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My favorite blogs

I really love me a good music blog. Bloggers get inundated non-stop with promotional materials from bands and labels, and so, if you find one whose tastes you trust, you can almost guarantee that they will find music you love that you would have a very hard time finding yourself. It’s not overstating anything to say that music bloggers enrich my life immensely. So, with that said, here is a list of my favorite blogs. It’s worth noting that most of these bloggers, over the years, have said some very kind things about my band, and most of these bloggers I would consider my friends. However, that doesn’t mean that I’m plugging them here because of that. I still get lots (if not most) of my new music recommendations from these blogs.

  • Bloodbuzzed. This one is written by Raul Jimenez Jimenez, who lives in Barcelona. He writes a lot about indiepop, but he also covers more indie-rock-ish stuff like the National. In addition to covering music, he also writes really great movie and book reviews. He’s usually a bit more critical of movies and books than he is of music, which I like. :) He has a few regular features that I really love: Discoverer, where he covers up-and-coming bands, and Stop Bad Covers, which shines a spotlight on the worst album art imaginable. He has set the record for most positive mentions of The Very Most, and for that we’ll be forever grateful.
  • Songs For Girls To Sing. Xanthi Piretzi writes this blog from the beautiful island of Syros, Greece. She loves indiepop bands with female singers, Australian indiepop, and the tambourine. She might be the world’s greatest TracyAnne Campbell fan. We also happen to be next-door neighbors on last.fm, which means we have exceptionally similar taste in music. Anytime I feel like swooning to a new pop band (which is nearly every day), I visit her blog. I also want to add that she wrote my favorite thing that anyone’s ever written about The Very Most.
  • Piggledy Pop. Marie-agnes Hallé hails from Paris and always recommends the most amazing music: everything from sunshine pop to folk to classic 60s singer-songwriters. She writes in French, and I don’t want Google translate to butcher her beautiful words, so I usually just listen to her recommendations, but she is a blogger I trust implicitly.
  • MP3Hugger. The ever-mysterious Mr. Hugger comes to us from the city I most want to live in: Dublin, Ireland. He covers a lot of ground, genre-wise, but I enjoy almost every recommendation he makes. He’s introduced me to some amazing bands, including Candy Claws, Standard Fare, and Avi Buffalo. He also runs a label called Indiecater Records which released our last full length album A Year With The Very Most. We also happened to write the blog’s theme song.
  • Rue Something. Kristin Gill from New Hampshire (soon to be Sweden) includes such an amazing personal touch in all her music writing and there are very few people I know that are more passionate about the music they love than she is. She covers almost exclusively indiepop. She also interviewed us for the superb Candy Twist zine.
  • Indie Pop Saved My Life. This one is not a blog, per se. It’s a Twitter and Facebook page run by Howard Saltzman. With little fuss or muss, Howard brings the best in indiepop (or is it indie pop? Indie-pop? That’s an inside reference with Howard and I by the way) to my feed on a regular basis. Invaluable.
  • Here Comes the Dumptruck. Ben Schultz writes this blog mostly about the Boise live music scene. Ben is an excellent writer, is fair to the bands he writes about, and doesn’t annoy me horribly, unlike many of the other writers that have covered Boise in the past. He also writes for the Boise Weekly.
  • Skatterbrain. Coming from Philadelphia, Matthew Edwards does one of the most influential indiepop blogs. His playlists, in particular, are what I keep coming back for.
  • El Planeta Amarillo. I’ve got to include Rafa’s blog if for no other reason than the fact that he is a one-man indiepop media mogul. He’s got an extensive YouTube channel of great live clips, a web radio show, and a huge archive of reviews up at his site. Spend hours and hours getting lost on The Yellow Planet.

Anyway, I guess that’s it for now. Notice how none of these are huge career-bolstering blogs like Pitchfork or Stereogum? Yeah, I did too. I find those blogs boring and their focus is far too scattered to be of much use to me. These are the blogs that I come back to on a regular basis.

My lovely enabler

The person most responsible for the music of The Very Most, aside from the band members themselves, is my lovely wife Sarin. She watches our kids while I’m at practice and recording, listens to stuff in the studio when I ask her to, and supports me in everything I do with this band. And she loves me. Without that support, emotional or otherwise, there’d be no The Very Most.

So, if you like or hate our music, you know who to blame.

Here’s a photo of us last May in Seattle.

Isn’t she purty?

My kids’ inexorable march toward music-making

I tried to warn them, but they’re all, at least for the time being, following in their old man’s footsteps. Josie, age 10, plays clarinet and piano. Mia, age 8, has started on guitar, and Sylvia, age 5, has figured out, on her own, “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and “Jingle Bells” on the piano. Here’s some documentation:

Also, Josie and I have been making some music together. Mainly me helping her execute her ideas. You can listen to her music here.