This week, a break in format: Rather than talk about the music I already own, let’s dedicate some space to newer music upon which I can’t wait to lay my greedy paws.
Let’s change up Record Machine a little this week and talk about three albums I don’t have on vinyl, though they are all available in that format.
There is nothing I love more than music. It is for this reason that I love debating end-of-the-year best album lists. Music is subjective, even among friends who share similar tastes. I ran some of these names by some of my closest friends, and a few gave me the stink eye. Read More Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Album of the Year Edition
Everyone knows the solo careers of some of music’s finest performers. John Lennon, George Harrison, and Paul McCartney all had amazing solo careers post Beatles. Beyoncé is reaching heights that she only dreamed of when she was just a member of Destiny’s Child. Plenty of musicians leave famous bands for one reason or another and form. I call this the Dave Grohl. Other peoples’ solo albums reflect poorly upon their group work. Gwen Stefani and Dee Dee Ramone, this means you. I have been listening to a lot of famous musicians’ solo work recently. Read More Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane this Week: Flying Solo Edition
Though anything overly cliquish, with rules of operation and preconceived notions, makes me squirm, I realized that I had made assumptions of my own about the word “Twee,” and any movement that might be associated with it. So with mixed feelings did I pick up one mouthful of a title: Twee: The Gentle Revolution in Music, Books, Television, Fashion, and Film by Marc Spitz.
Somehow, this week’s attention ended up centering around music news stories, both good and bad. We’ve also got a car seat recall, an update regarding the gas explosion in Harlem on Wednesday, and more. Let’s get started.
I checked a record off my collecting bucket list this last week. The record, Moon Colony Bloodbath by The Mountain Goats and John Vanderslice, had become an all consuming obsession ever since I heard John play a song at a Mountain Goats solo show. Thanks to Uncle Sam, I was able to afford to buy it. Read More Record Collecting Bucket List
Yes, it does seem a bit silly to talk about 2013 in music when it’s only halfway done and dusted, but already I’ve heard some really excellent tunes. We’ve got a sturdy Top 10 this time, in no particular order, of all the songs that have excited me the most.