Monday, March 22, 2010

Music Monday.

Man, looks like I was RIGHT about that gorgeous weather we were having.
Big fat tease!
It's too early to be that nice. New York isn't THAT friendly.
I thought I would start doing something a little different on Mondays.
Basically giving you guys a run-down of what albums are ruling my playlist that week.
My music taste is all over the board, so there should always be something on here you can jive with.

Dangermouse and James Mercer (singer from the Shins) link up to create Broken Bells.
Not exactly the Hip Hop Indie link I was hoping to continue from Dangermouse, but hey--his production is spot on (of course). ...this album doesn't disappoint me. But it doesn't change my world either.
Mercer cries on this album. Not sure if he is talking about the break with his band-mates or a lover, but it is certain something has shattered him. You hear him picking up the pieces and moving on in this album. It's amazing what an artist will give you in their music.

Alright guys, I can't tell you how many conversations I have started about this album that begin,
"I know what you're gonna say, but hear me out..."
After a couple disappointing past attempts, OK Go has finally gotten it right with an album that can be played beginning to end without giving up.
As a matter of fact, this album doesn't have one song that I can't stand.
And of course, their music videos are always genius.

Probably one of my favorite albums of 2009, grew like most of its sort, from isolation.
You can't help but be reminded of Arcade Fire's, Funeral album when listening to this. The album centers around a terminally ill child, and then into a relationship drama around the illness. Snippets of conversations with doctors, bad dreams, and questions of human morality with broken lines like:
He told me something that I didn't know that I wanted to hear/that there was nothing that I could do to save you.
Hospice needs to be listened to as a full album. While it flows from desperation, there is something very joyous in his voice. I was talking to my friend about it this weekend and he was like yeah that album is so sad. He's right, but is it strange that I don't walk away from it feeling that way? I think this album accepts and welcomes death. A relief from suffering on everyone's part. A desperate joy.
The album sounds very autobiographical and personal (whether or not it is, I'm not sure) and completely captures the emotion of loneliness.
Oh, and the piano and horns on this album are perfect.

Ah, Gorillaz. You have never steered me wrong, or disappointed me yet.
I loved Demon Days a little too much. I remember the summer I got that album. I listened to it tirelessly. It just wouldn't get old to me. That's what I love about your music guys, it doesn't get old to me.
And with each new album, you bring something fresh and different.
The guts of this album force you to put your arms up.
I love Superfast Jellyfish {featuring Gruff Rhys & De la Soul}. It starts with an old breakfast commercial Gruff Rhys memorable voice rhymes over cute shiny synth beats and the hook! You can practically see the cartoon characters dancing around in this song. It perfectly flows into Empire Ants {featuring Little Dragon} a beautiful song that to me, emulates the Gorillaz sound.
Great synth, great beats, great guests.
Summer 2010 anthem album.