Giudecca by Ghost Culture

Pretend it’s January for a moment. The year was new enough that you were still resolved to get moving on those resolutions. Christmas decorations were stubbornly hanging for just a few more weeks. Your return pile was growing smaller. The snow was growing deeper. And the Seahawks hadn’t yet given away the Big Game to the Patriots….

#Tunesday: Pause, Skip, Rewind

Canv.us is meant to be a platform for me to share my interests and observations with my varied personal passions and professional loves…. But with only so many hours in the day, a fun but demanding job, a family that includes my attention deserving wife and daughters, and [insert daily fire drill here], I’ve been…

Betray My Heart by D’Angelo and the Vanguard

One week ago, I was totally out of commission. A brutal sore throat that left me unable to talk, barely able to eat or drink (with every attempted swallow sending a spasm of pain through my body) and really wanting to pull the throat out of my neck and replace it with a new one….

Return to Air by Bonobo

If you have followed the stylistic progression of British DJ, producer, musician Simon Green (aka Bonobo) since his first full length release back in 2000 there has been a very fascinating progression through the years. It’s taken him from sparser acid jazz leanings in the downtempo sphere to music that is now much more compositionally…

Winter by TV on the Radio

  Returning from NYC Monday night, jet lag definitely got the better of me and so #Tunesday turned into Wednesday which then morphed into Thursday. Time flies as they say, and the older you get, the more quickly time moves along. Four years ago doesn’t feel like that long ago, even though for myself, and for TV…

Creation Myth by Celestial Shore

I’m writing this post at 30,000 feet on my way to NYC and so for this week’s Tunesday selection I thought I might as well and pick a band from the New York area to kick off what’s looking to be a fun/work trip for my wife and I. Brooklyn based indie rockers Celestial Shore just so…

Love At First Sight by Spain

Achingly minimal, Spain releases Sargent Place, their fifth and latest studio full length in the US today. These are perhaps some of the best stripped down songs released in 2014, and this Tunesday’s cut, “Love At First Sight” is the standout among standouts for me. There is no filler here, just vocalist and bassist Josh Haden’s raw musicianship channeling the sparse…

Birds by Emiliana Torrini

The mood and the moment. They both influence each other, sometimes one more than the other, but they always push and pull, one orbiting the other, always in motion. I’ve written a lot about how certain songs cement themselves into your psyche depending upon how profound a life moment might be during the time that song…