June 19, 2014
When Sharon Van Etten begs the question, “are we there,” in the title of her fourth studio album, it’s all rather rhetorical. There is no question mark. We’ve all been there. We’ve all felt it. Heartbreak. Disappointment. It’s all there on Van Etten’s latest staggering effort, Are We There. From the cautionary first lines of opening track “Afraid of Nothing,” Van Etten seems intent on letting everyone know that this whole love thing might not be worth it. “You told me the day/that you show me your face/we’d be in trouble for a long time,” she forewarns.
This line, along with the neatly full-circle album closer, “Every Time the Sun Comes Up,” alludes to themes of love and loss, and most importantly the troubling nature of time. For Van Etten, pain is process. She isn’t just in trouble; she’s in trouble “every time the sun comes up.” It’s not just in the souring melodies of album highlight, “Your Love is Killing Me,” – a track that feeds on it’s own melodrama – that the emotion is felt. The very weight of Van Etten’s words seems to add a universalism and humanity to her suffering. When she sings about having “taken my chances on you” she hits all of the right notes, so that, later, when she pleads, “I love you but I’m lost,” you feel as if perhaps those chances were better left untaken.
Van Etten has always thrived on a sense of melancholy when it comes to love songs, but never before has she sounded so cut to the bone – the pain so near. So much in fact, that even as the album drags slightly in its second half, it comes almost as a welcome reprieve. If “Your Love is Killing Me” is the exhausting plea for help then there is a certain calmness in her resignation of “I sing about my love and fear and what it brings/ I know, I know.”
Thusly, Van Etten takes the common tropes of heartbreak and rips them apart in a way that feels every bit like it could be describing that sophomore year girlfriend. Just as easily she puts it all back together as she wryly posits, “People say I’m a one hit wonder/but what happens when I have two?” Just as with the album title, we never get an answer and likely never will. Similarly, such is the case with this troublesome business of love. Only time will tell if you have reached the end of a long road to recovery, but for now every one can take solace in knowing they’re not the only one who has yet wondered if they are there.

- Dylan Guy            

When Sharon Van Etten begs the question, “are we there,” in the title of her fourth studio album, it’s all rather rhetorical. There is no question mark. We’ve all been there. We’ve all felt it. Heartbreak. Disappointment. It’s all there on Van Etten’s latest staggering effort, Are We There. From the cautionary first lines of opening track “Afraid of Nothing,” Van Etten seems intent on letting everyone know that this whole love thing might not be worth it. “You told me the day/that you show me your face/we’d be in trouble for a long time,” she forewarns.

This line, along with the neatly full-circle album closer, “Every Time the Sun Comes Up,” alludes to themes of love and loss, and most importantly the troubling nature of time. For Van Etten, pain is process. She isn’t just in trouble; she’s in trouble “every time the sun comes up.” It’s not just in the souring melodies of album highlight, “Your Love is Killing Me,” – a track that feeds on it’s own melodrama – that the emotion is felt. The very weight of Van Etten’s words seems to add a universalism and humanity to her suffering. When she sings about having “taken my chances on you” she hits all of the right notes, so that, later, when she pleads, “I love you but I’m lost,” you feel as if perhaps those chances were better left untaken.

Van Etten has always thrived on a sense of melancholy when it comes to love songs, but never before has she sounded so cut to the bone – the pain so near. So much in fact, that even as the album drags slightly in its second half, it comes almost as a welcome reprieve. If “Your Love is Killing Me” is the exhausting plea for help then there is a certain calmness in her resignation of “I sing about my love and fear and what it brings/ I know, I know.”

Thusly, Van Etten takes the common tropes of heartbreak and rips them apart in a way that feels every bit like it could be describing that sophomore year girlfriend. Just as easily she puts it all back together as she wryly posits, “People say I’m a one hit wonder/but what happens when I have two?” Just as with the album title, we never get an answer and likely never will. Similarly, such is the case with this troublesome business of love. Only time will tell if you have reached the end of a long road to recovery, but for now every one can take solace in knowing they’re not the only one who has yet wondered if they are there.

