Friday, March 13, 2009

The spring season

At this time of year, right around mid-march, the prospect of warm weather and flowers in bloom seems to motivate us all. This past winter was especially dark, dreary, and frigid because of the flimsy economic standing that most Americans have been forced to stand. The assuring concept of sunshine and the ability to stroll around in shorts and a t-shirt seems to provide an uplift that is needed so dearly by our respective psyche. 

Today, on my first blog post, I offer some items in hopes of jumpstarting a sense of optimism for the months to come (despite the reluctance of mother nature to provide some fucking spring time warmth--- my present location of manhattan boasts temperatures that are currently in the mid-40's).

With regards to spring/summer time music, the indie rock world has provided us with several gems to "look forward to."  I placed the aforementioned phrase in quotations because of the disparity in methodology that folks rely on for obtaining records.  Personally, I have come to prefer the cost effective, less than legal, pre-release, internet downloading course of action.  I justify my album-buying frugality by attending more than my fair share of concerts: ticket revenue for the actual artists, not the record companies.  However, if you enjoy paying for your music and waiting until the official "release date," than that is absolutely wonderful.

A few records 
that will be popular in the future:

Grizzly Bear- Veckamitest

Pictured above.  Saw them  perform a breathtakingly awesome set with the Brooklyn Philharmonic at BAM a few weeks ago. Lovely Brian Wilson-esque vocal harmonies. Lead singers Edward Droste and Daniel Rossen complement each other perfectly, making one question the abundance of sound modifying effects applied to the vocals throughout Yellow House.  Much more up-tempo and accessible than their previous efforts. Grizzly Bear will be this summers Fleet Foxes, SNL appearance and all. Very enjoyable.

The Decemberists- Hazards of Love

Only a few listens so far but I was immediately impressed. Their rock record for sure.  The female keyboardist has her vocals featured  much more than during The Crane Wife.  Only the uber-literate Colin Meloy can pull off a bass-driven, biting rock and roll album about a shape shifting animal named Margaret. Really.

That's all for now.

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