Methyl Ethel “Drink Wine”

I heard this one on the mighty KEXP today and it’s definitively in my sweet spot. Check it out.  Some deets from the KEXP realtime playlist

They’re from Australia and the band’s leader, Jake Webb, came up with their name ’cause his dad works in the fiberglass biz which uses methyl ethyl ketone peroxide.

Summertime Mix

This isn’t new, but as we round the turn and start looking ahead to warmer days and sunny skies, I thought I would share one of my favorite mixes of last year.  Ryan Hemsworth conjures up languid, summer vibes with this mix, highlighting the sounds of the ATL.  Of special note is his version of Abra’s “Sick Girl.”

Abra “Sick Girl” – Hemsworth version

Ryan Hemsworth – 3AM O4W

Here’s the track list for the curious:

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Hope you ears enjoy this as much as mine do.

-B

Friday’s Tune

Superogranism “Something for your M.I.N.D”

UPDATE : This song was pulled from Soundcloud.  I will repost a version asap.

I hate making comparisons, but for the sake of laziness, this is something like The Moldy Peaches filtered through a Panda Bear/Brian Wilson time continuum, and I think you will love it.

Year(s) in Review

Wow.  What a year. Or six.  It’s been a while since I graced these pages with my erudite wit on all things about me.  Here’s a quick review for all my reader(s) ( “What up Einar!”).

In 2015, I stopped working and stopped being married. At the time, I was in a career that I often referred to as the “best job I ever had” and was betrothed for 10+ years.

With the dissolution of both career and marriage, I was all “I’m great, I am going with the flow, this will be good for everyone.” This is called lying to yourself.  I did some things.  I had some ideas. I traveled. I got in shape. I spent time with myself. I got a dog. It’s a cliche to call this a mid-life crisis, but I am 45 and while I wouldn’t necessarily say I was in crisis, I was certainly searching for meaning.

One of my priorities in 2017 is to share more; both in this space and on this blog.  I have to believe I am not the only person who’s life hasn’t exactly gone as planned ( planned, wtf?) and perhaps my thoughts and comments here will help others who are going through similar life changes.  I don’t have the answers, and rarely even know the questions, but if anyone out there wants to chat, connect or share, I am all ears.  Talking helps.

Annnnnndd…. Queue awkward segue to Best of 2016 list…

Anyone who knows me, knows I am all about the music.  For many reasons, 2016 was a rough year.  We said goodbye to many of our heroes, and elected a fucking clown as President.  Interestingly, it was a very good year for music.  With that spirit, I have put together the laziest playlist ever – sorry.  I just dumped all my favorite albums into one list!!

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My favorite albums of 2010

Here are my favorite albums of 2010. In all cases, these are the albums I spent the most time with. Sure most of these are on other lists as well, and many of you are hip to how good the Kanye, Big Boi and Deerhunter albums are, but go ahead and spend a little time with the White Denim album. The White Denim album is hosted on their website and fans can download and contribute an amount of their choice. It is a great, great record that should not be overlooked. The No Age and Abe Vigoda albums both feature two bands transitioning from their punk roots to more of a shoegazey, layered sound. In both cases, they absolutely nailed it and have released the best records of each band’s career.

Without further adieu, here is my list. Enjoy, and have a safe and fun holiday season.

No Age : Everything in Between


No Age | Dusted

Deer Hunter : Halcyon Digest


Deer Hunter | He Would Have Laughed

Abe Vigoda : Crush


Abe Vigoda | November

Fang Island : Fang Island


Fang Island | Davey Crockett

Kanye West : My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy


Kanye West | So Appalled

Big Boi : Sir Lucious Left Foot The Son of Chico Dusty


Big Boi | Follow Us

White Denim : Last Day of Summer


White Denim | If You’re Changing

Roots Manuva Meets Wrongtom : Duppy Writer


Roots Manuva Meets Wrongtom | Lick Up Ya Foot

Broken Social Scene : Forgiveness Rock Record


Broken Social Scene | Texico Bitches

The National : High Violet


The National | Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks

Fang Island – Fang Island Album Review


Fang Island are 5 piece out of New York, by way of Rhode Island. Zack Bolotin turned me on to them, and I can’t thank him enough.

Fang Island describes their sound as “a bunch of friends high-fiving each other”. I have also heard it described as “triumphant rock”. Both labels are certainly appropriate. This is an album of fun, accessible, inclusive ROCK anthems. Great Styx-like harmony vocals, fantastic riffs, and scorching guitar solos.

I played it for my wife and her friend this morning, and they were not into it. At all. Me, I can’t get enough. It’s far and away my favorite album of 2010. My only complaint is that it is not long enough!

If you live in Seattle, they are playing at the Showbox on 9/28. I can’t wait.

Daisy

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Big Boi Sir Lucious Left Foot The Son of Chico Dusty Album Review


Ahhh Yes. A hip-hop album that captures the listener and keeps them engaged for the entire album. Yup, that’s right. Just throw this on and listen to the end, then repeat.

Big Boi’s first solo release is catchy, arty and most of all fun. Great snappy beats with an emphasis on the low end married with Big Boi’s funny, witty and smart verses make this album a must-have summer fun fest from start to finish.

Singles “Shutterbug” and “Tangerine” are infectious bangers that will have you reaching for the repeat button.

Have a listen.

Shutterbug

Tangerine