “Quadrophenia – The Who”

A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out – Panic! at the Disco [cw: sexual assault]

This isn’t going to be a typical post, where I talk about something I love. When I originally wrote this, I just wanted to drone on about how I feel about this album. I spent a good bit of time in a Panic! at the Disco phase, and I have an encyclopedic knowledge and sincereContinue reading “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out – Panic! at the Disco [cw: sexual assault]”

★ – David Bowie

David Bowie’s greatest album, ★, was released two days before his early death and needs to be heard. If you haven’t heard this album, drop everything and go listen to it. If you have heard this album, you know what I’m talking about. I mean, there’s a song in a made-up language on there, andContinue reading “★ – David Bowie”

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars – David Bowie

God, I don’t want to write any more about this album after taking that entire class on Bowie, but it definitely belongs on this list. Bowie’s follow-up to his excellent albums The Man Who Sold The World and Hunky Dory may not have kept their complexity, but it had a real direction. Ziggy Stardust, aContinue reading “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars – David Bowie”