- Dylan Guy            

May 21, 2014
I wish I could call the NFL offseason exciting. I wish I could proclaim THE GREAT NFL ARMS RACE in full swing as we, the fans, of the United States of the Gridiron, in order to form a more perfect football team, eagerly await the 2014 season. Nay, with May turning its pages toward Memorial Day Weekend, the NFL Draft in the rearview, and rookie OTA’s a thing of the past, the offseason has established itself as anything but exciting. This long slog to training camp, itself a tease of its own devises, is commonly regarded round these parts as the dead zone. Free agency has slowed to a crawl, with the most euphoria inducing moments now the result of incredible back-up tight end names, a la the indomitable Phillip Supernaw (my god it’s beautiful).
But fear not friends, as there are moments, however small and insignificant they may be, to satisfy your fix until the September 7th kickoff against AFC North rival Cincinnati Bengals in M&T Bank Stadium. The Draft has cemented itself as the premier offseason event this year, complete with all-time high ratings and a Michael Sam media firestorm, but there are certainly others worthy of note.
Voluntary OTA’s: May 28-30, June 3-5, 9-10, 12-13
The first of the full team (voluntary) Organized Team Activities begins in a weeks time. I have found OTA’s to be the epitome of the strung out football fan’s craving. CJ Mosley looked fluid in drills? YES! Thats the stuff! Bernard Pierce’s shoulder didn’t spontaneously combust whilst reading the playbook? SUPER BOWL.
These things aren’t even required, let alone padded, and by the end of May they’re like food to a starving man. I can’t wait for Harbaugh’s version of Buck Showalter’s “I like our guys,” to be uttered repeatedly in pressers.
Mandatory Minicamp: June 17-19
Mandatory camp ultimately forms more of the same but with that fantastic monicker of “MANDATORY” giving it that official-ness that those bum “voluntary” camps lacked. Show some hustle out there, Voluntary OTAs! Be a team player!
By mid June, 11-on-11 drills sans contact are just too good to be true. I factor my whole week around sitting by, staring at and hoping for Aaron Wilson to tell me about the “strong player turnout.” Not to mention the great stories about players who don’t show up. Anyone remember Ed Reed’s “lack of commitment” when he didn’t show up in 2012, only to win a Super Bowl 7 months later? Mandatory camp exemplifies the rule that in the NFL, no news is evidence the world is ending.
Training Camp: TBD late July
And so begins another long haul. The amount of nothing that sustain me during the month twixt minicamp and training camp is amazing. Torrey Smith tweets a picture of his ring? DOES HE KNOW SOMETHING WE DONT? A picture of his son? GET THE KID A CONTRACT! This is true desperation. The table has been set for the season and promptly left for a month of vacation time. Keep in mind how many quality players Ozzie has signed before or during this time (Daryl Smith, Vonta Leach, James Ihedigbo, etc.) over the years as well. The man never stops working.

For my sake, and perhaps for others, here is the preseason schedule with some notes on each game.
August 7th: Ravens vs. 49ers - Hot damn! And with joint practices? Harbowl 2.0! Maybe Jim will wear some Wal Mart jorts to make those khakis jealous.
August 16th: Ravens @ Cowboys - Bold prediction: George Bush choking on a pretzel is signed as Romo’s back-up. Classic Jerry Jones move.
August 23rd: Ravens vs. Redskins - I shed a single tear for anyone who has to hear about the “Battle of the Beltway” and pretend to care.
August 28th: Ravens @ Saints - Approximately one joke per minute will be made about the Super Bowl blackout in the days leading up to this game. May god have mercy on us all.

