New (to me) music:
Wheepies – The new album, “Hideaway” is a really nice extension of their past stuff… I know people seem to like it when artists “reinvent” their sounds, but I kind of hate it. The phrase “it sounds like all their other stuff” is music to my ears! I love “extensions” not “reinventions”.
Jack Johnson – The new album “Sleep through…” is really good… The really catchy stuff is very subtle and he is using more instruments to make his sound a bit more full. If you like his previous stuff you will enjoy this.
Mutemath – A bit more rocking/modern version of the Police. Like the song “Chaos”.
Jason Mraz – I feel like he is a nice mixture of Jamie Cullom and Jack Johnson… Be careful, his shit is catchy.
Angels & Airwaves – A poor man’s U2 and Coldplay… Not overly wild about them.
Snow Patrol – I am wild for their “Eyes Open” album… “Final Straw” is a nice album, but has a few throw away songs that “Open” did not have. I would still give it a listen or two if I were you.
Tarkio – I really like the Decemberists so I guess it is only natural that I would like Tarkio since they share the same lead singer… I feel that the first few songs on “I guess I was Hoping” are the way I want the entire album to sound. There seems to be a weird split in the song style.
Death Cab for Cutie – I have listened to “Narrow Stairs” about 3 times in the last two days and LOVE IT. They seem to have taken the musical accessibility from “Plans” and transplanted it with a hint of the Wilco albums… I always really like the percussion on the Death Cab albums… Please give this a try, I have a feeling that it is going to join Wilco’s “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” on my list of albums that I like to create to.
Keane – This band reminds me of The Cure in several moments on their “Hopes and Fears” album… I love the lyrics on “Somewhere only we know”.
Frou Frou – Recognized them from the “Garden State” soundtrack… I really enjoy the first four or five songs on their “Details” album.
Duffy – this is going to sound weird to a few of you, but I am not really wild over this album. On the surface I seems like something that I could totally be into, but it is really not kicking me in the ass.
Dispatch – They have a song called “The General” that pops on Pandora all the time (not terrible)… I thought I would give them a try. I will save you the time… Very predictable. Very ‘something I could hear at the local bar’.
Missy Higgins – Did I mention how good her “Sound of White” album is? I hope so. It’s great!
Old Crow Medicine Show – Bluegrass is amazing, and OCMS is AMAZING! “Big Iron World” is a fun album.
O.A.R. – “34th & 8th” is a pretty fun album. I need a few more listens, but I am groovin’ so far.
The Ka’au Crater Boys – Ryan’s worst nightmare music… Cover tunes (think Brown Eyed Girl) done with an island/Jamaican feel… kind of fun summer music.
I am getting excited for the new Coldplay album. I know that “X&Y” was the most overplayed album of all time, but I honestly really love it and still listen to it… I don’t c are if that makes me a musical idiot.
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I LISTEN TO?
Do I live in a freaking rain forest? How and the HELL is is raining so much? … EVERYDAY it a new severe thunderstorm or tornado or flood or some other shit warning or watch. I am not sure what KC did to piss off mother nature, but I wish she would stop already.
I bought a new pillow last night at Target… It was fun laying on the department store floor and trying it out.