What band/musician has given you an Eargasm of late?
Apologies if 'Eargasm' is a word that is not to your taste, it is yet another one of those wretched words like 'unfriend' that has slowly worked its way into my vocabularly.
(Noun) the feeling of overwhelming pleasure when listening to amazing music.
As 2009 has now shuffled off and been replaced by the shiny new 2010, I thought I would do a quick whizz through what albums tickled my inner ear tubes last year. They may or may not have been released in 2009, if they were released earlier than that, I just hadn't listened to them yet, always late to the party. I am not in any way, shape or form a muso, my own CD rack of shame will attest to that, but I still feel the need to share these favourites. I don't really have the musical vocab to accurately describe these bands or even stick them in the right genre, but I shall plod on.
J. Tillman with the album 'Vacilando Terrotory Blues' He has a beautiful voice, you may have already heard of him? He is also the drummer in the Fleet Foxes. I discovered him via listening to the Fleet Foxes' stuff and worked backwards. My favourite track is 'Firstborn'.
Grizzly Bear with the album 'Veckatimest'. Although they have been around for a few years, it was only last year that I first heard of them. Listening to their older stuff, one track in particular really stuck with me and that is the 'Knife'.
Frightened Rabbit with their album ' The Midnight Organ Fight'. A wonderful Scottish band, this album was from 2008 I think, but I only discovered it late last year. My favourite track is 'Keep Yourself Warm', cant find a decent video for it though, so please try and find it, it is well worth it.
Keeping an ear out: How do you keep up with the latest sounds? I use Last.fm, read music blogs, follow certain folks on twitter and listen to the Hype Machine.
Excited about in 2010..
I am particularly excited to hear some new stuff from Yeasayer and Beach House, having loved everything they have done so far. I could have listed quite a few more, but I don't want to send everyone running to the hills. I would love to hear what were your favourites from last year and if you are excited about hearing from any bands this year?
Hat tip time:As I was reading Mr Julian Gallo's wanderings through his youthful musical listenings, it made me wonder how you get from punk to jazz. Is it a game a six degrees of separation, but with music? Are you a grown up once you like Jazz? Note I have nothing against jazz or being a grownup. I am sure I will be a grownup one of these days, but will I ever like jazz? Anyhoo Julian's latest posts sort of inspired this one.