Music Monday – The Dear Hunter: Act III

Album: Act III: Life and Death by The Dear Hunter                   Cover.jpg

Released: June 23rd, 2009

Band Info:

The Dear Hunter was formed in 2005 after Casey Crescenzo was kicked out of his previous band, The Receiving End of Sirens. What was originally a side project while he was in TREOS, The Dear Hunter became Casey’s full-time project and he recorded the first album, Act I: The Lake South, The River North, almost entirely on his own with help from friends and family. Telling the tragic life story of boy a growing up at the end of the 19th century, the band released the first three acts in 2006, 2007, and 2009 before taking a departure with their 2011 release, The Color Spectrum. This collection contained nine four-song EPs; each individual EP corresponded to a color for a total of 36 songs of various genres and moods. The band followed up with another stand-alone release, Migrant, in 2013 before returning to release the fourth and fifth acts in 2015 and 2016 respectively. The Dear Hunter has released seven full-length albums in the eleven years since their first album, continues to tour, and released a new EP last Friday titled All is as All Should Be.

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The Dear Hunter circa 2009.

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Louis Armstrong – Review

Louis Armstrong by Hugues Panassié

Photograph collection b Jack Bradley

Published in 1971

Pages: 148

Genre: Biography, nonfiction, music criticism

“The New Year was being celebrated in New Orleans.”

If you are from my generation or younger, you may be familiar with the gritty voice singing “What a Wonderful World,” but Louis Armstrong was most famous as a jazz musician; his playing takes center stage in Louis Armstrong by French music critic Hugues Panassié. Split into three sections, the book gives an account of “Satchmo” and his career blowing people’s minds with his unique trumpet playing.  Assuming they already know much of his life story, Louis Armstrong is a great addition to any fan’s bookshelf. Continue reading “Louis Armstrong – Review”

Music Monday – The Dear Hunter: Act II

Album: Act II: The Meaning of, & All Things Regarding Ms. Leading by The Dear Hunter Cover.jpg

Released: May 22nd, 2007

Band Info:

The Dear Hunter was formed in 2005 after Casey Crescenzo was kicked out of his previous band, The Receiving End of Sirens. What was originally a side project while he was in TREOS, The Dear Hunter became Casey’s full-time project and he recorded the first album, Act I: The Lake South, The River North, almost entirely on his own with help from friends and family. Telling the tragic life story of boy a growing up at the end of the 19th century, the band released the first three acts in 2006, 2007, and 2009 before taking a departure with their 2011 release, The Color Spectrum. This collection contained nine four-song EPs; each individual EP corresponded to a color for a total of 36 songs of various genres and moods. The band followed up with another stand-alone release, Migrant, in 2013 before returning to release the fourth and fifth acts in 2015 and 2016 respectively. The Dear Hunter has released seven full-length albums in the eleven years since their first album, continues to tour, and will be releasing a new EP this December titled All is as All Should Be.

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The Dear Hunter circa 2007.

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Music Monday – The Dear Hunter: Act I

Album: Act 1: The Lake South, The River North by The Dear Hunter    Cover

Released: September 26th, 2006

Band Info:

The Dear Hunter was formed in 2005 after Casey Crescenzo was kicked out of his previous band, The Receiving End of Sirens. What was originally a side project while he was in TREOS, The Dear Hunter became Casey’s full-time project and he recorded the first album, Act I: The Lake South, The River North, almost entirely on his own with help from friends and family. Telling the tragic life story of boy a growing up at the end of the 19th century, the band released the first three acts in 2006, 2007, and 2009 before taking a departure with their 2011 release, The Color Spectrum. This collection contained nine four-song EPs; each individual EP corresponded to a color for a total of 36 songs of various genres and moods. The band followed up with another stand-alone release, Migrant, in 2013 before returning to release the fourth and fifth acts in 2015 and 2016 respectively. The Dear Hunter has released seven full-length albums in the eleven years since their first album, continues to tour, and will be releasing a new EP this December titled All is as All Should Be.

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Oh, and he also builds his own guitars. I present: Casey Crescenzo.

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Music Monday Announcement

Stories are an integral part of the human experience, and this interaction transcends verbal or written storytelling; it is at its most visceral through music. Alongside reading and writing, music has been a part of my identity since I was very young, and though I hadn’t previously found a way to combine it with this blog due to its literary foundation, I think I have finally been able to merge the two.

I have seen the Music Monday tag appear over at The Tatted Book Geek and thought I might put my own spin on it; rather than posting individual songs on a Monday, I will focus on concept albums and bands I listen to that I believe excel at telling stories through their songs.

Due to the amount of albums I have amassed so far, I will be posting every other Monday to keep myself from becoming overwhelmed by the addition of these posts to my writing schedule, as well as to keep you in anticipation of the following entries.

I want to emphasize from the beginning that these will not be album reviews; all of the albums and songs that I share have a special place in my heart and come with the highest recommendation I can give. I own many of these albums on vinyl (one of the few things I collect) and will include pictures of these when I am able.

The underlying reason behind this twist in the meme (besides gushing about my favorite records) is that a lot of the bands I listen to don’t get much radio play, if any at all, and since many have concepts in their albums and songs, I thought this would be a great way to share their music while simultaneously diving into their deeper layers.

My Music Monday posts will begin next Monday, November 6th, with Act I: The Lake South, The River North by the Dear Hunter.

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The image featured in this post can be found through the hyperlink below.

Act I Album Cover