Just finished A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall which I really loved more and more as it went on and these two interviews (this one and this one) with the author are wildly entertaining, intriguing and informational.
Thanks to NPR’s MonkeySee podcast, just started listening to this British rapper Kate Tempest and started reading about her award-winning poetry and her other work and am just blown away.
Things I hate about this year: I’ve been to see/hear very little live music (so far) this year.
Things I love about this year: All the (FOUR) shows I’ve been to were magnificent performances by bands I love.
*Note: I do have tickets to Spoon in September! Or October. Can’t remember which. I have it written down somewhere.
Things I hate about this year: I didn’t see a single movie in April, and wasted my February movie-going energy on Wolf of Wall Street, a completely ridiculous movie with zero redeeming qualities if you ask me.
Things I love about this year: I saw Only Lovers Left Alive and Words and Pictures, two flicks which are still serving my soul with reminders of things I love, things that are important, things to strive for.
Things I hate about this year: It’s somehow so much easier and faster to record having read a book on goodreads than to take the five seconds longer than that to record it here and who knows maybe even a quick review.
Things I love about this year: At least I’m keeping up with goodreads.
All the albums that is. NPR’s All Songs Considered “The Year in Music (So Far) has a lot of super songs on it. I already own the Sturgill Simpson and Sylvan Esso albums. But dang, I want everything else they played as well! At least based on these songs.
Robot Koch “Trouble (Robots Don’t Sleep)”. Oh yes.
This song cannot get itself onto iTunes soon enough. OBSESSED.
Go buy Blue Film. It’s gorgeous.
This is my favorite album I bought yesterday, even though I also bought Beyonce. I love them both but this one? This is anytime, anywhere music. Also there is a serious ’70s vibe to my ear and I just dig dig dig it.
I know everyone else hears Sade when they listen to this. I hear Julia Fordham. AND I LOVE IT.
Another Stephen Thompson recommendation. Geez, that guy.
Because of this post, because of this project, which is just so so so so SO… There are no words.
I keep hitting repeat on Patrick James “All About to Change”.
The rhythm of the chorus is just irresistible. I got it here.
Wow I have not written about music on this site in a long long long time. That’s too bad but hey here are some recommendations.
Kishi Bashi “151A” = Super fun and poppy yet has that indie twist to it. Unexpected, yet won’t ever leave your head once you’ve heard it. (I did mention this one back in June if you were here then.)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis “The Heist” = memorable enough just for “Same Love” a fantastic song but honestly most of the rest of the album (I think there’s one song I forward past, just one) is really great as well. Super lyrics, super beats. If you like rap, you need this.
Lord Huron “Lonesome Dreams” = I will be forever and ever grateful to the friend who sent me this. It’s So Good. A little Great Lake Swimmers, a little Band of Horses, a lot of its own special magicness. I really love it.