Friday, December 2, 2016

Music to check out

Thursday, December 1, 2016

My Current Favorite Songs

Definitely have some interesting songs this week for my Current Favorite Songs playlist. I couldn't help but include a couple of Christmas songs. I really didn't want to like the new Leaves' Eyes album King of Kings considering the band's treatment of former vocalist Liv Kristine but I listened to it last night and actually found myself enjoying the new album. If you haven't heard the new Margo Price album, please check it out. I rarely recommend country albums but that is one country album I can get behind and try to push on to the general public. Margo's music is what country music should sound like,not that watered down country-western pop garbage. No matter how old I am, I will always love the John Denver duet with The Muppets on "The 12 Days of Christmas".  Best Christmas song ever.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A general list of my favorite releases from 2016

I can't believe December is right around the corner. Soon I will have to post my best of 2016 list, probably closer to the end of December or possibly in the beginning of January. I decided this year I won't post my favorite album from this year every day like I have done in the past two years just to give myself a break. Instead I decided to post a list of my favorite releases from this year. I will eventually trim it down somewhere between 10-20 albums. 

I think 2016 has been a great year for music. Lush briefly reunited and gave their fans new music even if it was just in the form a four song EP. Going to their Chicago show was a real treat for me. That was so worth the nine hours on the megabus. Same with seeing Belly live the night before.

There have been some disappointments for sure. I wasn't all that impressed with the new Garbage album Strange Little Birds. Did enjoy seeing them live over the summer at the Skyway Theatre. While I liked Mythologie by Delerium, I just can not say it was one of the best releases in 2016. 

Definitely two of the best albums this year are You Want It Darker by the late Leonard Cohen and Midwest Farmer's Daughter by Margo Price. I wasn't expecting to like both albums but I do and am constantly listening to both albums.

Aby Wolf: Call the Rocks
Ari Mason: Creatures
Assemblage 23: Endure
Avarice in Audio: Apollo and Dionysus
Ayria: Paper Dolls
Bat For Lashes: The Bride
Blaqk Audio: Material
Delain: Moonbathers
Hydrah: Hold
Kanga: Kanga
Kitten: Heaven or Somewhere in Between
Krewella: Ammunition
Kristin Kontrol: X-Communicate
Leaves' Eyes; King of Kings
Leonard Cohen: You Want It Darker
Lush: Blind Spot
Margo Price: Midwest Farmer's Daughter
Marsheaux: Ath.Lon
Mondtraume: Free
Phantogram: III
Purple Fog Side: Breathe In
Psy'Aviah: Chasing the Speed of Light
Rotersand: Capitalism TM
School of Seven Bells: SVIIB
Shura: Nothing's Real
Sleigh Bells: Jessica Rabbit
Softwave: Together Alone
Tegan and Sara: Love You To Death
The Jezabels: Synthia
White Lies: Friends
Youth Code: Commitment to Complications

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Album Of The Week: Midwest Farmer's Daughter by Margo Price

Country music to me is a love it or hate it. I love the sounds of Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams, Kasey Chambers, but not so much with Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, former country star gone pop Taylor Swift, and Carrie Underwood. A couple of weeks ago I came across the Nashville episode of Parts Unknown on CNN and fell in love with the sounds of Margo Price. I was reminded me of early Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn. I can hardly believe that Margo was rejected by 30 record companies before signing to Jack White's Third Man Records. Her album is so damn good. Country music today would be much more compelling to listen to if it went back to its traditional roots and not the crappy pop route.

There is nothing fake or dishonest about Margo's music. She writes from her heart and from personal experience. "Weekender" is by far my favorite song on the album. The lyrics are so highly entertaining to listen to, plus the song has great melodies. I also adore the song "Hurtin' (On the Bottle)". The entire album is a delight to listen to. It is so nice to hear a country album that does not sound like the artist is trying to be a pop star. Check it out!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Playlist of the Week

For this week's Playlist of the Week, I have chosen my recently made compilation of my favorite Loreena McKennitt songs. I have been a fan of Loreena McKennitt since high school. I recently saw her for a second time live at the state theatre this past October. She did not disappoint me. Loreena is one of the few artists I will spend $90 for a good seat and it was worth every single penny.