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Everybody Works by Jay Som

Posted by: Ryan 4 years, 7 months ago
Categories: Music
I happened to find this album when browsing some music review sites. It came out in March. I am finding that writing about music is really hard - so I will spare you my feeble attempt. I will simply classify this as rock, and I'll leave it at that.
This is a good album. I liked it right off the bat, and then it grew on me over the next few play throughs.
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The Far Field by Future Islands

Posted by: Ryan 4 years, 7 months ago
Categories: Music
Future Islands released their new album The Far Field today. I like these guys. Their sound is weird, but I find it to be uniquely refreshing. This album is good. If you listen long enough to make it to the second-to-last track, you can enjoy a cameo from the Blondie lead singer, Debbie Harry, who seems to be collaborating with many people nowadays (including Schmoyoho, the creators of "auto-tune the news" and the delightful double-rainbow song).
I recommended you check this album out if you want to hear something different. If you like it, then I suggest you go onto YouTube and watch their performance on David Letterman a few years ago. You won't be disappointed.
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Dropkick Murphys

Posted by: Ryan 4 years, 8 months ago
Categories: Music
I went to see Dropkick Murphys on Saturday with friends. Seeing these guys on the Saturday after Saint Patrick's Day...in Boston...isn't for the faint of heart. But, the crowd was less psycho than I thought they were going to be, which in some ways left me a little disappointed. I guess the band - and the fans - are getting older. As one of my friends said it, "they don't have as much kick anymore."
Although all the true fans probably think their big hit - "Shipping up to Boston" is overplayed, I saw it as the highlight of their show.
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Heartworms (The Shins Album)

Posted by: Ryan 4 years, 8 months ago
Categories: Music
Last week, The Shins put out a new album. I don't care for it. Their music has gradually lost some of its magic over time. Sad.
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Cool at Newport

Posted by: Ryan 4 years, 9 months ago
Categories: Music
Just trying to keep up with the sunglasses theme.
By the way, they started to announce bands for the Folk Fest, see newportfolk.org.
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2016 Music

Posted by: Ryan 4 years, 10 months ago
Categories: Music
Many of my go-to artists and bands are no longer making music - or are infrequently making music. So, I try to expand my music preferences by listening to 'new' music throughout the year. There is a ton of great stuff out there. I want to write about some of the albums from 2016 I listened to the most - even though some of these albums won't appeal to everyone who reads this blog. These albums are in no particular order. Actually, I think they are in alphabetical order, but whatever.

Basia Bulat - Good Advice (Top left)

We were able to see Basia Bulat at the Newport Folk Fest this year. She played kinda early, but put on a good show. I think she deserved a later time slot. Her music is fun and often upbeat, I actually wish she would change the pace from time to time to time. I particularly liked the song 'infamous', but really the whole album is solid.

Big Theif - Masterpiece (Top right)

I really enjoyed this album. This band was able to add just the right amount of heavy rock guitar to the songs - it never overstays it's welcome. Plus, they have some really catchy tracks. Gosh I am really bad at writing about music. Just listen to this one.
Good starter tracks are 'Paul' and 'Masterpiece'. I think the song 'Parallels' grew on me the most, its great. As a bonus, Jess pointed out that the song 'Velvet Ring' sounds like an Elliott Smith song, and she is totally right.

Blood Orange - Freetown Sound (Middle left)

This artist isn't for everybody. I had been listening to Blood Orange for awhile before 2016, so I had ample time to adjust to his unusual sound. I think Jess has listened to a fair share just by being around me, and I'm not really sure if she's into it. Anyways, this guy creates some really unique and great rhythms. It's clear that this album was inspired by the racial equality protests in the US. Regardless of where you stand on those issues, I think you can agree that great music is a nice result.
The song 'Best to You' was my most-listened track according to Spotify. This song is actually sung by a female vocalist (not Blood Orange), but the beat in the background is Blood Orange through and through. It's good. Listen to it if you want. Don't judge me.

Bon Iver - 22, A Million (Middle right)

I will admit that I didn't even know this full album was released until December, and I didn't even give it a fair shake until early January.
Jess and I were watching old Andy Rooney clips on YouTube the other day, and he had a good editorial on modern art. Basically, Rooney said that, in his eyes, an artist needs to establish themselves traditionally before they have the right to make something weird and call it art.
Well, Bon Iver has certainly established themselves; their last two albums were great folk albums. This 2016 album is weird. Most of the track names have wingdings, Greek characters, numbers, and other odd symbols. The tracks have distorted vocals and other semi-musical noises that I can really only describe as 'not instruments'. Yet, I gotta say, it's pretty good. The original sound is still there under all that nonsense, and the nonsense doesn't really detract from the quality. If you're intrigued, I recommend first going back to the 2007 album and listening to 'Skinny Love' and 'Stacks'. Then, when you're ready, check out the 2016 album. The song '715 - CREEKS' is definitely a good starting spot. It sounds like it's sung by the THX noise, and the song is actually vocals only. But it's really perfect in it's unusual way.

Glass Animals - How to be a Human Being (Bottom left)

I'm not going to write a ton about this one. I don't really know much about this band. For all I know, I could be really uncool for listening to them. This album actually didn't make a great impression on me, but Spotify claims I listened to it a lot. Now, flipping through the tracks, I do kinda dig most of them. These guys know how to make catchy music. I think they just need to make music that sounds more genuine. Not too much more to say, sorry for the lukewarm review! I swear it's actually pretty decent music. Whatever, let's just move on.

Tegan and Sara - Love You to Death (bottom right)

So, Tegan and Sara are definitely a guilty pleasure of mine. Listening to their (much) earlier music, it's clear that they are masters of two things: writing a catchy hook, and converting emotion into music. Their more recent music has waned a bit on the latter, but they are still catchy-music-making machines. They transformed from rock to pop over the years, but I still dig it. I particularly like the song 'Hang on to the Night', but they are all super pop-py and delicious.
Enjoy! I'm looking forward to the different music that 2017 might bring. I like to leave my comfort zone when it comes to music, and I will be doing exactly that.
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Relax, Spotify

Posted by: Ryan 4 years, 12 months ago
Categories: Music
Ok, Spotify. I get it. You really want me to listen to The Weeknd's new album.
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Gulu Gulu Cafe

Posted by: Ryan 5 years ago
Categories: Family, Friends, & Life Food & Drink Music
We went to Salem to see Jo Henley perform at the Gulu Gulu Cafe. Joe Henley is a local Americana band. This place has it all: live music, craft beers, coffee and espresso, food, and board/card games. Good stuff.
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Newport Folk Fest 2016

Posted by: Ryan 5 years, 3 months ago
Categories: Music
A picture from two weeks ago when we were at the Newport Folk Fest. I think the general consensus of our group was that The Arcs were the best. But honorable mention must go to Case/Lang/Veirs, who had some great moments.
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Newport RI Folk Festival

Posted by: Jodi 5 years, 4 months ago
Categories: Music
Ryan and Jess turned us on to this festival and as a result we have been listening to some new good music. Hopefully, we will be back again next year!
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