The Circular Ruins

The Circular Ruins

Let's just get this out in the open: Part of the reason that I write is that I want to live forever. I am not alone in that feeling. Surveying the members of any creative field will turn up an awful lot of similar sentiment. A brief (and highly unscientific) survey of some of the creative types [...]

2014: What I Heard

I'm not above embracing the year-end review trend here at BQDC, so using a series of nonsensical superlatives, let's take a look at the discussion-worthy music that I listened to this year. Without further ado, here's what I heard in 2014. (Note that this list reflects which albums I listened to in 2014, not necessarily which albums were [...]

The Dear Hunter – Migrant

When The Dear Hunter released The Color Spectrum in 2011, much like when Thrice released The Alchemy Index throughout 2007 and 2008, a truly massive and ambitious project was born into the world. Somewhat inevitable, then, was the reality that for each band, their next release would be significantly less ambitious. Thrice followed their sonically experimental quadripartite foray into the [...]

My Top Ten Albums of 2009

2009 was a solid (if unspectacular) year for music, marked by two masterful (if not transcendent) albums and a whole slew of decent-to-good records. For some reason unbeknownst to me, nearly every band that released an album in 2009 released some variety of pop-album, even bands that had never before ventured into those sugary waters [...]