Now Playing: September 2009

Running behind on this one, so let me get right down to bid-ness…

  • MuteMath, “Armistice
    • Ever since discovering their very good self-titled album a few years back, I’ve been anxiously awaiting what a follow-up release from them would sound like – and now I know.  “Armistice” was described by the band as an album that would “embarrass the first record”.  A tall order, to be certain, and though a few songs are very good, the album is (as a whole) not particularly enticing to me.  I expected something a bit more “fresh”, or at least the last album amped up by a factor of "10”, but neither is true, in my opinion.
  • Arctic Monkeys, “Humbug
    • I’ve not really been a big fan of the Arctic Monkeys, but when a friend of mine pointed me in the direction of The Last Shadow Puppets – a side project – I thought I’d give them more of a listen.  I’m glad I did.  “Humbug” is a very good album, and starts off particularly well.  Their sound rarely deviates from itself very much, which may (or may not) be your thing, but there’s a lot here to enjoy.
  • Soulsavers, “Broken
    • I’m pretty much a sucker for anything Mark Lanegan related.  I like his solo stuff, Screaming Trees stuff (of course!), side projects, and whatever else.  A co-worker pointed out Soulsavers to me, which I was surprisingly unfamiliar with.  Very mellow stuff.  Dark, brooding, and so on.  To be honest, I’m not even through the entire album yet, but if “Bubblegum” or Lanegan’s solo stuff float your boat, you’ll probably enjoy Soulsavers too.
  • Katie Todd, “Changing Faces
    • Via a “Neko Case” station on Pandora, I stumbled across Katie Todd (or Katie Todd Band) and liked what I heard.  With some jazzy overtones and pop sensibilities, I would liken Katie Todd to artists such as Feist or K T Tunstall, both of whom I like.  Katie has a slightly unusual voice, though, which will either endear you to her style, or turn you away.  I’m diggin’ it.
  • Muse, “The Resistance
    • Another follow-up album that I was very much looking forward to.  Muse has an epic, “stadium rock” type sound that is somewhere between Radiohead and Queen.  To find out that this band is merely a trio almost boggles the mind – they are so incredibly talented.  All that said, “The Resistance” has failed to capture my attention.  It’s not bad, per se, but it doesn’t come across as anything new either.  More of the same, I suppose, which will be perfect for the hardcore Muse fans.
  • Gin Blossoms, “New Miserable Experience
    • Talk about digging up a relic, this album was released the same year that I graduated high school – back in 1992.  I remember my buddy, Troy, spinning this disc quite a bit, but I never latched on to it myself.  You know what, though?  This is a very good album.  Incredibly catchy tunes, good song writing, and it has really stood the test of time after 17 years!  The singer was clearly genius and troubled.  His addiction comes through loud and clear over the course of this album, but if you don’t let that weigh you down, this is really worth a look (or re-look, for those old fans).
  • Neko Case & Her Boyfriends, “Furnace Room Lullaby
    • I’ve been enjoying Neko Case’s music this year – especially her most recent release, “Middle Cyclone”.  “Furnace Room Lullaby” is an older album of hers, though – nearly a decade old now (2000).  While it is clearly Neko Case-styled music, it has more twang than her more recent stuff, so it took a bit longer to grow on me.  It’s a great album, though, with the title track being one of my favorites.
  • The Devil Makes Three, “Longjohns, Boots, And A Belt
    • One of my co-workers flipped this album my way a few years back.  If a bluegrass/rockabilly vibe is your thing, then check out The Devil Makes Three.  Very good stuff.
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1 Response to “Now Playing: September 2009”


  1. 1 Marcus October 11, 2009 at 12:52 am

    I’ve been listening to a lot of Sunny Day Real Estate recently with their remastered re-release of Diary and LP2, and also because they came to Dallas this past Monday! Oh man, I was so excited to see them, it was awesome.

    Otherwise, I’ve been listening through the massive amount of Beatles that my brother gave me. Seriously, 10 hours worth, that’s a heck of a lot of Beatles to listen through. I’m finding their later stuff suits me better, though their earlier stuff is nothing to sneeze at, being THE BEATLES and all that.

    And yeah, Muse’s new album is pretty good, but it’s nothing that really stands out to me either compared to previous albums. They still beat the snot out of some currently hot bands *coughGREENDAYcough*, but yeah, not their BEST work in my opinion.


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