So there it is, the Ravens fan’s guide to the long, dark offseason. Mark your calendars and ration your food stuffs accordingly. It’s gonna be a brutal one.
- Dylan Guy

I wish I could call the NFL offseason exciting. I wish I could proclaim THE GREAT NFL ARMS RACE in full swing as we, the fans, of the United States of the Gridiron, in order to form a more perfect football team, eagerly await the 2014 season. Nay, with May turning its pages toward Memorial Day Weekend, the NFL Draft in the rearview, and rookie OTA’s a thing of the past, the offseason has established itself as anything but exciting. This long slog to training camp, itself a tease of its own devises, is commonly regarded round these parts as the dead zone. Free agency has slowed to a crawl, with the most euphoria inducing moments now the result of incredible back-up tight end names, a la the indomitable Phillip Supernaw (my god it’s beautiful).

But fear not friends, as there are moments, however small and insignificant they may be, to satisfy your fix until the September 7th kickoff against AFC North rival Cincinnati Bengals in M&T Bank Stadium. The Draft has cemented itself as the premier offseason event this year, complete with all-time high ratings and a Michael Sam media firestorm, but there are certainly others worthy of note.

Voluntary OTA’s: May 28-30, June 3-5, 9-10, 12-13

The first of the full team (voluntary) Organized Team Activities begins in a weeks time. I have found OTA’s to be the epitome of the strung out football fan’s craving. CJ Mosley looked fluid in drills? YES! Thats the stuff! Bernard Pierce’s shoulder didn’t spontaneously combust whilst reading the playbook? SUPER BOWL.

These things aren’t even required, let alone padded, and by the end of May they’re like food to a starving man. I can’t wait for Harbaugh’s version of Buck Showalter’s “I like our guys,” to be uttered repeatedly in pressers.

Mandatory Minicamp: June 17-19

Mandatory camp ultimately forms more of the same but with that fantastic monicker of “MANDATORY” giving it that official-ness that those bum “voluntary” camps lacked. Show some hustle out there, Voluntary OTAs! Be a team player!

By mid June, 11-on-11 drills sans contact are just too good to be true. I factor my whole week around sitting by, staring at and hoping for Aaron Wilson to tell me about the “strong player turnout.” Not to mention the great stories about players who don’t show up. Anyone remember Ed Reed’s “lack of commitment” when he didn’t show up in 2012, only to win a Super Bowl 7 months later? Mandatory camp exemplifies the rule that in the NFL, no news is evidence the world is ending.

Training Camp: TBD late July

And so begins another long haul. The amount of nothing that sustain me during the month twixt minicamp and training camp is amazing. Torrey Smith tweets a picture of his ring? DOES HE KNOW SOMETHING WE DONT? A picture of his son? GET THE KID A CONTRACT! This is true desperation. The table has been set for the season and promptly left for a month of vacation time. Keep in mind how many quality players Ozzie has signed before or during this time (Daryl Smith, Vonta Leach, James Ihedigbo, etc.) over the years as well. The man never stops working.

For my sake, and perhaps for others, here is the preseason schedule with some notes on each game.

August 7th: Ravens vs. 49ers - Hot damn! And with joint practices? Harbowl 2.0! Maybe Jim will wear some Wal Mart jorts to make those khakis jealous.

August 16th: Ravens @ Cowboys - Bold prediction: George Bush choking on a pretzel is signed as Romo’s back-up. Classic Jerry Jones move.

August 23rd: Ravens vs. Redskins - I shed a single tear for anyone who has to hear about the “Battle of the Beltway” and pretend to care.

August 28th: Ravens @ Saints - Approximately one joke per minute will be made about the Super Bowl blackout in the days leading up to this game. May god have mercy on us all.

So there it is, the Ravens fan’s guide to the long, dark offseason. Mark your calendars and ration your food stuffs accordingly. It’s gonna be a brutal one.

- Dylan Guy

February 6, 2012
Tokimonsta- Darkest Dim (Video)

The visuals for Tokimonsta’s slow jam “Darkest Dim.”

