I’m not really sure how we got to the end of July, but here we are. I spent the first half sick and traveling, (a less than stellar combo) and the second half trying desperately to catch up on everything I missed from being sick and traveling. It didn’t make for the best month, but things are much better now.
I didn’t make it to any shows this month other than Osheaga which begins later today so I have nothing to say about it yet.
Other than that, here’s what I could dig up to listen to…
I found some dreamy stuff from Heather Woods Broderick.
Everyone seems to be raving about the new Titus Andronicus, and I’m not really into the whole album, but I do like this song.
And, a catchy little tune from the end of June…
Juuuuuuune… was such a busy month. I got very behind in mixes I am sorry to say, but I made up for it in putting together some interesting radio programming @CKUT.
I also created a pre Suoni Per Il Popolo festival mix and saw several Suoni shows (including a knockout performance from Marissa Nadler).
One of the other Suoni highlights was definitely the Architek Percussion show, where I had the pleasure of sitting on the floor in the dark at Sala Rossa and listening to a performance of this track
I’ve been pleasantly confounded by the new Jenny Hval album.
And finally, Girlpool has been filling my girls loudly rocking quotient for the month. Important business.
Urgh. Due to a mix of busyness and lack of sleep (insomnia?) I didn’t get to any shows this month, which I’m still kicking myself for, since I’m pretty sure I missed a few good ones. However, music goes on.
All of a sudden this month everyone on the internet seemed to be talking about Hop Along, so I listened, and it was actually pretty good. File under: lives up to the hype.
I wasn’t all that impressed with the last Tallest Man On Earth album. It didn’t do as much for me as the first two did, but I can’t say the same about this one.
Also, this month brought a new Torres album. Best track by far – Jealousy & I. Here’s a live version.
Weekly mixes are still happening over at 8tracks. Check it out.
At the beginning of April I took a much needed jaunt to NYC in search of spring and new music. Spring was nowhere to be found but I did see The Mountain Goats at Webster Hall, mostly performing songs from their new album Beat The Champ which I hadn’t heard before the show. The album is better than I expected. I am one of those people who is never going to get over The Sunset Tree, and I think their last few albums have been fine but they haven’t done much for me. Beat The Champ, with its admittedly strange wrestling theme is a pretty solid album though. Post show conversation, thanks to several delicious IPAs, deteriorated into how every Mountain Goats song to date is probably a metaphor for a wrestling match. Discuss amongst yourselves.
A few nights later I was at Bowery Ballroom for Jesse Malin’s album release party. Crazy night, crazy crowd.
Other great stuff this month:
Speedy Ortiz had me at Raising the Skate. I’m already calling it as one of the best songs of 2015.
New warped Jackson Scott
A song from Marriages called Skin
And Moon King
in like a lion…
The only show I managed to get myself to this month was the record release for Vincent D’Onofrio & Dana Lyn’s project Slim Bone Head Volt. The album is a collection of diary entries set to wild, jazzy music and the live performance was kind of surreal. It’s the sort of thing that you hope, deep down, is not taking itself too seriously, but at the same time is very seriously taking place, inches in front of your face, as you sip from a glass of red wine… yeah.
I debated going all the way down to NYC for a long weekend mainly just for this, but after listening to the first 10 seconds of Blanche, the ticket booked itself.
Will Butler released a surprisingly listenable album (kind of Strokes-y and fun sounding), which surprised me at least because going in the one thing I had read about it was his affiliation with a certain world famous “Montreal” band who I have tepid feelings for at best. But I listened to Policy, and wanted to listen again, and so I did. Sometimes you have to forget everything you’ve heard before.
out like a lamb…
The month finished off with looooong awaited new music from Jesse Malin which, I assure you, will be 50%-80% of what I listen to for the next year and beyond. Last year was a Tori year, but this year is all about Jesse.
What’s been going on this month? Honestly, not very much.
I headed into February with some excitement for a few new albums and a killer karaoke number but was taken down for a while by a brutal bout with the flu. Then I lost my little superhero to a sudden illness. Both those things took a lot out of me, and so the second half of February has been focusing on stuff that’s not awful. At this point, I think it’s been a success.
The new Butch Walker album is good. I’ve definitely been enjoying it this month, particularly this track.
I saw Astral Swans, Hayden and Dan Mangan + Blacksmith last week. Kind of can’t believe that Hayden’s been around for 20 years. Anyone remember this? The show was good, but loooooong. Sometimes I can’t muster up much excitement for all of the pomp & circumstance that goes with these shows. My attention span appreciates the kind of low key shows I’ve been seeing more of lately, where one band goes right on after the other with no crazy 30 minute setups and silly waiting.
Kind of digging this one too.
March (and April) are bringing exciting releases, and some awesome shows too. I’ll catch up with February’s mixes in the next few weeks. Part of the mixes being semi autobiographical makes things complicated when there are weeks I don’t want to necessarily revisit, but it’ll happened. Stay tuned.
Welcome to the first of (hopefully) 12 monthly music updates for 2015. This year instead of updating when the mixes go up (which is each Wednesday this time around) I thought I’d do a monthly round up instead.
Best stuff to happen in January included…
The release of the new Franz Nicolay album, a contender for one of the best albums of 2015 in many opinions. The only show I went to this month was his, an awesome solo affair in an oddly inappropriate venue:
I’ve been surprised at how much great CanCon there’s been in the past couple years and the new Dan Mangan album is no exception. Parts of it sound amazingly like old Fury in the Slaughterhouse.
Looooooong overdue album release news from Jesse Malin, and a new video to boot.
And of course, weekly mixes from yours truly over on 8tracks.
Finally, a bit of sad news – Faye Gade passed away this week. Her name is probably not at all familiar to you but she’s basically the reason you’re reading this. Because of her choice to broadcast Modern Rock in central New Jersey many years ago she made my life (and a lot of other people’s) much better and contributed to a music scene there that’s still going strong. I found this clip from MTV’s The Real World (circa 1992) which features the tiny little studio from the ranch house of radio, WHTG.
Thanks Faye, for making awesome radio happen. You’re an inspiration.