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From The Desk Of Strand Of Oaks: The Last Minute Of “The Sopranos” Episode “Join The Club”

Tim Showalter’s hellishly abrupt near-demise late last year via a car accident was hardly the sole inspiration for Strand Of Oaks’ disarming new release. There was plenty of real-life drama before the accident to form the angst-ridden basis for what is easily Showalter’s most cathartic musical statement to date. Really, it was the culmination of a series of mini-mental breakdowns that began quite out of the blue, when Showalter was touring overseas for 2012’s Dark Shores, an album he wasn’t particularly proud of. On the road nonstop for two years, he was witnessing his marriage unravel from afar, and pretty much hating what he saw in the mirror. Emotionally spent and creatively unbound, he churned out 30 songs in three weeks. Ten of those made HEAL, an LP as off-putting as it is invigorating, and one that abandons the folky trappings of previous Strand Of Oaks releases—perhaps for good. Showalter will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new feature on him.

TheSopranos

Showalter: The apex of the visual form called television. Tony sitting on the bed staring to a distant light. All of his masculinity dismantled. I’m crying right now. Then the hushed fade in of Moby’s “When It’s Cold I Like To Die” washes over the scene and completely devastates my shit. I have faith in humanity if we are still able to create such beauty. I recently watched this Sopranos episode for the first time since James Gandolfini passed away, and it was just too much to handle.

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From The Desk Of Strand Of Oaks: Getting A Late-Night Call From Joe Pug

Tim Showalter’s hellishly abrupt near-demise late last year via a car accident was hardly the sole inspiration for Strand Of Oaks’ disarming new release. There was plenty of real-life drama before the accident to form the angst-ridden basis for what is easily Showalter’s most cathartic musical statement to date. Really, it was the culmination of a series of mini-mental breakdowns that began quite out of the blue, when Showalter was touring overseas for 2012’s Dark Shores, an album he wasn’t particularly proud of. On the road nonstop for two years, he was witnessing his marriage unravel from afar, and pretty much hating what he saw in the mirror. Emotionally spent and creatively unbound, he churned out 30 songs in three weeks. Ten of those made HEAL, an LP as off-putting as it is invigorating, and one that abandons the folky trappings of previous Strand Of Oaks releases—perhaps for good. Showalter will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new feature on him.

JoePug

Showalter: Joe Pug is one of my top humans ever. He took me on my first real tour, and we had some fucking crazy adventures. We spent more than three months in a van with one another, and I’d do anything to get that time back. Even if that can’t happen, we still have these epic late-night phone calls. I’m on my porch in Philly, he’s on his porch in Austin, and we probably consume a case of beer each during the talk. Listen to him sing “Hymn 101,” and you’ll know how lucky I am to have him as a friend.

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From The Desk Of Strand Of Oaks: The National’s “Pink Rabbits”

Tim Showalter’s hellishly abrupt near-demise late last year via a car accident was hardly the sole inspiration for Strand Of Oaks’ disarming new release. There was plenty of real-life drama before the accident to form the angst-ridden basis for what is easily Showalter’s most cathartic musical statement to date. Really, it was the culmination of a series of mini-mental breakdowns that began quite out of the blue, when Showalter was touring overseas for 2012’s Dark Shores, an album he wasn’t particularly proud of. On the road nonstop for two years, he was witnessing his marriage unravel from afar, and pretty much hating what he saw in the mirror. Emotionally spent and creatively unbound, he churned out 30 songs in three weeks. Ten of those made HEAL, an LP as off-putting as it is invigorating, and one that abandons the folky trappings of previous Strand Of Oaks releases—perhaps for good. Showalter will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new feature on him.

TheNational

Showalter: The most important song for me in recent memory. A lot of music is great but not important. Listening to “Pink Rabbits” became mandatory for me. I would associate this song with my lost month or months last fall. I unfortunately discovered that drinking potato vodka alone with the only the National to keep you company can be dangerous. I would find myself talking with angels and other crazy shit when this song was on repeat. Then I realized I don’t have to get fucked up to love this record. This song saved me and destroyed me simultaneously.

