music update – Gogol Bordello edition

One of my co-workers played Trans-Continental Hustle at the 2010 Automattic company meetup and it blew my socks off. Ever since, I’ve been hooked.

Gogol Bordello – Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike
Gogol Bordello – Super Taranta!
Gogol Bordello – Trans-Continental Hustle
Thom Yorke – The Eraser
Man Man – Six Demon Bag
Liz Phair – Exile in Guyville
No Age – Everything in Between
Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

music update – Arcade Fire edition

I will always love Arcade Fire. Neon Bible was a turning point for me both musically and as a person. They could have sold their next album as a single screetching note and I would have happily bought it with a smile. Thankfully, The Suburbs is superb in its own right.

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
Local Natives – Gorilla Manor
Interpol – Turn On The Bright Lights
Menomena – Mines
Chief – Modern Rituals
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin I
The Changcuters – Mencoba Sukses Kembali

In line for a number but you don’t understand
Like a modern man

Arcade Fire

music update – Explosions in the Sky edition

I’m hoping to release the first version of the Steam widget this evening. It’s been quite functional since Saturday. I’m just being strongly reminded on how little I know about design aesthetics. 😉 Ugly or not–I’m going to get the first iteration out. I figure there’s always v1.1, right?

In the meantime, a music update:

Noisettes – What’s the Time Mr. Wolf?
Explosions in the Sky – Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth
Explosions in the Sky – The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place
The White Stripes – Under Great White Northern Lights
Arcade Fire – Funeral
The Dead Weather – Sea of Cowards
Sunset Rubdown – Random Spirit Lovers
The Beatles – Let It Be
Weezer – Weezer (Red Album)
Archers of Loaf – Vee Vee
Janelle Monae – The ArchAndroid

I’m generally meh about Explosions in the Sky, but they make a great accompaniment to programming. It’s a really nice fit when one of their bajillion crescendos matches up with fixing an annoying bug. Also, their instrumental nature makes them less piercing than other more jarring forms of rock.

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.

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.