Reggie and the Full Effect – No Country for Old Musicians

No Country for Old Musicians
James Dewees revives his quasi-solo project, laying off the dark subject matter of its last couple records and returning to the outright silliness of its first few.

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Less Than Jake – See the Light

See the Light
Less Than Jake return to Fat Wreck Chords for their ninth full-length, a record that sounds like their classic releases while sharing some of the wisdom they’ve learned over their 20+ year career.

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Xmas songs no. 30: Death Cab for Cutie – “The New Year”

TransatlanticismA pretty obvious choice. From 2003’s Transatlanticism, the only Death Cab album I own and the one that seems to have struck a chord with most people my age. Sort of their breakthrough, in that it was their first album to chart and go gold which led to them getting signed to a major label. Anyway, the opening line in this song “So this is the new year, and I don’t feel any different” rather concisely encapsulates a feeling of stagnation and ennui that I think is common to a lot of us. It hits home for me, anyway.

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Xmas songs no. 27: Further Seems Forever – “New Year’s Project”

The Moon Is DownI’m going to finish out the month with a string of songs about New Year’s Eve/Day. This one comes from Further Seems Forever’s debut album, The Moon Is Down (2001). Singer Chris Carrabba left after that album to start Dashboard Confessional, and the band went through two more singers on their two subsequent records, then broke up in ’06. 2012 brought about a reunion of the original lineup and a new album, Penny Black, which I reviewed last year.

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