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Horse Feathers – “Thistled Spring”


I’ve always felt like this is the perfect song to start off spring. Not only does the title conjure up images of blossoming life, but the music nestles itself between icy winter-like pianos and the warm swelling of strings. The whole thing makes me picture a thawing landscape…ice melting and trickling down a hillside, tiny patches of green sprouting up through the cracks…this is the sound of life overcoming death.

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Annuals – “Brother”


This is one that packs a surprising punch, considering its all-natural and effortlessly fluid beginning. The sound of crickets and the bubbling water of a stream nuzzle your senses into a state of complete calm before the song erupts into all of its splendor with a magnificent riff and and epic string section…even the quiet, subdued vocals transform into a fit of passionate shouting akin to a triumphant arrival – not all that dissimilar to spring time coming into full force.

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Mae – “The Fisherman Song”


“The Fisherman Song” reminds me of morning. A lake who’s waves have just begun to curl and ripple, erasing the evening’s glass surface and setting the day in motion. The way the guitars are gently picked does an excellent job of depicting something soothing, such as water. Hell, even the squeaking fingers sliding up and down the strings remind me of a creaky old row boat. As the song gradually increases in tempo, it feels as though you are traveling through an entire afternoon – and the sunny, upbeat pop-rock that Mae has perfected shines through here with refreshing clarity.

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The Helio Sequence – “Lately”


I think the realization of independence is one of the greatest feelings a man can have. Whether it is moving out on your own, leaving a painful relationship in the past, or both (like in this song), there is something to be said about having the power of choice. The choice to say to someone, “I don’t need you.” In metaphorical terms, it is kind of like a bird taking flight (hence the album cover, pictured above). I have always associated that feeling with spring because that is when I moved out on my own, but I think the close tie is more universal than that. Spring is a time of new beginnings, and this song, while it may not evoke images of trees and rolling hills, exemplifies everything about it on an emotional level.

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Iron & Wine – “Godless Brother In Love”


Rarely does one voice achieve so much for a song. In “Godless Brother In Love”, Sam Beam’s stunning vocals manage to paint a gorgeous picture that immediately transports me to an orange sunset, hills, rivers…you name it, basically. Some people say he took a less personal approach with his last album, and while it may be true on some tracks, this is irrefutable evidence that he still has the same singer/songwriter composure that made his earliest works such glowing successes.

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SowingSeason
04.14.12
Alternative title: 5 songs that make me think of flowers and shit

*disclaimer: list contains no metal or even anything close

Omaha
04.14.12
Despite the lack of skramz, this playlist seems pretty nifty. Nice work Sowing :]

Funeralopolis
04.14.12
skramz is pretty anti-spring

Ignimbrite
04.14.12
i just finished a Thou split, so going through this would be a nice change of pace

Athom
04.14.12
my brain reading a sowing blog: "am I on xanga?! what year is it?!"

foxxxyroxxx
04.14.12
xanga rocked

paxman
04.14.12
Gay

Trebor.
04.14.12
gay

foxxxyroxxx
04.14.12
dont listen to them

Knott-
04.14.12
I'm gonna do a series of blog posts based on how certain types of knots make me feel

pornogratherapy
04.14.12
The pretzel knot reminds me of......

Irving
04.15.12
Was there a Sowing's Seasons #1?

silentstar
04.15.12
I can't believe it, a Mae song! and it's here to stay, how lovely.

Eko
04.15.12
I stepped off the boat and thanked the man, not sure what I was thankful for

AsoTamaki
04.15.12
I don't think this is the sequel we've all been waiting for. Give the people what they want. Are these songs appealing to a particular type of girl?

Lol. I've got nothing to say about this. (Why am I posting?)

Ire
04.15.12
sowing is going to get into noah and the whale i'm calling it

Spec
04.15.12
does this teach me how to make mixtapes

Trebor.
04.15.12
Damnit Cohaagen get the people da air

Athom
04.15.12
the mixtapes for girls post was a pile of insipid shit.

Athom
04.15.12
that being said, i love the helio sequence so props on that

Electric City
04.15.12
is insipid sputnik's word of the week or something

taylormemer
04.15.12
It's the new faux.

Romulus
04.15.12
sowing's seasons!?! yeah!!

DaveyBoy
04.15.12
Way to ignore the southern hemisphere Sowing. I mean, we have leaves falling on the ground & all, but what do you care!? ;-)

SowingSeason
04.15.12
sorry davey, usually you aussies are too drunk to notice what's going on in my blog. hmmm leaves you say? listen to animal collective's fall be kind

and to those concerned about the mixtapes for girls vol. II, I thought it was clear I gave up that racket when I commenced sputnik's infinite playlist...but since adam thomas loves it so much, I may eventually release the one I swore I never was going to: mixtapes for feminists

Electric City
04.15.12
can you write a mixtape for turning feminists to sluts a la Maxim?

Aids
04.15.12
" “The Fisherman Song” reminds me of morning. A lake who’s waves have just begun to curl and ripple, erasing the evening’s glass surface and setting the day in motion. "

shouldn't it be whose*?

also wtf x infinity

SowingSeason
04.15.12
lol this is really no different than the first one, don't understand the confusion

someguest
04.15.12
"can you write a mixtape for turning feminists to sluts a la Maxim?"

easier than you think.

chambered69
04.15.12
gay x3

theacademy
04.15.12
xangaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

paxman
04.15.12
Still gay

Irving
04.15.12
*holds hands with redsky*

Recspecs
04.16.12
"*disclaimer: list contains no metal or even anything close"

Mmm list rules dude.