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From The Desk Of Strand Of Oaks: Berlin

Tim Showalter’s hellishly abrupt near-demise late last year via a car accident was hardly the sole inspiration for Strand Of Oaks’ disarming new release. There was plenty of real-life drama before the accident to form the angst-ridden basis for what is easily Showalter’s most cathartic musical statement to date. Really, it was the culmination of a series of mini-mental breakdowns that began quite out of the blue, when Showalter was touring overseas for 2012’s Dark Shores, an album he wasn’t particularly proud of. On the road nonstop for two years, he was witnessing his marriage unravel from afar, and pretty much hating what he saw in the mirror. Emotionally spent and creatively unbound, he churned out 30 songs in three weeks. Ten of those made HEAL, an LP as off-putting as it is invigorating, and one that abandons the folky trappings of previous Strand Of Oaks releases—perhaps for good. Showalter will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new feature on him.

Berlin

Showalter: I travel all the time. I really love living in Philadelphia and have no intention of leaving anytime soon. But within the first hour of me being in Berlin, I instantly wanted live there. I have no idea why or what effect the city had on me, except that I felt at home. I spent a few days there a few weeks ago, and the urge was only growing stronger. The people, the vibe, the electronic music, the parks, the buildings, everything about this city seemed to be made for me. I would love to know if other people have this reaction.

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From The Desk Of Strand Of Oaks: Sharon Van Etten’s “Are We There”

Tim Showalter’s hellishly abrupt near-demise late last year via a car accident was hardly the sole inspiration for Strand Of Oaks’ disarming new release. There was plenty of real-life drama before the accident to form the angst-ridden basis for what is easily Showalter’s most cathartic musical statement to date. Really, it was the culmination of a series of mini-mental breakdowns that began quite out of the blue, when Showalter was touring overseas for 2012’s Dark Shores, an album he wasn’t particularly proud of. On the road nonstop for two years, he was witnessing his marriage unravel from afar, and pretty much hating what he saw in the mirror. Emotionally spent and creatively unbound, he churned out 30 songs in three weeks. Ten of those made HEAL, an LP as off-putting as it is invigorating, and one that abandons the folky trappings of previous Strand Of Oaks releases—perhaps for good. Showalter will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new feature on him.

SharonVanEtten

Showalter: No description needed. My favorite record.

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From The Desk Of Strand Of Oaks: Frye Harness Black Motorcycle Boots

Tim Showalter’s hellishly abrupt near-demise late last year via a car accident was hardly the sole inspiration for Strand Of Oaks’ disarming new release. There was plenty of real-life drama before the accident to form the angst-ridden basis for what is easily Showalter’s most cathartic musical statement to date. Really, it was the culmination of a series of mini-mental breakdowns that began quite out of the blue, when Showalter was touring overseas for 2012’s Dark Shores, an album he wasn’t particularly proud of. On the road nonstop for two years, he was witnessing his marriage unravel from afar, and pretty much hating what he saw in the mirror. Emotionally spent and creatively unbound, he churned out 30 songs in three weeks. Ten of those made HEAL, an LP as off-putting as it is invigorating, and one that abandons the folky trappings of previous Strand Of Oaks releases—perhaps for good. Showalter will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new feature on him.

FryeBoots

Showalter: I’m fucking broke, so instead of owning a lot, I only own a few good things. The best choice my feet ever made was to get these boots. Like any amazing thing in my life, it has to include some pain. For the first few weeks, these boots made my feet look like butcher-shop windows, but my god when my feet conquered the leather, I found the truth. Seriously, go through the pain, and you will receive the best shoes of your life. So, Frye? I play international and only wear your boots. Just saying.

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From The Desk Of Strand Of Oaks: Having Lunch With Eric Bachmann

Tim Showalter’s hellishly abrupt near-demise late last year via a car accident was hardly the sole inspiration for Strand Of Oaks’ disarming new release. There was plenty of real-life drama before the accident to form the angst-ridden basis for what is easily Showalter’s most cathartic musical statement to date. Really, it was the culmination of a series of mini-mental breakdowns that began quite out of the blue, when Showalter was touring overseas for 2012’s Dark Shores, an album he wasn’t particularly proud of. On the road nonstop for two years, he was witnessing his marriage unravel from afar, and pretty much hating what he saw in the mirror. Emotionally spent and creatively unbound, he churned out 30 songs in three weeks. Ten of those made HEAL, an LP as off-putting as it is invigorating, and one that abandons the folky trappings of previous Strand Of Oaks releases—perhaps for good. Showalter will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new feature on him.

