The Talkhouse: A Music Blog By Musicians & For Music Lovers

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            About halfway through this summer, I have hardly any large-scale accomplishments to brag about other than the fact I have watched something from every Netflix genre there is, have expanded my iTunes library by 12 or so albums, and found out that the Spanish word for lime is “limón” while the word for lemon is “lima,” which totally blew my mind and still doesn’t make sense to me (I don’t know if anyone else feels me on that).Anyway, other than doing absolutely nothing with my life I have been spending many much-needed hours on the Internet exploring various new music blogs and catching up on all of the news and reviews that there was no time for during the school semester. One of my favorite sites at the moment is The Talkhouse, a blog that features reviews of music by other musicians, forums for discussion on prominent issues in the music scene today, as well as featured articles by notable musicians on anything and everything. With its sleek and functional layout, the site is just as aesthetically pleasing as it is intellectually. Their “About Us” page reads:

“Naturally, no one knows more about music than musicians. They talk about their own work all the time, but they rarely get to talk about other people's music. That's what the Talkhouse is all about: smart, distinguished musicians from all genres and generations writing about the latest releases. And there's a twist: there will be comments for each piece — but only from the artist who's being written about. The idea is promote dialogue between musicians who may never have interacted otherwise, and for Talkhouse readers to have a ringside seat to this unique exchange.”

 

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If you aren’t interested already, a simple browse will be sure to capture your interests. One of my favorite parts of the site are the album reviews. The Talkhouse gives the chance for artists from a diverse set of genres to review artists that are complete opposites to them musically, and it really makes for an interesting perspective on music you already thought you understood like the back of your hand. The best part is that after the review is written, the artist who has been reviewed has the chance to log-in and have a discussion with the writer about his or her comments on their music. This idea of a public dialogue is what caught my attention. Indie rocker Dean Wareham gives an excellent review of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories here. The energy and passion that this distinguished, diverse set of musicians bring to their analyses of the music people are listening to today is what makes this site really special. Under “Features,” I found a funny and intriguing article on the making of a rock musical by Eddie Argos of Art Brut. You can check it out for yourself here. And under “Forums” I was pleasantly surprised to find a discussion question reading: “Does Kanye West deconstruct sexism, or does he merely perpetuate it?” (If you have anything to say about that after taking a look at my review of Yeezus last week feel free to make some comments here.

            The Talkhouse is an up-and-coming figure in the blogosphere (lol did I just say blogosphere) and I’m definitely going to be spending a lot of time on it this summer. This site is a great place to go if you can’t get enough of us here at Campus Vinyl BucknellU and are aching for more music news and commentary during the in-between-article days. I hope it makes for slightly more productive web-surfing than the usual Facebook/Netflix/Tumblr tabs that I know are all open on some of your screens right now! You can also follow the blog’s Twitter at @the_talkhouse.