The Things You Can’t Remember Tell the Things You Can’t Forget

For a couple of years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music with one another. We’re supposed to review/rate whatever’s shared with us, but that doesn’t always happen.

There are very few weeks where I think, “of course so-and-so shared that album” about everything shared. This is a very personality-specific week of sharing.

thesoulutionsthisiswhatyougetUSU Jazz Orchestra – Europa (2014)

Both Spencer and I played jazz at Utah State University, but my tenure as an official college musician didn’t last long. I just felt like they wanted me to be a robot. I was only under the direction of Dr. Gudmunson a few times, but I liked him. Apparently he doesn’t feel much different than I did. According to Spencer, this is Dr. G’s response to what he feels is stagnation in the world of jazz.

“The future of jazz is east where European writers and bands are breaking the rules and actually making hip new music,” he said. Continue reading

Just Like a Dream, You Are Not What You Seem

For a couple of years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music with one another. We’re supposed to review/rate whatever’s shared with us, but that doesn’t always happen.

thesoulutionsthisiswhatyougetMadonna – Like a Prayer (1989)

Tim was surprised that none of us had shared Madonna yet, and I actually am as well.

To be honest, I haven’t really ever listened to Madonna. I think part of it is that nobody I knew listened to Madonna in junior high, high school or college (or at least her stuff at the time wasn’t in vogue for us), so she just never really came up. Aside from hearing some of her early stuff, my only exposure to Madonna was through her acting or through critics comparing modern diva pop stars to her, and I knew I didn’t care for these new artists. So I’ve never bothered looking into Madonna’s stuff. Which is too bad, really. Continue reading

It’s Only Me Trying to Fly

For a couple of years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music with one another. We’re supposed to review/rate whatever’s shared with us, but that doesn’t always happen.

Helm (2016)

Spencer had an friend ask if he wanted to participate in a music competition. They collaborated on a track and, as participants, they are asked to listen to all the submissions and give them a score, 1-5. It’s something different, but Spencer shared the whole lot with us: https://archive.org/details/OSC90Helm

This One Synth Competition essentially asks artists to, over the course of a month, use only the sound sample available from a single synthesizer to create a track, and it’s interesting to hear the variety of songs made from the same sound source – in this case Matt Tytel’s open source (which I assume is a unifying factor in these competitions) synth, Helm (which you can download yourself if you’d like). Continue reading

Video Game Music

The album I shared with my friends last week kind of introduced this documentary, but just in case you didn’t read that: A long, long time ago, one of my old coworkers shared this documentary about video game music with me. I don’t think it’s any secret that I enjoy good video game music. It’s not just games I love, I have music from games I’ve never played just because I heard it and thought it was cool. Continue reading

A Sudden Taste of Magic

For a couple of years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music with one another. We’re supposed to review/rate whatever’s shared with us, but that doesn’t always happen.

The Winery Dogs – Hot Streak (2015)

Spencer shared another blues rock band he discovered, but this time it’s a bit harder. And it features Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater on drums. Continue reading

#livinthesweetlife

For a couple of years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music with one another. We’re supposed to review/rate whatever’s shared with us, but that doesn’t always happen.

Osaka Punch – Stonk (2016)

From the name and cover art, I’m sure you’ve already guessed these guys are Australian heavy alt. experimental prog. funk pop rock or something. Yep. Me too.

This is just a single and you can only find it on bandcamp (for now). Continue reading

Canyons

Last Thursday, one of the teams I work on had a team-building party type thing.

When they set up the potential dates (before they even decided what we were doing), my boss said she couldn’t make one of the days because she was playing a free show in downtown Salt Lake City during the lunch hour. But that turned into “we’re going to see Heidi’s band play and the company is providing lunch!”

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So many of my co-workers and I sat awkwardly in folding chairs and listened to Canyons (not The Canyons, Canyons Band, Canyons SLC or Canyons 801). And they were pretty good. They’re a little funky and a little country. They call themselves “assertive folk.” They actually reminded me of Ani DiFranco. Continue reading