Sunday, May 13, 2007

new music (I'm leaving a lot out)

travis - the boy with no name - british people tend to come out with great music, and I've been looking forward to this new travis installment for awhile now. listened through 3 or 4 times, and it feels stronger with each listen.





the alternate routes - I know nothing about this band. I walked into my favorite record store, and found this at a listening station. it's a record I don't think I'll be listening to after a few weeks, but it is currently a very happy and welcome indulgence for me. upbeat anthem summer pop. that's how I describe it, and right now, it's hitting me squarely between the eyes.




This is my second great lake swimmers record. creative, thoughtful, simplistic song crafting. their first record - bodies and minds - was fantastic, and this sounds even better.






tycho.

just click here and go listen. immediately. (thanks shawn for leading me to this)

are you kidding me? this stuff is amazing.








wilco. sky blue sky. it comes out next week. I've had the pleasure of previewing the record a few days early. its wilco, what can I say? just go buy it and love it.





I feel obligated to at least mention a few of the many wonderful bands that I'm leaving out, but are also blowing my mind right now: notwist, tunng, the epochs, the go find, midlake...

25 comments:

Clint Wells said...

man the new wilco is amazing. probably the most beautiful thing they've done.

as a whole that is.

"far, far away" from being there pretty much whoops as no matter how you look at it.

Jon Black said...

here's a great summer record:

the weaker thans - Reconstruction Site

I listen to it more than the summer. Some of the best indie power-pop I've ever heard. Enjoyed our conversation at Cosmo's this afternoon and I remember reading the blog now. I think my mind is going...

Brian T. Murphy said...

clint - that's a strong statement about wilco. I don't have being there. I need to get it. I thought I had it and I don't.

jon - currently sampling the weaker thans on the myspace. have you heard of this myspace? it is something else. also enoyed the cosmo conversation. hope the rest of your evening was superb.

Carla said...

I have three of those albums in my office right now!! I am way behind on my music listening, though.

Liz said...

being there is fantastic. sunken treasure and kingpin are two of my favorites but all of them are really great. i'm really loving the country style guitar on the new record, although "impossible german" just confuses me, lyrically and musically.

Liz said...

"impossible germany". dangit i can't type...

CK said...

i'm totally with you on Being There (Sunken Treasure ... oh be still my beating heart), but not on the new album. yet.

although i did hear it coming from my neighbor's house the other day, and for some reason it sounds much better from far away.

Notwist is also good. haven't listened to them enough, but they're on my Want-to-Hear-More list.

Nicholas said...

BTM - thank you for the recomendations. Also in the new header picture. . . Is that a hoodie??

Awesome!

Brian T. Murphy said...

Carla – well get to it. or let me do your writing for you. those are your two options.

Liz – please, never again, conduct a speling eror on theworstweblogintheworld. I know it’s hard, what with the small femail brane and all, but seriously. try and get ahold of yoursef.

CK – you will like the new album. You are too big of a fan to not like it. I have some notwist, and I am happy to share with you if you are interested.

Nicholas – it is in fact a hoodie. I put it on, in 85 degree weather, in your honor, hoping you would notice. Success!

leslie said...

you can hear the wilco CD at
http://music.aol.com/songs/new_releases_full_cds.adp?defaultTab=1

I think that will take you there.

Benj said...

I will be buying the Wilco in the next 12-18 hours.

Midlake is pretty cool. They are from Denton, where my brothers live.

