Soundblab Scrapbook

by Mark Moody
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I've been very fortunate to have had an opportunity to write for Soundblab for the past two years. Our editor "discovered" me writing measly little reviews on Amazon and Instagram and was nice enough to reach out to me and offer me the opportunity to write for the site. There have been lots of highs (and a few lows) along the way and just thought I would share my experiences as a writer for the site. Quick blurb for why each album appears below:

Snail Mail: My first review for the site! Very exciting for me and Ms. Jordan is still going strong!

Eerie Wanda: My favorite thing about writing reviews is discovering new music. I picked this up on a whim and fell in love with the sound and the songs. Many others on smaller labels, but this one sticks out.

Pere Ubu: A bit rare, but always great to get feedback from the artists. I covered this band four times and they were always nice to put a blurb in their newsletter or email me. And on this last review I made someone cry (in a good way I think!).

Pinegrove: Very few sites covered this album coming back from some controversy. One of a handful of reviews that I felt compelled to do from an emotional point of view and the words just spilled on to the page.

Brian Eno/David Byrne: Not a big fan of reviewing classics, but this one seemed to be the most popular one I wrote. Would rather listen to some new tunes!

The Killers: I mentioned there were a few lows. Hate putting up the negative review, but when you commit to cover you do. I tried to be kind where I could, but sometimes....

Lucy Dacus: Probably my favorite album of the two years I've written for the site. I promoted this to anyone who would listen, covered boygenius, covered gigs and festival sets. What a talent!

Car Seat Headrest: Review that I agonized over the most and got some really nice feedback on the write-up. Made it all worthwhile.

Purple Mountains: I was so thrilled about David Berman's return to music and what a great return it was. My lowest of low points came less than a month later when he took his own life. Totally gutted and still am.

Manchester Orchestra: Last but certainly not least. Writing for Soundblab allowed me to collaborate with my wife who patiently photographed dozens of individual concerts and festival sets. Manchester Orchestra was our first show (link below is to album review, but all of our gig reviews are up in the Gig Review section), but who knew we would go on to cover the likes of Austin City Limits Festival, Shaky Knees, and more like we knew what we were doing. She's a pro and always captured the best shots. Working with her on these events will always be my best memory of writing for the site.
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