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The BIG Reason

Music, opinions, and portfolio of Mark Eagleton, musician and web developer in Northern CA.


This is where I tell you what I really think. This website doesn’t support comments by design, that is what your blog is for!

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  2. Sorta Surviving album cover

    New Music Tuesday: Tim Bluhm, Sorta Surviving draft

    Tim Bluhm is probably the closest thing we have to a “father of country music” in Northern California. I know. It’s weird to give that title to someone so young (not to mention someone arguably better known in rock music circles), but if you think about the history of country music in California, practically all of it was written in the southern portion of the state. As far as Northern California is concerned, there has never been a country artist so thoroughly rooted—lyrically and geographically—in the better half of our state than Bluhm.

  3. Collage of 24 album covers

    Best Albums of 2018

    I know I’m a little late to the game with my album picks this year, but 2018 was just so rich with amazing new music that I couldn’t just poop this out all willy nilly. Unlike other folks with their best album lists, I believe in waiting a few weeks after the new year to let all the late releases settle in with me. And it’s a good thing I did, as a few late December releases made my list!

  4. Aaron Lee Tasjan’s Karma for Cheap in Apple Music
  5. Robbie Fulks And Linda Gail Lewis - Wild! Wild! Wild! album cover
  6. Daniel Romano Human Touch and Nerveless Album Covers
  7. Primitive Man, Caustic album cover
  8. New Country to Be album cover
  9. The Brother Brothers Tugboats E.P. album cover
  10. My Bones Hold a Stillness album cover
  11. Luke Bell album cover.
  12. Daniel Romano Mosey album cover
  13. Psychic Warfare album cover
  14. OYLS Maps single cover

    New Music Tuesday: OLYS, Maps

    Every week I try to find something new and interesting that is also a bit outside my wheel house. (Obviously, some weeks are more of a struggle than others.) I was tipped of to OLYS new single last week, and found myself spinning it quite a bit. As wheelhouses go, this fits fairly snuggly outside of mine.

  15. Instructions album cover

    New Music Tuesday: HECK, Instructions

    I have to apologize, I’ve been sitting on this one for a few weeks. But you know what? This amazing Instructions record I found those few weeks ago has been in regular rotation in my iTunes. Actually, loop is probably a more appropriate word. It is so good that it has eclipsed all new releases for me for the past two weeks!

  16. Righteous Girl cover image
  17. Orchids and Violence album cover
  18. Songs in the Key of Animals album cover
  19. Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Arc album cover
  20. Drug Cabin Wiggle Room album cover

    New Music Tuesday: Drug Cabin, Wiggle Room

    My wife found this record over the weekend. She has a keen eye for wicked shit. I’m not sure how she stumbled upon this one, but I lit up as soon as she did. Drug Cabin’s Wiggle Room is like Ween made a whole record of all psychedelic songs. I consider myself pretty much the biggest Ween fan there is, so this is really saying something. The best part is that this is actually their second album this year, so it’s like Ween made two records of all psychedelic songs!