#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”

#217 – Muchacho by Phosphorescent

I heard about this band from the compilation album Day of the Dead, which features over seventy covers of Grateful Dead songs by various modern artists.  Phosphorescent’s contribution was an excellent version of “Standing on the Moon,” which is one of my favorites in the Dead catalog.  Even if you are not a fan, it’sContinue reading “#217 – Muchacho by Phosphorescent”

#214 – self-titled by Vagabon

I really enjoy hearing stories about how musicians careers got started.  The origin stories are as diverse as the artists themselves or their music.  In this case Laetitia Tamko, AKA Vagabon, worked as a computer engineer and wrote music in her spare time until her first album, Infinite Worlds, became an indie breakout success.  It’sContinue reading “#214 – self-titled by Vagabon”

#212 – I Forget Where We Were by Ben Howard

If you’re following the news at all, you’ve probably heard about the spate of monoliths appearing – and disappearing – around the world.  Any science fiction fan or conspiracy theorist can’t help but be excited by the possible explanations.  The mystery surrounding them has driven the public’s fascination, so it only makes sense that someContinue reading “#212 – I Forget Where We Were by Ben Howard”

#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”

#202 – 69 Love Songs by the Magnetic Fields

Today’s selection has taught me to read the album stats before making my choice.  This is a fun and fascinating album, but I did not notice that it actually contains 69 songs and runs almost three hours until I was about a third of the way through.  Luckily, I hadn’t followed my usual formula ofContinue reading “#202 – 69 Love Songs by the Magnetic Fields”

#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”

#189 – Nature by NYOS

As the faithful readers clicked their way to the album selection of the day, they let out a collective groan that was almost audible through their computers.  Another instrumental noise band?  What is he thinking?!  Yes, technically this artist is clearly distinguished from the other, similar acts that have been past daily features, but weren’tContinue reading “#189 – Nature by NYOS”

#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”