Music you need to listen to now, Volume 87
With the utter lack of interesting things to play (cram it DS boy), I thought instead I'd waste my time exploring the wonderful world of music and music related music. It is a vast world out there afterall, or so I'm told at least.
So yes, this is mainly a post for the sake of posting. I was going to do a blog post ranting how much my life sucks and the only one who understands me is Gerald Way. But seeing as how the humor of my 'angle' pics fell flat, I don't need people thinking I really have fallen into my own little space... dot com.
So what have I been listening to as of late? Oh, so many wonderful things. And here they are:
I still haven't gotten off my New Pornographers fix (can you blame me?), and for some reason I pulled out Red Hot Chili Pepper's By the Way. I don't care what anyone says about them going 'soft' or other BS, it's a great album.
Bloc Party - Silent Alarm: I heard Banquet and was hooked. This is good stuff. Throw in tracks like Positive Tension, She's Hearing Voices, and the most excellent This Modern Love, and you do have one of the better albums of last year. Be sure to check out their video on MTV's Overdrive.
Broken Social Scene: Another album from last year I almost missed out on. A good, catchy, sometimes mellow album. I'm not good at describing it, but I heard 7 4 Shoreline and knew I had to buy this album. And so should you.
Belle & Sebastian's The Life Pursuit is a really good album too. And that's all I really feel like saying on that. I will add the latest Franz Ferdinand has grown on me after a number of listens and is a pretty good CD afterall. I can't say the same about the new Strokes album...
...Sorry about that, I fell asleep. I grew even more bored typing that shit than you did reading it. Sorry about all that, but I just didn't want the top 3 stories to be Best of 2005 based stories come May. So this is the best you get until I have a real reason to post something.
So if you're not completly disappointed with my pathetic reviews of such great albums, let me throw in a plug for Pandora. What's Pandora you ask? It's this (free) kick ass personal radio station. You put together a list of bands you like, and it not only plays songs by those artists, but uses that to find songs from other bands you might like. You can then give thumbs up or down to each song to further personalize your radio station. Who needs XM? Though this is just on your computer... oh well. Works for me.
Before I end this sad post, let me point out there looks to be a lot of good stuff still coming. Arctic Monkeys' upcoming disk is getting a lot of hype. That one song "When the Sun Goes Dowm" is pretty cool. Pharrell's album is still coming (supposedly). A new album from both Bloc Party and Broken Social Scene. The Roots should have a new album, and Outkast might have not one but two new CDs. I can't wait for The Streets next CD in April obviously. Maybe my favorite album from 2004, Arcade Fire's Funeral, will see a follow-up. Hopefully Mars Volta's CD will see a return to their debut (though I did like Frances). The Polyphonic Spree will be back. There are some albums from a few big artists too like the forementioned Red Hot Chili Peppers, Audioslave, Cure, Incubus, Killers, Linkin Park, Radiohead. Some surprise combacks in the Lemonheads who will have a new disk, and I can't wait to see what The Pixies can do. And there are rumors too of a new Smashing Pumpkins album... oh man would that be sweet (though if there is one, most likely it would hit circa 2007). I'm sure I'm missing a few even.
If half that comes out and is good this should be a darn good year, especially when you add in the surprise albums and debuts that are always there. Who needs a N64 with all that.
And now we dance! In honor of the greatest show ever, Arrested Development... Fox has made a huge mistake.
(Well, that was a freebie. Picture stolen without permission from some GAF post.)