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“Settled in the Unsettled” – Story Behind the Song

“Settled in the Unsettled” is a special song, unlike anything else I’ve yet written. It has perhaps the highest bang-for-your-buck ratio within my discography, packing many memorable musical moments and interesting intellectual inquiries within less than three minutes. The composition leans into my classical and traditional influences, and it’s the first song I’ve released that…

What I’ve Been Listening To (October 2022)

Welcome to my monthly column “What I’ve Been Listening To,” where I publish a post at the end of each month with my 5×5 collage of most-listened releases (which is sourced by my Last.fm account and made into a collage via this site). This column was created for me to share my favorite discoveries with readers…

My Heart Settled in the Middle – New EP Out Now!

In early 2023, I am excited and honored to be releasing my third official studio album, Accidental Days. In the meantime, I have decided to release an EP that features three of that album’s ten songs. The EP, titled My Heart Settled in the Middle, is available now (for free or pay-what-you-want) on Bandcamp, and…

What I’ve Been Listening To (Summer 2022)

Welcome to my monthly column “What I’ve Been Listening To,” where I publish a post at the end of each month with my 5×5 collage of most-listened releases (which is sourced by my Last.fm account and made into a collage via this site). This column was created for me to share my favorite discoveries with readers…

“Middle Of My Words” – Story Behind the Song

Listen to my brand new song “Middle of My Words” (the first single from my upcoming album Accidental Days) wherever you stream music: SpotifyApple MusicYouTubeSoundcloud This blog post contains the story behind the song, which is taken from my August 2022 newsletter. The newsletter readers regularly receive exclusive and early content (including access to this…

My First Wedding Anniversary + New Lyric Video

This website is used to discuss music far more than it’s used to share about my personal life, but sometimes, those two topics collide in beautiful and undeniable ways. One such way was when I released a piano ballad titled “The Things We Can’t Plan” on July 9, 2021. The rushed release of this “single”…

I Just Recorded My Third Album – Want to Know More?

2020: Unfall2021: Development & Compromise2022: ??? Over the past three weeks, I’ve been in studio recording the ten songs that will be released later this year as my third solo album. More information will be announced soon, but if you want to be among the first to learn the album title, hear clips of the…

What I’ve Been Listening To (May 2022)

Welcome to my monthly column “What I’ve Been Listening To,” where I publish a post at the end of each month with my 5×5 collage of most-listened releases (which is sourced by my Last.fm account and made into a collage via this site). This column was created for me to share my favorite discoveries with readers…

What I’ve Been Listening To (April 2022)

Welcome to my monthly column “What I’ve Been Listening To,” where I publish a post at the end of each month with my 5×5 collage of most-listened releases (which is sourced by my Last.fm account and made into a collage via this site). This column was created for me to share my favorite discoveries with readers…

What I’ve Been Listening To (March 2022)

Welcome to my monthly column “What I’ve Been Listening To,” where I publish a post at the end of each month with my 5×5 collage of most-listened releases (which is sourced by my Last.fm account and made into a collage via this site). This column was created for me to share my favorite discoveries with readers…

What I’ve Been Listening To (February 2022)

Welcome to my monthly column “What I’ve Been Listening To,” where I publish a post at the end of each month with my 5×5 collage of most-listened releases (which is sourced by my Last.fm account and made into a collage via this site). This column was created for me to share my favorite discoveries with readers…

What I’ve Been Listening To (January 2022)

Welcome to my monthly column “What I’ve Been Listening To,” where I publish a post at the end of each month with my 5×5 collage of most-listened releases (which is sourced by my Last.fm account and made into a collage via this site). This column was created for me to share my favorite discoveries with readers…

What I’ve Been Listening To (December 2021)

Welcome to my monthly column “What I’ve Been Listening To,” where I publish a post at the end of each month with my 5×5 collage of most-listened releases (which is sourced by my Last.fm account and made into a collage via this site). This column was created for me to share my favorite discoveries with readers…

What I’ve Been Listening To (November 2021)

Welcome to my monthly column “What I’ve Been Listening To,” where I publish a post at the end of each month with my 5×5 collage of most-listened releases (which is sourced by my Last.fm account and made into a collage via this site). This column was created for me to share my favorite discoveries with readers…

What I’ve Been Listening To (October 2021)

Welcome to my monthly column “What I’ve Been Listening To,” where I publish a post at the end of each month with my 5×5 collage of most-listened releases (which is sourced by my Last.fm account and made into a collage via this site). This column was created for me to share my favorite discoveries with readers…

Furnace Fest Re-Cap & What I’ve Been Listening To (9.26.21)

Welcome to my weekly column “What I’ve Been Listening To,” where I publish a post every Sunday with my 5×5 collage of most-listened releases (which is sourced by my Last.fm account and made into a collage via this site). I do not intend these to be lengthy write-ups, but I like to include notes on my…

