Time for you to hear more about music I'm listening to now. Asobi Seksu - Asobi Seksu
I like the term "shoegaze
." , but the genre itself can grate on me at times. There's a degree of densely-layered, kitchen-sink sound that wears me out, but Asobi Seksu have a lighter touch and stay well inside that threshold. They listen to My Bloody Valentine but don't worship them. It helps that having your female keyboardist do lead vocals too is a formula with success written all over it. Vocals are occasionally in Japanese too, which is fun. For the curious, their name translates as "playful sex."
Regular earworms: "I'm Happy But You Don't Like Me" and "Walk On The Moon"Mos Def - Black on Both Sides
I'm a late adopter when it comes to hiphop, such that I sometimes still hyphenate the word. It adds fifty years to your age, like "aero-plane" or "fascimile-machine." Over the pat few months I've gotten into Mos Def in a big way, and I'm proud to say I didn't have to listen to Black Star to get there (though I did get that album immediately after). I appreciate lyricists who aren't just trying to be as hard as possible. Dude can tell a story.
Regular earworms: "New World Water" and "Do It Now" (teaming up with Busta was just sick)Frank Black - Teenager of the Year
I make no excuses for not having gotten this album years ago. Maybe I just wasn't ready to let go of the Pixies as an ensemble and didn't know how fulfilled I'd be by just Frank. Answer: very. I find myself wishing most of the songs on this album were longer, but he likes to get said what he wants said and then hit the next track. The lyrics and guitar are almost pure Pixies, with the signature buzzsaw scream only toned down a little (I'm given to understand that this is a trend that continues in his later work).
Regular earworms: "Headache" and "Calistan"Magnolia Electric Co. - Sojourner Box Set - Nashville Moon
Jason Molina is the man you want to have a brief, disastrous love affair with just for the sake of getting a song out of him about it. If you read his lyrics, you'll find them to be decent at best, but this is only because you haven't heard him sing them. A lot of music is like that, of course--music has a transformative property that takes even trite rhymed couplets and makes them something entirely other, and J. Mo is a master of the art. This is a good, strong compilation and it'll pretty much make you want to get drunk, do something you'll regret, then feel like you've come out the better for it later on.
Regular earworms: "Nashville Moon" and "Don't Fade On Me"