I don’t know if I’d call this a “review,” necessarily, more just my thoughts on an album, directly after I heard it, two times. That actually says something telling to me though. I love Spotify, and find it incredibly simple to click around and listen to a smattering of Everything. It’s all so easy it seems I have no attention span for music anymore, but when I listened to this album, I took it all in, listened to its ten tracks without stopping, and when I was done, I turned off Spotify and took my headphones off. A few hours later, I put my headphones back on and listened to Fiona Apple’s latest album The Idler Wheel… again, in full, to the end.
Bob Mould, former frontman of Hüsker Dü and Sugar and all-around punk rock renaissance man released a new album called Silver Age this past week. With this entry into his oeuvre Mould enters his fifth decade as a recording artist. For longtime fans of his work, this album will surely draw you back in as it stands with some of his former bands’ best efforts.
You’ve heard of the The Cult. You’ve probably heard the mid-eighties track “She Sells Sanctuary” on car and Budweiser commercials and the tune “Fire Woman” from their Sonic Temple was a staple of rock radio and MTV during its initial release in 1989. The band is back this week with their first album in five years, Choice of Weapon. Are you prepared to worship at the “Sonic Temple” again?
So yesterday on my way to work my iPhone pumped out literally the greatest “genius” playlist I’ve ever heard. It was the perfect combination of songs and bands that I love but haven’t listened to in forever, teamed with my state of mind at the time. So many great bands came up: classic era Sunny Day Real Estate, Jawbox, Inside Out, The Promise Ring, Mineral, Rival Schools. Even when it selected a Jimmy Eat World song, it was “What I Would Say to You Now” not something from the last decade. The whole thing was epic. About the time I got off the turnpike, I realized this “greatest playlist ever” hadn’t featured a single song from later than around 2001. It was pretty depressing. I felt like an old man who time had passed by without me even noticing.
Apparently I’m not the only one feeling nostalgic for the 1990s as today a “mix tape” called 13 Chambers by an act called Wugazi is being released online.
Nicole Atkins is a singer songwriter who grew up in Neptune, NJ. I lived in the area when I first heard her music back in 2007 – a little song called Neptune City. Something about the song just grabbed me immediately – something about the way she connected with her hometown and was able to put into words the changes that have taken place over the years. There was intense nostalgia in her music. Soon, I was hooked – got several chances to see her live, photograph her shows and meet her in person. The performances were always amazing, her voice is ridiculous and her band had great stage presence. I love to support local talented artists, so I quickly became one of her biggest fans, even attended one show while battling the flu, and emailed Perez Hilton until her music was featured on his site.