1. Joanna Newsom - Have One On Me
"all my life, i've felt as though i'm inside a beautiful memory replaying with the sound turned down low"
I've never been a Joanna Newsom fan. Even when I wanted to be, I just couldn't make it through Ys satisfied. I decided to listen to this album because it's streaming for free at npr.org, and I have a lot of time at work to listen to music. And now I'm a Joanna Newsom fan, at least of this album. I haven't decided if I'll by the Triple LP ($25) or just get MP3s, but I have decided to tell all my friends it's worth a listen. The storytelling is moving, the music is engaging and exciting and varied, and my favorite quality of any music... it makes me feeeeeel things. For a little over two hours.
2. The Rocket Summer - Of Men and Angels
"this is hope. this is a refuge. this is love. forget lies that lead you away form home, because this is a refuge, this love."So on the other side of the musical world in my mind in many ways, an old favorite, Bryce Avary, released this album Tuesday. I never understand the whole "I'm not a Christian artist" thing that some people whose lyrics feature "religious overtones" always insist upon. Either way, the songs on this album are a lot more open and clear about Avary's spiritual journey. And I stand inspired. Finding myself on the "road back" spiritually these days, songs like "Nothing Matters" and "Walls" nearly make me want to cry. So maybe his music is cheesy (I think I will always skip a couple of these tracks) but it's fun and beautiful in it's own right. It's only $7.99 on iTunes, where it was number 1 for a while.
Unrelated: This puppy is adorable. Picture by Ralph Barrera from the Statesman photo blog, Collective Vision.