Satellite
04.16.12
"A lake who’s waves have just begun to curl and ripple"

*whose

Activista anti-MTV
04.16.12
rock on

chambered69
04.16.12
gaygaygayagayagayagayagayagayagay

DotEight
04.16.12
Glad I read the disclaimer before trying to find metal bits in these songs. Lame. When I think of Spring I think of skateboarding, and fucking bitches on the beach. Not flowers and shit.

theacademy
04.16.12
sowing's blog posts are pretty awful but at least he's TRYING i mean fuck...

chambered69
04.16.12
id rather him not try :]

theacademy
04.16.12
lets have more periphery in the next one tho

theacademy
04.16.12
(love that shit)

Tyrael
04.16.12
you guys are terrible

theacademy
04.16.12
like why the FUCK was there no lies acoustic blog post

Tyrael
04.16.12
That's Davey's fault, he's the only staffer that actually follows Marina

theacademy
04.16.12
davey slackin' yo

evilford
04.16.12
no metal??

wtf

Tyrael
04.16.12
Emm

I'd rather associate metal with fall or winter

evilford
04.16.12
there's always room for metal

Tyrael
04.16.12
agreed

but sowing is scared of metal

Aids
04.16.12
"I think the realization of independence is one of the greatest feelings a man can have. Whether it is moving out on your own, leaving a painful relationship in the past, or both (like in this song), there is something to be said about having the power of choice. The choice to say to someone, “I don’t need you.”"

what....the fuck

Tyrael
04.16.12
too deep for you

chambered69
04.16.12
this was very therapeutic thank you sowing hold on ill go get your penis pump

DarthMann
04.16.12
asotamaki is a dick


SowingSeason
04.16.12
you guys take these blog posts so seriously...it's basically just another form of release for staff writers, it doesn't have to be all that fleshed out or anything. if i want to write about how songs make me feel, then why shouldn't I?

"sowing's blog posts are pretty awful but at least he's TRYING i mean fuck..."

haha thanks acad, I think. and i had at least one or two good blog posts so fuck you all ;)

chambered69
04.16.12
you def should sowing just next time try to make it a little less gay thats all were sayin

Apollo
04.16.12
lets fuck shit up sowing

theacademy
04.16.12
ok heres some unsolicited advice on how to blog from your favorite unverified/unsubstantiated/questionable source (me):

1. write about music (you've do this so, check this one off)
2. write about NEW music (or old music tied to some new development, like when Redsky dropped some poetic shit about Th&Th closing up shop... the arrival of spring last month does not count as a "new development" in the music world). People will rip you for posting a Shinedown track but that's what blogs and streams are all about - sharing, streaming, commenting.
3. If you read your blog post and think to yourself 'this is really just like any other review site list...' then post it as a review site list

Staff 'best of/year end' lists on the blog were cool because they were timely and you guys did nice writeups and the layouts were pretty; that 'first quarter mixtape' was pretty sweet because it was timely and the presentation really added another element to it... normal, bullshit lists (like this one) posted on the blog so you can embed streams and stay on the front page longer are kind of lame because they're exactly what review site lists should be... this isn't your personal journal, dawg i aint tryin to look at flowers and listen to flower music...

4. bring the metal.



exception to 1: the crazy retarded ranting posts (that pop up every once in a while as a big, ugly, incoherent block of text) often don't seem to have much with music but thats ok because (1) you (not sowing, but you, the commenter) prob just don't get it or (b) it is an experiment in community building or (iii) there are embedded, subliminal codes that activate sleeper sputnikers across the net intent on bringing the metal hard to your nearest chipolte or dairy queen

theacademy
04.16.12
so now let's allow the healing to begin

SowingSeason
04.16.12
it's not that I don't appreciate the paragraphs of advice (and a lot of what you said is true) but blog posts don't have to be about a new development. Music ties into the world around us, and recording our thoughts on those connections should be encouraged (even if it is laid on a little heavy, like this journal type of thing I have going here). As long as there is some balance (I post a lot of new new tracks here, plus the userbase quarterly playlist) I don't see the harm in occasionally indulging in something touchy feely. People can dislike it and even tell me about how much they dislike it, that's fine, but it shouldn't turn into a "this is a misuse of the blog" ordeal (not that anyone's said that, but it seems that the consensus revolves around this not being a real blog post).

Also, why did everyone embrace my winter playlist? You guys are all just closet homophobes taking out your guilt at enjoying reading about flowers ;) yeah, that's got to be it.

Knott-
04.17.12
1, b, iii

i love you

(THIS IS THE SLEEPER CODE)

Tyrael
04.17.12
'exception to 1: the crazy retarded ranting posts (that pop up every once in a while as a big, ugly, incoherent block of text) often don't seem to have much with music but thats ok because (1) you (not sowing, but you, the commenter) prob just don't get it or (b) it is an experiment in community building or (iii) there are embedded, subliminal codes that activate sleeper sputnikers across the net intent on bringing the metal hard to your nearest chipolte or dairy queen'

I love you acad

theacademy
04.17.12
hehehe


taylormemer
04.17.12
lol

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