Music Catch Up

I’ve had The National’s new but not really new (it’s mostly covers, rereleases, and live tracks) album, The Virginia EP, for about a month now, but I just gave it a good listen for the first time today. Maybe it’s something about my mood; Matt Berninger’s melancholy voice makes me ache a little. Maybe the persistently rainy, gray weather fits the steady rhythm of the album. I don’t know why, but I’ve fallen in love with them again. Check out their MySpace page. Particularly listen to “Slow Show,” “Secret Meeting,” and “Daughters of the SoHo Riots.”

Mumford & Sons has also been making a steady appearance on my Recently Played playlist. They’re a delightful folky rock band that sounds a little like the Avett Brothers, and somehow a little like Iron & Wine. The album, Sigh No More, sounds familiar the whole way through. I love the way each song steadily builds and builds, vocals, sweet harmonies, and guitar becoming more powerful and frantic. My two favorites right now are “Winter Winds” and “Timshels.” You can find their album on their MySpace.

Sorry, I’m not feeling the YouTube videos directly on my posts today. Just do the extra work for these two bands. It’ll be worth it.

Aaaaand festival season is here! What’s on my schedule for this year? Well, Lollapalooza is looking somewhat unexciting this year. Their headliners make me a little sad. Lady Gaga? Really guys? I realize she’s popular and that she has this wow factor about her, but last year the Yeah Yeah Yeahs headlined. The Killers. Kings of Leon. I saw Death Cab there a few years ago. These bands make real music. Don’t get me wrong, I respect Lady Gaga for the fact that she can put on quite a show. She’s an entertainer. But not someone to headline Lolla. We also have Green Day, whose new music I don’t listen to. Nope. If I liked Soundgarden, I’d be excited for their reunion in Grant Park. Though, OK, now that I’m looking at the whole lineup again, I see lots of bands that I love, so maybe I’ll wait until the schedule comes out and buy a one or two day pass. I do love seeing live shows in the middle of downtown Chicago, especially after dark, with the bright skyline as a backdrop. Magical, really. I’d love to go to Forecastle in Louisville though. That one should happen.

Happy music Friday kiddos!


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