Here’s a short blog post of what I’ve been listening to in the past fortnight, outside of my Sleepsong playlist, the BIRP fm playlists etc.
- My Bloody Valentine — had an MBV kick, mostly listening to Loveless. Seemed almost required listening given I’m listening to Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions nearly every night. If you know you know.
- Andrew Bird — Some day I should post all the photos I took of him from nearly the front row at a music festival. Some of my best gig pics. I listened to My Best Work Yet and Are You Serious
- Of Montreal — Listening to the earlier albums in the discography.
- Hunky Dory — David Bowie (had a couple of songs from this album earworm me, so took it as a sign to re-listen)
- Lucy Dacus — I was musing on what a startling songwriting miracle Dacus is, so naturally I had to listen to her 2021 release.
- Mitski — Her new album dropped today so I listened to it on my commute to work. Love it!
- Beach House — I listened to Once Twice Melody, then some of their older albums, and then to boot, found several “bands like Beach House” playlists. You could say it was a very Beach House fortnight.
- Harold Budd’s Jane 12-21
- Kurt Vile’s Bottle It In
- Several Ravel CDs because Ravel is my classical default, along with Debussy and Bach. And my melancholy homie Dowland.
- Arthur Grumiaux’s stellar double CD of all of Bach’s sonatas and partitas which was my gateway drug to the partitas back when I was an MA student in my 20s (one of the first things I bought with the money I made as a freelancer back then). Required listening since I’ve been playing the Sarabande nearly every night.
- Also returned to listening to Sean Shibe to figure out how he does rubato. Also, I love his playing of Berkeley’s Sonatina for Guitar. Well, all of Dreams and Fancies, really. I think that’s my favourite Shibe album, apart from softLOUD. Can’t listen to it enough!
- Various new to me composers and musicians! This requires its own classical music post. I listened to a couple of new concerts on medici.tv that introduced stuff to me, as did a couple of other classical music websites I visit every now and then.
ps: re-listening to Genesis has me suspecting that in the coming week I may be going on a prog-rock kick.