Onechord.net turns 15: Simon Joyner – Nostalgia Blues

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File under the best albums of the decade. Simon Joyner’s Grass, Branch & Bone is a masterpiece. You might remember that I praised this a couple of times last year when it came out on Woodsist. I loved it then and my feelings have only grown stronger during the past year. It’s the only 2015 release that I still listen to on a weekly basis and find it thrilling, moving and beautiful each and every time. If there are songwriting schools, this album should be a mandatory lesson. Somewhere in the crossroad of Lou, Leonard & Townes and filled with absolutely wonderful songs. All songs are winners, but I need to go with Nostalgia Blues on this pointless anniversary thingy, because it’s the first song I heard from the album and instantly fell in love with it. Old Days, Jefferson Reed.. Oh well.. all of them are equally amazing. Grass, Branch & Bone has pretty much been my favourite album in the world during the past few months.

Simon Joyner at Facebook

Onechord.net reaches 15 years on September 17. Leading up to that, I will be sharing some songs that I hold dear. Songs that I’ve loved the most during the years I’ve been making this. So basicly just some nostalgic crap, but with a damn brilliant soundtrack.

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Onechord.net turns 15: Bobby Emmett – Queen of Hearts

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I recently learned that the magnificent Bobby Emmett plays in Sturgill Simpson’s band these days. That’s pretty cool, because I do love Sturgill. However, I still hope Bobby finds some time to write his own pop masterpieces as well. In my books, his 2009 release Learning Love is one of the finest pop albums of this current century. It was the album of the year back in 2009 and I still love it to bits. All power pop kids should have this one. It has the hooks, the melodies and it’s catchy-as-hell. Albeit Sturgill’s music might actually be closer to my current taste in music, records like this are still the foundation of music taste. Here is Queen of Hearts, the brilliant opener of Bobby Emmett’s album Learning Love.

Onechord.net reaches 15 years on September 17. Leading up to that, I will be sharing some songs that I hold dear. Songs that I’ve loved the most during the years I’ve been making this. So basicly just some nostalgic crap, but with a damn brilliant soundtrack

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Onechord.net turns 15: The Burning Hell – Fuck The Government, I Love You

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In a couple of weeks (September 17 to be more precise) this little amateur-ish blog turns 15. The summer flew by fast and I was too lazy to set up anything to celebrate this minor event. Minor in the grand scheme of things, but quite a big deal for me personally. Despite all its flaws, I’m still far prouder of this little hobby than anything I’ve achieved in the real work life. I don’t really know anything about music theory and couldn’t learn to play an instrument to safe my life, but One Chord to Another has never been about music critique or writing analytic pieces about music. The whole purpose has been just to love music passionately and wholeheartedly and share those crushes and lifelong addictions with the world or the few regular readers.

I’m not really sure what the future holds from now on. Even though I love doing this, this is also a giant drain on me, because I’m continuously stressed about not having the time and energy to write about everything that matters to me. The goal was to get to 15 and soon I will be there. I’ll finish this year as usual and figure out in January what’s the next move. I guess the options are a) just quit b) carry on as before c) find some new less draining method to continue this. C might be the preferred option at the moment, because I might not have the heart to stop completely, because onechord.net has been such a big part of my life for such a long time. As long as I could figure out the way to do it without the guilt of neglecting that and that awesome release. We shall see how it goes.

While I don’t have anything super special planned for this anniversary, I thought I’ll at least do what onechord.net is all about. So leading up to the September 17 blog birthday, I will be sharing the songs that I’ve fallen madly in love with during these 15 years of onechord.net. Mostly focusing to the last five I think, because I covered some important ones when I reached 10 years. It’s very obvious that I have to start this thing with my biggest song crush of recent years. Fuck The Government, I Love You by The Burning Hell. I’ve probably listened to this a few hundred times, but I just can’t get tired of it. You’ll find the song from the latest The Burning Hell album Public Library that came out in the spring on the great BB Island label.

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