WEEK OF MUSIC: “Either Way I’m Fine”

It makes me so very happy to be able to put this new album out into the world.

All of the albums that I have shared this week were written and recorded between 2004 and 2009. Once Haley and I started growing our family I just kind of stopped. It wasn’t one of those big planned out things…it just happened that way. I still played a lot of acoustic guitar around the house and there was always music happening, but it just wasn’t anything that got recorded and released. I had about 8 years to sit with this music and after all those years it got me thinking….maybe I should try to record another album?

I’ve refocused myself around the name ABIGAIL FOSTER’S PHOTOSYNTHESIS MACHINE. Who is Abigail Foster? What’s a Photosynthesis Machine? I don’t know, but I like how it all sounds together!  With all of this nicely put together and a name in place, I gathered what I had, put it all back together as ABIGAIL FOSTER’S PHOTOSYNTHESIS MACHINE, and this week I’ve released all of that music back out into the world.

And today is the last day for that music, but with this final day comes something neato: a completely new album titled EITHER WAY I’M FINE.

This album is the sound of settling into life. It is the sound of a human being and his family. It is the sound of Fidelia Hall. It is a glimpse into the years between 2009-2016 and everything in between. It encompasses a lot of chapters and ideas: Gemini. Happiness. Depression. Extremes. Feelings. Muted. Thoughts. Actions. Wind chimes. Chickens. Family. Rabbits. Boys. Old churches. Moving. Growth. Leadership. Failing. Love. Being. Community. Understanding. Chaos. Mother. Father. Brother. Work. Building. Patience. Conspiracies. EITHER WAY I’M FINE.

You have a few options with how you can listen to and download these albums:

  1. You can purchase the albums at the Abigail Foster’s Photosynthesis Machine website. The albums are $7 each and any money made from the purchase of these albums goes into one of two things: Arbacarba Records, which will invest the money in making these albums available on streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, etc) or Fidelia Hall, which will help with the repairs and restoration of this 144 year old community center. Once purchased, you can download the albums in a variety of formats (MP3, FLAC, and more) or stream them via the free Bandcamp app (iTunes, Android)
  2. You can stream the albums for free at the Abigail Foster’s Photosynthesis Machine website.
  3. If you are a library (public, academic, special) and you wish to add any of the Abigail Foster’s Photosynthesis Machine albums to your digital collection, you may do so by contacting me at justinthelibrarian at gmail dot com and I will gladly share these albums with you as MP3 or WAV formats. Once you have these files, your library will be able to provide your library card patrons with these albums for free by adding them to your library digital music collection at no cost to you.

I hope you enjoy this album!

 

 

WEEK OF MUSIC: “Monsters”

Playing music with my friends for the “Everyone C’mon Get Happy” album release party really inspired me. What came out of my final year in the studio (before having children with Haley) was an album titled Monsters. For me, that album brought it all back full circle…once again I was working on music alone in my room. I got a drum machine and I was listening to almost exclusively Prince, so I wanted to try my hand again at putting together an album by myself. It was fun to write songs around drum loops and to experiment with keyboards instead of just playing a lot of guitar.

After I finished up this album, I continued to write music but nothing ever really got recorded or finished….that is until 2016 hit and from that year came a new album which will be released TOMORROW! Stay tuned!

You have a few options with how you can listen to and download these albums:

  1. You can purchase the albums at the Abigail Foster’s Photosynthesis Machine website. The albums are $7 each and any money made from the purchase of these albums goes into one of two things: Arbacarba Records, which will invest the money in making these albums available on streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, etc) or Fidelia Hall, which will help with the repairs and restoration of this 144 year old community center. Once purchased, you can download the albums in a variety of formats (MP3, FLAC, and more) or stream them via the free Bandcamp app (iTunes, Android)
  2. You can stream the albums for free at the Abigail Foster’s Photosynthesis Machine website.
  3. If you are a library (public, academic, special) and you wish to add any of the Abigail Foster’s Photosynthesis Machine albums to your digital collection, you may do so by contacting me at justinthelibrarian at gmail dot com and I will gladly share these albums with you as MP3 or WAV formats. Once you have these files, your library will be able to provide your library card patrons with these albums for free by adding them to your library digital music collection at no cost to you.

