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. Continue reading →
It happens to us all. Generally there are always a few albums at a time that are on heavy rotation for me, but every now and then, my attention span can’t reach outside a few tracks that I am obsessing over at the time. This past week has certainly been one, that for whatever reason, a few select tracks have reigned paramount out of my library than all others. For some this has been the case for a while. Others are brand new. But no matter the case, this is what I have been recently obsessed with.
Breaking Bad is back in full swing for its final eight episodes, and two episodes in, I can’t get my mind off the show. Beyond the brilliant acting, cinematography, and incredible story, music supervisor Thomas Golubić has crafted some of the greatest TV music moments of all-time. So as a way to talk more Breaking Bad (without having to watch Talking Bad) and to give the show’s music its proper due, here are five of my favorite songs/music moments from Breaking Bad. Also, let this serve as a SPOILER ALERT: I may spoil a thing or two if you haven’t seen the show at this point. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
Having recently attended a live taping of the wonderful Chicago-based music podcast Sound Opinions, I thought it might be a good idea to use my Friday playlist slot to tout some music podcasts, since podcasting really helps fill out my week. I will say considering podcasts are a listening medium, there are nowhere near as many great music podcasts as comedy (which Austin gave a list of last year), news, and other categories, but alas, I still have five great ones for this list. Also there are several great podcasts that talk about music as well as other pop culture, but I decided to stick with 5 straight up music podcasts. Continue reading →