Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A foreshadowing of what's to come.

Great song on a great album by a much overlooked great artist.  He's in full Joni Mitchell mode on this one, and it's a good fit. It's a beautiful and serene piece of music and I wish more people could get past Barely Breathing and recognize his talent.  I guess Spring Awakening made some strides on his behalf in that regard.

Mainly I just want to start listing all the new releases I keep hearing announced and then forgetting about because either dates are not set or they get lost in the shuffle.  To supplement all the Facebook and twitter album announcements I'm going through 's release dates to catch any ones I didn't know about or had forgotten.

Meg Myers - Make A Shadow
St. Vincent - s/t
The Fray - Helios
KXM - s/t
Kevin Drew - Darlings
Taking Back Sunday - Happiness Is...
Margot & The Nuclear So and Sos - Slingshot to Heaven
Band of Skulls - Himalayan
Manchester Orchestra - Cope
Joan As Police Woman - The Classic
S. Carey - Range of Light
Merriment - Sway
Jack Bruce - Silver Rails 
Afghan Whigs - Due to the Beast 
The Both (Aimee Mann and Ted Leo)
Emerson Hart - Beauty In Disrepair 
Ghost of A Sabretooth Tiger - Midnight Sun
Lykke Li - Never Learn
Sarah McLachlan - Shine On
tUnE-yArDs - Nikki Nack
Ben & Ellen Harper - Childhood Home
The Black Keys - Turn Blue
Tori Amos - Unrepentant Geraldines
Rene Lopez - Paint The Moon Gold
Coldplay - Ghost Stories
Joe Henry - Invisible Hour
Centro-Matic - Take Pride In Your Long Odds
Meshell N'Degeocello - Comet Come To Me
Conditions - Missing Hours
Jack White - Lazaretto
Anders Parker - The Is A Bluebird In My HEart
Say Hi - Endless Wonder
Pinnick Gales Pridgen - PGP2
Morrissey - World Peace Is None Of Your Business
Big Wreck - Ghosts
Gramercy Arms - The Seasons of Love
Anberlin - Lowborn
Tom Petty - Hypnotic Eye
Sinead O'Connor - I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss
Kimbra - The Golden Echo
Sarah Jaffe - Don't Disconnect
Imogen Heap - Sparks
Sucre - Loner
Robert Plant - Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar
Ryan Adams - s/t
My Brightest Diamond - This Is My Hand
Julian Cassablancas and the Voidz - Tyranny
Marketa Iglova - Muna
Lenny Kravitz - Strut
Tweedy - Sukieray
Prince - Art Official Age
Third Eyed Girl - Plectrumelectrum

Minus the Bear - Lost Loves
Phil Selway -Weather house

Stars - No One Is Lost
Flyleaf - Between the Stars
Grinder Blues - s/t
U2 - Songs of Innocence
Sanctus Real - The Dream

Mark Lanegan Band - Phantom Radio

Daniel Lanois - Flesh and Machine
Live - The Turn
National Skyline - Love letters for the Disenchanted

Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways

Manchester Orchestra - Hope

Circa Survive - Descensus
Copeland - Ixora
Soundgarden - Echoes of Miles: Scatter (and Origins as a Stand Along CD)

Smashing Pumpkins  - Monuments to an Elegy

Sunday, February 2, 2014

It's A Figth Between My Heart and Mind, No One Really Wins This Time

Sometimes it only takes a few measure to start a song, start an album, to let you know that you have found a group of people in a band who have collectively tapped into something kindred spirit of musical actualization. Copeland was that band for me. This song, No One Really Wins... tears into catharsis with gusto.  It snaps me out of whatever I am into, and opens the floodgates of adrenaline.  But then you note the lyrics and find the core of the message is just as emotional and driven, which enhances the catharsis exponentially.  This is the epitome of song craft.  Copeland would go on the evolve musically, becoming a completely different sounding band, but still mining elements of the sounds that filled the album No One Really Wins... appears on (In Motion).  By the time You Are My Sunshine, their final album was released, they were easily one of my favorite bands, with a plethora of songs that helped buoy me through a tumultuous time in my life emotionally.  I've always been the kind of person who loves when an album opening is like starting an engine and accelerating onto the path to begin a journey.  This song is the beginning of such a journey.  Any song that ends with the line, "In the Endless Fight of Grace & Pride... I Don't Want to Win This Time" is worthy of heralding my travels in this life.