Back home in Bozeman post-Thanksgiving. Not the funnest driving conditions but I had an interview on ‘All Songs Considered’ with Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) and interview with Robert Plant (formerly of Led Zeppelin) on ‘Sound Opinions’ to keep me company. Yusuf Islam (…formerly Cat Stevens) now 66, changed his name to Yusuf Islam back in the late ’70s when he converted to Islam. Yusuf released his most recent album October 27th of this year called, ‘Tell ‘Em I’m Gone.’ Robert Plant just released his newest album, ‘Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar’, earlier this year as well. Plant’s is excellent but I have yet to listen to all of Yusuf’s. I was so fortunate enough to inherit my aunt’s record collection and she was an avid lover of Cat Stevens. I only have ‘Izitso’ from 1977 and the classic ‘Tea for the Tillerman.’ I have to say, I couldn’t make it through, ‘Izitso.’ It was a little too experimental. ‘Tea for the Tillerman’ needs to introduction, though. The song I attached today is my favorite song off of Robert Plant’s new album and I can’t seem to play it enough. Who doesn’t need a rainbow in the depths of winter? Click on Yusuf for the ‘All Songs Considered’ interview and on Robert Plant for the ‘Sound Opinions’ interview!
This film slipped through the cracks some how but was brought to my attention recently. I seriously can’t get Iceland off of my mind and seem to be trying to find anyway possible to incorporate their music into my everyday life. I’m sure many of you out there have heard of Sigur Rós but they are a truly unique group of individuals who create music that borders experimental, dark, moving, bright, sky-bound, and fantastical in sound. Cheers to their talent and devotion to their fans. I highly recommend watching their film, ‘Heima’ and revisiting their music. They just released their most recent album, Kveikur, June of 2013 by the way.
I was driving home to Missoula from Bozeman today and I had loaded a few Podcasts on my 2008 Nano, including an interview with up and coming (? I think he’s already up and came. That sounds odd, but I’m going to leave it) psychedelic-rock child, Ty Segall, on Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast. I go back and forth about how much I enjoy Maron’s WTF Podcast…At first their was too much of the F-word but it’s actually grown on me. The show, not the F-word. Anyway, the drive was not the greatest (fog so thick you couldn’t see 20 feet in front of you) but Ty Segall and Marc Maron’s voices kept me calm and collected. “Ty Segall, holy F***,” in the words of Marc Maron, has dropped 5 albums and he was born in 1987. He’s an insanely talented CA-born fellow (Orange County to be exact) who digs surfing, at the time of the interview didn’t have a car right now because his van broke down, and admits to an experience in his younger days in which he broke his arm skateboarding while on mushrooms. This was the song he played on the WTF Podcast episode. Click on the picture Marc Maron and Ty Segall to check out the full episode.
I was on a record-buying spree at Cactus Records here in Bozeman a couple months ago and my friend who works here beckoned me over to the counter to show me something “he thought I’d be into.” I was. It was mini-lighter holder/USB drive with Julian Casablancas and the Voidz new album, ‘Tyranny’, on it. I bought it. I don’t have a lot of use for lighters besides lighting the grill or some candles but if I get myself a mini-lighter, it’s going in that case! Anyway, this album is somethin’ else. Certainly NOTHING anything like Casablancas other work with The Strokes. This album is rough, dirty, contorted, dissonant in sound, and grimey. I posted “Human Sadness” in a playlist a few months ago but “Nintendo Blood” is my other favorite track. It starts out almost 80’s jazz, mixed with Casablanca’s lazy vocals and then it all falls into place at about 45 seconds. It quickly returns to where it started, however. This back and forth continues throughout this song and almost defines this album. I like it.
Eric D. Johnson of Fruit Bats has been on my mind and in my ears the last couple days. Bill and I have been spinning EDJ’s self-titled album, EDJ, all weekend. This record fell into my life when Blitzen Trapper was here back in October. EDJ was the frontman of Fruit Bats up until the band decided retire itself a couple years ago and he opened for Blitzen Trapper. I was already a fan of Fruit Bats as I’d heard a few of their songs here and there over the last few years but I had yet to check out EDJ’s solo work. Seeing him live was a gift so I hope he comes back. Maybe even to headline! If you like Fruit Bats, you won’t be disappointed with what EDJ is doing on his own. One of my favorite tracks is “Mostly Just Fantasies.”
This week’s playlist title was inspired by my adventures today! It includes fyfe Andrew Bird Four Tet (Official) Vetiver Chad Vangaalen • Seoul • Bombay Bicycle club RY X Wake Owl SALES and We Are Pirates.
I am a BIG fan of Hollow Wood. I’ve seen them live twice now and they never fail in giving my full body goosebumps. They are phenomenal live. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for these young people because they are going to be big.
So yes, I’m still on the Iceland kick. I was looking up Junius Meyvant on SoundCloud and it seems he’s signed to a label in Reykjavik called Record Records. I just clicked play and have been happily letting everything play on Record Records’ SoundCloud page. I can’t believe I went so long without digging into this excellent source of new music.