Thursday, December 9, 2010

Into the West

As Bilbo Baggins once spoke in Rivendell,

The Road goes ever on and on
Out from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
Let others follow it who can!
Let them a journey new begin,
But I at last with weary feet
Will turn towards the lighted inn,
My evening-rest and sleep to meet.

Though it isn’t something I am happy to do, I believe it’s time for me to turn towards the lighted inn and put to rest my adventures on the road. I started writing this blog to share the music that I loved, but found myself writing more and more for the wrong reasons. The road truly goes ever on, and I’ve found myself unable to keep up — my feet wearied by the pressure to premiere and pick sides. It is a beautiful thing and I have learned much, but there comes a time when staying ahead isn’t as important as being true to yourself, and I don’t want to compromise that. Running out of free hosting space wasn’t the whole reason.

The Road Goes Ever On was never meant to be read. It wasn’t even supposed to be a music blog, just somewhere my friends could go to find music after we went our separate ways. When people who I didn’t know started to read it back in April/May, it wasn’t expected, but I couldn’t have been more excited. If it weren’t for all of you that kept coming back and spreading the word, I wouldn’t have been able to share music with as nearly as many people as I have. I’d like to thank you for sticking with me, even when posting would die down for weeks. 

But most importantly, this site would have been nothing without all the beautiful artists that I met along the way. They are the reason this industry exists. Without them, there would be no gems to mine, but they turn what we all love into a renewable resource and I will never be able to thank them enough. 

While the time has come for me to say goodbye to this amazing community I have become a part of and get off the road, as Bilbo said, “let others follow it who can.” I will be around, reading the sites of writers I have grown to respect, and anxiously awaiting new writers to emerge. And I may return someday, but right now, I definitely need some time to rest and reevaluate myself.

Teen Daze :: Holy Holy Holy/Christmas At Sea/Goodnight, Sleep Tight

I don’t have a way to upload music anymore and have no money to pay for hosting, but I’d like to share a “final” song with you before I go. One of my favorite artists, Teen Daze, made this special christmas blend of “Holy, Holy, Holy,” “Christmas At Sea,” and “Goodnight/Sleep Tight” for The Line of Best Fit’s christmas compilation. It arrived just in time and it couldn’t be any better.

I’ll try to come back someday soon. If I don’t post before, merry Christmas, and thank you for staying true.

Sincerely yours,


[Download] Teen Daze - Medley in D

Co-Premiere | Campfires :: Chasing Planets

While the cold winds flush out all faces to dry, red portraits, the crackling of Chicago’s Campfires is a sight for frost-glazed eyes — the toasty jangle pop warming the hearts of anyone who stumbles upon its distant flickering. “Chasing Planets” is the first song to burst from the flames, which should be fully fledged in early 2011 when Jeff Walls releases his full-length album. [Altered Zones co-premiere//photo]

[mp3] Campfires - Chasing Planets

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Houses :: This is War (Dustin Kensrue cover)

Houses just released a cover of Dustin Kensrue’s “This is War” on Alternative Apparel’s blog. Like Dexter said on their Facebook page, it “involves no synthesizers whatsoever,” and it’s quite elegant. Dexter also helped make the above video for the track. A holiday miracle from one of my favorite acts of the year. 

[mp3] Houses - This is War (Dustin Kensrue cover)

Friday, December 3, 2010

Video | Jules and Jim :: Leaving Home/Going Home

I’m going home in a few weeks. It’s been a long vacation here doing work. I forgot as much as I learned, but maybe can find some contentment in finding the “origin” of something I discovered a year ago today. 

Jules and Jim, the foundation of what we today call jj. There were three.


Video | jj :: No More You (The Dream cover)

jj’s upcoming mixtape, Kills, is due out on Christmas Eve. No word if “No More You” will appear.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Blackbird Blackbird :: Erasers

Here’s the first single from Blackbird Blackbird's upcoming, currently untitled sophomore album. Mikey says that it's going to feature 10-12 songs in accord with his earlier work under the retired Bye Bye Blackbird moniker - glittery, island beckoning pop with undeniable charm. In other BB news, you can watch the brand new video for the mid-summer anthem, “Pure,” here.

[mp3] Blackbird Blackbird - Erasers