Music Wednesdays!

I think that what this blog really needs is a theme day. This could only last one week. This could last forever. We’ll just have to hold hands and venture forth together. Shall we?

Now, I’m not the type of person to be on top of music. Well, I know what’s out (at least the good stuff), and I know what I’d like to have, but I don’t have the money or time right now to build my already too large cd collection. I’ve recently been relying on Christmas presents and friends who will let me “borrow” music from their computers. Now, I don’t do this unless the band is already established and makes lots and lots of money. And one of us always pays for it. So don’t get mad at me. Tell them to make cds cheaper.

Anyway, back to topic. While I’m not always the hippest gal on the block with my cd collection, I do tend to think I have decent taste in music. And most of the time my friends are even farther behind me. Or just like to be reminded of that cd they bought many moons ago and maybe they should listen to it again soon. Gosh, I sure do help those friends of mine.

I’m currently listening to The New Pornographers’ Twin Cinema. Yes, it’s from 2005. I only bought it a year late though, in 2006. That’s pretty good for me. Hell, I just bought Interpol’s Turn on the Bright Lights a few months ago.

It took me a while to really appreciate Twin Cinema, mainly because I’d previously only heard two songs from it, and I REALLY liked those songs. So I only wanted to listen to them. About 3 or 4 months after I purchased the cd, I actually started to listen to it. And recently it’s been one of my regulars as of late. It’s peppy in all the right places, and the harmonies are nothing short of wonderful. There’s a song in particular that really keeps me on my toes: Track 6, AKA “The Jessica Numbers.” It skips around from 3/4 to 2/4 like nobody’s business, and again with the harmony! The melody is really quite beautiful in places, and is incredibly easy to sing along with, even though it jumps from what are higher notes for me (mid B range) to some alto notes (my love). I’ve decided that this song will be the song I make my band cover. Now I’ve just got to find a band.

We were lucky enough to see half of their set at last year’s ACL Festival, and this is truly a talented group of musicians. They sounded incredibly similar to their cd; as in, the quality of their voices was almost as good as the recording. And there was a wonderful live energy to their music that, I think, turned my non-listening friends into fans.

They’ve got a few albums out (here’s their website) and there’s a new one coming out this year. If you’ve never heard this band, I highly suggest you take a gander. If you have heard them and can’t understand what the hell I’m rattling on about, don’t worry. I’ve got a somewhat varied taste, and maybe we’ll be able to agree on something very soon.

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