The Friday Refrain: A bit of what's new in music...
Good day folks! Another Friday, another list, another 80 or so bands I sampled this week and so. much. to. share. It's a good music day people. A good music day. With lots of punctuation. And fragmented sentences. I wonder if anyone's every done a psychological study of how different personalities play with sand. Because my first inclination is to dig a hole. As deep as I can go. It seems that my smaller cohort's inclination is to fill it, with more sand or to stand in it. Maybe he's part ostrich.
Against Me! is back with an album entitled Shape Shift With Me, and I watched Fringe so no. I don't like the shapeshifters. I will not shape shift. Indie rock storytellers Dawes delight their fans with the optimistic We're All Gonna Die. Die Antwoord rock your world with Mount Ninji and da Nice Time Kid. Mainly they just win album title this week. Icelandic Sin Fang has Spaceland, which has at least one song featuring the vocals of Sigur Ros's Jonsi. Singer-Songwriter Mac Miller has finished his salad and brings us The Divine Feminine. Indie duo Deap Vally bring us Femejism. Classical Pianist Sensation Lang Lang paints us a New York Rhapsody. And Willie Nelson returns this year with an album of Ray Price covers titled, For The Good Times. Usher returns with Hard II Love. And finally Meat Loaf released Braver Than We Are. Oh wait, the former singer of Staind, Aaron Lewis, is back with his 2nd country album, Sinner. There's a lot out today really, some other artists you might recognize and be interested in: AlunaGeorge, Taking Back Sunday, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Kishi Bashi, kool Keith, and The Devil Makes Three.
And now's the part of the Refrain where I give some off the wall recommendations or create an odd list.
Sunflower Bean, From the Basement EP - A covers ep of various songs they love.
The Ramona Flowers, Part Time Spies - They have a song called "Run Like Lola" I think it's actually about the movie. Yes. It is. Holy crap. Nerdy nod to you sirs.
Lizzy Rose, Crocodile Tears - Singer-songwriter with instruments.
Dead Rabbits, Everything Is A Lie - I feel like my co-host of Half Pints would like this CA-like rock
BLKKATHY, Lemon EP - Electronicky Pop
Chely Wright, I Am The Rain - Country and she has a nice voice for it.
Ben Plotnick, Greenland - Fiddle music I called it because he plays fiddle and it visits a few genres with that.
Anthony Green, Pixie Queen - I'm being lazy, either it's a singer-songwriter with a band or it's a group that calls themselves by a first and last sounding name.
Whiskey Myers, Mud - Bar country rock where they have like peanut shells on the floor. And lots of neon signs. Pool tables.
Willie Bobo, Dig My Feeling - Jazz I can dig. I really want a martini and sit in like a black and red vintagey basement bar.
Pansy Division, Quite Contrary - For some reason, I kinda like "You're on the Phone." They really like the 80s I think.
Swarvy, Elderberry - This is a pretty sweet album this dude put together.
Sports & Leisure
Paper Bird, Paper Bird - (the words imply origami to my mind) Almost too polished folk for me. But it's nice at night to unwind to. Yeah, it'd be good montage music in a movie.
Psychic Twin, Strange Diary -This is synthy pop that I dig. I don't know why I like this over others, but I do. Maybe it's the arpeggiations on "Strangers," or the relentless beat on "Lose Myself."
Quenum, Solitaire -Electronica
Sneaks, Gymnastics -This is interesting. There is music and some talking. Some talk-singing. I like it.
Zomba Prison Project, I Will Not Stop Singing
Wovenhand, Star Treatment - the internet said they are alt country but I just hear rock. Even a little jammy rock, or psychedelia dabbling. I guess, basically, I think they like The Doors.
The Cookers, The Call of the Wild & Peaceful Heart - Jazz
Red Velvet, Russian Roulette - South Korean Girl Pop
Snowblink, Returning Current - Her voice is very open and ethereal and it kinda has that synthy ethereal pop feel to it.
Of mice & Men, Cold World - Probably not surprising that one of the bands on this list ends up being metal. I mean, that's pretty likely. Like 95% likely in my books.
Norma Jean, Polar Similar - Okay this surprised me that it's metal. I figured synthy pop. Definitely not. Has some good guitar riffs.
Ice Choir, Designs in Rhythm - Synthy pop
Cold Cave, The Idea of Love - dark synthpop
Fresh Snow, One - I believe this is instrumental and it sounds like it might be a band. It's pretty awesome. Flaming Lips without words?
The NOLA Players, Christmastime in New Orleans - Okay, so I usually hold off on Christmas albums until a round-up around Thanksgiving, but I couldn't help it. It just fit so well.
Spotify list will be up by the end of the weekend. I just used up most of my time making the weird lists. Which is kinda funny because at first I couldn't think of anything, then suddenly I had 5 lists I was putting together. wait, I got the spotify list done too. What is this day? Probably trying to make up for the rest of the week. Anyway, the sun is peeking through the clouds, I'm listening to the golden voice of Adam Torres and it is autumn. I need to bask in this moment. And then go clean my house. Happy Listening!