-Scobie

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February 6, 2012
John Talabot and Peaking Lights Mixes

Swiping both of these from Gorilla vs. Bear but here a couple of cool misex from two artists I really enjoy. Don’t know if I can recommend the Talabot mix enough.

-Scobie

John Talabot- FACT Mix

Peaking Lights- WEIRD UP 2012

February 5, 2012
The Destructors Week in Review

We’re going to try to distill all a lot of music news and tracks into this weekly segment from now on. Hopefully this will be a good thing for everyone and pack a lot of information into a small post. Enjoy.

-Scobie and Wilson

1. M.I.A- Bad Girls Video

2. Sasquatch Festival Introduces 2012 Lineup

Cool Beans.

3. Nicolas Jaar- Materials Video

4. CFCF- Exercise #3 (Building)

5. Neon Indian- Fallout Video

6. Miike Snow- Paddling Out Video

7. oOoOO- No Way Back (ft. Butterclock)

Love this.

February 2, 2012
Review: John Talabot- Fin

Far from a newcomer, Spanish producer, John Talabot, has produced his finest effort yet with Fin. Talabot has in many ways harnessed the essence of calculated, subtle electronic crescendo that makes his tracks harmonic and fluid. The first “single” from the new record is “Destiny” featuring fellow Spaniard, Pional. Belding flawless overlapping drums and graceful vocals, “Destiny” is an intricate and ornate anthem for the album as a whole. Truly masterful, it demonstrates Talabot’s mind at work.

From the contemplative “Destiny,” Talabot exhibits impressive versatility with “Estiu.” More upbeat and sunny, this track is defined by layers. Deep synth mixed with high pitch xylophone notes and elfish vocal samples make “Estiu” a fun and inventive track.

Finally, “Journeys” sounds like Talbot got into Washed Out’s beat laboratory and came up with his own fusion jam. Recalling twilight bike rides near the sea, “Journeys” is the ultimate example of Talabot’s creatively constructed album. In the end, Talabot’s genius comes through as paradoxically effortless and patiently designed.

February 2, 2012
oOoOO - NoWayBack (ft. Butterclock)

oOoOO might be one of the most innovative and spooky beat crafters in the world at the moment. Enigmatic and giftted, oOoOO is preparing for his latest EP release due out April 10. Really good stuff here.

-Scobie

disconaivete:

oOoOO (still pronounced as “oh”) has been “away” (read as: touring, recording, living his life) ever since he released his self-titled debut EP on Tri Angle in late 2010, but he’s releasing a new 5-track EP on April 10 titled Our Love Is Hurting Us. Butterclock prvides vocals on two tracks, of which you can grab the latter below - NoWayBack sounds a lot like NoSummr4U, which is probably still his best song to date).

mp3 oOoOO - NoWayBack (ft. Butterclock)

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February 2, 2012
ANNNNNDDDDD We’re back!

Phew that was a long two months. Due to a lot of “life changes,” Wilson and I took a break from posting for a while. Luckily, it appears that we have survived the deluge and have appeared to again present you with new music, reviews, and recommendations. We sincerely apologize for the delay and thank you for your continued support of the The Destructors. We are also promising big things for the blog this February. Now for some music…

Love,

Scobie and Wilson

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November 19, 2011
James Blake- Curbside

Gotta love James Blake.

-Scobie

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November 15, 2011
Kurt Vile - Baby’s Arms (La Blogothèque Session)

Love me some Kurt Vile.

-scobie

disconaivete:

Kurt Vile and his band of long-haired rockers perform the melancholic Baby’s Arms for La Blogothèque in the midst of some Parisian bushes.

“Des cheveux, des cheveux, des cheveux. Des T-Shirts usés, mités, des jeans troués, des lunettes noires et des pompes fatiguées. Des guitares, du bruit ! Synthèse : des anormaux, des asociaux, des hippies, des fumeurs d’herbe.”

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