Anywhere but here

Avery’s Albums is a semi-regular column focusing on the music that has shaped and influenced my life.

Fans accused Saves the Day of “selling out” for featuring their faces on the album artwork.

My original plan for this write-up was to falsify a reproduction of an AIM conversation I had about Save’s the Day’s 1999 sophomore album Through Being Cool with an old friend. The conversation was very real, and very specific, but the actual conversation logs have been lost for quite some time now. The conversation seemed like the best vector for discussing this album’s deeper matter, since that’s what the conversation was about. My friend and I did our best to sync our listens…


Making sense of things

Avery’s Albums is a semi-regular column focusing on the music that has shaped and influenced my life.

I don’t know anything about the album art.

In 2005, then fledgling music retail site CD Baby had an interesting feature. A kind of bargain bin, but full of records they hand curated as obscure and worth your time. Every CD in this collection was five dollars, and the site did their best to explain in the descriptions what you were getting into. This was before the ubiquity of streaming or broad coverage of online music shops. There was no way to validate what CD Baby was telling me…except to buy…


Holistic music

Avery’s Albums is a semi-regular column focusing on the music that has shaped and influenced my life.

Cover for Homogenic, designed by Alexander McQueen

The swelling tension that kicks in as soon as Homogenic starts is the telegraph of Björk’s intent for listeners. The Icelandic avant-garde polyglot has had more than a storied career; her life an almost fairy tale-esque tapestry of life entrenched in music, evolving from her early life in a relatively obscure alternative rock band to her current position as the eminent enigma of music.

Homogenic, Björk’s third full-length album was conceived with the specific intent for each song to focus on a unique…


Death and rebirth

Avery’s Albums is a semi-regular column focusing on the music that has shaped and influenced my life.

Album artwork for Islands — Return to the Sea (2006)
Album artwork for Islands — Return to the Sea (2006)
The album cover, extracted from the painting The Sea of Ice by German Romantic artist Caspar David Friedrich

Breakups are hard. When it all disintegrates, you take stock of what you have left and then you have a choice: you can pause — either to stew or reflect — or you can move on. Moving on is hard though. How do you maintain momentum when something has been severed from you? How do you do something distinctly forward-moving without folding in the things you’re trying hard to leave behind? These questions can be hard to answer at a personal level, but…

Avery Nora

Photographer, musician, cook; not in that order. I have opinions and I know how to write them down.

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