I hope you enjoy this album!

 

WEEK OF MUSIC: “Everyone C’mon Get Happy”

I wanted to do more as a band with Aaron but for some reason that didn’t work out. I got a laptop and a digital recording interface and went to town recording another album titled Everyone C’mon Get Happy. It was a straight up pop rock album that didn’t have any big concepts or ideas behind it. They were just songs and they were fun and that was it. To celebrate the album, I got together with Kristel Bastian, Dustin Miller, and Dave Washousky to perform some of the music I had written since 2004. It was a pretty awesome event!

I enjoy just how fun these songs are. There’s nothing big behind this album…no giant concept, no deep meaning…it’s all just a bunch of pop songs. I need to remember this album in the future and do my best to add a bit of fun into every recording that I make.

You have a few options with how you can listen to and download these albums:

  1. You can purchase the albums at the Abigail Foster’s Photosynthesis Machine website. The albums are $7 each and any money made from the purchase of these albums goes into one of two things: Arbacarba Records, which will invest the money in making these albums available on streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, etc) or Fidelia Hall, which will help with the repairs and restoration of this 144 year old community center. Once purchased, you can download the albums in a variety of formats (MP3, FLAC, and more) or stream them via the free Bandcamp app (iTunes, Android)
  2. You can stream the albums for free at the Abigail Foster’s Photosynthesis Machine website.
  3. If you are a library (public, academic, special) and you wish to add any of the Abigail Foster’s Photosynthesis Machine albums to your digital collection, you may do so by contacting me at justinthelibrarian at gmail dot com and I will gladly share these albums with you as MP3 or WAV formats. Once you have these files, your library will be able to provide your library card patrons with these albums for free by adding them to your library digital music collection at no cost to you.

I hope you enjoy this album!

 

WEEK OF MUSIC: “A More Colorful Or Easier Somewhere Else”

I returned to Pennsylvania in 2005 after a year away from everyone that had previously been in my life. I was living with my parents and working in a thrift store. This was my attempt to reboot my life. I began writing a lot of songs after I had read this book (The Annotated Brothers Grimm) and I set out to get my ideas recorded. I reconnected with my friend Aaron Dobler in April/May 2005 and we quickly got to work on what was to become “A More Colorful Or Easier Somewhere Else”.

The whole affair was inspiring. We ran through the songs very quickly but there was a passion and excitement about them. I had the basic idea in my head and Aaron always respected that but took it to a new level with his performances and ideas.

I’ve come to enjoy this album the most out of all the albums I have recorded. There’s something about the songs and the lo-fi quality of the recording that make it feel warm and cozy. I hope you enjoy these songs as much as I do!

You have a few options with how you can listen to and download these albums:

  1. You can purchase the albums at the Abigail Foster’s Photosynthesis Machine website. The albums are $7 each and any money made from the purchase of these albums goes into one of two things: Arbacarba Records, which will invest the money in making these albums available on streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, etc) or Fidelia Hall, which will help with the repairs and restoration of this 144 year old community center. Once purchased, you can download the albums in a variety of formats (MP3, FLAC, and more) or stream them via the free Bandcamp app (iTunes, Android)
  2. You can stream the albums for free at the Abigail Foster’s Photosynthesis Machine website.
  3. If you are a library (public, academic, special) and you wish to add any of the Abigail Foster’s Photosynthesis Machine albums to your digital collection, you may do so by contacting me at justinthelibrarian at gmail dot com and I will gladly share these albums with you as MP3 or WAV formats. Once you have these files, your library will be able to provide your library card patrons with these albums for free by adding them to your library digital music collection at no cost to you.

I hope you enjoy this album!

WEEK OF MUSIC: “The Sun And The Moon”

In the spring of 2004, I began recording and writing music again. Earlier that year, the band I was in (Zomo) sputtered and fizzled out after about 4 years of work. I moved across the country and decided to try something new in my life. I wanted to desperately be in a band but I didn’t know how to start one up and I was itching to do things. I had a cassette four track recorder, some ideas, and a bunch of time.

