Continuing on with logging every album, EP, and song I’d not heard before that I listen to this year, here’s what I listened to in March (not including stuff that I’d listened to previously this year – check January and February’s blog posts for more). It’s been quite an eclectic month with music ranging from math rock, to hypnogoric pop, to glam, to folk, to classical, and dating back as far as 1937. Click through to check out my highlights. If you have any suggestions for an album or song you think I might enjoy, leave a comment and I’ll add it to my ever-growing list of stuff to listen to.
Long Hallways, ‘Close Your Eyes to Travel’ – Epic, jazzy post rock. Highlight: ‘January’.
Prince, ‘Purple Rain’ – I’ve seen the film. I thought it was about time I listened to the album. Highlight (other than the title track): ‘When Doves Cry’.
Prince, ‘1999’ – More Prince. This one’s a lot heavier on the synths and programmed drums. Highlight (other than the title track): ‘Little Red Corvette’.
R.E.M, ‘Out Of Time’ – Jangly and poppy, occasionally veering into darker waters. Highlight: ‘Low’.
Holger Czukay, ‘Movies’ – Highly entertaining avant garde from the ex-Can bassist. Highlight: ‘Cool in the Pool’.
Emmy The Great, ‘Second Love’ – A departure from her folk roots for an alt pop record about love in the technology age. Highlight: ‘Swimming Pool’.
Blondie, ‘Parallel Lines’ – The iconic new wave album. Highlight: ‘Heart of Glass’.
Second Monday, ‘If It Calls Out To You’ – Their insanely tight debut EP (they were only 15/16 when they made this). Highlight: ‘Without Answers’.
Lightspeed Champion, ‘Falling Off The Lavender Bridge’ – Indie pop meets country music and some of the best vocal melodies going. Highlight: ‘No Surprise (For Wendela) / Midnight Surprise’.
Settlefish, ‘The Plural of the Choir’ – A perfect album by a perfect band. Highlight: ‘Oh Well’.
Heavy Vegetable, ‘Frisbie’ – More fun, kinetic odd rock from Rob Crow. Highlight: ‘Cotton Swab’.
Suede, ‘The Blue Hour’ – Dramatic, moody brit rock. Highlight ‘Flytipping’.
Life Without Buildings, ‘Any Other City’ – Infectious, catchy, punky art rock. Highlight: ‘Juno’.
Sparks, ‘Kimono My House’ – They took ‘glam rock’ and ran it through a contorted banshee zoo. Highlight: ‘Hasta Manana, Monsieur’.
Telling The Bees, ‘Untie the Wind’ – ‘Darkly crafted folk’. Highlight: ‘The Worship of Trees’.
Deerhoof, ‘La Isla Bonita’ – Experimental, noisy, and off kilter indie rock. Highlight: ‘Last Fad’.
Lewis, ‘Even So’ – Incredibly moving indie-emo. I love this album so much. Highlight: ‘Bitter Days’.
Steve Strong, ‘Turbo Island’ – Until you see Steve Strong live, you couldn’t guess that he’s a one man post-rock looping and drumming beast. This album is full-bodied and seamless. Highlight: ‘Mirapid’.
Shostakovich, ‘Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47’ Performed by The State Symphony Orchestra of the USSR – Under brutal Stalanism came Shostakovich’s response, ‘…a Soviet artist’s creative response to justified criticism.’ Highlight: ‘Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47, IV’.
Mayday, ‘Bushido Karaoke’ – Gritty, gutsy, gothic Americana from the Saddle Creek camp. Highlight: ‘Continental Grift’.
Queen, ‘A Night At The Opera’ – Epic and operatic as the name suggests. Highlight: ‘I’m In Love With My Car’.
The Fiery Furnaces, ‘EP’ – Playful, experimental indie rock. Highlight: ‘Tropical Island’.
American Football, ‘American Football’ (or ‘LP3’) – Their third album brings a Steve Reich influence to the table sounds like the like the sun coming up on a winter morning (like the cover implies). Highlight: ‘Every Wave To Ever Rise (ft. Elizabeth Powell)’.
Axes, ‘Glory’ – More math rock madness, and the title ‘Glory’ really captures the triumphant sound of this album. Highlight: ‘Chun Fai Pang’.
Foals, ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1’ – With it’s more funky approach, this feels like the closest they’ve got to the sound of their jerk-pop debut. Highlight: ‘On the Luna’, but I posted that in February, so here’s another highlight: ‘Syrups’.
La Dispute, ‘Panorama’ – A more progressive approach to their spoken-word-post hardcore prowess. Not as immediate as ‘Rooms of the House’. Highlight: ‘VIEW FROM OUR BEDROOM WINDOW’.
Individual songs I listened to
Duck, Little Brother, Duck!, ‘732 Seconds’ – A slow and weary number that bursts open into blast of noisy post hardcore.
Youth Pictures of Florence Henderson, ‘All I Remember is Punk Rock’ – A transcendent blend of indie and post rock from Norway.
Joie De Vivre, ‘April, 2009’ – More glorious emo revival fare from Joie De Vivre. They’re becoming regulars here.
Weezer, I’m Just Being Honest’ – Curiosity and hopefulness keeps getting the better of me, but apart from ‘High As A Kite’, the ‘Black’ album keeps disappointing.
R.E.M, ‘#9 Dream’ – A pretty cool cover of my favourite John Lennon song.
Morrissey, ‘The Boy Racer (Unreleased Demo)’ – An early acoustic version of one of the best songs on ‘Southpaw Grammar’.
The Get Up Kids, ‘Satellite’ – If this lead single is anything to go by, the upcoming album will be awesome.
The World is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die, ‘January 10th, 2014’ – A euphoric track with some great male/female vocals going back and forth. Emo revival at its most progressive.
Matrix Metals, ‘Flamingo Breeze, part 1’ – A summery slice of hypnogoric pop.
Jack Stauber, ‘Cooking with Abigail’, ‘Good Morning Blondie’, ‘Lima Bean Man’, and ‘ring ring’, ‘Deploy’ – Surreal micropop to put a smile on your face and make you question life. The videos are great too.
Watterson, ‘Talking Shit About A Pretty Sunset (Modest Mouse cover)’ – Noisy indie version of my favourite Modest Mouse song.
Armando Martins, ‘Dirty Fingernails (Modest Mouse cover)’ – Cool, minimal version of this classic MM song, some nice added piano.
Unraveler, ‘Polar Opposites (Modest Mouse cover)’ – Lo fi acoustic cover with some nice female backing vocals.
Jumping Ship For Comfort, ‘Bukowski (Modest Mouse cover)’ – A stripped down version, nice but not bringing anything different to the table.
Prom Kids, ‘Trailer Trash (Modest Mouse cover)’ – Fun midi cover but the vocals are way too high in the mix and over-egged, spoiling it.
Festiva, Dramamine (Modest Mouse cover) – Psychadelic indie pop cover, a pretty fun listen.
Turing Cops, ‘Custom Concern (Modest Mouse cover)’ – A subdued cover that gets old quick.
Jeff Rosenstock, ‘Festival Song’ – Fun-filled indie punk rock.
Logic, ‘Probably Gonna Rock Your World’ – The rapper, with the aid of Mac Demarco’s production, opts for a chilled out R&B/bedroom pop jam with this one.
Shipping News, ‘Untitled w/Drums’ – Tender, moving post rock.