The wood has been nicely weathered locally:
I also got lots of little errands run, spent some time in Ansel's class, bought a truck, and finished my taxes. Among other things.
Matt and Kim: Grand
Brooklyn duo that reminds me of Mates of State (only she plays drums, he plays piano, and their music is better). I made the mistake of listening to the track "don't slow down" while bombing down some single track the other day... Solid and catchy from beginning to end, though the songs all sound a little similar. (****)
Dawn Landes: Dawn's Music
Low-fi post punk accordion noise pop with a cherry center. (***)
Who Killed Harry Houdini?
I'm from Barcelona: Who Killed Harry Houdini?
Sophomore effort is more murky and mysterious, but still enjoyable and light. Ophelia needs a bicycle. (***)
The Slip: Eisenhower
Wilco with more soul, if you can believe it. Hailing from Boston, I saw them play Sasquatch in 2007. They made it there after a monster 24 hour plus drive the night before. Ever the musician, I witnessed Brad Barr jamming on his lonely guitar sitting on the back of a moving van in a field late that night after their set. Another golden music moment. I still see legions of "Guitar Heroes" every time I hear "Even Rats." (****)
The Cool Kids: Bake Sale
This is the music the Beasties would have made if they were black and rode low rider bicycles. But they don't, so they didn't, so the Cool Kids had to. (***)
Mates of State: Re-arrange Us
I like drums. There are some pretty good drums on this album, though their last one may have been better. Husband and wife team--drums and keyboard. (***)
Frightened Rabbit: The Midnight Organ Fight
I've been listening to this quite a bit lately. A little poppy with a Scottish accent every once in a while. Pretty good. (***)
Operation Ivy: Energy
So, invigorated by the last entry, I strolled further down memory lane to this little gem. CJ3 knows what I'm talkin' bout. As good as I remember. (*****)
B.A.D.: This is big audio dynamite
I don't know why I got the urge to hunt this album down on rhapsody and drop it on my mp3 player but I did, and I kind of liked it while skiing the other day. I think I'll keep it for awhile. Mick Jones was cool beyond the 1980's. (***)
Eels: Blinking Lights and other Revelations
New to me, this is a double CD from about two years back with a mix of downbeat and soulful songs by "E" Everett. Regarded as a landmark album, I think it will probably be a 5 star after a few more listens. (****)