I made The Sun And The Moon that year and put it out under the name “Belsapadore”, which was a completely made up word I had come up with many years before. I used the name because I always hated band names that were boring and plain. I wanted something that was unique and had meaning to me…..and we’ll get to the part later on as to why I no longer use that name.

The Sun And The Moon is an album about the five trips I took across the USA in 2004 and the emptiness in between the towns and cities that I observed. Up to that point in my life I had always wanted to be in a very loud rock band. Now I wanted to explore those quiet and empty moments. That desire came out on this album.

I spent a lot of time in a room which I had painted black making this album during the wee hours of the night/morning. I wanted to get into the head space I felt when I was driving across the country: a feeling of being completely alone and isolated with only my thoughts to get me through the day.

You have a few options with how you can listen to and download these albums:

  1. You can purchase the albums at the Abigail Foster’s Photosynthesis Machine website. The albums are $7 each and any money made from the purchase of these albums goes into one of two things: Arbacarba Records, which will invest the money in making these albums available on streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, etc) or Fidelia Hall, which will help with the repairs and restoration of this 144 year old community center. Once purchased, you can download the albums in a variety of formats (MP3, FLAC, and more) or stream them via the free Bandcamp app (iTunes, Android)
  2. You can stream the albums for free at the Abigail Foster’s Photosynthesis Machine website.
  3. If you are a library (public, academic, special) and you wish to add any of the Abigail Foster’s Photosynthesis Machine albums to your digital collection,you may do so by contacting me at justinthelibrarian at gmail dot com and I will gladly share these albums with you as MP3 or WAV formats. Once you have these files, your library will be able to provide your library card patrons with these albums for free by adding them to your library digital music collection at no cost to you.

I hope you enjoy this album!

WEEK OF MUSIC: Introduction

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Between Monday and Friday of this week, my musical project ABIGAIL FOSTER’S PHOTOSYNTHESIS MACHINE will release five albums. The first album will be available later today at 3:33pm EST

You have a few options with how you can listen to and download these albums:

  1. You can purchase the albums at the Abigail Foster’s Photosynthesis Machine website. The albums are $7 each and any money made from the purchase of these albums goes into one of two things: Arbacarba Records, which will invest the money in making these albums available on streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, etc) or Fidelia Hall, which will help with the repairs and restoration of this 144 year old community center. Once purchased, you can download the albums in a variety of formats (MP3, FLAC, and more) or stream them via the free Bandcamp app (iTunes, Android)
  2. You can stream the albums for free at the Abigail Foster’s Photosynthesis Machine website.
  3. If you are a library (public, academic, special) and you wish to add any of the Abigail Foster’s Photosynthesis Machine albums to your digital collection, you may do so by contacting me at justinthelibrarian at gmail dot com and I will gladly share these albums with you as MP3 or WAV formats. Once you have these files, your library will be able to provide your library card patrons with these albums for free by adding them to your library digital music collection at no cost to you.

200 Albums That I Really Enjoy

(note: To be on this list, I have to like the album front to back. Some albums were left off of this list because they have ups and downs. I like a lot more music than this but those were left off this list because they were individual songs or moments on albums and did not represent a whole)

THIS POST is going to be a living document that will update as I come across more albums that I really njoy

