A Spotlight on Melodic Virtue

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Melodic Virtue has been featured in Rolling Stone, SPIN, Los Angeles Times, Paste & Pitchfork for the work they’ve accomplished ever since Aaron Tanner began what was a Graphic design company that now also puts out very interesting “photographic history” of some of the best bands of the last 40 years. These coffee-table books have rare photos, behind the scenes looks at the bands, set lists and so much more. Melodic Virtue also has a wonderful web page with merchandise and check out which books are currently available and see the awesome bands such as Butthole Surfers, Pixies, and Ministry. Aaron also has a history of working with Ween throughout the years. Aaron is also a wonderful musician himself in bands such as Stationary Odyssey and Off-Ox (check out their music as well)

https://www.melodicvirtue.com/collections

https://www.melodicvirtue.com/blogs/news

https://www.melodicvirtue.com/blogs/videos

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A Fevers of the Mind Spotlight on: Marissa Nadler (musician, songwriter, singer)

Marissa Nadler has been one of my favorite singer/songwriters since around 2005. As I became more influenced by great songwriters and poets in the early 2000’s when I became a huge Leonard Cohen fan, got into Townes Van Zandt, Phil Ochs, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Fairport Convention, Tori Amos and then learned more about Tom Watis, Mark Lanegan, Kristin Hersh, Kate Bush, Stevie Nicks and more I found the music of Marissa Nadler. With a hauntingly sweet voice that sung every song into a story and imagine you into the story seeing what she is seeing, expressing what she is expressing, taking cover songs and putting them in her own spinning reality images. Here is a review of some of my favorite songs and video clips of the great Marissa Nadler. Creativity in every endeavor. Music, artwork, videos, performances.

First of all her website is https://www.marissanadler.com/ so much info on her career, albums, shows, merch, press & more. Marissa’s bandcamp page https://marissanadler.bandcamp.com/

Marissa’s new album “The Path of the Clouds” will come out this year on the great “Sacred Bones Records” in October. I cannot wait. https://www.sacredbonesrecords.com/products/sbr280-marissa-nadler-the-path-of-the-clouds go to Sacred Bones and pre-order yours. An album loosely based from Marissa writing songs while binging “Unsolved Mysteries” during quarantining.

A song preview from Marissa’s youtube page for “Bessie, Did You Make It?”

The first album of Marissa’s I listened to was “Ballads of Living and Dying” (2004-Eclipse Records)

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A very important record during a lost, sad, deeply in love with someone who was far away and with another. 2004 (when I was 24) was such a rediscovering year, a year filled with finding my writing style, and reading aloud in poetry coffeehouses. Albums like this one helped encourage me to find my writing style. An often melancholy walk in sadness. Glimpses of hope, and ultimately alone and waiting (during this time) I often call songs from this album classics “Fifty Five Falls” “Undertaker” “Bird Song” “Annabelle Lee” are all just part of a great debut LP.

The Saga of Mayflower May (2005-Eclipse Records) is an underrated in my collection of Marissa’s albums I have. I think because I was still so entrenched in the first album by the time this one came out. Over the years I have listened more and more to this album and love it.

Songs III (Bird on the Water) 2007-Peacefrog Records is my favorite album of Marissa’s earlier work and possibly my most listened to.

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“Diamond Heart” “Mexican Summer” “Thinking of You” “Silvia’ “Bird on Your Grave” such a wonderful cover of “Famous Blue Raincoat”

“Little Hells -2009 Kemado Records)

Some sad awesome songs on this one ” Heart Paper Lover” “Mary Come Alive” “Ghosts and Lovers” is just a great album.

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Marissa’s self titled LP in 2011 (Box of Cedar) took a great effort to get released.

Songs that I enjoy quite a bit include “In Your Lair, Bear”, “The Sun Always Reminds Me of You” “Alabaster Queen” “Puppet Master”

“July -2014 Sacred Bones Records”

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The first album under Sacred Bones brings indie folk & dream pop together wonderfully.

Favorites include “Drive” “Firecrackers” “Dead City Emily” “Was It a Dream”

“Strangers” in 2016 Sacred Bones Records has some songs that I constantly play in my Marissa Nadler folder on my phone. Including “Katie I Know” “Hungry is the Ghost” “Shadow Show Diane” “Strangers”

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“For My Crimes” 2018 Sacred Bones Records. My favorite album of Marissa’s in the last half of the decade. Such an artistic vision with this.

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“For My Crimes w/Angel Olsen” ” I Can’t Listen to Gene Clark Anymore w/Sharon Van Etten”, “Blue Vapor” “Said Goodbye to the Car” (the perfect song for Letting Past People Go)

“Droneflower” is an album Marissa did with former Cave-In member Stephen Brodsky (2019 Sacred Bones Records) a little heavier album at times.

Marissa also has several compilation albums, covers albums, EPs and more to check out. Some covers to check out and get a taste of what is on these comps and cover albums.

I really enjoy this Happy Rhodes cover. Always cool to see artists recognize Happy Rhodes.