What I’ve Been Listening To (9.19.21)

Welcome to my weekly column “What I’ve Been Listening To,” where I publish a post every Sunday with my 5×5 collage of most-listened releases (which is sourced by my Last.fm account and made into a collage via this site). I do not intend these to be lengthy write-ups, but I like to include notes on my…

What I’ve Been Listening To (9.12.21)

Welcome to my weekly column “What I’ve Been Listening To,” where I publish a post every Sunday with my 5×5 collage of most-listened releases (which is sourced by my Last.fm account and made into a collage via this site). I do not intend these to be lengthy write-ups, but I like to include notes on my…

What I’ve Been Listening To (9.5.21)

Welcome to my weekly column “What I’ve Been Listening To,” where I publish a post every Sunday with my 5×5 collage of most-listened releases (which is sourced by my Last.fm account and made into a collage via this site). I do not intend these to be lengthy write-ups, but I like to include notes on my…

What I’ve Been Listening To (8.29.21)

Welcome to my weekly column “What I’ve Been Listening To,” where I publish a post every Sunday with my 5×5 collage of most-listened releases (which is sourced by my Last.fm account and made into a collage via this site). I do not intend these to be lengthy write-ups, but I like to include notes on my…

What I’ve Been Listening To (8.22.21)

Welcome to my weekly column “What I’ve Been Listening To,” where I publish a post every Sunday with my 5×5 collage of most-listened releases (which is sourced by my Last.fm account and made into a collage via this site). I do not intend these to be lengthy write-ups, but I like to include notes on my…

Relient K Discography – Ranking and Reviews

Any regular readers of my “What I’ve Been Listening To” series will know that I’m usually going through one or two artist discographies at a time, and I’ve often used those blogs to share a run-down of my overall thoughts, reviews, or rankings on said discography. However, I realized that this was leading to cumbersome…

What I’ve Been Listening To (8.8.21 and 8.15.21)

Welcome to my weekly column “What I’ve Been Listening To,” where I publish a post every Sunday with my 5×5 collage of most-listened releases (which is sourced by my Last.fm account and made into a collage via this site). I do not (*cough* usually) intend these to be lengthy write-ups, but I like to include notes…

What I’ve Been Listening To (8.1.21)

Welcome to my weekly column “What I’ve Been Listening To,” where I publish a post every Sunday with my 5×5 collage of most-listened releases (which is sourced by my Last.fm account and made into a collage via this site). I do not intend these to be lengthy write-ups, but I like to include notes on my…

What I’ve Been Listening To (7.25.21)

Welcome to my weekly column “What I’ve Been Listening To,” where I publish a post every Sunday with my 5×5 collage of most-listened releases (which is sourced by my Last.fm account and made into a collage via this site). I do not intend these to be lengthy write-ups, but I like to include notes on my…

What I’ve Been Listening To – Honeymoon Edition

Welcome back to my weekly column “What I’ve Been Listening To,” where I publish a post every Sunday with my 5×5 collage of most-listened releases (which is sourced by my Last.fm account and made into a collage via this site). I do not intend these to be lengthy write-ups, but I like to include notes on…

What I’ve Been Listening To (2.7.21)

Welcome to my weekly column “What I’ve Been Listening To,” where I publish a post every Sunday with my 5×5 collage of most-listened releases (which is sourced by my Last.fm account and made into a collage via this site). I do not intend these to be lengthy write-ups, but I like to include notes on my…

Friday Awards (January 29, 2021)

Every Friday, I scour the internet for new music releases. The weekly Friday Awards will highlight my favorite discovery each week, with a special emphasis on artists that are new, new-ish, or new to me. January 29th was surely the year’s most stacked release date yet. For most of the weekend, I was torn between writing about…

What I’ve Been Listening To (1.31.21)

Welcome to my weekly column “What I’ve Been Listening To,” where I publish a post every Sunday with my 5×5 collage of most-listened releases (which is sourced by my Last.fm account and made into a collage via this site). I do not intend these to be lengthy write-ups, but I like to include notes on my…

Friday Awards (January 22, 2021)

Every Friday, I scour the internet for new music releases. The weekly Friday Awards will highlight my favorite discovery each week, with a special emphasis on artists that are new, new-ish, or new to me. The big news for this release weekend is that (obviously) my new album came out. But(!) I’m not about to give myself…

About the Song – “Fear Not Want”

Editorial note: The first section of this post is a brand new article about the writing and recording of this song; the second section is adapted from a write-up originally posted on Facebook about the meaning behind the song. “Fear Not Want” was the first single from Development & Compromise, and it has become the…

What I’ve Been Listening To (1.24.21)

Welcome to my weekly column “What I’ve Been Listening To,” where I publish a post every Sunday with my 5×5 collage of most-listened releases (which is sourced by my Last.fm account and made into a collage via this site). I do not intend these to be lengthy write-ups, but I like to include notes on my…

