Your music, let you show me it

I just got spotify! If you’re in a music recommending mood, tell me three albums from the last five years I really ought to have heard. Chances are very good I won’t have heard it. Any genre is fair game though I am likely to give a polite half-listen to dance pop/everythingcore.

18 responses to “Your music, let you show me it”

  1. LP says:

    So, I’m far down the list of TGW people who know things about music, but I will recommend to you this: Sigur Ros’s 2008 album Med Sud, or Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust if you prefer the Icelandic title. I really, really love this band.

    But I mostly wanted to comment to say, your post title, let me like you it.

  2. FPS says:

    My thank, let me you you it.

    I am now listening to your recommended album because with spotify THINGS HAPPEN INSTANTLY. I like it!

  3. T-Mo says:

    In that I’ve been spending my time digging through the dollar bins, I’m woefully behind on new releases. However, you might want to check out Father John Misty’s “Fear Fun,” PJ Harvey’s “Let England Shake,” and Sharon Van Etten’s “Tramp.” They are all very good.

  4. FPS says:

    See? I had never heard of Father John Misty and now, mere moments later, I am listening to “Fear Fun.” TECHNOLOGY!

  5. Bryan says:

    Destroyer, “Kaputt”; Real Estate, “Days”; and Wild Nothing, “Nocturne” — all heavy rotations around here, the first two on pretty much constant rotation since they were released almost 1-2 yrs ago. They all more or less belong to the same genre. Also, do you listen to Bill Callahan? I like everything he’s written, from the first releases as (Smog), but his last one, “Apocalypse,” is as lovely as they come and still feels gritty at times.

  6. Bryan says:

    I also recommend leaving Spotify behind and streaming the mix in the last post. Or, I think a Spotify playlist still exists for my best of 2011 mix — but I haven’t really stuck with Spotify for whatever reason. I think you can get to it from here.

  7. J-Man says:

    Belle Brigade – they’re only album so far. Really fun! If you like that sort of thing.

  8. J-Man says:

    Oof. *their*
    I am ashamed now.

  9. T-Mo says:

    It happen’s to all of us, darling.

  10. Farrell Fawcett says:

    Mister Smearcase,

    This is a crazy daring (foolhardy?) request. I need to emphasize that albums are receding diminishing so so quickly from relevance. There are just so many sort of shitty songs to wade through on even the most awesome albums. The single is the future. No, the single is now. No, is so old. Really, how much longer does the album have? About as long as print newspapers? Less? But still, i get your request…

    So, here, a list of the most relevant albums by year over the last five years (according to our best steve jobs itunes information)

    2008: Bon Iver–For Emma…
    The Sigur Ros LP that LP mentioned. (Esp. tracks that start with Inni and Vid)
    Lil Wayne
    2009: Yeah, Yeah, Yeah’s “It’s Blitz”
    Dark was the Night (a red hot compilation of indie kids) Esp. Yo la tengo, the national, riceboy, dave sitek, arcade fire
    The XX
    2010: Arcade Fire
    Vampire Weekend
    2011: The Drive Soundtrack
    The war on drugs
    2012: Lotus Plaza, Hot Chip, Passion Pit, Father John Misty (big agreement with T-Mo) (Also just saw “him” in concert on Sunday night. The best show of the year. The most sexy performer I’ve seen in a long long time. Go run run go! to the live show if given the opportunity. As for listening: “I’m writing a novel”–best song ever ever written about taking Ayuhuasca (most hilarious lyric of the year?: “Well, I’m no doctor, but that monkey might be right”) and of course the heavy heavy: “Hollywood Forever Cemetery” (why not go enjoy the video while you’re at it?).

    Hope this helps FPS. God, I love music. And you. XO!

    PS. Spotify can blow me

  11. FPS says:

    Thanks everyone. It will take untold weeks to work through all of these.

    I have to say, I’m not ready to relinquish the idea of the album. Remember that rare feeling of an album without clunkers? Exile in Guyville? In the Aeroplane? They were like perfect song cycles.

  12. The whole record “Goodnight Oslo” by the Venus 3 is (I’m pretty sure) on Spotify and should not be missed.

  13. J Wood says:

    great suggestions! going slightly off-topic:
    If you like an album you hear on Spotify, I highly recommend buying it from the artist.
    Not only will you get better audio quality, but also the satisfaction of contributing some money to the people who actually make the art you love.
    Spotify pays musicians essentially nothing for their music.

    sorry to get political.

  14. Bryan says:

    I found this recent discussion, spurred by some Grizzly Bear tweets about Spotify, kind of interesting. I thought I would be more drawn to the ability to make and share playlists there but I never really figured out how to get all that to work. I thought I had a couple playlists set up and then I could never tell if they were visible to other people or even where the music was coming from. Some stuff I wanted just wasn’t there, but was it drawing data from my iTunes? I couldn’t tell. So I gave up, with not enough time available to figure it out. I’ve used it to preview a couple things. But overall I figure I had a good decade from Napster to Soulseek downloading just about everything I could get my hands on and now I tend toward atonement by using Amazon or buying vinyl, which usually comes with a download code. (Except for Drag City, grumble grumble.) Also, just realized that Amazon has been storing my purchases on the cloud for a couple years without me even realizing it.

    Hey, J Wood. I’m liking all those pictures of your kid on LT’s Instagram.

  15. T-Mo says:

    Spotify sources its files from the home computers of its users. When you download the program, you agree to let it search through your computer to identify music for which it holds the license. When a user plays a song on his/her computer, phone, or whatever Spotify assembles it from bits of files from other users’ computers. It’s sort of like BitTorrent that way, except the file is not transferred permanently, just streamed. When you use Spotify, you are simultaneously being used. The Matrix, it is real.

  16. FPS says:

    FWIW, a great deal of what I listen to is performed by people who are now dead, written by people who are long dead. But yes, I will certainly continue to buy things I like.

  17. Bryan says:

    Finding music by dead people recorded on dead media but digitally transferred is one of the most beautiful things the Internet can afford us. To wit:

  18. Dave says:

    FPS: I just found a Spotify playlist called “From Bottle Rocket to Moonrise Kingdom.” It is exactly what you would think.