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Sunday, October 30, 2011

A Lookback at July - September New Music

I'm a little late on this post, but I figured better late than never. You can check our my recaps from the first and second quarters of the year if you missed them.

Top Albums July - September 2011

1) Wilco - The Whole Love (Art of Almost)
2) Mates of State - Mountaintops (Palomino)
3) William Elliott Whitmore - Field Songs (Everything Gets Gone)
4) Blind Pilot - We Are The Tide (Keep You Right from band website)
5) Carlos Forster - Family Trees (I Walk I Talk)

I've really enjoyed the new Wilco album a lot, and it will definitely be near the top of my year end list. The Mates of State album caught me a little bit by surprise. They used to be one of my favorite artists, but I really haven't listened to them much in the last few years. That being said, I've enjoyed their new album quite a bit too. William Elliott Whitmore's album hasn't grabbed me as much as his last album, the absolutely phenomenal Animals in the Dark, but that was a pretty high bar, and it is still really good. I don't know much about Blind Pilot, but they come from Portland, home of many of my other favorite artists, and their album has grown on me. Carlos Forster is an old friend of M. Ward. His album was produced by M. Ward, and I am beyond excited to see the two of them perform in the beginning of December in Rock Island, Illinois.

The Best of the Rest

The Horrible Crowes - Elsie
***This album is by the lead singer of The Gaslight Anthem
Eleanor Friedberger - Last Summer
***This album is by the lead singer of The Fiery Furnaces
Beirut - The Rip Tide
Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
A.A. Bondy - Believers

Albums I Am Looking Forward to in the next 3 Months (as of October 1)

10/4 - Feist - Metals
10/11 - I Build Collapsible Mountains
10/11 - Ryan Adams - Ashes & Fire
10/25 - Deer Tick - Divine Providence
10/25 - Tom Waits - Bad As Me (post coming soon)
10/25 - She & Him - A Very She & Him Christmas
10/25 - JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound - Want More
11/1 - The Decemberists - Long Live The King (EP)
11/8 - Florence + The Machine - Ceremonials
11/15 - Los Campesinos! - Hello Sadness
12/6 - The Black Keys - El Camino

A Mix of My Favorite Songs From the Past Quarter of the Year

Just like in the last two quarter-year round-up posts, I'll provide a way to stream a mix of some of my favorite songs on 8tracks.com. However, I've also been spending a lot of time using Spotify lately. For those of you that also use it, I'll also provide a link to a mix there. The mixes will be slightly different due to different rules about what you can and can't play on the sites, but they should be relatively similar. As always, enjoy!

Spotify Version (hopefully this link works, but I haven't done this before, so let me know if it doesn't)


  1. Thanks for the reminder of JC Brooks' new album. Immediately went to Spotify to listen to it.

  2. Glad I could help remind you. I've only listened to it once so far, but I enjoyed it. I really love that Wilco cover.

  3. They've played the Yacht Club (maybe other venues too) in Iowa City. If you haven't seen them, they're a must see when in town.

  4. I know they played Blue Moose not too long after The Hold Steady were here because I actually remember you bringing them up then. I passed up the opportunity then, but I'll have to get out to see them next time. They certainly seem like they'd put on a good show.