Saturday, September 17, 2011

Travelmarx Music Picks – End of Summer 2011


It’s been a long time since we’ve discussed music and our favorites. The Sonos system and the various services have becomes a routine part of our life and we’ve discovered a number of old and new releases through these services (Pandora, Last.fm, MOG, Rhapsody, etc.). Here are some of our favorites of the summer in the order that they appear in the associated composite album cover art image.

Row 1

Asaf Avidan: The Reckoning [2008] (Israeli)
A strange and endearing album. It’s hard to grok the first listen.

Broken Bells – Broken Bells [2009] (American )
Nothing broken about this release. It works well.

Caribou: Swim [2010] (English or Canadian?)
Engaging sort-of techno?

Devendra Banhart – What Will We Be [2009] (American)
Part of the New Weird America genre of music.

Vetiver – Tight Knit [2009] (American)
This album and 2004’s self-titled album are popular with us.

Row 2

Camille: Music Hole [2008] (French)
Favorite Track: The Monk.

Florence & The Machine: Ceremonials [2011] (English)
Favorite Track: What the Water Gave Me

Inara George – An Invitation [2008] (American)
Like crickets, starting with an Overture gets our attention. Also, having Van Dyke Parks as a producer helps too.

Kate Havnevik – Melankton [2006] (Norwegian)
Favorite Track: Travel in Time. An evocative song. 

Cotton Jones – Paranoid Coccon [2009] (American)
Once, during the waning days of a work-from-home, going-no-where contract job, we listened to this album 50 times straight. That has to have an effect you think?

Row 3

Eddie Vedder: Into the Wild Soundtrack [2007] (American)
It was the yoga teacher at L.A. Fitness who first played the track, Hard Sun, from this album and then we had to hear more…

Gabin: Third and Double [2010] (Italian)
The whole album is great. Wikipedia calls it “nu jazz”. Love the double album with contrasting styles. Lies featuring Chris Cornell is a favorite.

Mezzanine de l’Alcazar IV [2005] (French)
A Pschent Music release. Compilations like this (think Hotel Costes) can be hit or miss. This one is consistently interesting.

Michael Franti: All Rebel Rockers [2008] (American)
We could listen to Hey World (Don’t Give Up Version) all day. Who cares if that chick-a-lina in yoga class doesn’t like it.

Sleepy Jackson: Personality – One Was a Spider, One Was a Bird [2006] (Australian)
We listened to this release for two weeks straight and overdosed. Addictive.

Row 4

The Great Lake Swimmers: Ongiara [2007] (Canadian)
Serious melodic folk – without the aftertaste.

Mike Snow: Mike Snow [2009] (Swedish)
Favorite Track: Sylvia

Telepopmusik: Genetic World [2001-2002] (French)
We remember this album came out, but not until this pass year did we start listening to it. Angela McCluskey’s voice is memorable.

Fruit Bats – Mouthfuls [2003] (American)
Favorite track: Slipping Through the Sensors. “Slipping through the sensors, tripping over rails and fences, superheroes fighting crime with love and broken fists.” 

Trentemoller – The Last Resort [2006] (Danish)
Dark and melancholy – we like it!

Row 5

Elbow: Build a Rocket Boys! [2011] (English)
Favorite Track: With Love.

Iron and Wine: Kiss Each Other Clean [2011] (American)
Glad Man Singing gets us going every time.

Lamb: Between Darkness and Wonder [2003] (English)
There has been a lot of Lamb-listening at Travelmarx, this and other albums by this band.

LCD Soundsystem: This is Happening [2010] (American)
An odd album but strangely attracting album of dance-punk (that’s what this is called!?). Love I Can Change which we heard over the L.A. Fitness speakers of all places. It was the day they weren’t playing the teen-angst, sneer- rock station.

M. Ward: Transfiguration of Vincent [2003] (American)
Start an album out with crickets and you got us hooked.

The Perfect Playlist

Asaf Avidan: The Reckoning – Maybe You Are
Broken Bells: Broken Bells – The High Road
Caribou: Swim – Hannibal
Devendra Banhart : What Will We Be – Meet Me at Lookout Point
Vetiver: Tight Knit – More of This
Camille: Music Hole – The Monk
Florence & The Machine: Ceremonials – What the Water Gave Me
Inara George : An Invitation – Right as Wrong
Kate Havnevik: Melankton – Travel in Time
Cotton Jones: Paranoid Cocoon – I Am the Changer
Eddie Vedder: Into the Wild Soundtrack – Hard Sun
Gabin: Third and Double – Lies featuring Chris Cornell
Mezzanine de l’Alcazar IV – Twisted Cupid by Slow Train Soul
Michael Franti: All Rebel Rockers – Hey World (Don’t Give Up Version)
Sleepy Jackson: Personality – One Was a Spider, One Was a Bird – Miles Away
The Great Lake Swimmers: Ongiara – Changing Colours
Mike Snow: Mike Snow – Sylvia
Telepopmusik: Genetic World – Breathe
Fruit Bats: Mouthfuls – Slipping Through the Sensors
Trentemoller: The Last Resort – Evil Dub
Elbow: Build a Rocket Boys! – With Love
Iron and Wine: Kiss Each Other Clean – Glad Man Singing
Lamb: Between Darkness and Wonder – Wonder
LCD Soundsystem: This is Happening – I Can Change
M. Ward: Transfiguration of Vincent - Involuntary

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