I just wanted to take this chance to say sorry for not posting anything for a little while.
I’ve been extremely busy with a gigantic project I’m putting together for the blog. I’ll be announcing what this project is around March, so you’ll have to wait till then to find out. But trust me, it should be pretty rad for everyone, and it involves FREE things. Free is always best.
Here’s my pathetic Last Week in Music from last week. I listened to a lot of Beirut’s old/new labum, The Joys of Losing Weight (which I posted here). The other stuff were just some stuff I listened to while I was sick over the weekend, nothing too exciting. Check back next week for a much fuller, and more precise list.
I didn’t do a Last Week in Music last week because of all the busyness of last week, but it’s back, and still not counting everything I listened to. I had Yo La Tengo on for most of the day yesterday, and it didn’t register at all. Maybe it’ll shop up next week, though above it clearly says that yesterday was counted as one of the days.
Anyhow, I did listen to Beach House’s new album Devotion quite a lot, and it’s actually really great. I liked their last album a lot, but I think this one surpasses it. It seems less morose and more musically exciting. At least on some songs.
After that is Sigur Ros, who I listened to for the better part of Saturday night as I read Harry Potter 5. Then Radiohead, because I’m still loving the 2nd disc to In Rainbows immensely.
The Beatles were in there because I had an itch to listen to Bishop Allen because it’s one of the catchiest albums of the year, Ben Folds Five because they’re classic, The Microphones because I was listening to them after posting about Dan Elverum’s new Mt. Eerie 6 & 7 he released, Darkel because I forgot how good that album really was, Blonde Redhead because I heard a song from Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons and wanted to hear more, and The Polyphonic Spree because I wanted to hear the Thumbsucker soundtrack.
Wow, that’s such a mess of words. Anyway, here’s my favorite song from the new Beach House album:
Astronaut / Beach House
I didn’t post a Last Week in Music last week because I was in Boston, and I wasn’t home or at work to listen to anything. But it’s back now, although the totals are really low again this week. Whatever, I think it covers what I listened to mostly.
I tried to listen to a lot of wintery things last week, so I put on the Forbidden Love EP by Death Cab for Cutie. Such an amazing EP, it’s too bad they don’t make music like that anymore. When I was in Uniqlo in New York, I actually saw Ben Gibbard. I should have stopped him to have a chat about the sad state of his music these days.
The new Bishop Allen album, The Broken String, is still being listened to quite a lot as well. It’s a really nice album, very catchy. Also adding to my wintery mood, I listened to a lot of Charlie Brown Christmas by the Vince Guaraldi Trio, and Joni Mitchell’s Blue. They sound like the season right now. At the end of the list is Elliott Smith, who may be depressing, but he’s so somber that it makes for good music to read to.
Last Week in Music, I had a couple of new things pop up on my list. Buillion, was number one, who I think might be trying to paint himself as the next Dangermouse. What he did, was combine the beats of J Dilla, with the best album ever written, Pet Sounds, and called it ‘Pet Sounds: In the Key of Dee’. What you get is something pretty close to amazing. Hearing the chopped up beats of Dilla mixed with the beautiful vocals of The Beach Boys is pretty damn awesome. What’s also really cool, is that the album is free to download, just click on the title of the album up there.
Then there was Coconut Records, who I keep saying I’m going to post about, but so far I haven’t. Hopefully I’ll get to it this week, since I have so much free time. Such a great album.
After that was Jana Hunter, who I wasn’t so sure about at first, but now I’m really starting to enjoy her album. It’s really folk-y, but I’m really enjoying a lot of the instrumental stuff. It’s definitely growing on me.
I also just got the new Bishop Allen album, Bishop Allen & The Broken String, which I’m reading on Wikipedia that it came out on July 24th. How in the hell did I miss this? Anyhow, it’s their second full length album, consisting mostly of songs from their EP’s they made last year, but remastered and made new-ish. The album is pretty good overall, though I feel like it could have been a lot stronger.
My Last.fm counter/tracker do-hickey is finally working as it should, and I have the kind of totals I would expect to see!
Topping the list again was Coconut Records, which I still haven’t written about, but it’s on my list. It’s a fantastic album, and is probably going on my top dozen of the year. Surprisingly next is The Radio Dept., who I’m pretty sure I left on repeat until 4 in the morning while I was sleeping. So technically it was on, but I wasn’t quite conscious for it.
Lately I’ve been listening to all of the records that came out this year, trying to determine my list of the best dozen of the year. So far I have half my list, but so many good records came out this year, it’s insane. I think my total record count, for albums that came out this year that I really liked, is somewhere above 75.