Development & Compromise – Album Credits, Liner Notes, and Lyrics

Click here to stream or purchase the album. Credits:Music & lyrics written by Chase Tremaine (https://chasetremaine.com)Produced, engineered, and mixed by Sean Power at the Hilson Studio (http://www.thehilsonstudio.com)Mastered by Audio Science Mastering (https://www.audiosciencemastering.com)Artwork created by Chase Tremaine and Lauren Crownover (https://www.crownovercreative.com)(Original photography provided by Hudson Hintze and Thusitha Dananjaya)Vocals (tracks 2-12), drums (1-12), electric guitars (1-6,…

Friday Awards (January 15, 2021)

Every Friday, I scour the internet for new music releases. The weekly Friday Awards will highlight my favorite discovery each week, with a special emphasis on artists that are new, new-ish, or new to me. December and January tend to be a slow-down/reset period for the music industry, and I didn’t find any albums from January 1st…

What I’ve Been Listening To (1.17.21)

Welcome to the introductory installment of my “What I’ve Been Listening To” series, where I’ll publish a post every Sunday with my 5×5 collage of most-listened releases (which is sourced by my Last.fm account and made into a collage via this site). I don’t intend these to be lengthy write-ups, but I’ll also include some…

Catching Up From Quarantine

I must apologize to my subscribers. As we approach a full year since my last post, I find myself amazed by how much has changed over the past year. The global pandemic, (amidst all the destruction we’ve seen worldwide that so vastly outweighs little ole me writing about music), threw off all my routines and…

Friday Awards (March 6, 2020)

Every Friday, I scour the internet for new music releases. The weekly Friday Awards will highlight my favorite discovery each week, with a special emphasis on artists that are new, new-ish, or new to me. Theoretically, hardcore and pop-punk are at opposite ends of the punk rock spectrum; hardcore took punk rock in a heavier, metal-oriented direction,…

Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums – Week 7

For the decade of the 2020’s, I plan on listening to approximately one album per week from Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. I will be posting my brief thoughts on each album here. #494 – Oracular Spectacular by MGMT For a publication oft criticized for keeping its nose stuck in the past,…

Friday Awards (February 28, 2020)

Every Friday, I scour the internet for new music releases. The weekly Friday Awards will highlight my favorite discovery each week, with a special emphasis on artists that are new, new-ish, or new to me. Last week, I promised to give this Friday Award to a non-metal/hardcore album, ending a streak that has been going basically all…

Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums – Week 6

For the decade of the 2020’s, I plan on listening to approximately one album per week from Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. I will be posting my brief thoughts on each album here. #495 – Give It Up by Bonnie Raitt Although I’m not very far into this large list, I’m certainly…

Friday Awards (February 21, 2020)

Every Friday, I scour the internet for new music releases. The weekly Friday Awards will highlight my favorite discovery each week, with a special emphasis on artists that are new, new-ish, or new to me. This week continues the hilarious streak of almost all of 2020’s Friday Awards going to heavier (metal- or hardcore-related) artists. And the…

Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums – Week 5

For the decade of the 2020’s, I plan on listening to approximately one album per week from Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. I will be posting my brief thoughts on each album here. #496 – Boz Scaggs by Boz Scaggs Mirroring last week’s album, which was the first RS500 entry that…

Friday Awards (February 14, 2020)

Every Friday, I scour the internet for new music releases. The weekly Friday Awards will highlight my favorite discovery each week, with a special emphasis on artists that are new, new-ish, or new to me. Some weeks, I fail to find an album that really captures me — or I lack the time to search hard enough…

Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums – Week 4

For the decade of the 2020’s, I plan on listening to approximately one album per week from Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. I will be posting my brief thoughts on each album here. #497 – White Blood Cells by The White Stripes We’ve reached the first album on Rolling Stone’s…

Friday Awards (February 7, 2020)

Every Friday, I scour the internet for new music releases. The weekly Friday Awards will highlight my favorite discovery each week, with a special emphasis on artists that are new, new-ish, or new to me. February 7, 2020 was bound to be dedicated to one album — one of my most anticipated albums of the year: Cycle…

Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums – Week 3

For the decade of the 2020’s, I plan on listening to approximately one album per week from Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. I will be posting my brief thoughts on each album here. #498 – The Stone Roses by The Stone Roses To be completely forthright, one of the main…

Friday Awards (January 24, 2020)

Every Friday, I scour the internet for new music releases. The weekly Friday Awards will highlight my favorite discovery each week, with a special emphasis on artists that are new, new-ish, or new to me. January 24, 2020 (my 28th birthday) was a pretty solid release day, especially for artists starting with “C”: Caspian, Colony House, and…

Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums – Week 2

For the decade of the 2020’s, I plan on listening to approximately one album per week from Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. I will be posting my brief thoughts on each album here. #499 – Live in Cook County Jail by B.B. King I’ve never been a blues guy. There…


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