Live the Life You Please

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

Dave Chisholm – Instrumental (2017)

Tim found this at Salt Lake Comic Con this year. This is the soundtrack to Dave Chisholm’s second graphic novel (he has a music background, and teaches at a conservatory in New York, so he has the musical ability as well as artistic storytelling), and each track is a chapter in the book. It’s about a guy with a trumpet that plays the most amazing music, but when he does someone dies. I’ve heard Scott Pilgrim and Jem and the Holograms are some of the best comics about music, so I’d love to see how this comic compares to those. You can check out all of Dave’s stuff at his website. Continue reading

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If You’re Amused by the Polysonic Zoo

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

Reign of Kindo – Play with Fire (2013)

I heard about these guys from either the guitarist from the band Spencer and I were in together or the bassist from the band Spencer’s brother and I were in together. Either way, I turned around and shared it with the other one of them. Continue reading

Take Off Your Shoes Babe, it’s Time for Dancin’

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

Queen – Innuendo (1991)

This is it. On Thursday, Tim went to Denver to see Queen + Adam Lambert live. And to close out his month of listening to Queen albums before the show, Tim shared the last Queen album released during Freddie Mercury’s lifetime.

I know what you’re saying: “But we haven’t done Hot Space or Flash Gordon or The Cosmos Rocks.” I know. don’t tell Tim. I think Hot Space was an oversight, and I bet we’ll get there eventually. Although I think Flash Gordon may have been intentional and may not make it into this game. The Cosmos Rocks isn’t a “real” Queen album, so who knows. Continue reading

On Songwriting

Aside

I was talking to one of my guitar-playing coworkers about music and he asked me about how I find inspiration to write. I told him it’s both way easier than he might think, and also much harder than he might think.

Partly, it just takes time. Thomas Edison is famously quoted as saying that he never failed when perfecting the lightbulb; he learned things that didn’t work. Continue reading

Don’t Let Them Applaude

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

Jefferson Starship – Red Octopus (1975)

Tim was going to share Queen’s The Works, but after realizing he shared that album last November, he went with Jefferson Starship. They’re a classic rock radio staple, but I’ve never really taken a dive into their catalog. 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