Listening Matter

Been listening to some good music lately. Thought I’d share.

  • Jay Farrar – Stone, Steel & Bright Lights: Great live album from founder member of Uncle Tupelo. I’ve enjoyed Son Volt through the years, but this album is just great. Farrar’s voice just hypnotizes me. He might be beaming out subliminal messages for all I know, I just zone out on his voice.
  • Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot: The ying to Farrar’s yang, Jeff Tweedy will forever be paired with his former bandmate and bête noire Jay Farrar. I enjoyed some of Wilco’s stuff, especially the Mermaid Avenue albums, but Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is a real breakthrough. Wilco channels Radiohead into an alcoholic fever dream of loss and ruin.
  • Jack Johnson – Live At Orpheum Theater 11/14/2002: The Internet Archive’s Live Music Archive is a wonderful thing. This concert is loads of fun and a jam and a half, I’m afraid I’m burning a whole through the CDR it’s burned on.
  • Philip Glass – Koyaanisqatsi: Music for my inner nihilist. I bought this CD during my last trip to Orange County. It seemed somehow appropriate to crank this on my rental car’s stereo driving through the vast, rotten, hollow core of the post modern world.
  • Joss Stone – Soul Sessions: If I were the type to go around ‘bumping the tunes’ in my car, the Blue Torpedo would definitely be bumping Joss Stone. This album is sweet like chocolate, but with none of the calories. A new album full of old school rhythm & blues, the Soul Sessions is a
  • And a bevy of discs from Putumayo, they make excellent compilation discs.
    • French Cafe: Nothing like a few chansons to chill out in the evening.
    • Music From the Tea Lands: Some great tracks from around the Pacific Rim. I especially like the gamelan on the last track.
    • Music From the Coffee Lands: Another sampler, this time picking artists from coffee producing areas such as South America, Africa, Jamaica, Mexico and Hawaii as the source.
    • World Lounge: I really ain’t into electronica/trance music, but this disc satisfies that urge went I need to vegetate.
  • Yo Yo Ma – Silk Road Journeys: When Strangers Meet: Yo Yo Ma put together the Silk Road Ensemble a couple years ago to explore the musical traditions along the Silk Road route from Europe to the Far East. This album was the result, an ecstatic combination of instruments and styles from across the vast Eurasian continent.
  • Orchestra Baobab – Pirates Choice: This album is so much fun, a delight to the ears. Rolling, sensual music from Senegal, with a healthy infusion of Cuban jazz and salsa. I swear, Werente Serigne is burnt into my brain. I wake up humming that tune and it haunts the quiet moments of my day. And that is totally fine with me.

Not exactly a mainstream medley collection, but I am quite happy listening to these CD’s at home (Music From the Coffee Lands is playing right now in fact), at work, or in my car. All I need now is a set of those Bangalore Torpedo subwoofers and I could be ‘bumping the tunes’ all the way down Marine Drive.

2 thoughts on “Listening Matter

  1. Anonymous

    Don’t remember if I told you or not, but A Ghost is Born is excellent too, I like it just as much as YHF. A lot of folks call it a boring album, but I don’t see that at all.

    CC

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