February music roundup

All of these artist discoveries have been thanks to my latest A Song A Day curator (Janet Choi, YOU DA BEST). I’ve enjoyed listening to this music so much that I had to share some of it here. Kaia Kater. Beautiful lyrics and Americana sound (even though she’s Canadian)! Love love love. Jacob Collier. Holy smokes, this kid! Apparently he writes/arranges, records,Continue reading “February music roundup”

This week’s suggestion: listen to Fantasma

Writing this as Outside Lands goes on literally right down the street (yes, now that we live practically at the entrance to the festival, we opted not to get tickets this year). Listening to the music from the couch while wearing sweatpants is pretty cool, I must say…although I could do without the horde of drunk people outside the apartmentContinue reading “This week’s suggestion: listen to Fantasma”

So much to hear, so little time

This is totally irrelevant but, remember how on Livejournal/Deadjournal/Greatestjournal you could share your current mood and music? Talk about an awkward time capsule. Anyway, today I’m feeling nostalgic (in case you couldn’t tell) and listening to “Optimist” by DB & St. V. Happy Friday!  Here are some fun music-related doodads for the weekend: A Song A Day. Ok, I certainly don’t consider myselfContinue reading “So much to hear, so little time”

About that show we traveled 5500 miles to see

My boyfriend and I have very different musical tastes, although there is definitely overlap in some very important places (Paul Simon and the Beatles, for instance). I actually remember when we became friends on Facebook, and my first thought after seeing his favorite music section was, “Uh oh. We’re not going to have anything to talkContinue reading “About that show we traveled 5500 miles to see”

In which I listen to “hip” music

Last week we went to two shows: the TEJ Trio at SFJAZZ and the Kishi Bashi String Quartet at the Palace of Fine Arts (in a huge concert hall that I had no idea existed). The jazz show was cool but I have to admit that I liked the 5-minute encore of them playing “Caravan” better thanContinue reading “In which I listen to “hip” music”

I’m starting a countdown

I just read Joseph Fink’s review and I’m so so pumped for the new Mountain Goats album (and the accompanying Fillmore show in June!). I don’t love wrestling. But I love that this entire album is about it. I love that about so many of the Mountain Goats’ albums: something was ingrained in JD’s mind—something matteredContinue reading “I’m starting a countdown”

Into the Great Wide Open

Just some miscellany for you on this fine Friday eve… 1. OK Go’s new album Hungry Ghosts officially comes out next week, but you can hear the whole thing now at Hype Machine! Thanks to pre-orders and two OK Go concerts this summer, a lot of these songs already feel like old favorites (“The OneContinue reading “Into the Great Wide Open”