Thursday, July 29, 2010

What I'm Listening To July 16 - 22, 2010

1. The New Pornographers - Together (Matador)

2. The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema (Matador)

3. The New Pornographers - Challengers (Matador)

4. Joanna Newsom - Have One On Me (Drag City)

5. Blitzen Trapper - Destroyer of the Void (Sub Pop)

6. Everest - On Approach (Vapor Records)

7. Pinback presents The Rob and Zack Show - ascii E.P. (self release)

8. Seasons - Winter EP (self release)

9. The Californian - Sea of Love EP (self release - Gold State Music)

10. The New Pornographers - Electric Version (Matador)

O.K., this is going to happen once in a while, I'm going to see a favorite band that happens to have 3 or 4 great albums, and I spend the preceeding days gourging myself on their music. This time it was The New Pornographers, and as I never tire of their sound, I just went crazy as shit over their fantastic catalog. Twin Cinemas and Challengers being my all time favorites, each of which has at least eight great songs on it. And the double concerts I saw by them confirmed that my passion is completely there! Take that you pornography haters.

Joanna Newsom reminds me of those beetles in the Brendan Frasier remake of The Mummy. The ones that bore their way under your skin and then travel sub-cutaneously, up to your brain where they feast (until you run straight into a wall). Well, Joanna Newsom is eating my brain. Have One On Me plugged into me a week ago and, though it goes on to excess, there's some amazing treasures here, not the least of which are the beautiful orchestrations. Looking forward to her concert on July 31.

What more can I say about Blitzen Trapper and Everest except that Destroyer of the Void and On Approach may be vying for my favorite album of the year in a few months. They just don't diminish with repeated listenings. The Pinback album primed me for their concert last Saturday night.

Seasons' Winter is like sitting by a warm fire, and when I was recently asked to name my ten favorite single songs of the year so far, I included "Of Our Discontent" because it's just such a pretty song. The Californian (Sea of Love) is another candidate for E.P of the year, with it's four wonderfully diverse songs.


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