It’s been a little while since I’ve posted one of these puppies, and I know how much you all enjoy some new tunes, so hopefully I’ve still got the knack. I’ve got 4 tracks for you all to preview, things I’ve been listening to recently and I think you’ll like.
Shangri-La by M. Ward
First up is M. Ward, one of my favorite musicians right now. In my eyes, the guy can do no wrong. He’s got a new album called Hold Time coming out on Feb. 17, and if you liked his old stuff, you’ll love this as well. He’s got a bunch of guest stars including the lovely Zooey Deschanel and Lucinda Williams. The song above is my ABSOLUTE favorite song on the album, and I listen to it on repeat. It sounds old and magical to me, maybe you hear it to?
Meadowlake Street by Ryan Adams
This is an older track that caught my ear a few weeks back. I had never heard a Ryan Adams album before, all I could think of was around 9-11 when he had some song about New York. So I grabbed a couple albums, and well, this song instantly stood out to me. One morning I woke up humming it but unable to think of what it was, and it drove me nuts! I like that the song has a subtle build up, getting more intense as it goes. I’ve also been told I look like Ryan Adams, lucky him. You can find this song on the album Cold Roses.
Dirt on Your New Shoes by Bishop Allen
After a two year wait, Bishop Allen is finally releasing a new album titled Grrr…, and so far I’m really loving it. It’s a lot different from The Broken String, which was mostly a collection of songs recorded as a part of their EP a month project. This album is still pop-tastic, but it seems a little less polished than the previous one. But if you enjoy the song above, definitely pick up the album when it comes out on March 10.
Not a Robot, But A Ghost by Andrew Bird
I complained a lot about Andrew Bird’s last album, Armchair Apocrypha, even saying that Pale Young Gentleman made the album that Andrew should have. But then Andrew Bird released Noble Beasts on January 20, and I took it all back, the guy is definitely back and in a good way. He put away a lot of the gimmicks of the strings and busted out a guitar, which gives the songs a much better sound and feel, freshening them up a lot. When I first got this album I listened to it non-stop, and I’m sure I’ll see this album on my best of the year list. Also be sure to check out the second, instrumental disc called Useless Creatures.