I’m here on my own amongst the leaves, solitude in the forest for a week. It’s a 3 hour drive to get here, and I spend my time here catching up with old friends playing pool. I meet up with another friend in a pub at 9am. I take the dogs on loooong walks. I muck out the horses stable and give them carrots and apples. I buy the local paper and watch every single world cup match. I read all my diaries and school reports (“Stephen appears to take very little in life seriously” if only that was still true…) and boxes of letters which make me reflect on the passing of time and all the people who’ve disappeared from my life, but that’s all good, life is rich and full of promise as always.

Every morning the dogs downstairs bark at 4am without fail, they don’t stop so around 6:30 I give up and go take them for a long walk to the lake and see the horses too. At night I can’t sleep too many memories and too much excitement about the future with my little family and all the adventures to come…so I write and I write and I write.

So, that’s the setting of today’s blog. Below you’ve got these two videos from Twin Forks and a link to listen to the full release of an extraordinary concert by Mark Kozelek in Italy (there’s a lot of his crazy uber macho on-stage banter too “you’re allowed to sit on stage because you’re a girl, if you were a guy I’d beat the shit out of you!”). It’s out next week. The songs are amazing, you wont hear anything better all year I promise.

Twin Forks. Ok, they aren’t going to be anybody’s coolest hip band. It’s the kid from Dashboard Confessional, so we’re talking emotion here. The videos (at least the first one) might make you cry, but it’s the misty portray of life spiked with sadness, richness, and finally hope and love that got my attention. Two different songs, but one story told in two music videos… You may have to click the “watch on youtube” link if it won’t let you watch below but either way check it out.



Mark Kozelek “Live at Biko” via Pitchfork


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