Joe Haege’s Latest Album is a bit like Celery

22 Oct

For those of you who don’t know, Joe Haege is the lead from 31Knots and currently a solo musician under the name Vin Blanc/ White Wine.  Joe has also worked with bands such as Tu Fawning and Menomena. I’m not going to give you a whole history of Joe’s career you can look into that by following a wiki link (come on, I’m too lazy to copy that stuff). What I would like to talk about is Joe’s latest album, “In Every Way but One,” which he gave me when I met him a few weeks ago at a Dodos concert in Toronto.

First of all, I had no idea he would be touring with The Dodos, second of all I was kind of thrilled. After the show I awkwardly approached Joe to confirm that he was in fact the lead from 31Knots. We talked for a little while about his music and the odd coincidence that I, a fan of 31Knots, would know about the Portland band. That’s when Joe announced that he wanted to get his solo album for me. When Logan Kroeber, the drummer from The Dodo‘s heard that Joe was giving me his latest album he said something along the lines of, “oh no you’re going to ruin her innocence!”

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At the time I didn’t really get what he meant. I TOTALLY DO NOW. And it’s great. Phooey to innocence. If lost innocence means exposure to good art that’s fine with me. On the inside of CD cover of “In Every Way but One” Joe talks about his struggle in the music industry in terms of gaining recognition and his coming to terms with the reality of his career. This album is a product of Joe coming to terms with his frustrations and accepting his passion for music and I think it’s a thoroughly enjoyable and honest piece of work. This album reminds me of an Aldous Huxley quote I once saw on the internet, “I’m afraid of losing my obscurity, genuineness only thrives in the dark, like celery.” On that note, “In Every Way but One” is a lot like celery, it grew in the darkness of obscurity and it’s pretty great. This album is also calorie free… it might even help you lose a couple calories. (Terrible pun.) You can listen/buy his album by clicking here.


One Response to “Joe Haege’s Latest Album is a bit like Celery”


  1. Great performers, great composers, greatness all around! | The Starving Musician's Kitchen - October 22, 2013

    […] In addition to finally seeing The Dodos live, I also met Joe Haege, the lead singer from 31knots. Joe has been touring with The Dodos playing the guitar and he recently released a solo album under the name Vin Blanc/ White Wine called “In Every way but One.” A quick Joe Haege google search reveals that he is “the creepiest guy in Portland…” and I have to admit, “In Every Way but One” reinforces this idea, but also shows that Joe Haege has some serious talent. I’m thoroughly enjoying this album and I highly recommend checking it out! Click here to read my post, which likens Joe’s album to celery. […]

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