  1. ABBA: Gold
  2. Andrew WK: I Get Wet
  3. Arcadia: So Red The Rose
  4. Arctic Monkeys: AM
  5. The Band: Music From Big Pink
  6. The Band: The Band
  7. The Beach Boys: Summer Days (And Summer Nights!)
  8. The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds
  9. The Beach Boys: SMiLE Sessions
  10. The Beach Boys: Smiley Smile
  11. The Beach Boys: Friends
  12. The Beach Boys: Sunflower
  13. The Beach Boys: Love You
  14. The Beatles: Revolver
  15. The Beatles: The White Album
  16. The Beatles: Abbey Road
  17. Bitchin Bajas: Vibraquatic
  18. Black Sabbath: Master of Reality
  19. Bloc Party: Silent Alarm
  20. Blur: 13
  21. Blur: Think Tank
  22. Blur: The Magic Whip
  23. Bob Marley: Legend
  24. Bob Marley: Rastaman Vibration
  25. Boz Scaggs: Hits!
  26. Brian Eno: Ambient 1
  27. Brian Eno: Ambient 4
  28. Brian Eno: Another Green World
  29. Brian Wilson: Presents SMiLE
  30. Buckingham Nicks: Buckingham Nicks
  31. Cake: Comfort Eagle
  32. Cake: Prolonging The Magic
  33. The Cardigans: First Band on The Moon
  34. The Cardigans: Gran Turismo
  35. The Cars: The Cars
  36. The Clash: London Calling
  37. The Clash: Sandinista!
  38. The Cure: Bloodflowers
  39. Cyndi Lauper: She’s So Unusual
  40. Daft Punk: Discovery
  41. The Darkness: One Way Ticket To Hell…And Back
  42. Hall & Oates: Rock N’ Soul Part 1
  43. David Bowie: All Saints
  44. David Bowie: “Heroes”
  45. David Bowie: Low
  46. David Bowie: The Next Day
  47. David Bowie: Blackstar
  48. Death Cab For Cutie: Transatlanticism
  49. Dexy’s Midnight Runners: Too-Rye-Ay
  50. DJ Shadow: Entroducing
  51. The Doobie Brothers: Best of the Doobies
  52. Eagles of Death Metal: Death by Sexy
  53. Earth, Wind, and Fire: Greatest Hits
  54. Electric Light Orchestra: Out of the Blue
  55. Electric Light Orchestra: Balance of Power
  56. Eric Clapton: The Cream of Clapton
  57. Faith No More: King For a Day Fool For a Lifetime
  58. Fantomas: Fantomas
  59. Fleetwood Mac: Rumors
  60. Fleetwood Mac: Tusk
  61. Flight of the Concords: Flight of the Concords
  62. Foo Fighters: Foo Fighters
  63. Foo Fighters: The Colour and The Shape
  64. Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons: Greatest Hits
  65. Genesis: Duke
  66. George Harrison: All Things Must Pass
  67. George Harrison: Cloud Nine
  68. George Harrison: Brainwashed
  69. George Michael: Faith
  70. The Good, The Bad, and The Queen: The Good, The Bad, and The Queen
  71. Iggy Pop: The Idiot
  72. Iggy Pop: Lust For Life
  73. Iggy Pop: Post Pop Depression
  74. INXS: Kick
  75. The Jackson 5: Greatest Hits
  76. Jane’s Addiction: Ritual De Lo Habitual
  77. Japan: Quiet Life
  78. Jeff Lynne: Armchair Theater
  79. Jimi Hendrix Experience: Electric Ladyland
  80. John Lennon: Plastic Ono Band
  81. John Lennon & Yoko Ono: Double Fantasy
  82. Joni Mitchell: Blue
  83. Joni Mitchell: The Hissing of Summer Lawns
  84. Joni Mitchell: Hejira
  85. Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
  86. Kate Bush: The Dreaming
  87. King Crimson: Discipline
  88. KISS: The Very Best of KISS
  89. Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti
  90. Lindsey Buckingham: Go Insane
  91. Lindsey Buckingham: Gift of Screws
  92. Little River Band: Greatest Hits
  93. Liz Phair: Exile in Guyville
  94. Liz Phair: whitechocolatespaceegg
  95. Lost Earth Lock: The Air at The Edge of Space
  96. Love: Forever Changes
  97. Madleen Kane: Cheri
  98. The Mars Volta: Frances The Mute
  99. Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On
  100. Michael Jackson: Thriller
  101. Michael Jackson: Off The Wall
  102. Miles Davis: Bitches Brew
  103. Miles Davis: On The Corner
  104. Mr. Bungle: California
  105. My Bloody Valentine: Loveless
