March 23, 2007

I feel hip today

Maybe just for today. Last week, right before leaving for vacation, I heard this great review of Neon Bible, the new album from The Arcade Fire. I bought the album on its release date and so felt like I was on top of things when I heard the album reviewed on NPR. Then today, I heard this review of Ted Leo's new album 'Living with the Living' which I just purchased this week. During the review, they named the three other big indie releases of this year--Neon Bible, Ted Leo, and The Shins. I have all three and feel damn near up-to-date.

BTW, they are all good albums.

Speaking of good music, I like Brandi Carlile, though I thought I would never promote a woman named Brandi with an "i". But that said, she can sing! Her new album is coming out April third and is evidently produced by T-Bone Burnett. Burnett, evidently, encouraged Brandi to record sparsely produced songs live (which I assume means in one take rather than recording the vocal track separate) to give it a more authentic voice. And if the first single is any hint, it works. You can hear it here. (Aside, I read a few review of this single on Itunes and had to laugh when one said that American Idol's Simon would call it "dreadful." Just one more reason to dislike American Idol.)

3 comments:

ubub said...

Yeah, Streak, but you heard the album review on NPR for crying out loud. So, you may be hip, but dude, your old.

Full disclosure: NPR is the first two preset buttons in my car.

Streak said...

Dammit. I was afraid that would undo my hipness. Oh well. Last year, I was feeling rather hip because one of my students was so impressed that I listened to the Arcade Fire. The next day I mentioned to another student that I listened to the New Pornographers. He nodded and said that he thought his father did too.

So I flunked him.

steve s said...

I am comfortable in my non-hipness. I'd like to think it is bacause I am a non-conformist.

I picked up a copy of Rolling Stone and the writing was dreadful. All MTV shows now is reality shows (and bad ones, at that).