spoon : "back to the life"
from the lp kill the moonlight
finally... the past three weeks have been as busy as i can recall in recent memory, but finally i have finished every little thing that was hanging over my head and now have at least a few days or a week to relax and try to get back into posting. it's been a long while since i last did, during which i was away from blogging about music, but surely not away from music. in fact, it was of course a lot of music that helped to sustain my sanity. so let's see, what have i missed...
i had been meaning for a while now to set up an emusic.com
account, mostly to take advantage of the 25 free downloads but also to see if it was a service worth keeping for me before their download limits changed next week. i finally got around to doing that and found a lot of stuff that i wanted to check out. my first downloads were a camera obscura
b-side ("san francisco song"), a sufjan stevens
cover of a tim buckley
song ("she is"), and the 2001 dntel
release, life is full of possibilities
. if you want any of those songs...well you'll just have to start up an emusic account for yourself--hurry!
last week or so, i registered my 5000th song on last.fm
. that was 5000 songs in a little over two months. my top artists during this time reflected recent concerts i went to (sufjan stevens
, andrew bird
), recent releases (m. ward
, jeff tweedy
), and recent acquisitions of previous releases (joanna newsom
, leonard cohen
speaking of sufjan stevens
, he was on austin city limits
last week, a performance i would not allow myself to miss despite my busy-ness. the sufjan concert i went to last month
was the best one i'd seen all year, and the acl performance brought that experience back to life. i was disappointed they only gave him their usual half hour slot though, which only amounted to four songs.
speaking of jeff tweedy, his live dvd sunken treasure: live in the pacific northwest
came out several weeks back. it took me a while to find time to get out and buy it, and i still haven't actually watched it, but i listened a lot to the matching mp3s that nonesuch
provided as well as two other concert recordings i have accrued. as much as i like m. ward solo
, i have to say that i think jeff tweedy is the ultimate solo artist. his wilco
songs are even better in their stripped down, live, solo formats, and his guitar playing is solid as ever. but what really gets me is his interaction with the audience. if for some reason the music thing doesn't pan out, i think tweedy could make a career on the stand-up comic circuit. he is just that funny and likeable. i need to find some time to watch that dvd.
speaking of joanna newsom
, how i still love me some milk-eyed mender
. joanna's new release, ys
, came out last week. i have not had a chance to listen to it the whole way through, and i don't want to until i have a full hour to sit down with it, the liner notes, and listen to it completely and undisturbed. the metacritic reviews
on it have been impeccable, save for rolling stone
(??), so i really want to give it my undivided attention.
along with ys, i also picked up the new damien rice
. on first listen this album sounds quite different than his 2003 release, O
, with many songs exhibiting a sustained undercurrent of anger. it sounded very good on him though, and makes the contrast with lisa hannigan's delicate voice is all the more stark. aside from the first single, 9 crimes
, i haven't listened to it enough to drop a song here, so instead i'll give you a remixed version of his song "cannonball", which appeared on the 2004 kroq new music cd. i actually like the faster tempo of this version better than the original.damien rice : "cannonball (spike mix)"
from the compilation kroq new music cd (2004)
the music blog fantasy basketball league
is well under way, and though i currently sit in fourth place, i feel pretty good about my chances seeing as how the other bloggers seem to be max'ing out their games played early on. the nba season goes until april, and indeed it is a "marathon not a sprint"camera obscura : "marathon not a sprint"
from the ep i love my jean
and speaking of april, i received an email the other week from a girl named april, inviting me to join this thing called promonet
, which is a promotional distribution tool for independent artists and labels. seems like a really cool thing, though i haven't yet taken the time to really check it out. so many things to do...still. anyway, thanks again, april.
so i guess that's it for now. not much there in the way of substance, but hopefully that will come as i get back into the swing of things.