I Listen to Music: Week of 2/21/16

Here’s a log of the music I listened to for the week of February 21, 2016:

Car Album of the Week: Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
This album will most likely be in my car’s CD player for the next few weeks. This album is so brilliant, it really is shocking that it lost to Taylor Swift’s 1989 at the Grammys, but we are talking about an organization that once gave a Best Metal/Hard Rock Performance award to Jethro Tull.

Hevisaurus – “Juranoid,” “Saurusarmeija,” and “Viimeinen mammutti”
Heavy metal + Dinosaurs + Finland = Awesome. This band has released six albums, selling over 170,000 copies, and winning a Finnish Grammy for Best Children’s Album.

Goo Goo Dolls – “Long Way Down” and “Ain’t That Unusual” from A Boy Named Goo
The Goos are touring this summer with Collective Soul which led to a discussion at work about how they once kind of sounded like The Replacements, and these two tracks as examples.

John Carpenter – “Distant Dream” from Lost Themes II
Director John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing) is also doing a small tour in support of his upcoming album. This song is pretty awesome with an 80’s horror/Kraftwerk vibe to it.

Glitterbust – “The Highline” from Glitterbust
Kim Gordon from Sonic Youth has a new band, and they released the first track from their upcoming album this week. 

Marlon WilliamsMarlon Williams
New Zealander Marlon Williams will be opening for Sam Beam (from Iron and Wine) and Jesca Hoop on their spring tour, and since I’ll be catching that show in Ann Arbor, I thought I would check out the opener. I’m really glad I did, because this guy is hugely talented. I’m really looking forward to seeing him in May.

Julien BakerSprained Ankle
Julien Baker is one of the reasons I decided to make this list because I completely forgot about her great debut album from last year when writing some of my year-end posts for The AP Party. She was recently on the Chicago based Audiotree where she performed one of that show’s best sessions ever.

Sturgill Simpson – “The Promise” (When in Rome Cover) from Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
If it wasn’t pointed out to me that this was a cover by CBC Radio 2 this week, I would have never found out.

Kathleen Edwards – “Empty Threat” from Voyageur
Probably my favorite Canadian musician who has never “made” it in the States. This comes from her great Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) produced album from 2012. She quit music and opened a coffee shop in an Ottawa suburb in 2014.

The Jayhawks – “Waiting for the Sun” from Hollywood Town Hall
The Jayhawks have been doing this for 30 years. This track is off their breakout album from 1992.

Astro ChildrenPlain and Fancy Killings
This week I read an article about Millie Lovelock who is working on a Master’s in English with a focus on fandom, and One Direction in particular. She is also the lead singer of the New Zealand band, Astro Children.

Chris Stapleton – NPR Tiny Desk Concert
Stapleton’s Traveller was one of my favorite albums from last year, and the Tiny Desk series from NPR is usually very entertaining. This performance from Stapleton is no different.

When in Rome  – “The Promise” from When in Rome
After hearing the Sturgill Simpson cover I had to seek out the original.

Tancred – “Sell My Head” from Out of the Garden
Tancred is the solo project of Now, Now’s guitarist Jess Abbott. This track off her upcoming album, and has a very 90’s power pop sound to it. 

Neko Case – “Man” from The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
I love this song (and Neko Case) so much. She’s super cool.

Noisey Forever Vacation: Converse Rubber Tracks video featuring Water Rats
This short film follows the Brazilian punk group Water Rats as they travel to Seattle to record with legendary producer Jack Endino (Nirvana, Mudhoney). Also, Thurston Moore shows up for some reason.

John Mellencamp – “Jack and Diane” from American Fool
It was on the radio, and I didn’t change stations…and, yes, I sang along.

Shovels & Rope with Preservation Hall Jazz Band – “Perfect Day” (Lou Reed Cover) from Busted Jukebox, Vol. 1
Not a huge fan of this cover, but Shovels & Rope are a neat country duo from South Carolina.

Iggy Pop – “Sunday” from Post Pop Depression
The latest track released from Pop’s upcoming album with Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme. This might be my favorite of the three tracks released so far.

The Rentals – “Friends of P” from The Return of the Rentals
Who knew that The Rentals biggest hit was named after model Paulina Porizkova? According to AV Club’s Hear This!, Porizkova told Rentals frontman Matt Sharp that she had never had a song named after her, and Sharp went out and named this song after her.

If you want to listen to a playlist on Spotify click here.


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