I’m not really sure at what point my iTunes library became the memoirs of my life. For as far back as I can remember I’ve loved music, and specifically collecting music. It all began when my parents bought me a CD player when I was in fifth grade, along with my first CD (Billy Joel’s Storm Front). As I grew older my musical tastes changed, as did the common media for music. I went from tapes, to CDs, to burning my own mixtapes via my dad’s CD burner, and finally digital media. By that point my collection exploded and I was hopelessly hooked to collecting music.
Each album in my iTunes library tells a story. Whether it be a CD found while scouring my local Hastings on my weekly visit, or an album I downloaded on the recommendation by a friend. They all remind me of specific times in my life. Some bad, but mostly good. Music though has been the foundation that has held it all together, and simply hearing a song while scrolling through my library can take me back to whatever exactly moment and emotion that I have related to it.
I recently have been going back through my library as I moved all my music and subsequently lost a good majority of my album artwork. My musical OCD will not allow me to put the music on my iPod without having artwork, so I’ve been hard at working going through all 24,756 songs. This has led to me being reminded of some gems that have been hidden on my iPod for years, so here they are…
I know I am totally behind the boat on Atlas Genius. I finally picked up their debut album When It Was Now, and dang is it good. It has been on heavy repeat on my iPod, and I’m pretty sure I found one of my go-to albums for the summer.
I came across a new band today called Ecovillage. They are two from Sweden, and are really making some interesting music. Filled with some shoegaze and chillwave elements mixed with a little bit of Animal Collective their track “Before We Knew The Cross” really has a lot going on. The chorus really has some beautiful elements to it, making me come back to it over and over again. I don’t know if it’s that little bit of a sad element to it with the lyrics,or the guitar chords swirling around in the background. Regardless these guys are worth checking out.
The last week or so I’ve been thinking about tweaking the feel of the blog. While I will continue sharing all of the music that I love, I thought I would make it a little more autobiographical. Sharing not only what I’ve been listening to, but also the events in my life that happen to be corresponding with the music. Kind of an intersection of music, faith, and my life. I just feel like I need to take the blog a new direction, and maybe sharing a bit about my life and who I am might be more interesting/helpful/I’m not really sure what to whoever is reading what I’m writing. There are plenty of other blogs that sharing music (Check out http://indieshuffle.com, a website I happen to write for) at a much more consistent rate that I just can’t keep up with.
With that, I was doing my daily rounds through Soundcloud when I came across a new track that Teen Daze had put together. Now I’m not sure if he’s coming out with a new album, or what, but it was to raise awareness for Benjamin Curtis. Benjamin Curtis is part of the band School of Seven Bells, and was just diagnosed with cancer. You can check out/help him out on this page right here. I’m praying for a full recovery for Benjamin as he fights cancer.
It’s always crazy seeing someone young have to fight something like cancer, making you think about your mortality and the world around us. No matter how deep I get in my walk, I wonder why stuff like this happens. I’m sure God’s got a bigger and better plan, but it doesn’t make it any less confusing here on earth.
Here’s a track by Benjamin’s band, and here’s to some strength for him as he goes through this “Windstorm.”
The bi-coastal indie rock partnership that is Wildlife Control just released their brand new track today called “Ages Places,” as they get ready to make an appearance at SXSW.
The track is filled with booming bass and enough indie synth pop to definitely get you moving. I think one of the coolest things about the song though is the lyrics, especially if you’re a literary nerd. The lyrics are made up of various modified haiku stanzas. Pretty genius if you ask me, especially since the lyrics can still be coherent despite this ambitious, poetic lyrical styling.
Their new album doesn’t drop until this summer, but keep your eyes out for these guys.
Sometimes you just need a good pop song. Enter Philadelphia’s Joe D’Amico.
D’Amico just recently released his album A Short Time’s a Long Time introducing the world to his own blend of acoustic, folk, Americanism. The album is filled with laid back tracks that could be comfortable on 70’s am radio or floating around the blogosphere today.
One of the highlights is a track called “Where Does the Time Go?” Listening to it, I can’t help but be reminded of one of my favorite singer-songwriter Josh Rouse. With sunny melodies and grooving bass, “Where Does the Time Go?” is a perfect throwback track to the glory days of pop music. Before the Twitter, or the Internet when good music simply made you feel good. What more do you need?