Man, this post reminds me how much I love music.

bb said...

here's a excerpt from rolling stone's review today: brian you'll love the fleetwood mac reference:

"Have Wilco ever come up with a better song than "Impossible Germany"? For the first three minutes, it's a mysterious soft-rock ballad with jazzy chords filtered through stoner-country guitar licks, like some lost outtake from Steely Dan's Katy Lied. Jeff Tweedy mumbles about isolation in his most beaten-up-by-life voice. Then, in the final three minutes, it builds into a twin-guitar epic, with Tweedy in the left speaker reinventing Fleetwood Mac circa Bare Trees, and Nels Cline in the right speaker reinventing Television circa Adventure. There's no noise, none of the spazzed-out distortion of the last few Wilco records: It's peaceful on the surface, demented underneath. After a hundred listens or so, you start to notice that even the lyrics, not always a Wilco specialty, are pretty excellent. Even if mellowed-out guitar jammery isn't your cup of tea, respect is due -- this is the kind of song nobody ever gets right."

Word on the street is this one was recorded mostly live with few overdubs/corrections... "scratch vocals" being what we hear. i love it. tracking the two lead guitars left and right has always owned me (abbey road... live at filmore east...).

Anonymous said...

cool. i've been a fan of tycho for years and his production is always top shelf. i really like his emerging use of older modulated synths.

as for travis... i've been curious about that record. i'll pick it up this week along with the new wilco...

-shawn

CK said...

"even the lyrics, not always a Wilco specialty, are pretty excellent."

whaaat?! that's WACK. Wilco's lyrics have always been consistently excellent. whatever, man.

i do love the guitars on that one song, although like Liz, i'm confused by the song as a whole. but the guitars remind me of the Allman Brothers. who i also deeply love.

Brian T. Murphy said...

Leslie – I didn’t click the link because I’ve got other resources, but thanks for providing it for the world wide web community.

Benj – midlake is pretty cool. the fact that they are from denton makes me like texas a little bit. and this post did the same thing for me. I think I called clint after I wrote it because I was so excited about music and I’m lame and I call my friends and tell them things like that from time to time.

BB – I can always count on you for a solid article reference. I love it. and yes, I love the Fleetwood Mac reference. I’m an unashamed Fleetwood Mac fan. very cool that the new record is mostly live. I wasn’t sure about that.

Shawn – the emerging use of older modulated synths has really helped sell nord keyboards. at least that’s what I think. and yes, tycho is pretty great. I don’t think travis will disappoint. Oh, and I’m looking forward to playing music thurs – saturday in two different shawn bands...

Ck – I was waiting for you to chime in on that one…and I definitely hear allman brothers influence on this new record…

Nicholas said...

I would also add the 'new' Elliott Smith CD New Moon. . . post-mortem CD's rock like tupac!

Brian T. Murphy said...

yeah I listened to it but decided to pass. it sounded like it was 37 songs of him alone with an acoustic guitar. which is great - don't get me wrong - I'm just afraid I already have too much music like that right now. I did, however, after listening to it, purchase two older elliott smith records that I had not yet gotten yet.

Liz said...

i'm so glad someone else has love for fleetwood mac and the allman brothers = )

bb said...

Exactly. Would anyone dare challenge the FACT that "Rumours" was THE greatest album of all time? I didn't think so...


Jon?

CK said...

I make fun of Scott for liking Fleetwood Mac. Why don't you all go cuddle with Stevie Nicks under a lace shawl somewhere and practice your white magical incantations?

CK said...

Although I guess I can't really talk because I have a huge soft spot in my heart for the likes of KISS and Boston. Equally silly.

: )

Brian T. Murphy said...

if given the option, I would gladly cuddle all evening with stevie nicks. and lindsay. hell, throw him in the mix too.

t.sc said...

if you like notwist, check out 13 and God

Clint Wells said...

1. wilco's lyrics are the shit. "all my lies are only wishes/youknow i would die if i could come back new"

enough said.

2. rumours is fantastic (especially second hand news and dreams) but it's hardly a contender for best record ever. maybe one of the best records born out of intense relational fallout?

3. I'm actually a huge kiss fan. I pretty much know every chord and word to every song pre-no make up. after unmasked im out.

4. i know i had another point but it escapes me. did anyone see the dvd that came with the wilco record? spectacular!

CK said...

i totally agree, Clint. the Wilco DVD is spectacular. oh be still my beating heart.