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LIVE: Circle Takes the Square, Branx, Portland, OR

By Hollister Dixon

Before we go on, here’s a bit of a history lesson for you, in case you’re uninitiated: Back in 2000, Circle Takes The Square started in Gainesville, GA. Over the course of their first four years, they released three things: a self-titled EP, a split 12″ with compatriots Pageninetynine, and As The Roots Undo, an album that a lot of people consider to be their magnum opus. Following this, the band grew quiet. After touring the album, they retreated to write new music, or to recharge, or something. Around 2006, a live demo, called “Ritual of Names”, appeared on the band’s MySpace page. The band underwent a considerable amount of lineup changes, which – if you’re exceptionally nerdy about music – is usually a bad sign. Drew Speziale and Kathy Coppola, the band’s sole original members, began talking about a new album, though nothing came of it. Nothing, until “Ritual Of Names” appeared as “Enter By The Narrow Gates” on their second album called Decompositions: Volume One, which finally saw the light of day in 2012, 8 years after their first record.

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Episode 80: It’s Not Irony, It’s Just Rock ‘n’ Roll

Thanks to Jeremy Petersen and Mo Troper for joining us this week! You can listen above, and download the episode HERE!


  • Irony in music
  • What does it look like when a band makes “ironic” music?
  • Is it too prevalent in today’s music?
  • How can you tell the difference between irony and sincerity?

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