I've been blessed to have heard some great music lately. In the hopes that you will hear it (buy it), too, let me list it all.
1.) Dropout Year - On A Lighter Note (acoustic EP of some of their best songs. Steve sounds great on this and the orchestration is a really nice touch. Can't wait to listen to this in the fall.)
2.) Just Surrender - Stronger Now EP (two new songs sound baller. Way better harmonizing and dynamics than the last release, which wasn't bad but just too bland. The acoustic/remix track are also very well done. Expect a review for this)
3.) Family Force 5 - Dance or Die (just as fun as their first record. Lots of great beats and funny lines. This needs lots of time to digest and I think it might get them a scene hit or two if the negative nancies silence themselves long enough.)
4.) Noah and the Whale - Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down (best folky record I've heard this year, though my intake has been limited. The lyrics are pretty depressing, but the dude's voice makes it not even matter. Lots of horns and handclapping. Lots of love for these Brits.)
5.) Hit The Lights B-sides (I usually hate that dude's music in secret handshake, but his remix is straight fire. Find that in the b-sides thread or on their awesome site.)
Today, I'd like to talk about new music. Not any particular band or anything, well, Moving Mountains is what sparked my thoughts. A few days ago, I made a thread about "unexpected hit albums" AKA albums you love but didn't see coming. Lots of people expected and loved TREOS or Minus The Bear, i'm not talking about those. I'm talking about me and From Autumn To Ashes or Ryan Adams. I had no prior listening knowledge of those bands, didn't give a flip about them. Now I dig them alot (Adams more than the other, but still). So here's my point, isn't it wonderful and frustrating about how little time we have to find new music? Am I not the one millionth person to ask about this quandry (thats a 10 dollar word, if its a word, that is)? I sometimes come out of the general or music forums and feel wholly inadequate in my listening habits. I will sometimes feel like I need to find one new band a day, but that's pretty near impossible.
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With the internet, its easy to feel empowered, thus leaving me little or no excuse at musical laziness. Except thats just what has happened. Sure, I listen to a lot of random myspaces in a given week, but when cd's are coming to you with little or no effort (cool brag, right?) its easy to sit back and let it happen. I'm going to try and listen to even more music than ever, search through the extensive cave system we call the blog-nation and find more music. Bring you more music, bring me more music. It's mostly for me, to be honest.
If anyone has any great blog sites I should check out, lay them on me. They don't have to share the music, but they do have to talk about it. Help me faithful readers (hi, mom!)
this was long, if you've skipped to the bottom, focus on the last paragraph. Much appreciation,