|Photo by Ted Bois|
For me, when The New Pornographers release a new record, it's like comfort food: I know I'll really enjoy it, but it's nothing new. But when it comes to the other projects of the group's members, I tend to get really stuck on them. Neko Case's The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You (2013) and Destroyer's Kaputt (2011) are two of my favorite albums of the past four years.
Needless to say, I wasn't surprised that I took so quickly to "Dream Lover", the lead single from Destroyer's forthcoming record, Poison Season (August 28).
"Survival" is the lead single from Momentary Lapse of Happily, the debut album of Adult Mom. And unlike a few of the adult moms on my Facebook feed who I hardly know, I haven't hid their posts.
On a rare night when I was browsing the TV listings beyond the sports channels, I discovered that I get a music channel called Palladia. I don't remember what they were airing at the time, because I noticed that later on in the night they were going to air the most recent episode of Later... with Jools Holland, a British music show that I've only seen clips from. The lead bands from this particular episode were Blur and The Vaccines (with a surprise appearance by Minnesota's Davina and the Vagabonds).
The Vaccines played "Handsome" (and two others) from their latest album English Graffiti, which is streaming now on NPR.
Every once in a while, when I can't decide what to listen to at work, I'll dig into different music journalists' lists to try to find something new. Earlier this week, I explored Pitchfork's Top 100 Albums of the 1990s. While there were many familiar names and albums, there was plenty of unfamiliar territory. That's how I ran across Talk Talk, an English band that released five albums from '81-'91.
Laughing Stock was their final album, and based on two minutes of internet research, their most critically acclaimed. I wonder why they called it quits (I'm sure I could find out with more internet research)?