Over the summer I took a really long flight, actually it was 12 flights total. I was determined to find great flight music. I was suprised because I ended up watching 15 horrible movies. But none the less, onto the music:
From California to Zambia:
O’ Brother - (the best plane flight music)
Bad books 2
Mid trip I only listened to music while talking to my roommate (who is an american living in Germany) - Project 86, pawnshop kings, Among Savages, Lights. We both loved Lights and that is what spurred the music sharing. He shared with me Corpus Christi, Green River Ordinance and possibly Confide if I remember correctly.
On the way to Kenya - the Rival (solid music for a flight or a car trip)
In Kenya - Shad (he is Kenyan after all)
Gardens & Villas
bought two albums via Murfie: 2nd Arrested Development and a Stretch Armstrong album
On the trip back home I didn’t listen to much but it was solid:
Gardens & Villas
Relient K (to clarify this is the newest album)
@emusic has graciously given me $500 to spend on music and I’m tracking every purchase. Read below not so much about the band, but the why behind the buy.
75. Norma Jean’s Birds And Microscopes And Bottles of Elixirs And Raw Steak And A Bunch Of Songs, ‘10 - This three album box set was only $13.10, way to good of a deal to pass up. I fell in love with Norma Jean recently (during this whole charade of album buying) and started diving into their back catalogue. I picked up NJ’s Redeemer on murfie.com for $1 or $2 awhile back and was so stoked. This box set has Redeemers as one of the albums (all three releases are on Tooth and Nail Records - O’ God, The Aftermath, and Bless The Martyr and Kiss The Child are the two others) but with the low price I will sell my Murfie copy online or give it away to another hard core fan. I am very pleased with these albums and the fact that I am back into a hard music phase. I look forward to picking up the other albums that I have missed along the way. To my credit it took me awhile to listen to them again because I remember that they used to be called Luti-Kriss and I wasn’t a fan of that band. Maybe now I’ll go back and listen.
74. Jars of Clay’s Inland, ‘13 - One of my first concerts ever was Jars of Clay. I bought their cd “Flood” for my brother for his six grade graduation. So you can say that I’ve been a fan for awhile. They have reinvented their sound a few times but this album finds them coming back to their roots with Inland. I have been buying up their old albums that I missed along the way with murfie.com and so I’m sort of on a Jars of Clay kick. When the new album came out I new that I had to get it and the only way to get it was through eMusic (why would I buy anywhere else digitally). I’ve taken a lot of time to listen to this album and they have put a lot of time and energy into it. My advice is to skip the first song after the first 10 seconds and then listen to the rest of the album first. The first 10 seconds is really cool though, it sounds exactly like a Starflyer 59 song. Don’t believe me? Listen.
73. Aaron Sprinkle’s Water & Guns, ‘13 - Aaron has produced many albums that I listen too. I have much respect for him as a producer as well as an artist. As an artist he has not done a solo album in the last few years as he has concentrated on his band Fair. Being loyal to his work and very excited about the album cover done by @icreature, I knew this was going to be an album I was going to love. Its a really solid album, wished he would have pushed his voice a bit more, but it is quality just like I expected.
72. Sleeping at Last’s Space 1, ‘13 - Hook, line and sinker I am buying all of Ryan’s work from now on. He lured me in and owned me with his Yearbook concept EPs and now he continues to own me with his Atlas work. Is he putting crack in these songs?
71. Gungor’s I Am Mountain, ‘13 - This was a very anticipated album for me. I own their previous two and I had read an article from Relevant Magazine (I believe thats where I found it) that they were looking to break the mold and reinvent their sound (my paraphrase). They are a band that takes risks and I felt that buying this album was saying that “I believe” in what they are trying to do. This was more than loyalty because I wouldn’t say I’m a die hard fan of theirs. This was different, this was wanting the music industry to change and this was wanting Gungor to be the ones that spearheaded the revolution. They were my John Connor.
Why do we buy the music we buy. I’ve been sitting on these albums for awhile. As I write this blog about these 5 albums, I’m hoping to recall what possessed me to push the “buy” button.
