#222 – Giants of All Sizes by Elbow

Though I was not aware of Elbow before this album was recommended to me, the content of it was clearly inspired by some pretty dark experiences.  After a very small amount of research, it seems that that was indeed the case.  Not only did the band lose three people that they were very close toContinue reading “#222 – Giants of All Sizes by Elbow”

#219 – Evermore by Taylor Swift

Who could resist the allure of a surprise Taylor Swift album dropping mid-pandemic?  I would’ve done it yesterday if it had come out earlier in the day.  It would be easy to jump on the bandwagon of lame, old people who think Taylor Swift is the shit, so I will.  This, and Nevermore, are bothContinue reading “#219 – Evermore by Taylor Swift”

#208 – Rest by Charlotte Gainsbourg

Today’s selection, besides being an excellent album, has shines a spotlight onto yet another blind spot in my listening habits.  I have picked relatively few albums that are not in English.  Aside from a few moments here or there, this is the first French album that has made it into the blog.  So now itsContinue reading “#208 – Rest by Charlotte Gainsbourg”

#197 – Good News For People Who Love Bad News by Modest Mouse

My selections have been going this way organically, so it seems right to lean into it.  There have been many artists over the years that I have chosen not to listen to purely because friends have been so obsessed and insistent.  It’s petty, I know, and the stupid thing is that I frequently end upContinue reading “#197 – Good News For People Who Love Bad News by Modest Mouse”

#187 – Protect the Land/Genocidal Humanoidz, Mezmerize by System of a Down

I wanted to choose these new singles by System of a Down, who are using their platform to bring awareness to the plight of Armenia, which once again is under attack.  However, since nobody would consider that an album, I’m pairing it with one of their earlier albums in the spirit of the blog.  AsContinue reading “#187 – Protect the Land/Genocidal Humanoidz, Mezmerize by System of a Down”

#186 – Rubberneck by Toadies

This morning I had an easier time getting up than I can remember in several years.  I felt lighter, stronger and more energized than I was yesterday morning and I have to say, it was quite enjoyable.  It’s as if half of the nation is coming out of a prolonged depressive state, with the otherContinue reading “#186 – Rubberneck by Toadies”

#185 – Strange to Explain by Woods

Today was a great day for America.  It feels like a weight has been lifted and that there is a light at the end of the extremely dark and embarrassing tunnel that we have been in for the last four years.  It’s going to take many years to undo the damage that this administration hasContinue reading “#185 – Strange to Explain by Woods”

#182 – Casualties of Cool by Devin Townsend and Ché Aimee Dorval

This is a really beautiful album.  At various times heavy, ethereal, epic, cinematic and delicate.  It really is a masterpiece of versatility, and exactly the kind of discovery I needed on this bizarre day in history.  As the entire world watches a few random areas in America, nothing is quite as helpful as the temporaryContinue reading “#182 – Casualties of Cool by Devin Townsend and Ché Aimee Dorval”

#180 – Hot Motion by Temples

And now it’s the eve of possibly the ugliest, and most important, moment in modern American history.  This album offered a temporary escape and an enjoyable one, but there’s no ignoring the knife edge that our democracy is walking.  On one side we have the most openly corrupt administration in American history, and on theContinue reading “#180 – Hot Motion by Temples”

#132 – Independent Worm Saloon by Butthole Surfers

Anyone who has been to a concert has experienced the camaraderie of strangers who have been thrust into each other’s presence for a little while.  It doesn’t matter who they are, they like the same band as you and they’ll be standing close by for the next few hours, so it’s preferable to have friendlyContinue reading “#132 – Independent Worm Saloon by Butthole Surfers”