July 2, 2009

Brasilliant's Summer Short List

I have admittedly been in a bit of a music rut lately -- kind of like the summer when I used my hot pink boom box to play this rockin' Cabbage Patch Kids cassette over and over again (the tape mysteriously disappeared for a stretch of six months). Luckily, Awmercy is a bit more forgiving than my parents, and hasn't forcefully revoked my playlist privileges. So here goes. My way overplayed hits of the summer, plus a bright spot on the horizon:

1. Blind Pilot - 3 Rounds and a Sound (2008). I fell in love with this band the first time I heard their debut album. It's been a constant on my iPod and is making the way up the charts on my play count. Blind Pilot is my new The Weepies.

2. Paula Sinclair - Steady Girl (2009). I think one of the reasons that my music selection has gotten stale is that my favorite alt. country singers have not put out any killer material lately (ahem Laura Cantrell, Lucinda Williams). Paula Sinclair is a welcome addition as one of my favorite women artists.

3. Lily Allen - It's Not Me, It's You (2009). This one was a grower. It wasn't as immediately catchy as her first album, so I initially dismissed the whole thing. I'll admit that was a mistake and I have quite enjoyed it over the past few weeks. A review to follow shortly, I promise.

4. Dolorean - You Can't Win (2007). I rediscovered Dolorean when Awmercy put it on a recent "mixtape" playlist. I'm sad that I missed them recently when they played live a Laurelthirst. However, since they're Portlanders, I'm sure they'll be back!

5. iTunes Genius: It's the bright spot on my music horizon. Ancient Indian Wizard and the lovely Crane Wife introduced it to me a month ago, raving about the awesome playlist-making magic that it performs. Choose your favorite song and iTunes compiles from your library a killer playlist. Since our household music cup runneth over with approximately 67,750 songs, I have the world at my fingertips. This gizmo rocks my tired music socks off and has introduced me to artists that have gotten buried in the mix.


Mona said...

Great list. It's hard for me to hate on anything that mentions Blind Pilot. I'm not going to ask about the CPK cassette... easier to just file it under "Things That Are Beyond My Understanding/Above My Head."

And 67,750 songs? Wowzers. And here I thought I had alot of music. That's a tough number to beat!

ve1cro said...

I keep meaning to pick up some Paula Sinclair. Then we can compare notes.

Tonight, I am going to fall asleep to Lucinda's "Car Wheels and a Gravel Road." Life is good!

Brasilliant said...

The CPK's tape was more as a context for my propensity to play the shit out of music. I had nothing to do with the 67,750 songs (well, maybe like 40 of them). You'll have to take that up with Awmercy.

Brasilliant said...

Car Wheels on a Gravel Road is a wonderful track for just about anything. Paula Sinclair is rad for drinking. So, next time you're in the NW, we're on.

Mona said...

I think I should probably bring my external HD to PDX. I'm giddy thinking about all the free music I may score, woo hoo! Bring on that 60k song catalog!!!

Thecranewife said...

How ruling is itunes Genius? I'm glad you've also discovered it's ways.

I want to hear more Blind Pilot. Perhaps next time you all are visiting we can have laptop hooking up. That sounds weird.

awmercy said...

Don't worry, Dolorean will be playing Laurelthirst all August. Ah yeah. No more excuses.