As I said, the music I was listening to in the spring already seems like ancient history. But a few bands kept cropping up in the mixed cds I made (An Early Blossoming, A Summer Survivor, This Birthday’s on Fire). I have no idea when any of this stuff is from, it is just stuff I’ve been enjoying this year. So here are a few.
I found myself really intrigued whenever songs from Grizzly Bear’s “Shields” album came up on my itunes. Here they are doing a song live.
I was all about the Future Islands, all year. I came across their song Tin Man and got a few of their albums and they have not left the phone since. Here is another good one.
I guess I heard first heard Father John Misty on the Duncan Trussel Family Hour. His “Fear Fun” was another that just stayed on my phone all year. Gosh his videos are kind of freaky.
Frightened Rabbits “Pedestrian Verse” didn’t quite grab me immediately as “The Winter of Mixed Drinks” but gradually it grew on me. Also there was a great conversation the singer Scott Hutchison on You Made it Weird.
I read something about Ben Lee’s “Ayahuasca: Welcome to the Work” somewhere, got intrigued, and really dig it.
I came across Adam Green and Binki Shapiro somewhere. Probably Accuradio. And I like their album. One of these things I know nothing about, but I like how it sounds like something out of the 60s or something.
A band I became fairly fixated on late in the year are the Echo Friendly. I seem to be enjoying groups with a male and female singer this year. I worried that I cursed myself by putting this song first on my birthday cd.
I watched a documentary on Bob Marley that was really well done and that got me listening to old ska and the first few Wailers albums and some Peter Tosh beyond Bush Doctor.
Okay one more. Matt and Kim’s “Lightning” album. I kept thinking I was tired of it, but the songs kept popping up and making me happy.