Most days, Ezra does a Tab Dump of things he’s read during the day, but may or may not blog about later. I’ve decided to do a music dump, to catch you up on all the things I’ve bought/discovered recently. I may blog about some of these things later, I may not, but at least you’ll know…
Arcade Fire, Funeral: I know, I know, I’m really late on this one. I finally bought Funeral. Yes, it’s as good as everyone says, and no, I have nothing new to add. Everything that should be said has been said.
Cloud Control, Death Cloud Single (PLUS MEXICO!!!): Oh, I am SO going to post about this separately. All is will say, for the moment, is that it’s a pattern, baby, it’s a pattern baby.
Dappled Cities Fly, Granddance: I saw them play with Cloud Contol at a Fbi supporter gig at the Spiegeltent. It was a great night, and the music was just phenomenal. I’m thoroughly enjoying Granddance at the moment.
The Decemberists, Valerie Plame, Always the Bridesmaid Vol. 1: Well, the Decemberists are just awesome. And from Portland. I first heard Valerie Plame on Matt Yglesias’ blog. In the same post, he mentioned Metric (see below), the first time I’d heard of them, and they are similarly awesome. Anyway, Valerie Plame is a great song. Well worth the $3.38 for the single on Aussie iTunes.
Ebba Foresberg, Been There: I pretty much had the Ebba Foresberg song “Lost Count” stuck in my head for the second half of the ninties, after hearing it once- ONCE- on Vh1. I looked for the CD forever, but I could never find it. Anyway, it finally showed up on iTunes a couple of months ago (and I’d searched for it many times before that), and I bought it. Frankly, not the best CD ever, but it’s great to be able to sing “Made myyyyyy, life a mess, can’t put the blame on anyone but myself” at the very top of my lungs.
Fleetwood Mac, Rumours: Because everyone needs a little Fleetwood Mac in their life.
Soundtrack from Weeds: Awesome show, awesome soundtrack. I really want to get all the different versions of “Little Boxes”. Actually, I will post about Weeds later, so I’ll save something for that.
Ivy, In the Clear: I loved “I’ve got a Feeling” and “Edge of the Ocean”, so I thought I better buy an Ivy album. I really like it… good downtempo stuff.
Jay-Z The Black Album: FREAKING AWESOME. How did I only just discover hip-hop?? If you’re having girl problems I feel bad for you, Son. I’ve got 99 problems but a bitch ain’t one…
Karoshi, Karoshi: Karoshi is my friend Beres. The album is kind of downtempo electronic. It’s really, really good. I’m not just saying that.
Lykke Li, iTunes Live: London: You know how I feel about Lykke Li. The live stuff is good, but not as good as Youth Novels. That being said, I’d kill to see her live.
Metric, Live it Out: Love it. Love it a LOT. Thank you Mr Yglesias.
Midlake, The Trials of Van Occupanther: If you buy one album ever on my recommendation, it should be Sufjan Stevens, Illinois. If you buy a second, it should be this. Easily the best album I bought this year, it’s just so, so good. I could go into heaps of detail describing it, but it could not possibly capture the awesomeness of this album. I bought it for my Dad (actually, I gifted it to him on iTunes, which was very cool, though it took too long), and it’s the first album that isn’t Pink Floyd or Neil Young that he’s listened to in ages.
Nas, Black President: I just had to own this song. Gold. Pure Gold.
Olivier Manchon, En Route: Manchon is a violinist. This album is really lovely. All instrumental. Great for cooking on rainy days.
Sia Furler, Colour the Small One: Another album I took way too long to get, considering how fond I am of Zero 7. A great album. I only bought it a few days ago, but it’s just amazing. Breathe Me is just SO SAD.
Assorted late-90s songs that remind me of when I was in the US: No comments, just a list: Eve 6, Inside Out; Duncan Shiek, Barely Breathing; Fiona Apple, Criminal; Lisa Loeb, Stay; Neil Finn, She Will Have Her Way; New Radicals, You Get What You Give; Secret Smile, Semisonic; Shawn Colvin, Every Little Thing (He) Does is Magic (the last two were both in my favourite crappy move, Simply Irresistable); Sugar Ray, Fly; The Sundays, Summertime; The Wallflowers, One Headlight.
I’ve spent too much money!!!