  106. My Bloody Valentine: mbv
  107. Neil Young: After The Gold Rush
  108. Neil Young: Trans
  109. Neil Young: Prairie Wind
  110. Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Sleeps With Angels
  111. Neutral Milk Hotel: In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
  112. Nick Drake: Pink Moon
  113. Nirvana: Nevermind
  114. Nirvana: In Utero
  115. Pantera: Far Beyond Driven
  116. Patrick Cowley: Megatron Man
  117. Paul McCartney: McCartney
  118. Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney: Ram
  119. Paul McCartney: Chaos and Creation in The Backyard
  120. Paul McCartney: Flaming Pie
  121. Paul McCartney: McCartney II
  122. Paul McCartney & Wings: Band on the Run
  123. Peter Gabriel: So
  124. Phish: Farmhouse
  125. Phish: Billy Breathes
  126. Phish: The Story of The Ghost
  127. Pink Floyd: Dark Side of The Moon
  128. Pink Floyd: Animals
  129. Pink Floyd: The Wall
  130. Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here
  131. The Postal Service: Give Up
  132. Prince: Controversy
  133. Prince: 1999
  134. Prince: Purple Rain
  135. Prince: Around The World In A Day
  136. Prince: Dirty Mind
  137. Prince: Sign O’ The Times
  138. Queen: Greatest Hits Volumes 1-3
  139. Queen: The Game
  140. Queen: A Night at The Opera
  141. Queens of the Stone Age: Songs For The Deaf
  142. Queens of the Stone Age: Lullabies to Paralyze
  143. R. Crumb and The Cheap Suit Serenaders: Singin’ in The Bathtub
  144. R. Crumb and The Cheap Suit Serenaders: Chasin’ Rainbows
  145. The Rentals: Return of The Rentals
  146. The Rentals: Seven More Minutes
  147. The Replacements: Let It Be
  148. Ringo Starr: Photograph (The Very Best of Ringo Starr)
  149. The Rolling Stones: Exile on Main Street
  150. The Rolling Stones: Tattoo You
  151. The Rolling Stones: A Bigger Bang
  152. Roy Smeck: Plays Hawaiin Guitar
  153. Sade: The Best of Sade
  154. Scissor Sisters: Night Work
  155. Sigur Ros: ( )
  156. Sly & The Family Stone: There’s A Riot Goin’ On
  157. The Smashing Pumpkins: Siamese Dream
  158. The Smashing Pumpkins: Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness
  159. The Smashing Pumpkins: Adore
  160. The Space Twins: The End of Imagining
  161. Sparks: No. 1 In Heaven
  162. The Special Goodness: Land Air Sea
  163. Spring: American Spring
  164. Squirrel Nut Zippers: Hot
  165. Squirrel Nut Zippers: Perennial Favorites
  166. St. Vincent: St. Vincent
  167. Steely Dan: Countdown To Extinction
  168. Steely Dan: Aja
  169. The Stone Roses: The Stone Roses
  170. Stone Temple Pilots: Purple
  171. The Stooges: Raw Power
  172. Sweet: The Best of Sweet
  173. System of A Down: Mezmerize
  174. T. Rex: The Essential Collection
  175. Talk Talk: The Colour of Spring
  176. Talking Heads: Fear of Music
  177. Talking Heads: Remain In Light
  178. Tears For Fears: Songs From The Big Chair
  179. Tegan & Sara: So Jealous
  180. Tegan & Sara: The Con
  181. that dog: Retreat From The Sun
  182. Them Crooked Vultures: Them Crooked Vultures
  183. Thin Lizzy: Jailbreak
  184. Tom Petty: Wildflowers
  185. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Greatest Hits
  186. Tool: Lateralus
  187. The Traveling Wilburys: Volume 1
  188. The Traveling Wilburys: Volume 3
  189. A Tribe Called Quest: The Low End Theory
  190. A Tribe Called Quest: Midnight Maurauders
  191. Van Halen: The Best of Both Worlds
  192. Various Artists: La Bamba Soundtrack
  193. Various Artists: Xanadu Soundtrack
  194. The Wallflowers: Bringing Down The Horse
  195. Ween: Chocolate And Cheese
  196. Weezer: Blue Album
  197. Weezer: Pinkerton
  198. Weezer: Everything Will Be Alright In The End
  199. Wilco: A Ghost Is Born
  200. ZZ Top: Greatest Hits