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It Can Be A Bit Terrifying: Raul Zahir De Leon on his Return with CANANDAIGUA

By Steve Dewhurst

“Who is America for?” ponders Raul Zahir De Leon when recalling the earliest knockings of what has now become CANANDAIGUA, his first musical project since the dissolution of Stamen & Pistils in 2007.

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Dissect Yellow Swans: If The World Didn't End (1998-2000)

By Steve Dewhurst

In the opening chapter of the story we join band members Pete Swanson and Gabriel Saloman at the turn of the century as their musical paths converge in Portland, Oregon. Rotating around the creative hub that was promoter Todd Patrick’s 17 Nautical Miles, Saloman and Swanson were joined on the scene by fellow luminaries such as Paul Dickow, George Chen, Ethan Swan and Paul Costuros.

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Clean is Dirty: An Interview with Flowertown

By Lindsay Oxford

The birth of San Francisco’s Flowertown makes for a good story: longtime Bay Area scene compatriots Karina Gill (Cindy) and Mike Ramos (Tony Jay) compose a song together for an upcoming show in later winter 2020, and the day before they’re slated to play it, the world stopped.

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Needles and Pins: Derek Piotr's Journey to the Heart of Britain's Folklands

By Steve Dewhurst

“Yorkshire is not so dissimilar to my home in the Northeast of America,” Derek Piotr tells me from York, the latest stop on his great British journey. “Connecticut is part of New England, so that makes sense.”

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Video Premiere: Christian Singles – “Collapse”

“Collapse,” the first video from Christian SinglesMaybe Another Time LP, begins with Rob I. Miller performing on the screen of a television in a wood panelled den. He’s alone on the screen: also a member of Oakland-based band Blues Lawyer and formerly of Mall Walk, Christian Singles is Miller’s solo project, so it seems fitting to see him strumming there, disembodied hand hitting the snare behind him.

Miller escapes the TV, driving a cardboard sedan to an auto graveyard of real-deal machines. It’s an interesting juxtaposition of images: childlike cardboard car with cartoons outside the window, passing through overlays of flowers and a ticking clock, ending with the reality of vehicles likely never to hit the streets again. “Broken beyond repair.”

Released earlier this month, Maybe Another Time provides a cohesive home for “Collapse” and the other eight tracks on the album. It’s an album that drifts genres here and there; “Collapse” has an echo of a low-key new wave vibe, while other tracks are more straight-ahead acoustic singer-songwriter pieces. It’s all brought together by the vocals. Miller’s voice is weary; he’s unearthing and examining thoughts he’d seemingly like to put aside for another time.

It’s a weariness most of us can sympathise with. Maybe Another Time was recorded as the pandemic hit the States, adding to the breathless chaos of four years of watching our world dismantled a bit more each day.

As it happens, though, the lyrics to “Collapse” and the rest of Maybe Another Time unpack and shake loose Miller’s complex personal feelings about family and mortality following news that his father’s cancer had returned. As Miller grapples with his own emotions, we, as listeners, grapple with ours. “Collapse” confronts the question none of us are quite ready to ask: “Can you shake the collapse of your youth?”

Maybe Another Time is available from Mt.St.Mtn now and we are delighted to premiere the video for “Collapse” below.