09.16.16 LISTENING

Figured these listening diary entries might be a bit more interesting with some commentary.
  1. THE HOLD STEADY
    Boys and Girls in America (2006) • I'm not a big lyrics person, but I love most of these. Lots of stories of young love/lust and being bored in middle America. Also just a great album of guitar rock. I feel like they peaked as a band here, but still made good records.
  2. WREKMEISTER HARMONIES
    Light Falls (2016) • It's hard for me to even know how to describe their music: heavy, graceful, orchestral, tortured, doom metal, symphonic, etc. It's not for everyone, but everybody I know that's into it is INTO it.
  3. KAITLYN AURELIA SMITH & SUZANNE CIANI
    Sunergy (2016) • One pioneer of electronic synth music (Ciani), with one of today's future legends (Smith). Two times the modular synths = more than twice the fun. This album is a real pleasure.
  4. OKKERVIL RIVER
    Away (2016) • I really like everything this band has done, but for some reason I don't listen to them more than I do. Have ticket to see them next week. Should be fun.
  5. KLAXONS
    Myths of the Near Future (2007) • This album won the Mercury Prize. I probably listen to it once a year, but should play it more as it's damn good. I think they maintained a decent career in the UK, but they fell off of the face of the planet here it seems.
  6. RONU MAJUMDAR
    Jewels of India (2005) • Bansuri (Indian bamboo flute) chills my ass out in so many ways. I should listen more than I do. Saw this guy live several years ago. Was an A+ experience.
  7. BRAD MEHLDAU & JOSHUA REDMAN
    Nearness (2016) • Just logged my first listen to this new record by these two jazz greats. Didn't realize it wasn't a full band record (it's just piano and sax.) I need to listen more with that in mind because I was distracted by my misconceptions before listening. Very good, just not what I was expecting.