the cure for those of us who are “anti-country”

July 23, 2009

I knew that once I entered college I would be thrown into a sea of new artists and fellow music obsessed individuals.  My first “music friend” came to me in my freshman year Spanish class.  Her headphones were blasting a little too loud, and I heard that she was listening to Ted Leo, who in my opinion is the grandfather of indie music.  I knew that there was a friendship in the making.  So we started discussing our likes and dislikes when she told me that she had bought a ticket to the Josh Ritter concert on campus and had no one to go with.  I gladly accepted the invite without knowing who Josh Ritter was. She gave me  a copy of his album and I was hooked.

Josh Ritter has perfected the art of folk music.  At first I thought that he sounded like a country singer, but I  was corrected.  His lyrics are deep and thoughtful (not that country music isn’t deep, its just not my thing) and his voice is like no other.  In concerts, he comes across as charming and his voice rings with such clarity that my goosbumps seem to linger for days after his performance.

He visits Ann Arbor every year, and I make sure that I always have a ticket.  His concerts are easily in my top 5 per year and the t-shirts on his merch table are a staple in my wardrobe.

Check him out: http://www.joshritter.com

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my admiration for Andrew Bird

June 25, 2009

So I was talking music to one of my friends, and she told me about how she had just recently gotten into Andrew Bird.  I’ve been listening to Bird for quite some time now, and I find myself drifting in and out of obsession and respect for him.  First of all he plays the violin. Which i absolutely adore because it makes me feel slightly less nerdy that I too played the violin once upon a time. And by once upon a time I mean that I spent 10 years and countless hours learning all there was to know about Susuki.  However, Andrew Bird has turned his violin playing into art and I became bored and embarrassed by it.

I am perhaps the most in awe of Mr. Bird because of his lyrics.  They are quite cerebral to put it simply.  He has a knack for vocabulary and using the nuances of the English language to his advantage.  He is thus more than a musician.  He is a writer.

He also has starred in an impromptu concert walking the streets of Paris: http://www.blogotheque.net/Andrew-Bird,2968

When Bird wanders the Paris he creates a masterpiece. When I walked the streets of Paris, I just got lost.

i’m still new to this…

June 18, 2009

I’ve recently realized that one of my favorite things to do during the summer is drive around and listen to a new album.  I’m currently obsessed with the Southerngold album which is a mixtape of Lil Wayne and Santogold.   It seems to be a great blend of both their musical brilliance.

There’s been a bit of controversy over the album in regards to copyrighting issues and such.   But I think that mixtapes valuble to all parties involved.  Santogold is quite popular in the indie music world, but she’s certainly not a household name.  Lil Wayne however is on everyone’s Ipod.  Avid Weezy followers will learn of Santogold and most likely develop a strong appreciation of her.  I’ve been a fan of Santogold’s track “I’m A Lady” as well as the Diplo remix of it.  However, this mixtape takes the song to another level by incorporating Trick Daddy.   This solidifies it as my favorite song to listen to while driving.

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June 18, 2009

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