What have you been listening to this week?
What have you been listening to this week? You don't need to do a 6000 word review if you don't want to, but please write something! If you've just picked up some music, please update on that as well, we'd love to see your hauls :)
Feel free to give recs or discuss anything about each others' listening habits.
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An interesting mix for sure.
Notably: Propagandhi. For some reason until now their music from a musicianship/songwriting standpoint was inpenetrable to me. I think my brain has a tough time with odd lyric structures that constantly defy expectations throughout a song (rhyme / syllable schemes or lack thereof). It creates a lack of "catchiness" that is beautiful in its own way but a way I had trouble enjoying. Something clicked now though and I'm really enjoying truly "hearing" this band for the first real time.
Also: Archspire, Vader, Eric Gales, Tons of new music already coming out / releasing in 2023 that I had pre-ordered. Moonlight Sorcery's new one just came out so that will be on top rotation soon.
Also: Did some jumping around on blogs and bandcamp and discovered a bunch of new releases I am in love with- mostly on the indie/rock side of things. Ended up buying a bunch of stuff from Polyvinyl's big sale
Momma - Household Name
Tancred - Out of the Garden
Alvvays - Blue Rev
I'm probably covering more than a week here, but it all came back anyway, but it's a metal phase.
I wound up listening to Jinjer at work after some random YouTube videos reminded me of their existence. I listened to three albums: King of Everything, Wallflowers and their Macro EP. I first became aware of them when Youtube threw their video for Pisces at me a few years ago, and have listened to King of Everything a few times since, but never went too far into their discography. I'm going to probably go through all of it because they go all over the place from metalcore to reggae interludes to any number of things so seamlessly, and it works so well.
I listened to Jonathan Coulton's album Solid State this morning. It's a really beautiful album, basically following a person through his entire life. I think of it largely as my "morning album" because the first song is literally titled "Wake Up," and just has this huge beginning feeling. To me it's the musical equivalent of waking up and going for a pleasantly cold morning walk at sunrise.
I re-listened to Jonathan Coulton's Artificial Heart as well, and actually sang a long to a lot more of it than I thought I could coming home, which I didn't think I could do (and would need most of the album to warm up for the higher parts). I don't have much to say about this album aside from the best parts of it, IMO "Nemeses," "Artificial Heart" "Sticking It To Myself" and his recording of "Want You Gone" really slap, and the other parts aren't held in as high a regard not because they're bad, but because sometimes I just don't like the melancholy or irony all the time. I still think this is a great album.
For a fun anecdote, I listened to Archspire's Bleed the Future coming home from work Wednesday, and tried to drive in with it on Thursday, but apparently just couldn't do it. It was weird finding a limit like that, as I'm usually good to go for anything I like anytime when I want it. It was just too much before my coffee, I guess.