70. Twin Forks’ Self-titled Ep, ‘13 - Nostalgia. whether its Dashboard Confessional or Further Seems Forever - you take your pick - I am sold on Chris Carrabba. When I heard he had started another band I didn’t need to know the rhyme or the reason. Sometimes you need to stay faithful to an artists despite their need for multiple creative outlets. (side note) When I checked out of the Emusic store, there was a lag in the buying process. I ended up thinking I didn’t click the button, so I hit the mouse again. To my surprise, my download bar showed that I was downloading the EP twice. I however, swear that I only got charged once. So lets put an asterick* by this one because I may or may not have bought this one twice. Since I did get two copies of the album, I did email over the second copy to my brother because sharing is caring.
69. Abandon’s II, ‘09 - Abandon is a great band with a lackluster name. They came out with two Eps in ‘09 that made the bulk of their first full length, Searchlights. I was set on buying Searchlights at some point in time until I came across their first EP at a thrift store. For a buck I picked up the CD and therefore almost half of Searchlights. By buying EP II, I am able to save money by only picking up the remaining 3 original songs on the full length. So you might say that this find at the thrift store prioritized this purchase and changed my buying habits. At the time of this blog, however, I have yet to buy the 3 remaining songs. I have every intention of buying them soon.
68. Search The City’s Flight, ‘13 - I read a review of this album because I saw a link for it on another review that I was reading at indievisionmusic.com. I had no idea they were even still a band and they were definitely not on my radar anymore. However after a quick listen I realized that this band still had it (their last album came out in 2008) and I rushed to buy it. I quickly emailed a friend that used to like them and drove home to their music, confirming that I had in the end, made a great purchase. I do want to note that the artwork totally missed the feel of the album. Its fairly distracting at least in digital form. I will give it the benefit of the doubt and say that it is probably cool as part of a digipak.
67. Parachute’s Overnight, ‘13 - In a lot of cases, new release day will come and go and albums I am anticipating will not show up on Emusic’s site. This is not a diss, but a way they can improve as a service. When this happens I tweet them at @emusichelps and they reply that they will check into it. This was the case with this album and I had to wait almost two weeks for them to get it. In the meantime, an album I was going to purchase sight unseen became a question mark as I began to listen to it on Spotify. I liked it, but there was at least one track that I didn’t like. Then of course there was the issue of track order. When an album comes out on Spotify I “star” the songs. Usually I star from track one down to the last track which then puts it in my starred songs list. The songs show up with the last song starred first. This means that the albums are backwards. I noticed that this has changed how I view albums more than once because people put in a lot of time and effort into the structure of the album. Oops. I have since changed my habits and now make playlists, but it honestly made this album a question mark for me. You can ruin albums. Just think about that song or album that your ex girlfriend gave you. You can’t listen to it the same again. Same thing applies when you are exploring an album for the first time. You can’t undo what you’ve heard and the order in what you’ve heard it. Listener beware.
66. The Lone Bellow’s Self-titled, ‘13 - I had heard of The Lone Bellow, but never gave them any thought. Then it was a friend of a friend’s birthday and The Lone Bellow tweeted about it and my friend retweeted it. It was a strong enough message for me to start digging into the band - especially if there was a chance that I knew some of them. I started reading articles and watching youtube videos but I didn’t recognize any of them. As I listened, I liked their sound. One article said that they were better than Mumford and Sons. I don’t know about that, but they sure do seem to have crafted a sound that is popular and seemingly authentic these days.
As the credits start running down, the reality that every purchase counts sets in. This set of albums is very varied. One thing you will notice is that it matters how and where you listen in order to make a good first impression. Check them out:
65. Over The Rhine’s Meet Me At The Edge Of The World, ‘13 - This release is a two “cd” set from a great band. When I heard that they were going to release a double album it struck me as daring. In a day and age where most bands are putting out EPs, this band goes and releases 19 songs. Most excellent. They released five free songs on Noisetrade and I got my first dedicated listen while waiting for the carpet guys to show up and deliver carpet to my place. As you know they never show up on time but I didn’t care because OTR was sonically taking care of me. After that day I knew I would be buying that album.
64. Canopy Climbers’ Distances, ‘11 - I bought their latest release earlier as I was turned onto them by a guy I respect. A pattern of mine is to and check back catalogues albums. I found that I like this album almost (I said “almost”) better than their latest release. I found myself having a solo dance party late at night to this album.
