About pls

I am a musician and outdoorsman.

Of Every Bit of Beating Heart

For a few years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music to listen to while we work. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Flora Cash – You’re Somebody Else (2017)

This week, since it was a short work week, I just shared a single. One of my current coworkers recommended this to me, so I thought I’d extend it to you as well. I really know nothing about this song.

After I listened to it the first time, I looked them up. Turns out, they’ve been around since 2012. It’s just two people, and American and a Swede. They met online and started collaborating musically, and then got married. They’ve released three EPs and two full albums, and this comes from their second album, Nothing Lasts Forever (and It’s Fine).

I really like how they use the acoustic guitar as the primary instrument, and then mix that with the background drum machine. I don’t normally like drum machines, but I think they found a nice balance between the new and the old sounds. I’m not sure if the keys were played by a human on a computer, but I’m pretty sure the bass was programmed with the drums. My one real complaint is that there wasn’t much harmony, but the little bit we did get was really good.

This is a fine song. This is very much of it’s time. The vocal  style is soft, subdued and almost falsetto. The lyrics are about how it’s okay to just be yourself (I think). And the overall feel is just a bit melancholy. The end result is a mix between Mad World, Carolina Liar and … pretty much all modern male indie folk pop vocalists. I give it a 3/5.

I thought my wife would like this a little more than I did, and when I shared it with her, I was right. If my friends ever let me know what they thought, I’ll share their reviews here. Otherwise, feel free to share your own comments, or a song that surprised you, down below.

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Kings of Improg – Henosis

For a few years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music to listen to while we work. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Usually, the titles of my posts are lyrics from one of the songs I listened to that week, but this week nobody shared anything and what I shared was all instrumental. So in lieu of a post title, you just get what I shared.

Kings of Improg – Henosis (2017)

These guys have been on my list for a long time. Chad, one of the guitarists, is the son of a coworker and I feel bad that I haven’t listened to this album yet. I chose to share them this week because my coworker said they’re back in the studio.

All I really know about the is that they’re from South Africa, and their name describes their style (if not their sound). From what little I know, this seems like something Spencer would enjoy.

I gave this a listen for the first time this week and here’s what I thought: Continue reading

A Mouth Full of Honey

For a few years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music to listen to while we work. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

My friend Scott shared with me a video about how today’s music is generally worse, scientifically:

I have a hard time getting past some of the vagueness and generalizations (the numbers are out there and easily available), but I absolutely agree on the sentiment.  I agree that a lot of lyrics today are infantile, but I also think that a lot of lyrics in the late ’90s/early 2000s were overly complex (to the point of being random words and phrases strung together without any coherent meaning). I think that about some Bob Dylan too, but not as much. You can go too far in either direct.

The video also made me conscious of never writing the millennial whoop, just like I try and avoid the jazz lick (plus this and this) or writing a four-chord song.

But my main takeaway? There’s too many people out there who are worried about “making it” and more people need to just play (not work) music. The video kind of touches on it starting around the 19:00 mark. Essentially, he says all money-making musicians are turning into the guys at the beginning of this video:

Last week, Tim brought up the question of what kind of music would be “in character” for me. This week I’m kind of breaking that mold and sharing some modern music. AND I’m going to review it this week. Let’s see if my opinion matches up with science.

A couple of weeks ago, I clicked on the third Spotify ad I think I’ve ever clicked on. It was a car commercial that said it would take a look at your Spotify history and playlists and analyze your style. It ended up being different than I thought.

I was told I had a old style that needed updating. I thought that the last thing an advertiser should do is criticize their audience’s taste. Maybe say good things about it, but only market to a certain segment. But insult them? No thanks.

It also provided a 10-song playlist so I could update my tastes. Maybe they were always going to share those songs, but I gave it one listen and was hard-pressed to say that playlist was custom created for me based on what I listen to and have in my playlists. So for your enjoyment, here’s what Nissan’s marketing agency thinks I should listen to:

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2Zpyj3CTcdtfWmV8tlR0Uf

And here’s what I thought: Continue reading

Now I Find I’m All Inclined to Keep My Mind

For a few years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music to listen to while we work. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

KTiThe Oscar Peterson Trio – Night Train (1963)

As I was looking at my list of albums to share, I saw this and could have sworn I had already shared it. The piano player from the band I’ve been playing in for the past three or so years suggested this to me almost a year ago. He’s an MD, but he also plays jazz piano and he says this is one of his favorite albums. Continue reading

My Eyes are Just a Little Sweaty Today

For a few years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music to listen to while we work. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

KTiFlight of the Conchords – The Distant Future (2007)

Some months ago, I shared an album from Ylvis which reminded me of the Flight of the Conchords. I realized they haven’t been shared in this game yet. So here you go.

Just in case you didn’t know, these two guys are Australian New Zealanders actors, comedians, and musicians. They started with a radio show, which then evolved into a 22 episode HBO show. I think all of the songs on their two albums and this EP come from the two series. Continue reading

Tomorrow, the Sun’s Going to Shine

For a few years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music to listen to while we work. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

KTiKat Tingey – Innocence (2001)

A couple of weeks ago, I shared an album from a local artist and so I wanted to follow up on that this week. Not that Kat is in any way musically similar to Avenue. Continue reading

The Ocean Brine Turn into Wine

For a few years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music to listen to while we work. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

The Skullduggers – Staggers and Jags (2012)

And now for something completely different.

I’ve had these guys on my list for a while, and I meant to share it a couple of weeks ago (for International Talk Like a Pirate Day). So it was the perfect thing to share this week … when I couldn’t decide what else to share. Continue reading