FIVE ALBUMS WITH COBRA: RAY COBRA FROM TUNED UP (THANKSGIVING EDITION)
This is a special edition of five albums with Cobra. Typically, I get a local musician to do this, but today I felt like doing one myself. You knew this was going to happen at some point, right? So, it really shouldn’t be a surprise. Anyways, since it’s not a local musician doing it this month and it’s me, let’s just do this: 5 local albums I am thankful for in 2018. How does that sound?
Pete Mako-Grim Grimoire, Vol. 2
If any of the five on this list is a given, I think it would be this. Why? Simply, it’s dark and fun. I love things that are dark. I always have. And Pete Mako is the only musician I know of in Columbus that does that. If you know more, please tell me about them. And he has a song about April O’Neil on this release, yes that April O’Neil. I also have a thing for anything TMNT. So yeah, this 5-song EP hits a lot for me.
We Are The Movies-Or Get Busy Dying
This release hit home for me this year. The honesty that comes from this album is just what I needed when it was released a few months ago. And still to this day I can put this album on, and it helps. That’s one thing I have always loved about music, the fact that it can be therapy if you allow it to be. And this album is just that for me. The track “Living for the Weekend” is amazing, and the words that Tim and Mike are singing are words that need to be heard by the masses.
Wandering Stars-Vaudeville in Collage
I’m thankful for this release for a few reasons. Let’s get the biggest one out of the way now. This is the side-project of Derek Christopher from The Ghost Town Railroad. And he went all out with it (more on that in a second) let’s hit the first one quick. And that is, Derek asked yours truly to contribute vocals to one of the songs. I’ve never done anything like this before, and I was nervous as can be. But it turned out pretty good, if I may say so. I’m on the track, “Babble on Babylon.” The other reason I’m thankful for this release is Derek Christopher had a vision, and he made it work. In my eyes he is one of the best musicians in Columbus, and if you don’t know his work, you are missing out.
Heroes Like Villains-Bad vs Evil
This release has become the soundtrack to so many days and nights for me. At any given point this album can be heard in the background of anything I’m doing. These five guys outdid themselves with this album. Also, if you know me, which most of you reading this do, then you know how much this album and these guys truly mean to me. Over the past 3 years they have had a hand in so many awesome events in my life, and I will always be thankful for them.
This release makes me beyond happy. I have known BobbyD since I moved here back in 2009. We first bonded over one of my Thursday tattoos. Since that moment, we have been gold. The reason I’m including this release is I know the time and dedication Bobby put into it. Back in 2010 he showed me a song that would go on to be a Teen Fiction song before Teen Fiction was that. And I just remember how excited I was for him and what was to come. I knew he was on to something awesome. Over the next few years, he went on to play festivals, have songs on CBS sports, and so on. So when he told me he was finally releasing an album I was so giddy. And this is it. Much like HLV above, this release has served as the soundtrack to so many nights for me this year. If you want to dance the night away, then this is for you.