63. O’Brother’s Disillusionment, ‘13 - I am still all over their album Garden Window. In fact it was my favorite album to listen too while on my flight to Africa this Summer. I stalked the release date for this album new album. The date came and went and there was a snag with Emusic getting it up on time so I had to listen to it on free Spotify. I’m going to vary from my normal “what motivated me to buy this” and say that I think the circumstances to which you first listen to an album are very important. Listening to a highly anticipated album while at work at your desk with normal computer speakers is the quickest way to kill the unveiling of a new album. A new album should be, in my opinion, listened to in a car with a good stereo while driving the open road. I’m sad to say that I have been watching twitter’s positive reaction and I haven’t had my moment with it yet. I have since upgrade my computer stereo system.
62. Ben Rector’s The Walking In Between, ‘13 - I have had very little exposure to Ben Rector before I bought this album. I did get on his email list awhile ago because I downloaded a Christmas album from him on Noistrade. I doubt I ever listened to it. I was aware of his album because of his emails and I was intrigued by his cover, probably the first ever “selfie” album cover. What got me was reading his explanation of why he chose to title his album “The Walking In Between” and the fact that he knows a guy that I respect. I see them conversing over Twitter now and then. Those few factors committed me to buying and supporting his album. To my delight I became completely hooked and the album became the soundtrack for a period in my life where I was closing down something and staring a new chapter. Ben thanks for writing tunes that totally capture me.
61. Rootdown’s Grown In Oregon, ‘12 - I’ve had Rootdown play at FEEDtheMUSIC and they put on a wild show. They are a very professional band even though I’m not a fan of all their songs. I bought this album to not only support them but because I was putting on a luau and I needed thematic music. I must be honest and say that I didn’t end up using the music. It would have worked but the DJ had enough material. With that said, the songs would have paired nicely. I just wanted to note that sometimes you buy music based on themes or Holidays.
Not much of an intro this time. If you don’t know what I’m doing go ahead and read some earlier blogs. Basically I’m writing about why I buy the music I do and I’m doing it with some money that Emusic gave me.
60. Churchill’s The War Within, ‘13 - I hep first hear about this band through a Retweet. The lead sing of Paper Route retweeted the lead singer of Churchill thanking him for doing a remix of their song “Change.” Since I love remixes and Paper Route I had to check them out. Luckily there was a link in the tweet and it sent me to Noisetrade. I downloaded but didn’t listen to it right away. I think it was another retweet of the same people (in the same order) highlighting Churchill’s video premier. The link lead me to YouTube and I watched “Change.” The video totally sold me.
59. Andrew Belle’s Black Bear, ‘13 - Earlier I had bought AB’s remix album and was disappointed. I made the comment that he really knew how to drag that batch of songs out. After I heard Black Bear I take it all back, he can take three years between albums whenever he wants too. This new album is ingenious. I bought it after hearing the single “Pieces.” I knew based on that song that I was going to buy this album. I follow AB on twitter and was caught up on the pending release date. I made sure I had it the day it came out.
58. The Civil Wars’ Self-titled, ‘13 - In the midst of buying the record I was reading as many articles as I could about why White and Williams weren’t talking to each other. Even though articles claimed that they had the answers none had any explanation except for “listen to the album, its all in there.” In the end I think everyone is going to buy this album. They are the group of the year.
57. Norma Jean’s Wrongdoers, ‘13 - (broke $200 mark) Through murfie.com I have been going back in time and picking up older albums that I missed along the way. One evening I rediscovered Norma Jean and picked up an album by them. Since then I haven’t been able to satisfy my urge for good hard core. I’ve been scooping up albums on Murfie as I find them but it still wasn’t enough. When Norma Jean released their latest offering I had to scoop it up.
56. Jeff Schneeweis’ Closer, ‘13 - Jeff is the lead singer of Number One Gun. I had been listening to Number One Gun lately and it reminded me that he had done a Kickstarter for NOG earlier this year. I went on the band’s Facebook page to see if I could find the release date for the new album. I didn’t find it but there was a post that had A link to Jeff’s two EPs he had released this year with the tag line “hope this tides you over till the new album.” Well, it has.