Hold On to the Minute

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.

Steven Wilson – To The Bone (2017)

A new release, the solo album of the brains behind the prog rock band Porcupine Tree. It’s fun and more accessible than most prog rock. Continue reading

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My Disenchanted Diplomat Asleep inside the Laundromat

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.

I’m surprised it took this long. My friends have started sharing Christmas music. I can only think of one Christmas album I want to share, so I’m holding that until next week. Also, as my wife loves to point out, I’m a bit of a curmudgeon. Instead, I shared just another pretty good album. Before I get to that, here’s what my friends shared:

Charlie Hunter & Bobby Previte – We Two Kings (2015)

Spencer shared a (relatively) new Christmas album of “the Great Carols” by two (or three) guys I haven’t heard of, but feel like I should have. I was surprised at the surf rock, but I mostly really like it. Continue reading

Worn to the Bones

For a couple of years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music with one another. We’re supposed to review/rate whatever’s shared with us, but that doesn’t always happen.

Hiatus Kaiyote – Choose Your Weapon (2015)

I don’t know much about them other than they are from Australia and claim they make soul music from the future, but the album art seems weird and awesome. Continue reading

Just Like a Dream, You Are Not What You Seem

For a couple of years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music with one another. We’re supposed to review/rate whatever’s shared with us, but that doesn’t always happen.

thesoulutionsthisiswhatyougetMadonna – Like a Prayer (1989)

Tim was surprised that none of us had shared Madonna yet, and I actually am as well.

To be honest, I haven’t really ever listened to Madonna. I think part of it is that nobody I knew listened to Madonna in junior high, high school or college (or at least her stuff at the time wasn’t in vogue for us), so she just never really came up. Aside from hearing some of her early stuff, my only exposure to Madonna was through her acting or through critics comparing modern diva pop stars to her, and I knew I didn’t care for these new artists. So I’ve never bothered looking into Madonna’s stuff. Which is too bad, really. Continue reading

I Got Your Meaning Between the Lines

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.

I know it was Memorial Day this week, and while I could have gone with an album with a topically relevant song, I didn’t want to make a theme out of it. So I went another direction. But first, here’s what my friends had to share:

Queen – The Game (1980)

Tim shared another Queen album. Queen has been shared more than any other artist in the past two years we’ve been playing this game. This is their seventh album he’s shared in that time (not counting the Freddie solo album). And Tim is sure to share more. Plus, Bohemian Rhapsody is the most shared song. Aside from the studio and live versions, it has also shown up in music videos and mixes. Continue reading

It’s Such a Fine Line

For more than a year, 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.

Neil Young – Harvest (1972)

While I’ve heard a bunch of Neil’s stuff, I’m more of a CSNY fan – if only because I love their harmonies. Neil’s voice is a little nasally and whiny, and you really notice that when it’s just him singing. Continue reading

It’s Almost a Feeling You Can Touch in the Air

For more than a year, 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.

Coldplay – Ghost Stories (2014)

Scott suggested just the A Sky Full of Stars single, or maybe EP, but I went ahead and listened to the whole thing. I haven’t ever been a huge Coldplay fan. Parachutes was good, but I didn’t totally love Mylo Xyloto. So I’m interested to see how this goes. Continue reading