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Showalter: Sometimes, life is pretty fucking great. One of the shining parts of mine is getting to be friends with one my heroes. I got to tour with Crooked Fingers a while back and was quickly baptized by the well earned wisdom of Eric Bachmann. In the midst of my complete mental breakdown last fall, I got a random text from Eric to get lunch. It’s like he knew that I was hurting. We sat and talked for a few hours, and I walked away a better person. You want to see a grown scary looking man cry, put on “Man O War” by Eric Bachmann—easy.

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From The Desk Of Strand Of Oaks: Pure THC Breath Spray While Listening To Phospherescent’s “Muchacho”

Tim Showalter’s hellishly abrupt near-demise late last year via a car accident was hardly the sole inspiration for Strand Of Oaks’ disarming new release. There was plenty of real-life drama before the accident to form the angst-ridden basis for what is easily Showalter’s most cathartic musical statement to date. Really, it was the culmination of a series of mini-mental breakdowns that began quite out of the blue, when Showalter was touring overseas for 2012’s Dark Shores, an album he wasn’t particularly proud of. On the road nonstop for two years, he was witnessing his marriage unravel from afar, and pretty much hating what he saw in the mirror. Emotionally spent and creatively unbound, he churned out 30 songs in three weeks. Ten of those made HEAL, an LP as off-putting as it is invigorating, and one that abandons the folky trappings of previous Strand Of Oaks releases—perhaps for good. Showalter will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new feature on him.

PureTHCBreathSpray

Showalter: I’m not going to explain this one much. Except that when it happened, I think I heard the first echoes of the universe’s creation. Legalize it!!!!

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From The Desk Of Strand Of Oaks: EarthQuaker Pedals

Tim Showalter’s hellishly abrupt near-demise late last year via a car accident was hardly the sole inspiration for Strand Of Oaks’ disarming new release. There was plenty of real-life drama before the accident to form the angst-ridden basis for what is easily Showalter’s most cathartic musical statement to date. Really, it was the culmination of a series of mini-mental breakdowns that began quite out of the blue, when Showalter was touring overseas for 2012’s Dark Shores, an album he wasn’t particularly proud of. On the road nonstop for two years, he was witnessing his marriage unravel from afar, and pretty much hating what he saw in the mirror. Emotionally spent and creatively unbound, he churned out 30 songs in three weeks. Ten of those made HEAL, an LP as off-putting as it is invigorating, and one that abandons the folky trappings of previous Strand Of Oaks releases—perhaps for good. Showalter will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new feature on him.

EarthQuakerPedals

Showalter: I’ve made my best music in Akron, Ohio. Its a town that is very dear to my heart. My producing partner Ben Vehorn’s studio is based there, and it seems like every person I’ve met there is instantly a friend. Ben also works part time with this boutique pedal company. If you’re like me and always on a spiritual tone quest, finding the right pedal is like reaching nirvana. When it came time to make HEAL, EarthQuaker generously gave us every single one of their pedals! There are moments on some guitar solos where I think we signal chained at least 15 pedals at once. The amp rattled with the might of Thor’s hammer. Also Julie Robbins, who runs the company with her husband, gives the greatest hugs. Seriously, she is amazing. Buy their pedals and shred fucking face.

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From The Desk Of Strand Of Oaks: Duncan Trussell’s “Family Hour”

Tim Showalter’s hellishly abrupt near-demise late last year via a car accident was hardly the sole inspiration for Strand Of Oaks’ disarming new release. There was plenty of real-life drama before the accident to form the angst-ridden basis for what is easily Showalter’s most cathartic musical statement to date. Really, it was the culmination of a series of mini-mental breakdowns that began quite out of the blue, when Showalter was touring overseas for 2012’s Dark Shores, an album he wasn’t particularly proud of. On the road nonstop for two years, he was witnessing his marriage unravel from afar, and pretty much hating what he saw in the mirror. Emotionally spent and creatively unbound, he churned out 30 songs in three weeks. Ten of those made HEAL, an LP as off-putting as it is invigorating, and one that abandons the folky trappings of previous Strand Of Oaks releases—perhaps for good. Showalter will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new feature on him.

DuncanTrussellFamilyHour

Showalter: I don’t know Duncan, but after listening to hours of his flawless podcast, I feel like I do. Its hard to explain how much I’ve grown as a person listening to his words and his guests. Obviously, it’s funny, but underneath his comedy lies a true guru. A great starting point would be his episode with Father John Misty. And Duncan—if you’re reading, I’ll be in L.A. in August. Let’s do this!

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