Friday, March 4, 2011

Weekly Whathaveyou - Friday, March 4, 2011

Various and Sundry Goings On About Music:
  • I already knew Local Natives' Gorilla Manor was a pretty special album, but this morning I uncovered a new utility for it. I set out for an early morning jog today, and a whim I started the album on my iPod. I soon discovered that its track order immaculately paces an early morning run. HSW 2nd Best Track of 2010 "Shape Shifter" soundtracked the final stretch, and I found myself in a full sprint during the chorus. 
  • Great to see a local record store get a shoutout on a major media outlet. Papa Jazz Records (local to Columbia, anyway) got just that when Chaz Bundick of Toro y Moi mentioned the 5 Points locale as one of his favorite record stores. I remember first setting foot into Papa Jazz back in 2002, during my junior year in high school. I was on a school-related trip to Columbia for some such thing, and a buddy and I skipped whatever the event was to go record shopping. Of course back then my only concern was what Led Zeppelin related item I could find. Meanwhile, my buddy dutifully searched the racks for all sorts of obscure stuff I now wish I'd asked him about.
  • I don't know much of anything about James Blake, but I like the cut of his jib. Blake told Spin "remixing is like musical prostitution. I think it's really cynical and vacuous; I'm batting offers away like flies. It never used to be like that. Ray Charles didn't need five remixes. The song speaks for itself." I can sign on to this; few things excite me less than a remix album. Now I'll have to check out James Blake. Rest assured I have no intentions of remixing him.
  • I heard Lucinda Williams' new album, Blessed, and it's not bad. Nothing revolutionary, but serviceable background music for work, cooking, that kind of thing. I'm glad to see that, between Little Honey and Blessed, she's managed to rebound from 2007's West, which still stands as one of the worst albums I've heard by a reputable artist.
  • Site stuff: Been slow this week and will be next week as well due to work stuff, but look for March's 11 Best to roll out...sometime in March. 
Recent Listening:
  • Local Natives - Gorilla Manor
  • Lucinda Williams - Blessed
  • Conor Oberst - s/t
  • Spoon - Kill the Moonlight
  • Josh Ritter - So Runs the World Away
Upcoming Releases of Import:
  • Strokes - Angles (March 22)
  • Cass McCombs - WIT'S END (April 12) 
  • TV On the Radio - Types of Light (April 12)
  • Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - Here We Rest (April 12)
  • Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues (May 3)
  • Okkervil River - I Am Very Far (May 10)
  • Felice Brothers - Celebration, Florida (May 10)
  • Death Cab for Cutie - Codes and Keys (May 31)
My Upcoming Concert Schedule:
  • Bright Eyes (Asheville, March 5)
  • The Avett Brothers (Savannah, March 30)
  • Iron and Wine w/Low Anthem (Savannah, April 23)
  • The Fleet Foxes (Atlanta, May 14)
A Tube For You:
I'll be seeing Bright Eyes for my first time tomorrow, so in honor, here's the gang performing the fantastic "Four Winds" from Cassadega:

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