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


I Will Learn to Love the Skies I’m Under

Some of my co-workers and I started sharing some of our favorite music. We’ve been doing it for a while, but now we’re actually reviewing them and sharing those reviews with one another.

We work right downtown, and at the end of last week, our town was hit with a Pepsi campaign. Apparently they’ve been doing this Real. Big. Summer. concert series, and it hit our town. For a couple of days, we’ve been seeing Pepsi trucks driving around, Pepsi hot air balloons, film crews, and these benches, complete with umbrellas, sand, and coolers full of Pepsi.


The homeless element of our town especially appreciated the free Pepsi.

The whole thing culminated in a free concert by an artist they refused to announce before hand. One of my coworkers went and was treated to a concert by Phillip Phillips. My coworker decided to share Phillips’ debut album, The World from the Side of the Moon.

And then, since it was released in 2012, everyone decided to share something which has been released in the last couple of years. So here are the four albums that were suggested to me this week.

A note on how I rate things. One star means I don’t think it qualifies as music. Five stars mean I wish I wrote the thing. Most music for me is a three.

Phillip Phillips – The World from the Side of the Moon (2012)

I didn’t recognize this album just from its name or the artist, but as soon as I heard the second track, Home, I recognized it instantly. I remember hearing that song when I’d go do a swim workout, or on insurance commercials, or on coverage of the London Olympic games, or … everywhere. For the longest time, I thought it was a new Mumford and Sons song, which is a complement for Phillips but not a good sign that I hadn’t heard his name until a year and a half after his song was huge. And it’s funny, because he’s even cited Mumford and Sons as a musical influence.

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Nothing Compares

I am not sure what it is, but for some reason, I do not like Walk Off the Earth.

Walk Off the Earth (from l to r): drummer Joel Cassady; multi-instrumentalists Gianni Luminati, Sarah Blackwood and Ryan Marshall; and keyboardist Mike Taylor.

If you have not heard of these guys, they have this video where people watch it, and then poo in their pants because it was so amazing. I thought about not posting it, because I (for some reason) do not want them to get more hits on their video. But since you are just going to watch it anyway, here it is. This is a cover of Gotye‘s “Someone that I Used to Know.”

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