Richard Edwards spent the better part of his adulthood as the mastermind behind orchestra-pop-turned-raucous-rock outfit Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s. Then he almost died. Continue reading “Richard Edwards announces debut solo album, premieres “Disappeared Planets” single”
I turned 28 today [January 3, 2017]. That means I have lived 10,220 days, 336 months, and have completed 28 rotations around the sun. Twenty-eight isn’t a significant birthday at all, but I wanted to start collecting a playlist of songs to represent each year of my life. It was hard to do because I only wanted an artist represented once. So this isn’t a “best of” or anything like that. Just a playlist… a playlist that will probably shift throughout time. Continue reading “28 songs for my 28 years on earth”
I have a confession: I missed a lot of new albums this year because my nose was buried in books (more on that later). There were a lot of bands who released highly anticipated albums as well as a few indie artists who splashed onto the scene. Here are ten of my favorites, which surprisingly doesn’t include Of Monsters and Men after their sophomore effort failed to resonate with me.
Here we go:
[Update: Richard Edwards is releasing his first solo album. Read about it here.]
Richard Edwards is set to release a box set of rarities recorded by his feverishly followed band, Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s. The Bride on the Boxcar – A Decade of Margot Rareties: 2004-2014 will provide fervent fans with demos of hit songs, tracks that were cut from albums and as well as different versions of fan-favorite releases from the band’s five LPs. It will be released December 4th via Joyful Noise.
Edwards, who has been suffering from stomach affliction for years, revealed that he “recently re-entered a pretty gnarly stretch with this stomach ailment” that he has been fighting and is “spending a lot of time at the doctor’s and in bed.” He asked if we could communicate via email. The following responses are unedited, and reprinted from his original email. Continue reading “Richard Edwards on his rotted gut and a decade of rarities”
The name doesn’t really make sense. I was going to put really gritty songs and some synthy pop on a playlist and sorta changed a lot of the songs eventually. The flow isn’t perfect, but there are some good up beat songs as well as some slower, melodic ones. I made a Spotify playlist, so you can listen to that here.
- “Future People” – Alabama Shakes
- “She’s Not Me” – Jenny Lewis
- “Video Girl” – FKA twigs
- “Sober” – Childish Gambino
- “Colony (Sombear Reach 4 Remix)” – Now, Now
- “I Was a Fool” – Tegan and Sara
- “Bright” Echosmith
- “Crystals” – Of Monsters and Men
- “Master Pretender” – First Aid Kit
- “Call Your Girlfriend (Robyn cover)” – Allison Weiss
- “I Love You, Honeybear” – Father John Misty
- “Flying Saucer Blues” – Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s
- “Who is You Lover?” – yellowbirddd
- “Allston” – Tancred
- “Digital Witness” – St. Vincent
Richard Edwards, the singer-songwriter behind Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, just released a demo on his Soundcloud account titled “Something Wicked.”
Edwards, who has released music under the Margot band umbrella since 2004, has changed his sound over the years. First the band was almost an orchestra with horns and strings. The chamber pop of their first two releases got a little rowdier with Buzzard and even more so with Rot Gut, Domestic. Then he stripped everything down for last year’s Sling Shot to Heaven, which relies heavily on Edwards, his raw vocals, and gentle guitar.
There’s no saying what the new album that he already plans on recording this year will sound like, but it will most certainly feature his intricate lyrics that read almost like extremely short stories. “Something Wicked” is a perfect example. It’s about not caring about a girl’s new man and how certain that the new man is doing her wrong.
Along with releasing the link, Richards thanked fans for buying a little from the band’s merchandise store, but claimed the song probably won’t make the album.
Thanks for picking a few things up from the merch store to help fund recording. Here’s a newish demo of a song that probably won’t be on the record, as a thank you.
It’s slow and emotional. For a demo, it’s pretty perfect. Check it out below.
I’ll keep this short and sweet. Here are ten albums I dug this year, in alphabetical order by the musician, and why I like them. I’m giving myself a tweet (140 characters) to explain why I like each release. Continue reading “Top 10 albums of 2014”