I've admitted in the past that I'm not a big fan of reviewing music. It's just never been an easy thing for me to do. And the lack of comments on my last couple music reviews would indicate that music reviews may not exactly be the primary reason why you read me. Saving that stuff for Rolling Stone and Pitchfork, eh? I can't say I blame you.
But I do love music and don't necessarily want to give up on talking about it here. And I do so love the name "Tu(n)esday" and don't want to quit using it.
As you know, Katie and I have been taking part in a Couch-to-10K program to get our butts running again. This particular app (10K for Pink Free) we've been using, unbenownst to me when downloading it from the iOS App Store, gives something called Kiip Rewards when you finish a run. For the last two runs, they've given me a free dollar in credit from the Amazon MP3 Store. Normally, I wouldn't bother with this sort of marketing crap, but it's FREE MUSIC. Combine the credit with the killer music sales that Amazon has and I'm basically getting even more music for free. WIN!
Have you ever had music that you once loved just completely burn you out? I'm having that right now with the proliferation of bluegrassy roots folk bands. I'm so tired of banjoes and acoustic guitars and all the other strange instruments that these bands implement. And the twang... oh dear sweet God the twang. Just make it stop. Right now, I can't stand Mumford and Sons, a band whose debut album was number two on my Year-End Best-Of list back in 2010. And, of course, that damn song "I Will Wait" off their latest album is EVERYWHERE!! I swear I switched off Sirius/XM Alt Nation because they were playing it only to discover that Sirius XM/U was ALSO PLAYING IT!
This may change, but, for right now, I need fast and semi-heavy music. Not heavy metal, per se, but just something with a little oomph. My iPhone is teeming with Alkaline Trio, Bad Religion, The Fratellis, Japandroids, Faith No More, Sleigh Bells, VCMG, Douglas J. McCarthy (something KevinAZ introduced me to), and Green Day and it makes me smile.
Here's hoping this viewpoint changes as I plan to attend the Pitchfork Music Festival again this year and a lot of the bands that sign up to play tend to have that sort of sound. While most of the schedule has yet to be determined for 2013, one thing they do have set are each night's closing acts. On Friday they will have BJÖRK (the really weird one is R. Kelly who closes out the whole festival on Sunday)!! I have been a fan of Björk's music for 15+ years and have never seen her live. That is, thankfully, going to change.
I just wish she wasn't playing on Friday, the stunted day of the festival. It costs the same as Saturday and Sunday, but you get three hours less music. That part sucks. But BJÖRK!!!
Remember back when record stores existed? I used to love going to them. I could spend hours there perusing the album art, listening to open albums, dickering with the owners on the value of a traded-in album, searching through T-shirts and stickers and posters. Those were the days. There were several I went to including Kiss the Sky (which, unbelievably, still exists), Flip Side, and Bizzy Bee. The sad thing is, as much as I shopped the others, I cannot remember their names.
Do you have any favorite record stores you remember fondly? Care to share some memories?