music update – The National Edition

Radiohead – Hail to the Thief
Joanna Newsom – The Milk-Eyed Mender, Y’s
The Dirtbombs – Ultraglide in Black
A Sunny Day in Glasgow – Ashes Grammar
MGMT – Congratulations
The Noisettes – Wild Young Hearts
The Morning Benders – Big Echo
Modest Mouse – Good News For People Who Love Bad News
The National – High Violet

I’m really feeling the 2+2=5 factor right now (hat tip RH), but this one goes to The National. I love Boxer, Alligator, and I’m working through their back catalog.

I’m also really looking forward to the impending release of High Violet. You can listen to it in its entirety at the NY Times for free til April 27th (hat tip Pitchfork).

music update – Joanna Newsom edition

albums I’ve been spinning lately:

Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me
Led Zeppelin – Presence
Earl Grayhound – Soft Targets
Bat For Lashes – Two Suns
Son House 1965 Sessions
The Kills – No Wow
The Beatles – Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band
Nirvana – Live at Reading

I’m only two full listens in, but the Joanna Newsom album may well be great. I’ve been trying to pick one of her albums up for some time. I finally got around to grabbing one as the album art and the giant size (3xCDs!) intrigued me. It seems to be a lot easier to digest than Ys or Milk Eyed Meander. I like it already. At this pace, I’m going to have to grab her back catalog too.

Led Zeppelin Night

Led Zeppelin - Royal Albert Hall
Led Zeppelin @ Royal Albert Hall (1970)

The Wif discovered Led Zeppelin approximately two weeks ago and it has been an obsession ever since. I’ve had most of their catalog on CD for a while, but the Wif pushed to new heights and demanded a DVD. I’m never one to complain about buying anything music-related, so I happily bought us a copy of the self-titled two disc DVD set Led Zeppelin.

After getting our young charge off to sleep promptly at 7 pm, we threw together some late night cheddar & horseradish burgers, grabbed a couple of beers, and excitedly tossed in the first disc.

It’s awesome. Even without the DTS surround (due to the sleeping youngun), the concert footage is intense. My first thought is that I too easily dismissed Robert Plant. Jimmy Page may have been the driving heart of Led Zeppelin, but Robert Plant does not appear to be the foppish airhead I thought he was. Plant seems grounded and likable. My second thought is “WOW, the drumming!”. I expected Bonham to be a maniac back there, but really seeing it is just something else. I think the highlight of the disc may be Bonham on Moby Dick. Or maybe it’s Page playing dark wizard with the bow and his guitar in Dazed and Confused? How can you choose??

music update – JPNDRDS edition

a few albums I burned through today at work:

Japandroids – Post-Nothing
Annuals – Be He Me
Archers of Loaf – Vee Vee
Cream Compilation
The Nationals – Boxer
The Dead Weather – Horehound
Handsome Furs – Face Control
Julian Casablancas – Phrazes for the Young

I’m really starting to like Japandroids. I doubt I would have ever thought twice of them if Pitchfork hadn’t hyped them to prominence, but Post-Nothing is growing on me in a meat and potatoes sort of way. The distortion and fuzziness is great. Vancouver is a plus too.