This is a fun project.
Over the next however many days are left in this month, I'm going to listen to 60 albums that came out this year. Some of them I'll be hearing for the first time, most of them will be albums that I've alredy heard a lot this year. Then by the end, I should have a pretty good ranking list to put out. Check out the new menu item to follow along!
Here's a new first-time long-time feature I'm inventing. A recommendation of something to get into! Each "Friday" Thursday, I'll tell you about someone or something who I think you just might enjoy, and give you some reasons why.
Today: Rob Baedeker. There is probably no way you will recognize Rob from his role in the sketch group Kasper Hauser, unless you already know who he is, but that's one of the main things to check out. Here's a bunch of evidence:
More after the jump!
Listening to the "Retraction" episode about the Apple factory on This American Life. Now one of my worst fears in life is letting Ira Glass down and having him confront me about it.
I woke up this morning what that dumb country song "Some of god's greatest gifts....are unanswered prayers" stuck in my head, and it got me thinking about how god chooses which prayers to answer, and which ones to ignore, and how it also coincidentally seems to be 100% statistically in line with the odds of those things happening in the first place. What a world we live in!
Think of something.
At some point you have to decide if you're going to be a guy who creates stuff or a guy who spends all of his time trying to keep up on what everyone else is creating. There gets to be a point where you get so absorbed in trying to get the most out of every one of your passions that you forget to be inspired by them. I have work to do.
Once again I was forced to miss the World Naked Bike Ride, but once again it was because something else was happening that I couldn't turn down. The Mountain Goats came through Portland last night (speaking of bands I can't get my friends into...) and I can never rightfully make a choice to miss them. With a back catalogue that even long-time fans like myself aren't completely familiar with and a new album nearly every year, you're always guaranteed to hear some surprises mixed in with your favorites and it makes every show unique.
The Books are one of those bands who I can never accurately describe to anyone, and who I always feel like if I could just explain properly that everyone I know would fall in love with them. They are primarily known for their "found sounds" compositions, pieces of long lost tapes from junk piles and thrift stores chopped and re-arranged into song with the addition of guitar, cello, and other instrumentation. What's not to like, right?
If you haven't ever given Marc Maron's great podcast "WTF" a spin, this is a good one to get your feet wet on. Sometimes his interviews can get a little too "inside baseball" with comedians he was coming up with in the early 90's, but this interview with Conan had me busting a gut. Like Conan's appearances on Never Not Funny, it's refreshing to hear him offstage and in a more candid environment. http://wtfpod.libsyn.com/episode-163-conan-o-brien