Let Simple Things Amuse; Sweeping Out the Worry, the Clutter in My Mind

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 I’m sharing an album I haven’t listened to from an artist I haven’t even really heard of before, so I reviewed it in addition to what my friend shared. First, here’s what my friends shared:

Three Trapped Tigers – Silent Earthling (2016)

Spencer’s only introduction to these guys was “they were listed as related to Alpha Male Tea Party, and I describe them as a synth version of that.” Continue reading

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It’s Just the Soul that Matters

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.

Twenty Øne Piløts – BLURRYFΛCE (2015)

Here’s a band I know nothing about! Tim didn’t know anything about them either, but that didn’t stop him from sharing. He also reviewed it, but we’ll get there in a minute. Continue reading

Sleeping Very Soundly on a Saturday Morning

For more than a year, some of my friends and former coworkers have been sharing music. The idea is that we’re supposed to review/rate what’s shared with us, then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

I have this list of albums I want to share, plus I have a couple of notes at the bottom for some other things. Like when, a year ago, we decided to share a cover we though was better than the original. I started thinking through covers I liked and made a list. And even though I shared one, I have a bunch of others that I don’t know when I’m going to share them. So I’m going to do that this week. But first:

Steely Dan – Aja (1977)

I’ve only been a radio Steely Dan listener. Not because I haven’t liked what I heard, I’m just kinda lazy and haven’t sought out more. Well, here we go. Continue reading

I was Looking for a Piece that Fit

For more than a year, some of my friends and former coworkers have been sharing music. The idea is that we’re supposed to review/rate what’s shared with us, then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

This week, my former co-worker Tim suggested we all share something from the past couple of years that we haven’t listened to. Ok. Sure. This is a little different. My band mate Spencer went through bands that he used to listen to, but hasn’t really kept up on to find something. I thought about doing the same thing, except it seemed overwhelming. So I just went through bands that I’ve already shared with the group looking for side projects.

One that I really wanted to share was Andrew Stockdale’s solo album he released while Wolfmother was on hiatus. But he writes all their stuff anyway, and, as it turned out, they recorded it while they were still together. Really it’s just a Wolfmother album with a different name, so I guess that’s not going with the spirit of this week’s “theme.” Not that we always have to have a theme. But, it’s not on Spotify anymore anyway.

Before I get into what I did find, let me get into what everyone else shared.

Bette Midler – It’s the Girls (2014)

Tim’s whole idea behind suggesting we share something we haven’t heard that’s been recorded and released in the past couple of years was so it will help us stretch our selections and have a dose of what is being recorded “today.” Yet he shares an album from a woman who’s been recording for the past 50 years. Not only that, it’s a cover album of songs that inspired her to start singing in the first place. So an old woman singing old songs is supposed to have a dose of what’s being recorded today? Continue reading

Like the Crunch of the Black Ice

For almost a year now, some of my friends and I have been sharing an album with one another, partly for exposure to new music and partly to give us something to listen to while we work, etc. We’re supposed to review it, rate it, and share those reviews/ratings with one another as well, but that doesn’t always happen. This week one guy was in Disneyland. I don’t know what was going on with anyone else, but the result was only I shared music with anyone.

But Chris did send me an album via Spotify six weeks ago. Since I didn’t get around to that at the time, now’s a good time.

Swearin’ – Surfing Strange (2013)

I know almost nothing about these guys other than they’re indie punk rock and Chris thought I’d like them. I really have no idea of what to expect. Continue reading

Looking for the Pleasure that He Knew was So Far Gone

If you’ve read my blog at all in the last 9 or so months, you know why I’ve been sharing what I have. Every week, some of my co-workers and I have been sharing some of our favorite music with one another. We’re supposed to review it, rate it, and share that with one another – but that doesn’t always happen.

Blind Melon – Blind Melon (1992)

If you want a slice of what the early ’90s was like, look no further than Blind Melon. Sure, everyone has heard No Rain. It’s iconic. But it’s not really like the rest of the album. I had never heard this whole thing before, and I was pleasantly surprised.

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The Sun is Hot

I first discovered They Might Be Giants on a cassette tape about the time I was entering grade school. It has forever changed my musical life. And maybe someday I will write about that album.

For now, you get an EP from 1993.

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