Behind the Song: ‘Marley’ by Gouda

A tune about anxiety, depression, and a very special feline friend…

Joey Heins is a music industry student from Philadelphia and solo artist under the name ‘gouda’. His debut single “Marley’ is the story of his friendship with his cat of the same name.

Marley is my cat. My only friend. The only living being that I don’t get any form of anxiousness being around; well, at least anymore.

When I first got Marley, she hid from me and didn’t eat any food, as cats do.

The cat in question.

Going through a breakup and being the anxious person I am, I went crazy, thinking I would end up hurting this beautiful living being that had blessed me with its presence.

This went on for three seemingly-endless days. 

That’s where the song’s instrumental came from. I tend to do that- take control of an anxious moment through writing.

Creating and combining sounds, phrases, and tones allows me to see the moment through a different lens. It feels like another world.

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Stillblue Embrace Melancholy as a Young Miami Band

And are making their debut with a flowery and sweet tune…

When you’re looking for some heartfelt indie pop… where do you go?

Miami, apparently.

The growing indie scene in the Magic City is making way for all kinds of acts, and one particular band wants to make a name for itself with its sweet and tender tunes.

Their name is stillblue, and here’s why you need to check our their latest single “Bluets.”

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In Conversation With: Nautics

How the NYC indie rockers are giving back to the city that gave them their sound…

Question: How does an NYC indie rock band put their music out there in a year as frustrating and confusing as 2020?

Answer: Simple – by jamming from home.

NYC band Nautics are making the most of lockdown with their latest single “Thoughts on the Ceiling.”

The song’s retro music video was recorded from each member’s home and highlights the new normal for many bands: making music long-distance.

As soon as you hear the synth-driven tune, you’ll pick up a thing or two about their sound.

Nautics are flaunting their musical lineage on this song, paying tribute to the impressive lineup of NYC indie bands that made the 2000s such an exciting time to be a rock ‘n roll fan.

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In Conversation With: Adult Programming

A chat with the Miami band making ‘post-punk with a sense of humor’…

Post-punk is alive and thriving in Miami. ⭐️

Meet Adult Programming – the shimmering project of singer-songwriter AJ Ruiz. With their punchy tunes and dramatic aesthetic, AP is captivating the local scene and promising lots of thrills at their gigs.

Their glittery punk sound and image are odes to the romanticism, melancholy, and camp of vintage pop – everything from the moody goth of the Sisters of Mercy to the absurdist synthpop of DEVO.

And it’s a delight to witness.

We got the pleasure to chat with Ruiz to on his creative process and eclectic sound, as well as the Miami music scene and his colorful debut singles.

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Oh how I love you, George

To the man who taught me the beauty of stillness and simplicity, on his birthday…

In this post, I will refer to Harrison on a first name basis, simply because he feels like my friend or my surrogate grandfather from another life.

Today is February 25th – the late George Harrison’s birthday.

It’s the only day in February I actively try to remember but always fail to, falling right in the one month I’d rather not think about because its short existence makes me question time itself.

Which, fitting enough, is what I feel George Harrison was all about. Not feeling any dominance over this world, over our illusion of time, and over whatever it is we think we know about either.

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In Conversation With: Womanhouse

A deep dive into the young Miami band’s journey so far…

In a city as flamboyant as Miami, a band like Womanhouse are a dark, but much-welcome surprise.

Made up of singer Emily Afre, bassist Carlo Barbacci, drummer Björn Roland, and guitarists Andrés Nuñez and Steve Montoya, the young band of friends, which formed last year, has been making a name for themselves in the local music scene, playing everywhere from open mic nights to bars and house shows.

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Artists to Love: Rage Against the Machine

A band willing to point fingers at any cracks in the narrative…

I couldn’t imagine living in 1992.

It was the year Bill Clinton took office, Hurricane Andrew devastated Miami, and Aladdin was released. It was also a time when Nirvana, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Vanilla Ice, and Rage Against the Machine existed in the same musical sphere.

Kinda weird, right? Franz Ferdinand also got assassinated that year — Feel old yet? #90skids.

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Remembering Scott Walker

The pop visionary passed away today at the age of 76…

See the dwarfs and see the giants —
Which one would you choose to be?

Scott Walker, "30 Century Man"

It’s been a tough month. I haven’t had the headspace to finish any of the drafts I have been working on for this site but today I had to share a few words.

Just two months ago, I wrote a piece here in admiration of Scott Walker for his birthday. Today, I awoke to the news of his passing and I’m still processing that he’s really gone.

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Artists to Love: Scott Walker

Thinking of the avant-garde crooner on his 76th birthday…

Over the years, Noel Scott Engel, born January 9th, 1943 in Hamilton, Ohio and known to audiophiles everywhere as Scott Walker, has become what some call “pop’s great enigma.”

It’s the commanding tone of his baritone voice, the dramatic hand gestures he adorned his performances with, the dark shades that obscured his stare, the surrealist lyrics he wrote, the mystique in his stance and the very cool name which belongs to him alone and not one bit to the idiot Wisconsin politician of the same name who dominates his search results…

Well, I could write a book on why I adore Scott Walker.

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Artists to Love: Hüsker Dü

Why this legendary Minneapolis band should be in everyone’s library…

The first time I ever heard of Hüsker Dü was on some VH1 special where they and fellow Minneapolis legends The Replacements were cited as influences by Green Day.

As an angsty 16-year-old, I was naturally fiending for punk music. At that point in time, I had a ways to go before I really got into it, but this felt like the right first step. I loved Green Day and wanted to hear more bands that sounded like them, so I searched up “Don’t Wanna Know If You Are Lonely” online, and my ears weren’t quite the same.

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