With Draw

In the past few months, I have had the chance to see music from Australia, France, and Canada, in addition to the Texas, New York, and LA-based acts that typically come through. That’s been nice.

Gojira were very polite, which stood in contrast to their precise and pulverizing metal. Their French accents were cute. I don’t know if Courtney Barnett spoke or sang or mumbled or what, but whatever it was I couldn’t understand it but totally loved it (as always). Crystal Castles were Canadian, and I also saw Phantogram. Both were about as antiseptic as expected.

Along with Barnett, the Sound on Sound Fest one-day pass also provided close access to a rock legend (Bob Mould) and a local legend (Explosions in the Sky). The latter was the clear highlight of the fall for live music. These guys’ near-telepathic chemistry and their mastery of dynamics was put over the top by the coolest light show I have ever seen (thanks, weather).

Personally, it has been a crushing few months, but discovering new music and seeing old favorites is a helpful tonic. Listen to some of what I have been listening to, if you d/care.

Open Playlist (Google Play)

Best of 2015: Albums

BEST OF

Love and disappointment and success and miscalculations and friendship and the beach sand that gets stuck in the cuff of your raw selvedge denim. 2015 was both a reasonable year and totally insanely bonkers. Plus, I chose some albums that probably land me firmly in the adult contemporary-demo. Still, here’s my list …

10. Leon Bridges – Coming Home (Columbia)
9. Sleater Kinney – No Cities to Love (Sub Pop)
8. El-Vy – Return To The Moon (4AD)
7. Playdough – We Buy Gold
6. Ryan Adams – 1989 (Pax-AM)
5. Langhorne Slim – The Spirit Moves (Dualtone)
4. Twin Shadow – Eclipse (Warner)
3. Brandon Flowers – The Desired Effect (Island)
2. Kurt Vile – b’lieve i’m goin down (Matador)
1. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie and Lowell (Asthmatic Kitty)

Honorable mentions: Wilco – Star Wars, Modest Mouse – Strangers to Ourselves, CHVRCHES – Every Open Eye, Eels – Royal Albert Hall, Beach Slang – The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us, Passion Pit – Kindred, Purity Ring – Another Eternity, John Foreman – The Wonderlands,

Friday Playlist – Sunny Day Songs via Bandcamp

I realize that the way the title is phrased might lead one to believe that today’s playlist features songs by emocore pioneers Sunny Day Real Estate. That is not the case, rather, these are some songs for sunny days. Which around these parts, are plentiful. However, good songs to soundtrack your spring are not always as easy to come by so we picked a couple that you should download right away and burn to a playlist to play in your Scion.

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=3175998429/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/t=8/transparent=true/

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=3362814434/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/t=2/transparent=true/

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=691926445/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/transparent=true/

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=2414419453/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/transparent=true/

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=508724707/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/t=4/transparent=true/

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=939641397/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/transparent=true/

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=1300154734/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/transparent=true/