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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I've been on a game soundtrack binge lately- specifically, just Simcity 4's soundtrack. It's my all-time favorite game, played it since launch(2003) and still play it on and off regularly.
It's soundtrack is fantastic for micromanaging games like itself or Factorio, or doing focused work. It always has this mood of "things are going good, city/factory is steadily growing, progress is being made".
Some of my favorites:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSv37HwwojU&t=713s (rest of the soundtrack is in that video, skip around if you like)
I don't know why but I never liked reggae or dub, and believe me I tried. It used to drive my flatmate, who was a big fan, absolutely mad.
Over the years though my tastes have changed and prompted by a comment about Ott on a post about psytrance on hacker news (of all places) I've been diving deep back into Psydub which I've really grown to love.
If you're at all interested in discovering what it's like there's probably no better way than to check out some of PsyAmb's dub mixes. Although he hasn't posted in several years those mixes will give you a great introduction to the genre.
Lyons / Colley / Deupree - Live at the Lizard Lounge.
This is two original members of Morphine (saxophonist Dana Colley and drummer Jerome Deupree) with blues singer and guitarist Jeremy Lyons, recorded live in 2007. They would eventually start playing old Morphine / Mark Sandman repertoire under the name Vapors of Morphine, but on this gig they were playing mostly delta blues covers that Lyons picked up during his years living in Louisiana.
I am still unable to listen to much other than 90's and earlier, unless its country. I find that newer bands put out an album but every song sounds the same. I find that the same with country music and it is pretty much just pop with a twist, but it goes great on a summer day and some beers. There are newer bands that I do enjoy though. The Strokes are great, I like some songs by Ed Sheeran, Lorde, Billy Ellish, Taylor Swift and others. I just couldn't sit down and listen to a full album by them.
this week so far -
Jerry Garcia/Grateful Dead
Whatever is on the classic rock station in my city
I recently discovered Kyle Lux. He only has one song out at the moment, but goddamn is it amazing.
Rolling Stone - Kyle Lux:
But also Michel Legrand - all the film stuff, especially for Les Demoiselles De Rochefort - and Burt Bacharach. The 6/8 jazzwaltz is my favourite rhythm, and these 2 fellows sure deliver.
Apart from the usual classical music that is basically the soundtrack of my life, I've been on a nostalgic binge. Things like:
This is the consequence of a decision I made to stop abandoning things I like because of the memories they evoke. Little by little, my past was killing my culture. I won't let this happen anymore.
I just found this Symphony of the Night soundtrack cover. There's some pretty fantastic depth to video game music, I like the thematic curations of it on ABC Classic's Game Show.
I've listened to different music as of late. I recently added FIBRE and BarbWalters to my music library, specifically the album Reconnect and FIBRE's Rendezvous EP.
FIBRE's been one of those artists I know from music label compilations. I didn't know of FIBRE before I heard of Montaime. Oddly enough they also are the founder of Montaime as well.
So far, every track I have heard Matthew Clanton in has been awesome. Liftoff was the first song I heard him on, with some other Montaime releases following that.
Silverstein - November
MxPx - Wrecking Hotel Rooms
Against Me! - Thrash Unreal
Teenage Bottlerocket - Skate or Die
Lacuna Coil - Trip The Darkness
Hawthorne Heights - Saying Sorry
So far this is pretty much everything that I listened to this week.
I've been all over the place, but I'm drifting back from hip hop to more folksy and rock stuff. I guess too much JPEGMAFIA or something did it to me.
Flood, by They Might Be Giants. It's probably the only album of theirs I enjoy, but I need to comb their discography, they've got a bunch, I can't just be stuck on one album, even if it's lauded as their best.
I've gone back to Jonathan Coulton's work after re-remembering he released Solid State, which is interesting, a highly polished album that doesn't really feel like anything he's done before. I didn't dig it as much as Artifical Heart, so I'm listening to that one more frequently.
And, the entire discography of Punch Brothers. I tend to set up Spotify playlists of everything they have on an artist to listen to everything, and this has to be some of my favorite feel-good music, right behind Jonathan Coulton. I'm not really into bluegrass, but these guys do something with it that I've always liked. Chris Thile almost made me stop playing mandolin, but I figured out that I shouldn't be trying to copy him right out of the gate. I've always been drawn to their way of more ambient bluegrass, Movement and Location and Familiarity come to mind, by building up and presenting a huge sound, without sounding canned, like other modern folk acts.
Killswitch Engage's new album, Antonement.