The Lemons: “Hello, We’re the Lemons”

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I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life when I graduated high school; this wasn’t the problem. The problem was that I was obdurately opposed to pretending I knew what I wanted to do. While many of my peers shakily aligned themselves with potential career paths and colleges, I did nothing but ignore the impending life-change. It was in this fashion that I found myself enrolled in my local community college barely able to muster the will to attend class. Little did I realize, attending one of these classes would have a significant effect on my life but not in a way that was published in any course catalog.  Continue reading

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Folkways Magazine Presents: Our Favorite Albums of 2015

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Please enjoy our selection of albums from the year 2015.

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Folkways Magazine presents: Our favorite albums of 2014!

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It’s the end of another year and all we have to show for it is this annual list! Read if you wish but this is likely just for the benefit of ourselves at this point!

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Folkways Magazine presents: Our favorite albums of 2013

Don’t make yourself wait!

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Folkways Magazine & Friends Present: Our Favorite Albums of 2012

Best Albums of 2012What happened to Folkways in 2012? We listened to a whole lot of music without ever putting aside the time to write about it!

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Little Jerks: “Dawn of the Little Jerks E.P.”

We have all heard that old critic’s tale of the rock group the Velvet Underground: while they did not sell very many albums, everyone who bought one formed a band. Without all the hyperbole that is unavoidable in such a grandiose romantic statement, it is more than fair to say that a few people who heard the dissonant noise pop of the Velvet’s debut LP felt the anarchic thrill of music that wasn’t afraid to push boundaries. This planted the seeds for punk rock’s joyously angry takeover of a generation of musicians. Punk hit people hard. You could not be a part-time listener. You kept your passions safety pinned to your nostrils for the whole world to see. You can tell that it was really a groundbreaking cultural moment by the way the music became watered down and within a decade or two became an inescapable part of the popular music landscape. There was a time though, in the beginning, when punk was pure and real.

Every last note presented on the Dawn of the Little Jerks E.P. screams: PUNK ROCK. Continue reading

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