I went through a musical drought upon first moving to Austin because I couldn't really justify spending money on music (yes, I pay for music). Now I'm making up for it. Here are the albums I'm listening to now:
Hellogoodbye - Would It Kill You?
Johnny Cash - American IV: Ain't No Grave
Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
These are the albums being shipped to me:
Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
The National - High Violet
Portugal. The Man - American Ghetto
And of course I had to take advantage of the sweet $1.99 deals going on at Amazon MP3:
Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
Sara Bareilles - Kaleidoscope Heart
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
Weezer - Hurley
The XX - xx
Finally, I was shopping for a new dress shirt at the Goodwill store and decided to flip through the records they had in stock. I found some good stuff, and at 99 cents a pop, how could I resist picking up six new records? I can't recall everything I bought, but I know I grabbed these:
JS Bach: Motets BWV 227 BWV 229 BWV 226
Elton John - Honky Château
Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Otis Redding - The Dock of the Bay
Various Artists - Christmas Is... Memorable Songs of Christmas By Greatest Artists of Our Time
My only regret - there was some Elton John that I left behind. Maybe I'll head back tomorrow to pick them up. Got 'em:
Elton John - Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player
Elton John - Elton John
Elton John - Madman Across the Water
Elton John - Tumbleweed Connection
There's still plenty of 2010 music that I'd like to listen to, and it's unfortunate that those unheard albums won't make it onto my end of the year list. But at least I have plenty of tunes to keep me warm this winter. Hallelujah.
I'll accept a late pass for this one, but this month I finally read The Future of Music: Manifesto for the Digital Music Revolution by Dave Kusek and Gerd Leonhard. Every serious music fan needs to read this book. It's all about how people who love music can - and will - take music back from big business and turn it into a service (like a utility payment) rather than a static product (see: overpriced CDs).
Record sales may be plummeting, but people are listening to more music now than ever before. As Kusek and Leonhard explain, the time is ripe for entrepreneurs to give music consumers exactly what they want - all the digital music they can listen to, anytime they want, for as little money as possible. Convert the millions of file-sharers into paying customers with a low service fee and incredible soft/hardware that makes music easy to find and share. Even if the flat fee is as low as $1 a month, the result will be an immense pool of money that reflects just how important music is to us.
Kusek and Leonhard cover a lot of ground with The Future of Music, and it's inspiring to imagine the possibility of "music like water." That is, music that surrounds us as a readily available resource that we hardly think twice about consuming. If I was part of the antiquated and uncompromising record industry, the ideas presented in The Future of Music would haunt my dreams. They'd also motivate me to sign any flavor of the week that just might turn a quick buck. But that's part of a rapidly dissolving present; it's time to look to the future.
I've been revisiting Say Anything this week. ...Is a Real Boy is even better than I remember it, and In Defense of the Genre isn't a very strong defense, sadly. On a related note, I remember listening to Razia's Shadow and thinking, "Now this is a superb use of guest vocalists in the 'scene'."
I wonder what the band's next album will sound like.
Kidz Bop is no longer the most annoying music I've discovered via infomercial.
Alvin and the Chipmunks - "Livn' on a Prayer" (from the album Undeniable)
The only Alvin and the Chipmunks song I've ever approved of is "Christmas Don't Be Late," and that's due more to nostalgia than anything else. "Christmas Don't Be Late" also has some depth because it reveals how much of a taskmaster David Seville is. Classic stage father.
I want you to remember
A love so full it could send us all ways.
And I want you to surrender
All my feelings rose today.
And I want you to remain.
The power of children can amaze.
I'll try not to complain.
I know that's a pisser baby.
The chemicals between us,
The walls that lie between us,
Lying in this bed.
The chemicals displaced,
There is no lonelier state
Than lying in this bed.
Bush - "Warm Machine" live Woodstock '99
Bush - "The Chemicals Between Us" live Woodstock '99
Do you recognize when the world wont stop for you?
Or when your days don't care what you got to do?
Or when the weight's too tough to lift up,
What do you do?
Don't let em choose for you;
That's on you.
"Great Expectations" was my favorite song last year, and after finding the music video on Jason's blog, I had to steal it for myself. So, enjoy.
The Gaslight Anthem - "Great Expectations"
A band can't really can't go wrong with a performance video, but with this song I'd like to see a companion story being told. A story that fits really well with the classic sound and the bitter words. It's okay though, because I do like this video.