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!
Feel free to give recs or discuss anything about each others' listening habits.
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Spotify recommended Cosmo Sheldrake to me couple days ago and I've been listening to him on repeat ever since. it's uhhhhh... electronic/instrumental indie-hop? I dunno, I'm not good at music genres, so I just mashed some words together that seem to be fitting.
First thing I've ever read on Tildes and I LOVE IT! So happy to be here, thanks.
I've been in a music rut lately because my Discover Weekly made me lazy. I kept listening to what it was recommending, but ultimately it got further and further from good music in some weird self-perpetuating downward spiral. Thank you for saving me (and my Discover Weekly algorithms!)
btw, I've checked "fans also like" and found Whilk & Misky. give them a listen!
Calling Out for Love
Clap Your Hands
YAS love "Clap Your Hands" <3
:D happy to hear that!
haha, I feel you on that one, I'm often stuck in the Discover Weekly purgatory too. it helps a bit if you use Browse/Discover recommendations from time to time (that's how I found this guy!) and play radios based on your favourite artists.
I dig it! If this is your jam, you should check out Hot Chip, if you don't know them already.
thanks, I haven't heard about them. a bit more disco-like than I've been used to recently, but there's something about their songs that makes me want to keep listening.
Oh my God. This is literally the first time I've ever seen anyone else that even knows about Cosmo Sheldrake, IRL or online. I've been listening to him for a few years now, and it's been great watching him go from ~5 songs when I first started listening to the catalog he has now. Cosmo is hands down my favorite musical artist right now. I can't wait for what's next. Also, I really wish he would tour in the US.
oh yeah, the "HEY YOU KNOW THEM TOO" is a great feeling when you're a picky music hipster :)
Wow, thanks for sharing Cosmo! I never knew.
MILLENNIAL DREAM CORP. - DRAKE 遗事 JOSH / / JOSH 遗事 DRAKE - It's a vaporwave album that uses episodes of Drake and Josh as a basis. Pretty much what it says on the tin. I found it pretty entertaining, if a little cheesy and repetitive. Decent for an off-kilter nostalgia trip honestly.
The Mothers of Invention - We're Only In It For the Money - By all means this should have fit right into my taste and it just didn't do anything for me.
Didn't actually listen to much this week that I have anything to say about besides those.
Unless you're super into the freak / psyche rock billing of it, I would highly recommend Weasels Ripped My Flesh or Burnt Weenie Sandwich -- much smoother intro to early MOI zaniness
Thanks for the suggestion, I'll be sure to get around to it next time I'm feeling like it! My experience with the Mothers in general is really limited, but I'm kind of familiar with Zappa's solo stuff at least, so I think I'll at least give Freak Out and Weasels a go.
I picked up a new release out of Louisiana: Yvette Landry and the Jukes featuring Roddie Romero - Louisiana Lovin'. It's a tribute to the classic songs of a bluesy Americana style called "swamp pop" - sort of a mix New Orleans R&B with some more laid-back Cajun, country and bluegrass influences from the more rural parts of Louisiana. Landry and Romero are both great singers. They take turns with the lead vocals and compliment each other nicely. (Romero also leads a fantastic roots rock band called the Hub City All Stars.)
I Need Somebody Bad
Grow Too Old
I Almost Lost My Mind
I really loved the Romero album you linked during last year's BO
You know, it just occurred to me that I've tried digging into Swamp Pop before but it's never really stuck beyond people like Dale Hawkins (which I guess might be venturing into Swamp Rock territory), but I figure if anyone might have some good intro picks it'd be you.
100% start with Bobby Charles. He wrote hits for Fats Domino and Bill Haley, influenced Randy Newman and Bonnie Raitt, and appeared in the last waltz. His solo albums have better and more modern production than most of the classic swamp pop hits. It's actually right in line with a lot of other stuff you dig (JJ Cale and so on).
Some others I like:
Cookie and the Cupcakes - Mathilda
Dale and Grace - I'm Leaving It Up To You
Slim Harpo - Rainin' In My Heart (most of his work is more blues, but this song has all of the swamp pop trappings)
The Boogie Kings - Harlem Shuffle
The Boogie Kings - Crying Man
Freddie Fender - Wasted Days and Wasted Nights
The style also influenced Louisiana rockers:
Tony Joe White - Polk Salad Annie
CC Adcock - Couchemal
I actually stumbled upon Bobby Charles' self-titled album a few months back and I loved it, so you nailed it with that one; I'm familiar with Tony Joe as well (Even Trolllllls love Rock and Roll).
Thanks for the rec's!
New Death Cab album!
Plans is probably in my top 20-30 best albums of all time (which, in perspective, says a LOT for me) but I haven't been able to get into their music since a few of the singles from Narrow Stairs. Codes and Keys didn't do anything for me at all, sadly.