On a side note, I think it’s funny that I listen to the mixes I’ve made so many times that it showed up on my top 10. Which means I’ve made myself a Kitsune Noir page on Last.fm… very weird.
Usually I try and post this earlier in the morning, but I just noticed that the final tally got posted. It’s weird, last weekend it was early, showing up on Sunday, but today it was late. Silly Last.fm. I also think my music is being fully recorded yet. I swear that I listen to more than 24 hours of music in a week, but maybe not? I can say for a fact that I’ve been listening to music since 9am this morning. And I’m going to go home and listen to music for most of the rest of the night while I work.
Anyhow! The number one most listened to artist was Coconut Records, the alias of Jason Schwartzman. The record came out in March as a digital download on iTunes, and I guess it was released as a record at the same time, though everything I’m reading online is kind of vague. I read about the album in the new issue of Nylon Guys, and was shocked that I hadn’t heard it yet.
I just want to say that it’s really great, but that’ I’m going to write separately about it very soon.
Next up was Caribou, who I’m enjoying more and more for his amazing pop sensibility. I mean, it’s kind of weird, but the songs themselves are new age pop anthems. His live album is fast becoming one of my favorites.
The rest are oldies and goodies, except for the new Saul Williams, which I keep listening to because of the wonderful production of it.
I think my Last.fm counter-thingy is finally working right, and all of my music is finally being recorded properly. Yay!
This week was yet again another big Radiohead week. I’m still loving the album quite a lot, but I think I’m finally picking favorites. I’ve really been liking Nude, Weird Fishes/ Arpeggi and Videotape. But all of them are really great, and I really don’t have any complaints.
Next big thing was Caribou, who I’ve never really been a huge fan of, but always enjoyed them. Well I finally got a chance to listen to the new Tour EP, and holy crap it’s great! I feel like he’s taking a similar route to Panda Bear by modernizing that classic, 70’s sound, and turning it into something new and fresh. Definitely worth checking out.
I’m curious to see how much my music recorded increases now that I’m recording all the time. I’m guessing it might double.
I really like posting my weekly count of what I’ve been listening to, but I swear to Zeus, Last.fm doesn’t count everything I listen to! I feel like I listened to three times as much music last week! I literally have the little Last.fm widget scrobbling music from 8 in the morning till midnight every night. What you see above is approximately 23.5 hours of music, so that’s not even two days of music.
Anyhow, it gives you an idea that I’ve been listening to a lot of “older stuff”. I’ve been in a weird musical mood lately, trying to discover old gems. I’ve been listening to a lot of Abbey Road (I’m a Revolver kind of guy). Also a lot of the Rushmore soundtrack, which is where the Mark Mothersbaugh comes in.
I’m going to e-mail Last.fm right now and tell them that they’re widget sucks. I’ll update everyone if they write back.
This weeks Last Week in Music top honor went yet again to Radiohead, as I couldn’t stop listening to their amazing new album, In Rainbows. I did some digging around on Last.fm and found and interesting tidbit of info. In total, the songs on In Rainbows have been listened to 479,535, while Hail to the Thief has been listened to 650,237 times. The difference isn’t that much, which is suprising, considering that Hail to the Thief came out 4 years ago and has 4 more tracks than In Rainbows does. It really shows how much everyone is really liking this new album.
The number two spot is probably one of the most surprising albums I’ve heard all year so far. It turns out being a junkie and being in a fucked up relationship with a supermodel can only help you’re musical career, as the new Babyshambles album is a bit of pure genius. I decided to get it on purely a whim, thinking that there was no way I was going to like it, but people were quite fond of The Libertines back in the day. The new album is called Shotter’s Nation, and it has eclectic influences all over the place, but overall is a really sound record. A definite possibility for the Top Dozen of the year.
I’ve still been enjoying the new Underworld album, and I’ve also been going back and listening to Lou Reed’s Transformer a lot. I was reading today that it was produced by Bowie, which I didn’t know, but now that I’ve listened to it so much, it totally makes sense. And I also had a small Blur kick, which was nice to hear again.
Last week, Radiohead once again became the king of all that I listened to.
Since I’ve been doing the Countdown Wallpapers, I needed to get reacquainted with my old friends, so I’ve been listening to their albums non-stop, and will continue when the new album comes out.
I’ve been listening to the new Underworld a lot still, I like it more each time I listen to it. I’ve also been obsessing over the new Jens Lekman as of lately. Something about it seems rather timely lately, and I’ve been trying to soak him in. I also got a bit of The Beatles in there as well, trying to get more familiar with the White Album, which really isn’t one of my favorites, but I’m enjoying it more.