Here are 5 pieces of music that I very much enjoy right now. You might like them too.
This whole record is ridiculously amazing. I liked them before (“Castaways and Cutouts”), but they’ve cranked the new-wave-Americana up a few notches and added Gillian Welch on a few tracks. It works for them, it works for me.
* This is David Bazan covering one of my favorite Bob Dylan songs, but I tried to embed a song from his recent record. If you like this, watch this whole show. *
Listening to David Bazan, formerly of Pedro the Lion, is like getting re-acquainted with an old friend. In high school I liked Pedro the Lion a lot, but since haven’t really thought about it much. He seems to have figured some things out, I’ve changed quite a bit, and again we have new things to talk about. I love that he’s a decent guitarist with a sub-standard voice, but is successful based on the quality and uniqueness of his writing style. “Strange Negotiations”, his latest record, is full of quirky, slow-paced, whiskey-soaked-spirituality. We could all strive to be so good.
For some reason I’ve been heavy on the folky/acousticy stuff lately. It happens. This band has the best name I’ve heard in a long time, “The Devil Makes Three”. They’re everything I like about Old Crow Medicine Show, plus more tattoos and a girl who sings harmony. Cool lyrics, great melody, tight sound. Plus, the line “Cuz’ everybody who is anybody, in my opinion, at one time lived in somebody’s hallway” reminds me of my friend Peter, who technically lived in our hall closet for a period of time. He’s got a chance to be somebody.
I first heard of this band because of this video. Apparently, the band shot some normal footage of them singing the song, then let loose 50+ digital artists to each edit 3 seconds each with minimal guidelines. The result is totally non-sensical and possibly brilliant.
So simple and complicated at the same time. So cool.
Thanks for tuning in to the first edition of “Things I Like”.
Next time, back to silly baby pictures.