I’ve got some other stuff I want to write about, but I’m organizing my thoughts on that stuff. So in the interim, here’s a post about music I’ve recently picked up.
- Mumford & Sons with Baaba Maal, The Very Best, & Beatenberg – Johannesburg
AKA – Mumford & Sons & A Shitload of Other Guys. It’s a good listen. Great blend of the folksy Mumford sound we all fell in love with in the first place and the electric sound we got to grow into on “Wilder Mind.” Suffers a **little** from not being a Mumford-only release…but not much. I dig a good EP and this is a GOOD one. (Side note: I find it infuriating that they did not use the Oxford comma in the list of band names. Had to Google to find out that The Very Best is one act and Beatenberg is another one. You’ll notice I have placed the comma where it fucking belongs in this write-up.)
- The I Don’t Cares – Wild Stab
Paul Westerberg and Juliana Hatfield fell in love, I assume, and released this album. It’s apparently some of Paul’s unreleased stuff and presumably similar to what we would’ve gotten had he managed to get the Replacements into the studio. (Although it does contain a weird cover of one of Paul’s songs off of “Suicaine Gratifaction” that I wish they’d left alone.) It’s okay…but just okay. Had too high of hopes and got an album that would’ve benefitted from being a little shorter and a little heavier. But, that said, if you’re looking to get a Westerberg fix, this’ll do it.
- The Deep Hollow – Self-Titled
I’m going to keep it simple. This is what I thought The Civil Wars (or as I call them, “The Civil Bores”) was going to be.
- Hatebreed – The Concrete Confessional
Loud, mad, and heavy. (There’s the Oxford comma again!) About what you want out of a band called Hatebreed. Not quite as good as “The Divinity of Purpose,” but still does the job if you’re looking to stick all ten middle fingers in the air and bang your head a little.
- Tegan & Sara – Love You to Death
Excellent synth-pop record. At first I didn’t think it measured up to “Heartthrob,” which I absolutely adored…but I’ve only listened to it twice and I’ve woken up on separate days with either “That Girl” or “100x” stuck in my head with only those two listens. Infectious record. Highly recommend it.
- Andrew Bird – Are You Serious
Hipster-sheik violin guy makes violin music for hipsters. A little embarrassed that I like it…but I like it. Folk-rock based, but the guy plays a violin as a lead instrument.
- Los Straightjackets – The Further Adventures of Los Straightjackets
It’s from 2009 and I may have even mentioned it here before, but I can’t remember. Recent purchase. Los Straightjackets is a surf-rock band that plays dressed in Mexican Luchador masks. What’s not to love?
- Rufus Wainwright – Take All My Loves – 9 Shakespeare Sonnets
Rufus has finally written his opera, and good-God is it ever beautiful. It would have benefitted from less spoken-word segments in the CD format…but even so, those moments are still effective. I feel ill-equipped to comment for very long on opera. I listen to certain classical pieces, but I’m under-educated on the qualities of opera as a genre. However, to my ears, this is a really beautiful and moving production. (It probably helps that I’m a huge Rufus Wainwright fan and have hoped he’d do this for close to 10 years, though!)
And that’s it. Maybe I’ll write something else soon. Maybe not. You know how I am.
Dennis Lehane – Shutter Island. – I’d breezed through “Mystic River” in two sittings and loved it. Going to try to take it a little slower with Shutter Island though. Saw the movie…know the big twist…so I’m just reading it to enjoy it, not to lose myself in it. Liking it so far, though!