Friday, August 19, 2011

Weekly Whathaveyou - Friday, August 19

Various and Sundry Goings On About Music:
  • I just wanted to briefly touch on the state of the ol' blog here. I love writing here, and I'm frankly flabbergasted that so many folks have followed this thing, even if only a portion actually visit and read regularly. As I always say, this is more of an open journal than anything, but the feedback I get is motivating. That's why I built features like 11 Best, IMM and the one you're currently reading. It used to be relatively easy to keep up with, but as life gathers moss, I'm running out of opportunities to balance output here with everything else. Last month was a particularly busy stretch, which is why I only managed 6 measly posts. I'm not on track for much better this month. Point is, I may not be able to sustain as much output as I'd like (until some blog network decides to pay me. Not banking on this...) But anyway, expect ebbs and flows is what I'm saying. The good news is, historically, these sorts of "sorry I don't post enough!" announcements are followed by productive stretches. I don't know why this happens, but it's been something of a trend. Anyway, enough with this meaningless blather. On to music stuff!
  • The new record by Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks is streaming on Never ventured into Malkmus' post-Pavement material, but the fact that Beck produced it was all the incentive I needed. I've only listened to it once so far, but I was very impressed on first blush. Look for that one to experience large gains in the year's home stretch.
  • A few concerts dot my upcoming calendar: Gillian Welch next weekend, The Felice Brothers and The Flaming Lips in October. Still want to get the Pixies show in November, but I missed the on-sale time and I don't want to pay $60 for nosebleeds. Anyone looking to unload a front row seat? 
  • Wilco released a teaser video for another song from the upcoming album. Good news: it's kinda weird! Anticipation for new album rising...
  • Tom Waits is announcing something big on Tuesday. He's also releasing a single that day. New album? Please please please please please please please (etc.)
  • This list of 30 Greatest Musical Insults is hilarious. My personal favorite is Robert Smith saying he'll eat meat if Morrissey tells him not to, because "That's how much I hate Morrissey." Indeed.

Recent Listening:
  • Titus Andronicus - The Monitor
  • Andrew Bird - They Mysterious Production of Eggs
  • Broken Social Scene - Your Forgot It In People
  • Blitzen Trapper - American Goldwing
  • Howlin' Wolf - Live Bootleg from 1964
  • Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Mirror Traffic
Upcoming Releases of Import:
  • Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Mirror Traffic (August 23)
  • Blitzen Trapper - American Goldwing (September 13)
  • Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost (September 13)
  • Wilco - The Whole Love (September 27)
  • Feist - Metals (October 4)
  • Ryan Adams - Ashes and Fire (October 11)
  • Cass McCombs - Humor Risk (November 8)
My Upcoming Concert Schedule:
  • Gillian Welch (Charleston, August 28)
  • Felice Brothers (Charleston, October 7)
  • Flaming Lips (Charleston, October 28)

A Tube For You:
In July, I listed my 50 favorite tracks from the year's first half. Bon Iver's "Holocene" made it all the way to #10 on the list, and by now is probably higher. Just yesterday, the band released a beautiful music video for the track. It features a young boy frolicking in the Icelandic countryside. It'll make your surroundings seem comparably dingy. Enjoy:

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