Friday, February 14, 2014

Some Music I Liked This Week (And Last Week, Too)

I bolted out of town last weekend too fast to share music. So here's a combination of two weeks of listening, watching, listening some more and loving.

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Baio

Vampire Weekend's Chris Baio has this funky little side project, aptly named "Baio." And while this style of music usually wouldn't be my cup of tea, I think his album artwork is fantastic. You can see more of it over at his website. Oh, but I do love what he did with Broken Bells' "Holding On For Life".

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Thumpers

I feel like my speakers aren't big enough for these dudes from London (England). Galore by Thumpers just came out on Tuesday. There's a lot of syncopation and clapping, which is good enough for me.

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Sun Kil Moon

Mark Kozelek released Benji on Tuesday under his usual Sun Kil Moon monicker. This track about serial killer Richard Ramirez tickled me. Not because I'm a sociopath, but because it reminded me of a high school speech class in which no less than four of my friends chose serial killers as the subjects of their biographical speeches. I don't recall who I selected, but I do remember enjoying the befuddled and slightly disturbed looks on the faces of our classmates who chose to ruminate on the likes of Justin Timberlake or Eleanor Roosevelt. Our teacher took it all in stride, which made the situation slightly less satisfying. This track's "Richard Ramirez Died Today of Natural Causes".

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Conor Oberst

I was listening to really boring, predictable music until a friend handed me a Bright Eyes CD at some point during our junior year of high school. It was probably an unsafe move, but it opened me up to another world of music. And while I may not share the same emotional connection to Oberst's songs as I did when I was an angst-ridden, artificially downtrodden teenager, he still holds a special place in my heart. So here's a new song by Connor. He recorded it in Nashville and it includes backing vocals from the singing sisters from Sweden, First Aid Kit. Upside Down Mountain comes out May 20. This track's called "Hundreds Of Ways".

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Donna Summer

1975's "Love To Love You Baby" is more incredible than I ever remember it being. So much so that I ordered in on vinyl. I also now understand why my mom would never let me play Donna Summer's Greatest Hits in our Windstar. Look at me now, Mom!

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Spiritualized

Under the monicker Spiritualized Mississippi Space Program, Spiritualized is participating in Lefse Records' Space Project. Artists like Spiritualized, Youth Lagoon, and The Antlers are taking sounds recorded by Voyagers 1 & 2 and incorporating them into some pretty amazing music.

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Billy Joe Royal

"Hush" was released in 1967. Jessie and I heard this song in the background of a film that played as part of the Album: Cinematheque Tangier art show at the Walker Art Center. We'd been watching the documentary for a few minutes when this song came on and without looking at each other, we shared an "aha" musical moment.
 

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