Let Simple Things Amuse; Sweeping Out the Worry, the Clutter in My Mind

Some of my friends and I share music with one another to listen to at work. We’re supposed to review/rate whatever’s shared with us, but that doesn’t always happen.

This week I’m sharing an album I haven’t listened to from an artist I haven’t even really heard of before, so I reviewed it in addition to what my friend shared. First, here’s what my friends shared:

Three Trapped Tigers – Silent Earthling (2016)

Spencer’s only introduction to these guys was “they were listed as related to Alpha Male Tea Party, and I describe them as a synth version of that.” Continue reading

We Were Rocking Out

Some of my friends and I share music with one another to listen to at work. We’re supposed to review/rate whatever’s shared with us, but that doesn’t always happen.

This week marks three years we’ve been playing this game. To commemorate this occasion, we did a “best of” – we shared our favorite albums originally shared by somebody else that we wouldn’t have shared ourselves. Does that make sense?

For example, I could only find five times I gave out a perfect score. Once, Tim shared an album I would have gotten around to sharing, but he beat me to the punch. Another time, Spencer shared an album I had suggested before he joined the game. Of the three other albums, I had never heard of one band (perhaps I would have discovered them eventually and shared them, but who knows), had heard of another but never listened to them, and the last album is from an artist I listened to on the radio in the ’90s/early ’00s, but after getting burned copies of the whole albums, I wasn’t super impressed. So when a new album came out a couple of years ago, I wouldn’t have given it a chance unless (like Chris did), someone suggested we listen to it for this game.

Basically, it means there was a ton of great music shared this week. But before we get there, here’s what my friends thought of as the best things shared in this game over the past three years.

Grouplove – Never Trust a Happy Song (2011)

Spencer went with the album that has most entered his regular listening rotation (though he did say it is probably tied with Toh Kay’s Hand that Thieves, but went with this one). Continue reading

I Heard the Old Man Stamping His Feet

Some of my friends and I share music with one another to listen to at work. We’re supposed to review/rate whatever’s shared with us, but that doesn’t always happen.

Squirrel Nut Zippers – Hot (1996)

These guys have been on my list of things to share for a very long time. Now felt like a good time. You may have heard their biggest hit (which is on this album), Hell.

The ’90s were a good time for bands with brass sections, but nobody really saw this coming. They have a very distinct feel. Some bands it’s hard to put a name on their sound, but here it’s easy: vaudeville jazz. The band we’ve had in this music game so far that is close to similar is The Ditty Bops. But you can take bands like Barenaked Ladies, Dog on Fleas, Nickel Creek, Norah Jones and Quintette du Hot Club de Jazz and blend them up to get a similar feel. Continue reading

So Go Do What You Like, Make Sure You Do It Wise

Some of my friends and I share music with one another to listen to at work. We’re supposed to review/rate whatever’s shared with us, but that doesn’t always happen.

Green Day – Dookie (1994)

More Green Day! This time, throwing it back to their third album (and probably one of their best known). Continue reading

The Kids from the City, Finding it Pretty, Took it Home

Some of my friends and I share music with one another while we work. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Brian Eno – Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) (1974)

We’ve had a little Brian Eno before, and quite a few things he has produced. But this is his second solo album. Brian is known for being experimental, and while this isn’t exactly normal, this is a nice bridge between where music was and where Brian has gone. Continue reading

Keep What You Love

Some of my friends and I share music with one another while we work. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Flametal – Heavy Mellow (2010)

When Spencer introduced this album of flamenco covers of classic metal tunes, I immediately thought of Rodrigo y Gabriela, although after listen I feel like it’s more like Apocalyptica.

I’m not sure if this is just Benjamin Woods or if he has some other guys playing with him, of if he just dubs it all himself. Continue reading

Take What They Give You and You Keep it Inside

Some of my friends and I share music with one another while we work. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Lisa Loeb – Tails (1995)

Tim isn’t known to share (mostly) acoustic singer/songwriter stuff, but here you go. This is something his wife introduced him to and has stuck with him.

She reminds me of an un-politically charged Ani diFranco. Not exactly chill. Obviously passionate. The chords changes and melodic structures aren’t what I’d expect, but the execution is great. Some bands make it sound like their atypical songwriting was a mistake, but her band (Nine Stories) is tight. Continue reading