sand is overrated

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Friday, January 16, 2009

i know that it's true / it's gonna be a good year

i had originally meant to include "in the new year" by the walkmen in my year-end lists, as it was my second-favorite song off you & me. but then i had the thought that, given my feelings about 2009, it would be a great song to post on new years eve/day. unfortunately, i noticed how many other bloggers had the same thought and so i decided to skip that post as well. now, two weeks into the year and here it is. but it actually still makes sense for me, because tomorrow my girlfriend finally returns from four weeks in japan. so for me, my year essentially begins tomorrow. and what a glorious beginning it will be, to a year that i am looking forward to with a level of anticipation and excitement that is impossible to adequately describe. i know that it's true / it's gonna be a good year.

unfortunately, my posting rate during the first few (technical) weeks of the year are probably an indication that 2009 won't be very different from 2008 around here. for everything that i am looking forward to accomplishing and enjoying this year, it doesn't seem that i'm going to have that much time to dedicate to sand is overrated. one day things will be different. for now, i'll be waiting on the weather / that i know will pass.

the walkmen : "in the new year"
from the lp you & me (gigantic, 2008)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

m. ward : hold time

it's mid-january...too early to declare an album of the year? yeah, okay--maybe. but since my instincts have been pretty trustworthy recently, after just a few listens i'm going to go ahead and make this prediction: hold time, the upcoming release from sand is overrated perennial favorite m. ward, will be one of my five favorite albums at the end of the year. there has always been a lightness that could sometimes be detected in m. ward's voice on past records, on songs like "magic trick" off 2006's post-war. but that lightness was almost always tempered by hints of melancholy on other songs on his records, or even within the same song itself. but on first listen, there seems to be an obvious buoyancy to much of hold time --sounds like he could even be in love, and maybe that's why i find myself so immediately drawn to it. with mixing help from mike mogis and guests including lucinda williams and zooey deschanel, the album continues ward's predilection for sterling production and inviting all his friends to play with him, and seems to be a worthy addition to his already outstanding catalog. who knows if it will really end up in my top five at the end of the year, but if it does not, it will have been a truly great year in music.

m. ward : "never had nobody like you"

from the forthcoming lp hold time (merge records, february 17, 2009)

listen to the entire album at npr

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