I think I’ve written at least 2 poems based on this song.

with John Cale

https://thecreativeindependent.com/people/musician-marissa-nadler-on-hard-work-staying-healthy-and-creating-in-multiple-mediums/

https://www.songwritersonprocess.com/blog/2018/10/12/marissa-nadler

A Fevers of the Mind Spotlight on: Elizabeth M Castillo

Bio: Elizabeth M Castillo is a British-Mauritian poet, writer, indie-press promoter. She lives in Paris with her family and two cats, where she writes a variety of different things under a variety of pen names. In her writing Elizabeth explores themes of race & ethnicity, motherhood, womanhood, language, love, loss and grief, and a touch of magical realism. She has words in, or upcoming in Selcouth Station Press, Pollux Journal, Revista Purgante, Lanke Review, Streetcake Magazine, Fevers of the Mind Press (Fevers of the Mind 5: Overcome -info below), Melbourne Culture Corner, Epoch Press, among others. Her bilingual, debut collection “Cajoncito. Poems on Love, Loss, y Otras Lucaras” is out 2021. You can connect with her on Twitter and IG at @EMCWritesPoetry www.elizabethmcastillo.com

The U.S. Link https://amzn.to/38fVhno

The U.K. Link https://amzn.to/3gDz7Qt

or pdf info here. *Announcements” Fevers of the Mind Issue 5: Overcome Anthology is out & how to get PDFS of all issues through Go Fund Me

Look at this cool video of Elizabeth reading “Crocodiles” for Tuna Fish Journal
Reading on Pollux Journal
Lisa Mary Presents: The Poets in the Pandemic Interview Series: Elizabeth M. Castillo (March 4, 2021)

2 New Poems by Elizabeth Castillo : New Start & Black Dolls for Christmas  (also in the Anthology)

https://theunpublishablezine.wordpress.com/2021/03/29/two-poems-by-elizabeth-m-castillo/

https://cabinetofheed.com/2021/05/30/probably-not-the-last-poem-i-ever-write-about-you-elizabeth-m-castillo/

https://www.selcouthstation.com/single-post/poetry-j-accouche

https://www.sledgehammerlit.com/post/please-accept-this-poem-by-elizabeth-m-castillo

https://www.mumwrite.com/mumwriteblog/elizabeth-m-castillo-tells-us-what-inspires-her

https://nymphspublications.com/new-blog/unwelcome-by-elizabeth-m-castillo

https://www.janusliterary.com/2021/06/30/elizabeth-m-castillo-papier-mache/

https://www.anthropocenepoetry.org/post/i-have-so-much-to-tell---tengo-tanto-que-contar-by-elizabeth-m-castillo

Poetry, W

A Fevers of the Mind Spotlight On: Gaynor Kane (poet/writer)

Memory Forest: Amazon.co.uk: Kane, Gaynor: 9781916090859: Books

Check out the poetry of Gaynor Kane. She has a wonderful poetry collection that came out last September (2020) “Venus in Pink Marble” a wonderful title with Hedgehog Poetry Press.

https://www.hedgehogpress.co.uk/

Also, check out Gaynor’s micro-collection “Circling the Sun” from November 2018 under Hedgehog Poetry Press & chapbook “Memory Forest” as well under Hedgehog Poetry Press.

Personal poetry, political poetry

Where else can you find Gaynor Kane’s work?

http://humag.co/features/gaynor-kane

https://peekingcatpoetry.co.uk/writer-interview-gaynor-kane

http://www.yourdailypoem.com/listpoem.jsp?poem_id=3329

http://humag.co/poetry/friday-13th

https://poethead.wordpress.com/2018/07/29/still-life-with-hedgehog-and-other-poems-by-gaynor-kane/

https://impspired.com/2020/04/01/gaynor-kane/

The Fevers of the Mind Wolf Spotlight on Attracta Fahy

Attracta Fahy is a Psychotherapist whom works with trauma, anxiety, depression, etc.

Attracta has also several wonderful poems published in lit magazines and has a collection of poetry. “Dinner in the Fields” from Fly on the Wall Poetry (March 2020)

edited by Isabelle Kenyon https://amzn.to/3sQBXqj

A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with Isabelle Kenyon

Attracta has contributed poetry to our first Leonard Cohen inspired “Avalanches in Poetry: Writings & Art Inspired by Leonard Cohen” in 2019. Her poem “Book of Longing” is included in this anthology of art, poetry, essays, recollections & memories.

Poetry/Writing from Attracta Fahy : “Book of Longing” from Avalanches in Poetry Writings & Art Inspired by Leonard Cohen

https://amzn.to/3jdsW7D

Attracta has also contributed as one of the author’s in the “Lothlorien Poetry Journal Volume 1: The Fellowship of the Pen” collection (July 2021) on Lulu.com https://amzn.to/3ziM21Q

edited by Strider Marcus Jones

Please read some more of Attracta’s poetry below:

https://poethead.wordpress.com/2018/04/25/our-sleeping-women-and-other-poems-by-attracta-fahy/

https://thegalwayreview.com/2017/01/25/attracta-fahy-three-poems/

https://pestilencepoems.blogspot.com/2020/06/poems-from-backroom-85-attracta-fahy.html

https://www.flyonthewallpress.co.uk/product-page/dinner-in-the-fields-by-attracta-fahy

https://silverbirchpress.wordpress.com/2021/05/17/we-are-all-born-mad-by-attracta-fahy-i-am-still-waiting-series/

https://thewombwellrainbow.com/2020/03/31/wombwell-rainbow-interviews-attracta-fahy/

https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/11/26/for-the-other-woman-by-poetry-by-attracta-fahy/