The silver lining in my fairly long work commute is the fact that I have a solid chunk of time when it’s just me and my iPod, and I can listen to whatever I want at whatever volume I want, without worrying about destroying/sullying my son’s ears—or more annoyingly, having him tell me “No SINGING wight now, Mommy!”.
Of course, this isn’t time spent in a zenlike spa environment with restful water fountains burbling in the background and ivory-robed masseuses descending upon me with hot stones and various pleasant-smelling unguents; rather, I’m typically crawling along in a sea of red lights with fifteen thousand different hair-raising merge scenarios to contend with. But whatever, music soothes the savage beast! Even if the beast is a cross-Seattle rush hour battlezone.
Here’s a sampling what I’ve been listening to lately:
Feist, The Reminder. I like to get on bandwagons after pretty much everyone else on earth has already taken them for a lengthy spin, so naturally I’m just now starting to listen to Feist. I figured I’d like this album, based on the number of like-music-minded people who had recommended it to me, and I do: it’s mellow (not too much so), occasionally dissonant in a compelling way, and really sort of beautiful.
Jesca Hoop, Kismet. I clumsily reviewed this album elsewhere a while back and although I’ve been listening to it ever since, I don’t think I’m any better able to describe her music. It’s lovely, how’s that? Go listen. You should check out “Seed of Wonder” in particular.
My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, Best of . . . Okay, now this one is a blast from the past, well my past anyway. I just bought it recently in a fit of nostalgia and have been experiencing the severe cognitive dissonance of being a 30-something suburbanite blasting “Cuz It’s Hot” at top volume in my SUV MomMobile. Whether you have fond memories of being a teenaged blue-haired wonder dancing your butt off to these tunes Back In the Day, or you’ve never heard of these guys but you like loud-ass techno with a dirty beat, this album is worth a listen.
Spoon, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. I’ve been hearing this band off and on for a few years, but this is their first album I’ve added to my library. I really like their style: drivingly chunky, rhythmic guitar; scratchy-throated vocals. This is some good solid rock-pop music, no frills or foofoo (despite the goofy name).
Your turn! Share: what’s been playing on your music delivery system of choice?