The Broken West has been the perfect summer soundtrack for on the spot dance-offs. I usually end up listening to a band intensely for a month or so (the album stays on repeat in the car and in my loft), and then switch to a new one. It drives people nuts when they are around me. I like knowing every word, every hushed breath, every drum solo so I can allow my body to be fully involved.
Anyway, The Broken West. Fun rock on Merge, and worthy of your mouse clicking energy. And a Tegan and Sara cover! Swoon.
Other music worth checking out:
Liz Phair- Ant In Alaska
Lavender Diamond- You Broke My Heart
Doe Deere- What U Like
What have you been listening to?
Last night Jenn and I went to Scoop's, the new ice cream shop in the Tower District. She had cookies and cream, I had rainbow sherbet.
I asked Jenn about Coldplay and U2 and Aerosmith. Am I totally out of the loop on why these bands are selling, what about them appeals to people? Someone's buying this, right? I guess I kinda get early U2, but Bono's current bravado cloaked in good-doing gives me the shivers. Isn't that sort of mind-fuckery what Satan majored in in college? I saw a poster for some video game featuring Aerosmith. Maybe I don't get that because I don't understand the excitement over Wii or Playstation or anything really with a button. Or maybe I've just never liked Aerosmith, despite having a girl crush on Liv Tyler. And Coldplay doesn't feel fresh or heartfelt or even fun.
Maybe this is what it means to be a curmudgeon. A snob? So be it. I do like plenty of mainstream music, but I don't get these bands at all, and worry that something might be going over my head. See, the thing is, I don't want to miss out on anything, even if it blows.
I mean, I do love The Hills, after all, and everything that comes with it--including Heidi's new opus, "Fashion". Why can I stomach Heidi Montag, and not The Biscuit 3? Is it as simple as Heidi knowing she's not a serious artist and not attempting to pull the wool over anyone's eyes? Heidi wants to make money. I relish that honesty.
I can't believe how much I wrote about this.