I’m finally feeling more caught up this week, on some levels anyway. This was the first week of the year that I didn’t do any travelling, I’m just getting into being back home and clearing out some mental cobwebs.
- Jesse Malin – Cigarettes & Violets
On Monday I saw Jesse’s third show in Montreal in less than a year. The Winter Dance Party tour opens up with a really rich version of this song. I’d say it was one of my favorites, but that would be true of any of his songs.
- Destroyer – The Music Lovers
The new Destroyer came out this week and I’d talk about it, but I confess I’ve only listened to it once a few weeks ago when it was streaming on the Merge site. It’s not that I didn’t like what I heard, in fact it floored me and thrilled me in all kinds of ways, but if you could see the ever-growing stack of records in my living room that are still wrapped in cellophane (mostly holiday gifts and stuff I picked up in NYC) you’d understand why I’m putting it off for a while. I’ll get to Kaputt when I’m ready, and it’ll be waiting for me, I know. In the meantime, this song.
- Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band – To All The Lights In The Windows
there’s nothing impossible when I’m with you and you’re with me
I love the way the tension in this song builds up to the end of the chorus and then calms right down for the verse.
- The Decemberists – January Hymn
Oh oh, going to see The Decemberists on Monday. While I’ve never been a big fan of theirs, I will admit that some of their lyrics have always bewitched me. A love song to a part of the year that most people have nothing but negative things to say about? Yes, please. And thank you from the bottom of my wintry little heart.
- The Mountain Goats – Damn These Vampires
And more bewitching in the form of five little words – someday we won’t remember this. We might as well change the name of this mix into lyricists I’d like to run away with.
- Ryan Adams & The Cardinals – Sink Ships
I found this the other night and there’s nothing to not like about this song. It’s so delicate and fragile. The album version here is sturdier, but I like them both.
- Cold War Kids – Cold Toes On The Cold Floor
- Wild Nothing – Bored Games
This song makes me want to have a little dance party.
- Cursive – Icebreakers
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Cold Light
This has been our anthem over here for the past week. It was pretty cold out.