Heather Woods Broderick

Top 5 albums of 2015 from Top 3 Sources

I don’t know if the three of us are the top 3 sources but it sounded good as a title. You all can be the judge! Mark Levy the drummer for the Bozeman musical project, Ranges and a dear friend of mine who works as a pharmacist in Alaska, Brian Haviland and myself picked our top 5 albums of 2015. To be more accurate, Mark picked 6. Amazingly but not surprisingly, we all picked 5 different records. Keep in mind, we did not order our records numerically by awesomeness. They are all tied for the best of 2015. Please let Music For Lunch know your thoughts and feel free to tell the three “sources” they’re idiots and they missed all the great music of 2015. Email me your top 5 and I’lll share them on MFL’s Facebook!

 

Mark’s top 6 picks of 2015:

  1. Telekinesis – Ad Infinitum 

“Perfect synth pop.”

 

2. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06

“Minimalist, eerie beats with great lyrical flow.”

 

3. Motorhead – Bad Magic

“Excellent Motorhead Rock and Roll. Lemmy is a true original. I will miss him.”

 

4. Beach Slang – The Things We Do To Find People Like Us

“Powerful tunes with hooks all over.”

 

5. Swervedriver – I Wasn’t Born To Lose You

“Sounding like a great continuation from Raise and Mescal Head.”

 

6. Iron Maiden – The Book Of Souls

“On par with some of their greatest work. Props to Bruce Dickinson for laying down fantastic vocals AFTER being diagnosed with throat cancer. He has made a full recovery and they will tour. I will go.”

 

 

 

 

Brian’s top 5 picks

MFL’s top 5 picks of 2015:

 

Heather Woods Broderick announces tour dates for newest record, “Glider”

Before this year, Heather Woods Broderick had not been on my radar. Then, I heard this song and the rest is history:

Glider is a stunning collection of thoughtful, sentimental and creative songs that I know I will continue to go back to. Read my record review here.

This fall/winter she’ll be touring the US. Don’t miss her if she’s near you!

Fri. Oct. 16 – Seattle, WA @ Abbey Arts ^

Tue. Oct. 27 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios %

Wed. Oct. 28 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel #

Sun. Dec. 6 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott *

Mon. Dec. 7 – Providence, RI @ Aurora *

Wed. Dec. 9 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar *

Thu. Dec. 10 – Nashville, TN @ Stone Fox *

Fri. Dec. 11 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links *

Sat. Dec. 12 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk *

Mon. Dec. 14 – New Orleans, LA @ 1638 Clio St. *

Tue. Dec. 15 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *

Wed. Dec. 16 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 *

Thu. Dec. 17 – Washington, DC @ DC9 *

Fri. Dec. 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Tin Angel *

Sat. Dec. 19 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge *

^ = w/ Ora Cogan

% = w/ Pure Bathing Culture

# = w/ Alela Diane + Ryan Francesconi

* = w/ Jesse Marchant

Album Review: Glider by Heather Woods Broderick – Out July 10th

One night recently, I couldn’t sleep. I was feeling anxious because I wasn’t in my own bed and had just woken up from some troubling dreams. I took a deep breath and let the first 20 or 30 seconds of “Under the Pine” off of Heather Woods Broderick’s sophomore album, Glider, slip in between my ears. Sleep came instantaneously. There is something very warm, comforting and settling about this entire piece of work. Every song begins simply and blooms, building in complexity with perfect harmonies that dance on the line that divides instrument from voice. Heather Woods Brodericks’ voice blends perfectly into the landscape that each song creates, living there, swimming somewhere between asleep and awake, past and present, reality and fiction. It sounds like she’s singing from far away, at the end of a tunnel or from a distant memory. Her first single, “A Call For Distance” is just this. Ghostly notes weave in and out of earshot, building and receding as she says:

to live, to learn, to live, the ones, we grow

to choose a path and hurt the ones we know

to live, to learn, to live, the ones, we grow

you choose to learn to loathe the ones you’ve loved

To me this song revolves and circles around the idea that in our lives, our paths lead us in directions that always affect others around us; lovers, friends, acquaintances. But, from our paths we live and learn. My favorite moment is about 5:12 where the sound of a chime or bell echoes and it seems as if the song is over. Every time, I’m relieved and delighted when the guitar “picks” the song back up here. This track isn’t unlike the others on the record that tell stories of lost lovers and self-reflections. In “Fall Hard” she sings of time disappearing and with that, feelings changing forever:

we were young like everyone once

but man, where’s the time gone

“Fall Hard” is one I find myself going back to again and again. I think it is because I can feel something of me in it. That is one of the many beautiful things about this record. I think anyone can nestle into a part of Glider and find themselves at home. The title track, “Glider”, especially. Who doesn’t have moments, days, weeks, months or years where they find themselves gliding between different lives?

I’ve listened to this record in rain and sun and it always fits. It always fits because its subtlety lets your ears to take it in and your mind mold it and shape it into whatever mood surrounds you at that time. I can say it is not all that often that a record comes along with this listening versatility.

Glider is out on July 10th on Western Vinyl.

Special Feature: Episode 292 of The Justin Wayne Show

I had the absolute pleasure of sharing some of my favorite music on The Justin Wayne Show this past Monday, June 29th. The show streams live online every Monday from 1-3pm Mountain Standard Time and is available in Podcast form by the Wednesday after. The Justin Wayne Show is the ultimate supporter of independent musicians and is run by Justin Wayne in Bozeman, MT and Claire Rozario in London who sift through tons of artists’ submissions every week. It’s “music’s independent spirit.”

Not only did I get to share some of my current favorite music, I also developed a taste for many of the artists they shared on the show that day!

The link below will take you to the entire episode:

http://thejustinwayneshow.com/2015/07/tjws-292-deann-snyder-from-musicforlunch-com/

New music video from Heather Woods Broderick: “Wyoming”

This video builds in color as the song does in sound. The color and sound are married perfectly in this reflective track off of Heather Woods Broderick’s upcoming sophomore album, Glider. In the video, it seems as if she lives in black and white, filming what is around her. When she goes back to watch what she’s filmed, it’s in color. This flows flawlessly with the climax of the song and the crashing of waves. Watch and listen below:

The video was directed by Jeff Rowles and shot on a super 16mm. Glider is due out July 10th.

All images courtesy of Dusdin Condren via Pitch Perfect PR

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