For all you Sufjan fans out there, I found this album recently. Honestly, I’m not sure why they think there will be appeal here, and I’m honestly not a huge fan, either, but any purchases are donated to Komen for the Cure so that’s nice. I guess I’m a purist.
The new My Morning Jacket is finally starting to get under my skin (in a good way). I’ve had the album playing on shuffle all day for the past few days and tunes like “Holdin On To Black Metal,”“Victory Dance” and “The Day Is Coming” in particular are starting to shine. It’s certainly a new style for them - at least “Holdin On…” is. Regardless of any major stylistic changes, this album does a lot more for me than “Evil Urges” ever did. There were some good tracks on “Evil Urges,” but I definitely think Jim James is beginning to write much more creative stuff in terms of lyrics.
If you’re like our fellow blogger Broken Deerfield Scene or whatever the heck his name is nowadays, then sometimes you need to chill your nips. For that I suggest some nice Belle & Sebastian. I recommend their classic album The Boy With the Arab Strap. The last song, The Roller Coaster Ride, is one of my favorites and basically inspired this post. Just put it on and stare at your ceiling and chill out and if you don’t feel soothed afterwards, then I cannot help you.
Some of you may know this—I didn’t—but Coldplay is releasing a new EP on Sunday. Do we care? I don’t know anymore. Although I will admit that now and then, a bit of redundant Coldplay is just what I need to get me through the day..anyway enough of the hating because I really like this new track, which is the last one on the EP. You can read more about it here, but if you don’t care that much, just watch the video:
Another post inspired by Spin’s spread on the revitalization of Americana: I groovesharked The Head and the Heart this afternoon (while prepping for the math SAT II..) and it hurt to stop listening to their album. This song in particular I loved. The bass beat is reminiscent of John Lennon’s Give Peace A Chance, but with a more polished sound, obviously. Another one I really like is this:
The lyrics are sweet: that typical nouveau-americana combination of really vague stanzas that make people crazy on songmeanings.com and archaic-feeling lyrics such as
I know there’s California, Oklahoma And all of the places I ain’t ever been to but Down in the valley with Whiskey rivers These are the places you will find me hidin’ These are the places I will always go
So try them on for size, see what you think. P.S. If you don’t have a grooveshark account, you should. It’s a great way to try out new albums.
On my way to France this morning (last night? earlier this afternoon? who the hell knows I hate time changes), I picked up a copy of Spin Magazine because my dear dear Mumford & Sons graced the cover. Looking closer, The Low Anthem was also featured, and it turned out that the main story of this issue was about the resurgence of Americana. I jumped for Joy. It also covered the history of Lollapalooza. Anyway, I was quite happy to see that The Low Anthem, which my co-bloggers and I saw when they opened for Iron & Wine when we saw him at Mass MoCA. Here is my favorite track, Love and Altar. They have more upbeat stuff, too, though. If that’s your thang, and you want a twangy slower-than-rollicking 3/4 piece, look up Hey All You Hippies.
This morning, NPR did a short segment on Bon Iver’s new album, however they did not play the full interview on the radio. On their website, however, they did include an audio version of the interview with Justin Vernon as well as the transcript for the interview. Enjoy!!
Radiohead’s new “From The Basement” session will be released soon. This single tune was posted to their website Deadairspace. It was interesting to watch them perform, even if Radiohead has done more creative things in the past - Thom Yorke is very exciting to watch and it was educational to see how they create some of their more unusual in-studio effects.