Friday, May 13, 2011

How to Get Caught Up? Aw, Who Cares?

Before the temporary hiatus I was already way behind on posting. Here is a list of some albums on my playlist since early April. I'm not sure all of them will be topics of a post. I don't even know why I'm listing them except to give myself some bearing as to how and where to start back blogging. I've developed a bad habit of deeming anything I've known for more than a month to be hopelessly outdated; I may have to bend that rule. I list these in reverse chronological order, and generally you can observe my memory growing hazier with each one. I'm enjoying the music but still have to get more motivated to write about it. It will come.
  • Wild Beasts: Smother. I've only given this a brief sniff but was not as instantly amazed as the critics were. So this one may not show up again though it's way too early to tell.
  •  The Antlers: Burst Apart. This album is magnificent. The band played the entire release live at SXSW Music Festival, and NPR (I think it was) posted the video. That built a lot of anticipation for me that the album has confirmed was justified. There will be a post about this one.
  • Gang Gang Dance: Eye Contact. Another great release. This one will be a yes yes, dance!
  • EMA: Past Life Martyred Saints. Another home run effort by a relatively newcomer.
  • Explosions In The Sky: Take Care, Take Care, Take Care. I've listened to it but can't remember very well. Don't take that fact alone as commentary because my vague recollection is positive.
  • Julian Lynch: Terra. My expectations are so high for this one that I've delayed listening to it for fear I'll be disappointed. That happens to me sometimes.
  • Cass McCombs: Wit's End. Reminds me of Al Stewart. That might be my only commentary on it.
  • Joan as Police Woman: The Deep Field. This one deserves more listens but right now would be a maybe. Don't give up on it yet, though.
  • Elbow: Build a Rocket Boys! The critics are arave. I think I was, too. Am, too?
  • The Feelies: Here Before. I can't recall my impressions and will have to start from scratch, but my impression is that I was less impressed than the critics.
  • The Unthanks: Last. Can't recall, almost 20 days since I listened to it.
  • Nedry: Condors. Same except my impression is that I was impressed.
  • Alela Diane: Alela Diane & Wild Divine. No clue, but I have listened to it.
  • Dirty Beaches: Badlands. Same.
  • Little Scream: The Golden Record.
  • TV on the Radio: Nine Types of Light. Same comment as for Julian Lynch.
  • Fleet Foxes: Helplessness Blues. I've given this a little listen the last few days and think I may have a surprising comment later. I mean that surprises me.
  • Gorillaz: The Fall.
  • The Singularity 1 Compilation. This one is free for download and is one of my favorites. I can't wait to give the little known artists on this album their due credit.
  • I think I stopped being chronological, in more than one sense.