About pls

I am a musician and outdoorsman.

El Camino Debo Recorrerlo Solo Yo

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.

Ruddy Brito (2011-2018)

One of the guys from my church recently moved here from the Dominican Republic. When he found out I play music, he struck up a conversation about getting started here. Among other things, I asked about his style. He sent me these:

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Now that We are Through

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.

Röyksopp – Melody A.M. (2001)

I kind of set this up more than a month agoFollowing a rap rock rabbit led me down a worm hole past Beck (his song Where It’s At, not his newer stuff), Bloodhound Gang, ChumbawambaRage Against the Machine, 311, and other artists we’ve covered in this game to more electronic groups, which all of culminated in a Norwegian EDM duo a guy from my church introduced me to more than 10 years ago (and I haven’t really listened to since). Continue reading

I Cannot Tell if I’m Paranoid or it’s All in My Head

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.

Nilüfer Yanya – Miss Universe (2019)

One of Chris’ favorite albums (especially the songs Paralysed, Paradise, and Melt) of the year so far. He said he likes it “because she melts a few genres pretty convincingly throughout, whether it be rock, dance pop, even a lil smooth jazz, and sometimes a fusion all in one song.” And he’s a fan of her singing voice: “But none of that would matter if she didn’t write engaging and catchy tunes, which she does.” Continue reading

Just Let It Fly Away

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.

Enya – A Day without Rain (2000)

Back in March or so, I realized we had never shared one of the greatest new age musicians. And then I promptly didn’t bother to share any of her music. Until now!

I know it’s not typical of the kind of music generally shared by my friends and I, but I don’t care. In fact, I think that’s a good thing. I really like most of her stuff. I don’t have her three latest albums, but I think she does a good job of having variety on her albums while staying consistent to her sonic brand, without being boring; something not all musicians know how to do. Continue reading

There’s Nothing You Can Do That Can’t Be Done

For the first time I can remember, my dad and I went and saw a RomCom together:

I would have gone and seen it anyway, because I love The Beatles. Actually, I like most movies about music. But the premise of this movie especially struck a chord with me (pun intended) because I often worry that the songs I write are plagiarizing someone else’s work. I probably couldn’t do what he does in this movie – but I’d probably try. But it brought up an interesting question – if someone had never heard of The Beatles, what one song would you start with? Continue reading

Doin’ Things I Can’t Even Talk About

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 Brian Setzer Orchestra – The Dirty Boogie (1998)

This marks the last of three albums from the swing revival genre I was planning on sharing this spring (although I’m a bit late for “spring”). I already had a couple of these albums on my list of things to share, but when I realized we hadn’t actually shared this album – arguably the swing revival album – I knew I had made an egregious error.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies and even Squirrel Nut Zippers are huge names in the genre, but this is it. Although not the start of the swing revival movement (that is usually credited to Royal Crown Revue), this is the one album you should listen to if you listen to any swing revival. Continue reading

Crank It to Eleven and Blow Another Speaker

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.

A Late ’90s/Early ’00s Playlist

Prepare yourself.

Recently, my wife had a conversation that ended going down odd avenues. I don’t remember what sparked it (something in a show we were watching probably), but my wife asked who sang a particular song. She thought it might have been Sublime, and while I knew that was wrong, I couldn’t remember either.

Turns out, it was a one-hit wonder group called Citizen King:

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