Now begins the longest travel day of my life. We arrived at PDX around 8am PST, and will land in Bangkok around 8am tomorrow, which is 10pm there. There is no way to prepare for a 14 hour time change, other than to be so exhausted that you can sleep until the time you are supposed to be waking up. We are going to fly backwards, from Vancouver BC, away from the sun until it gets dark and becomes tomorrow night. [brain explodes]
5 Months in, and 40 albums ranked. I've got another 87 that haven't made the cut so far, with some high hopes for June (Strand of Oaks, mostly). What I find most interesting is how my rankings are shifting over time based on what I've been listening to over the last month. For May, the real movers have been Doug Paisley and Woods of Desolation. Strange bedfellows- heartbreaking Canadian country / folk and Australian explosive black metal aren't often mentioned in the same sentence, but they definitely encapsulate my May. Strangely enough, they are also the two albums this year that aren't on Spotify. Click "read more" to get a little taste of each.
Got a new camera in preparation for upcoming voyage abroad, and put it to use at wedding this weekend in Sonoma.
A brief sampling of my favorite stuff from the first 3 months of 2014.
Well, almost. We're a quarter of the way in, and my top 24 so far are now ranked. Lots of great stuff this last month, and looks like April will be no different.
Listened Twice but not ranked: 14
Listened: Once: 46
I'm on pace to hear 300 albums this year, and have no plans to slow down.
Ok so the paralympics have a lot of veterans generally in them, right? There HAS to have been a circumstance where veterans from both sides of a war come up against each other in a paralympic game right? Think of the drama!
FYI, I'm lagging a bit on weekly recommendations, but am keeping the annual best-of up to date. 16 albums ranked so far on the site at the moment, with another 40 that haven't made the cut yet this year. Some good stuff coming up in March too! Stay tuned.
This week was a lot of pre-release streaming on NPR First Listen, Pitchfork Advance, and other various places. Streams from Mogwai, Tom Brosseau and Against Me! were captivating, but what really got to me this week was "The Gloaming".
Technically an Irish "supergroup" (though probably only for those into Irish folk music), this album is traditional, technical, moody, and gorgeous. No vinyl release announced yet, but here's to hoping.
You'll have to stream it here: http://www.npr.org/2014/01/12/261121018/first-listen-the-gloaming-the-gloaming until it's released, but that's not really so bad, is it?
Abbott: "The Who's on next."
Costello: "The Guess Who?"
Abbott: "No, they're Canadian."