TGFNM (thank goodness for new music)

Monday, October 17, 2011

I’ve been in a musical rut for a while, seems like. Worn out all the ole standbys... even the "new" stuff.

It’s been my experience over the last several years as a bona fide adult that I have to go out of my way to find new/good music. Probably added to this is that I don’t want to spend much time listening to music I don’t really love.

Added to this: my home/work/home commutes are blessedly short, so plugging in the ipod and then start/stopping for a 5-minute car trip seems like more trouble than it’s worth. Oftentimes, this results in just listening to the radio (don't you hate finding yourself so zoned that you’ve just listened to an entire segment of commercials without changing the channel?).

Thus, when some of my favorite musical acts release new music, all within a short span of one other, I feel like I’ve hit the jackpot, 'cause I didn't have to forage too hard for it at all (ie, previewing and then trying to decide if it's purchase-worthy…arf).



The lovely Leslie Feist has released this gem, which I’ve been enjoying immensely. Thank you, thank you madame, for giving us more.



Never enough Wilco. Haven’t listened to this enough to actually chronicle an opinion about it, but I look forward to listening.

Ryan Adams

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I love his sound. A lot. A whole lot.

The Nobility


Jonathan’s talented brother Stephen (somewhat unfairly talented if you ask me) and his band have recorded a new full-length album. I am waiting for my copy to arrive in the mail, but we definitely enjoyed streaming it on their facebook page before its release. Way to go, Uncle Stephen!

Speaking of arriving in the mail—I’ll admit it. I still like hard copies of CDs. Is this strange? Despite the "cloud" security, I like owning the tangible recording. And reading the little booklet. Then popping the CD into my car (which, for the aforementioned short drive time making this a much more efficient way to listen). I can't seem to let go of it. In fact, for albums that we do purchase electronically, I still like to make a hard copy on a blank CD. Is this weird?

Obviously, I’d like for Juliette to grow up listening to good music, not only for fun/enjoyment purposes, but also in the name of her being well-informed (and for cool points, naturally). It would be a tragedy if she didn’t know of Michael Jackson’s significant contribution to music (don’t worry, her dad has already made sure she’s become acquainted with Kurt Cobain). Maybe I should make a list of music she should know. Has anyone done this? What would you put on it?

As for new music...anything that I am totally missing out on? Fill me in. There's got to be lots.


  1. I always try and educate Rhet when we are in the car. Last night, I introduced her to Adele, The Black Crowes, and Blitzen Trapper. She seemed to like all three. Her favorite song is probably "Lost in My Mind" by The Head and the Heart, which makes me proud a little bit.

    As for new music, Dean & Britta and Youth Lagoon.

  2. i just bought the new ryan adams and the new wilco. do you know about the civil wars? i just heard them and find them to be awesome. i think you would too if you like feist, wilco and ryan adams. check them out ( unless you already know who they are).

  3. I have thought about this a time or two. The only thing I have put on my "music to introduce to Sylvie" list is the Beatles. I like music, and over time my taste has changed some. I have liked the Beatles since 7th grade - I can't say that about many things.

  4. Pam Carter2:00 PM

    Well this is old, but it might be new to you.....listen to a few samples of Karla Bonoff.....loved her music way back when :) of my favorites is Someone to Lay Down Beside Me....let me know what you think.


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