I’ve been listening to back catalogs lately. I have the tendency to start in with an artist, and then move forward with them…a few exceptions (looking at you, Midnight Oil, Rush, U2, and Seventy Sevens). So now I’m playing catchup.
Another streaming album I discovered yesterday by John Grant, and haven’t listened to more than once. However, what I heard makes me want to listen to it more. It’s got complexities and textures to the songs…I found myself being won over by songs I didn’t think I liked at first by the end of the last notes.
I thought I shouldn’t be afraid to talk about it, as there are lots of people in my situation, who feel like outcasts in society, people who had addiction problems, who feel ashamed and unlovable because of it,” Grant said in a recent press release. “I want these people to know they have someone on a stage who is dealing with this too.
Let me know what you think about this, and I’ll try to add my own thoughts after I’ve had a chance to give it a listen.
I’ve included her on some of the Memorial Day albums in the past, but Patty Griffin has a new album out today. I found a link to a streaming version of it, and wanted to share it with you all. Her songs grow on me — she’s the best type of songwriter in that her songs aren’t a “one-listen and discard” type. It takes some long, attentive listens and road trips across Kansas to really become embedded in my life experience, giving a voice to bunch of emotions I didn’t even know I had until her songs came along.
I don’t know that all of you have any history with this band, though most of you received an Irish cd at some point with some of their music on it. Their latest album is a series of slower, more sombre tunes, but their musicianship still shines. I thought the video was kind of pretty too.
I’ve been listening to Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, and think you guys might like the recommendation. You can download some free tracks from their album here…including the song reinterpreted below.
I found them thanks to video below, one of the most endearing YouTube videos I’ve seen in a long time…. Hope I’m not overselling it.
I wish I could play a guitar, so I could do this with my kids….
I thought I’d feature some music that I’ve discovered lately from each of our cities. Peters may have to settle for Lawrence — I ‘m not sure if Lindsborg is churning out new music. So I found this band called Now, Now (formerly Now, Now Every Children) and like their music quite a bit…catchy and light. Hope you guys are in the mood for some of that today. If you like these tracks, I recommend checking out some more of their wares.
I have to admit, I am unfamiliar with any of these artists previous to this week. So I cannot attest to the longevity of the liking of these tracks — only that for a moment while working some melody within captured my short attention beyond the usual. Enjoy?