The big release of the week, at least in our minds, was Nine Inch Nail’s Hesitation Marks. But this has been a pretty full week in music. One of Justin Vernon’s “non-Bon Iver” projects, Volcano Choir, released their sophomore effort to mostly positive marks. Neko Case (aka the next best thing to Jenny Lewis) released her first album in four years. The perpetually underrated Okkervil River released another solid effort. I was also introduced to a new artist (for me) called The Julie Ruin, which I was rather delighted with. And finally, wait for it, I give some love to an artist who released my most hated album of 2012. All in all, an overwhelming week in music, and since we won’t be able to give every one of these artists their full due, here is a little Friday snippet of each. Enjoy y’all.
The Julie Ruin – “Oh Come On”
This song is so damn fun. Kinda like a lower-fi Sleigh Bells and a little bit looser. “Oh Come On” is a quick two and a half minutes of blustery mayhem, and one of the ballsier additions to my iTunes library in 2013. Can’t wait to hear more.
I was recently watching a BBC show called Black Mirror, which is kind of like a modern Twilight Zone centered around the theme of advances in technology. The show is great itself, but where it becomes relevant to our little neck of the web is the song it introduced to me in its second episode. Each episode is a self-contained morality tale, and the second episode centers around a future world where the vast majority of the population rides stationary bikes to power the imagined future world. A small subsection of the population are television personalities similar to Stanley Tucci’s character in The Hunger Games. Citizens of this future world can enter American Idol-like contests to achieve celebrity of many sorts. I won’t give away the rest of the episode, but just want to give a strong recommendation for anyone with an imagination to check it out. And most importantly, the program introduced me to the first song on this list. Enjoy and happy Friday.
Suffice it to say, all of our musical tastes have changed quite a bit since we were adolescents. That being said, there is certainly a lot to be said for the music we all listened to in high school. Some of it may be embarrassing (I may have enjoyed some pretty trashy alt-rock at some point), but there is a lot of music I would still deem good that I dabbled with. So today, I decided to pick a selection from some of the bands I first saw live. From the first band I saw through my jam-bandy years, I was fortunate enough to have the freedom to travel around the Midwest and see some pretty great acts while I was still reveling in my newly-minted driver’s license. Without further ado, here is a quick snapshot of my early listenings, and a word or two about the live experience that fueled my love of music.
I don’t have quite enough time to give the new Jason Isbell album, Southeastern, proper thrift. So instead I’m gonna just throw out a few country-ish songs I’ve been listening to a lot lately. These range from rock/country hybrids to pretty pure country fare. I have been listening to a lot of this stuff lately, and I can’t exactly tell you why. Maybe its summer. Maybe its my mood. Or maybe there’s no reason at all. Enjoy, and feel free to recommend some of your favorite country tunes.
Keeping in line with our post yesterday, highlighting what we believe to be the ten best psychedelic rock albums of all time, I decided to cull a few choice nuggets from my personal library and say a few words. Seeing as our list of albums yesterday stuck mostly to the classics (and understandably so), I decided to keep most of the tracks on here a bit more modern. In a bit of a hurry today, so I’ll let you get right to the action. Enjoy.
Kurt Vile – “Wakin on a Pretty Day”
Todd, Wes, and I had a little text conversation yesterday about Kurt Vile’s new album, Wakin on a Pretty Daze, and while we couldn’t decide whether it was superior to his previous release (Smoke Ring For My Halo), we all agreed its pretty damn good. Album opener, “Wakin on a Pretty Day”, to me, shows Vile is becoming completely comfortable in his strengths and abilities. And unlike many of the bands that are harkening back to another time that are much-lauded today, I feel Vile alludes to his influences more than mimics them.