Working for a Paycheck

Some of my friends and I share music to listen to while we work. Sometimes we rate/review what gets shared with us and share those reviews with the group.

Bright Eyes – First Day of My Life (2005)

I was at a national park for most of the week, so (when I got back) I just shared a single that is an inspiration for a song I’m working on. My song is still in the very beginning stages. And it has been for 10 years. Continue reading

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The Drums are Calling You

Some of my friends and I share music to listen to while we work. Sometimes we rate/review what gets shared with us and share those reviews with the group.

Indigo Swing – All Aboard! (1998)

This marks the first of three albums from the same genre: swing revival. I was reminded of this album a couple of months ago, but thought it deserved more than the single I was going to share that week.

More than any other genre, I was in the right place at the right time to appreciate and latch onto swing revival. And it has had a bigger influence on my songwriting more than any other genre other than classic rock. I’ve played in plenty of other bands, and I’d like to think I have decently broad musical horizons, but it might all come back to this kind of jazz for me. Fitting, because I think all modern music has its roots in jazz (which of course has its own influences). Continue reading

Pour My Wages Down My Throat

Some of my friends and I share music to listen to while we work. Sometimes we rate/review what gets shared with us and share those reviews with the group.

Josh Doyle – Modern Times (Wave One) (2017)

It seems as though everything I listen to lately inspires me with something else to listen to and share. Two weeks ago I shared Rogue States, but I realized I had never heard any of Josh Doyle’s solo stuff. So I’ve spend the last couple of weeks combing through his catalog. Continue reading

Love and Four Tons of Steel

Some of my friends and I share music to listen to while we work. Sometimes we rate/review what gets shared with us and share those reviews with the group.

Good Old War – Come Back as Rain (2012)

Going back a couple of weeks to The Mountain Goats, here’s another indie folk rock group from 10 years ago that helped shaped some of my sound, but I’m not sure I can point to any specific song that influenced me or a song I wrote that was influenced by them. I really like half this album, but you could pretty much pick any of their four studio albums and get the same experience.

Tell me what you think down below. If my friends share their thoughts with me, I’ll post their reviews here.

Out of Earshot of the Silence

Some of my friends and I share music to listen to while we work. Sometimes we rate/review what gets shared with us and share those reviews with the group.

Rogue States – Rumors / Secrets (2010)

I feel like there was something that reminded me of these guys lately, but I can’t seem to remember right now.

This is a band founded by the bassist and drummer formerly of the Dumdums. In the intervening years, they’ve matured some musically, going from pop punk rock to a bit heavier, technically developed indie alt rock. Continue reading

A Cavalcade of Anger and Fear

Some of my friends and I share music to listen to while we work. Sometimes we rate/review what gets shared with us and share those reviews with the group.

The Mountain Goats – The Sunset Tree (2005)

I was recently going through old scraps of paper on which I had written ideas for songs. Mostly lyrics or chord progressions, but also some inspirations. One of those was the song This Year off this album. And the best part is, I don’t even know what song I wrote that was influenced by these guys. Continue reading

No Time to Wallow in the Mire

Some of my friends and I share music to listen to while we work. Sometimes we rate/review what gets shared with us and share those reviews with the group.

The Doors – The Doors (1967)

I realized a couple of weeks ago that we’ve never shared The Doors. I feel like they’re a staple of late ’60s/early ’70s psychedelic rock, and was a bit surprised.

I had a hard time deciding which album to share. Ultimately, I decided to share this, their first album. But Strange Days (their second) and L.A. Woman (the last before vocalist Morrison’s death) were strong contenders. If you like this album, I really recommend you check those two out. Continue reading