Do you think I'm missing anything by not picking this up?
I can understand this. I would agree they’ve declined from their earlier music, but I’m still a sucker for the sad but catchy songs they’ve put out in their last few albums. You’re not missing anything. Just give it a listen and see what you think though. Gibbard’s voice is still beautiful and their sound is entrancing to me.
Totally fair -- I'll try to throw it in my rotation of music to listen to in the coming weeks!
60 & Punk!
Me too!! I'm really liking it!
I loved Autumn Love, Northern Lights, and 60 & Punk immediately, then When we Drive and You Moved Away quickly followed! What are your favorites?
Dreamt we spoke, 60 & punk and autumn love are my go tos at the moment but I’m loving all of them and that’s been changing. Finally more death cab!
Since it came out, Mac Miller's new album, Swimming, has gotten a play at least every few days from me. I don't fully understand why, but it fits my current headspace so well.
Been enjoying The Sickness, Disturbed's first album. Meaning of Life is something I'm particularly loving, just because it's fantastic to headbang to when no one else is listening.
Ah that's a nice album. I listened to it a ton when I was 13/14.
I've been trying really hard to get into the newest album from Dawes, Passwords.
Every one of their albums goes through the same process for me. First I'm excited about it, then I'm disappointed and just want it to be the same as their previous album, then I find nuggets that I like, then I come around to the rest of the album. The whole process can take 30+ listens, though.
Currently, I'm in that third stage. I really like Stay Down and Feed The Fire, as I feel they're closest to their early work. I'll come around to the others, though.
Beyond that, I've been going back to my mid-90's Canadian rock roots listening to Our Lady Peace, I Mother Earth and Matthew Good Band. I'm a sucker for nostalgia
Strangely, This week I have been listening to Nerdcore HipHop.
Kabuto the Python mostly, although not exclusively.
This isn't normal behavior on my part. Normally I would prefer something more along the lines of Iron Maiden and the like.
Sometimes it's nice to expand your experience I guess.
After having his first two EP's for a while, I just learned that Carpenter Brut has a 3rd Episode in what I now know is his album, Trilogy. Digging it a lot! I'm also pretty behind on the times, but that's okay in my book.
Other then that, a friend reached out to me to ask me if I know of any good Pop-Punk Korean bands (akin to J-Rock bands Asian Kung-Fu Generation and/or The Pillows), to which I don't, but I'm looking into. As of today, I found Startline (스타트라인) who I'm digging a lot.
Also have mixed feelings about Toe's new song, The Latest Number. Toe is one of my favorite post-rock/math-rock bands and I've seen them live twice!
Parquet Courts - Wide Awake!
Not as good as Human Performance, but I consider HP one of my all time favorites, so that makes sense. Probably not going to revisit WA! for the foreseeable future.
Colter Wall - Colter Wall
I love his voice (interestingly deep for the way he looks) and over all it's a pretty good album, but draws on a little too long for me.
Kendrick Lamar - HTPAB, DAMN, Unititled
Aside from GK,MC and what I've heard of the Black Panther soundtrack I am a huge Kendrick Lamar fan and these 3 are in pretty regular rotation.
I like Kendrick but it kind of weirded me out when I realized that he's one of the Black Hebrew Israelites
I don't have anything against black people or jews but it's just like an extra layer of weird that particular belief. Almost like if you found out an actor is a scientologist. You're just like hmm... I'm going to have a hard time un-seeing that. But his music is good!
I actually try not to read/watch interviews, books, movies etc about a musician (or actor) I like because it has ruined the music for me in several cases. I just listen to the art and that's all I want to know about them.
Yeah I hope I didn't ruin anything for you but I definitely know what you mean.
It's hard not to take more into account than just their music. If you're judging them as artists that's the best way, but when you consider who they were as humans, it's more than just their art.
No you didn't ruin anything.
Someone pointed me at Music For Programming, which has some interesting things: http://www.musicforprogramming.net/?eleven
Aside from that I picked up Barry White's discography and have been listening to it, it's very... intimate-sounding, so I've really only been listening to it when I have headphones with me, heh
The Cocaine and Rhinestones podcast has me on a deep-deep dive into Buck Owens. I remember him from Hee Haw but never spent time with his music.
I'm all in on that Bakersfield sound.
A part rock, part upbeat playlist
Words and Music by Saint Etienne
Sampa The Great
I've been really loving Jacob Collier's reimagined covers of pop songs. I'm a bit more inclined towards music theory and composition than the average person, and his harmonic ideas and sheer musical talent are almost unparalleled.
I'm usually all into rap and hip-hop, but I've been enjoying a lot of Jacob Banks this week, really helps me chill out after long days, which I've been having recently.
I've been listening to quite a bit of Roger McGuinn lately, both Byrds stuff and solo. Really enjoy his folk tunes.