Painter in Your Pocket by Destroyer
Last week I was all over the place, listening to a lot of things I hadn’t really listened to in a while.
First on the list was Destroyer, whom I didn’t really like in Swan Lake, and I’ve never been a big fan of the New Pornographers, but I like him a lot more on his own. His new album Trouble in Dreams isn’t quite as good as his last album, Destroyer’s Rubies, but it’s still a good listen. My favorite track from Destroyer’s Rubies is definitely Painter in Your Pocket. It doesn’t catch you at first, but a full listen through should grab you.
After that was Vampire Weekend again, still being played a lot. Then Kings of Convenience, who need to a) come out with a new album, and b) play 14 live shows in Los Angeles alone. Their music is so great, I just need more of it! (Fun sidenote, Feist is on the last song of the Kings’ album, Riot on an Empty Street, while Eirik Glambek BÃ¸e sings on the last track of Feist’s new album, The Reminder. Sharing is caring!)
The rest are usuals, though The Books and The Elected could certainly use new albums as well. Moreso The Elected because of the really disappointing last Rilo Kiley album (I blame Jenny! haha…)
After months of bitching and complaining my Last.fm is finally displaying my totals accurately. If anyone is having any problems with Last.fm’s client, I highly suggest switching over to iScrobbler. My only beef is how ugly the icon is, but it works great, so whatever.
Like I wrote in the previous post, I listened to pretty much nothing but Vampire Weekend all last week. In fact I listened to the album almost 17 times, and that doesn’t count when I was listening to it in the car. I think I might try and go see them play at Amoeba tonight, if there isn’t a line out the door for them.
After that was the new SÃ©bastien Tellier and Magnetic Fields’ albums. Tellier’s album is growing on me more and more, and I’m especially liking the last part of his new album. The Magnetic Field’s album is becoming a big favorite of mine as well, but it’s such a drastic departure from their last album I that it’s been taking some used to. I’m really enjoying ‘I’ll Dream Alone’ a lot, it’s more of a classic Magnetic Fields song.
The rest was just the usual stuff I listen to throughout my day, although there was an inclusion of Sondre Lerche, whom I had a craving to listen to out of nowhere. I forgot how good his first album Faces Down was.
Last week I decided to download and start using iScrobbler and completely ditch Last.fm’s silly scrobbler. The thing never worked for me, but iScrobbler is doing a much, MUCH better job. It works through Growl, (which some of you may know what that is, I barely do) and has been a lot more simple to use.
As for music, the most played artist was Air, as I was having some weird craving for easy listening French music. Next up was Spoon, which came up while I was listening to my iTunes on random, and I then played every album multiple times. Caribou and Beirut’s older stuff has been going still, and then is a chunk of songs that are from mixes that I made. After that is Destroyer, who I’ve been trying to get into and The Magnetic Fields, who’s new album is really great. Explosions in the Sky popped in there because I was listening to them while I read The Road. Their sound definitely matched up with the tone of the book, and it definitely helped while I read it.
It’s Monday already, the weekend totally flew by, but it was quite productive, and Jeff and I had a lot of fun. I hope everyone else had a nice weekend! I’ve also slowly realized that my last.fm scrobbly thing is still not working with my iPod. I accidentally deleted it from the preference menu, and now I can’t get it to show up again. Whatever, I downloaded iScrobble, and it should fix things (crosses fingers).
As for the music I listened to last week, it consisted of mostly things I listened to over the weekend. Jeff and I left Stars going all day Sunday, along with Radiohead, because they’re both awesome. I listened to the new Magnetic Fields record a lot, I’m really enjoying it, even though it’s pretty different from I, which is my favorite album. I’ve also been listening to a lot more Doves lately, sort of getting back into them some.
I’ve also become a pretty big fan of Caribou as well. I’ve slowly been listening to them more and more, including a two disc re-issue of Start Breaking My Heart, which is quite good. It’s very electronic, not quite as pop as his newer stuff is, but I’m a fan of IDM so I enjoy it quite a bit.
Also towards the bottom of the list is Ratatat, which I had the urge to listen to after hearing it in the party scene in Cloverfield.
Blah. Either my Last.fm recorder at home isn’t working, or the one at my work isn’t. No matter what, it’s still kind of annoying. But I think this is fair representation of what I was mostly listening to.
Jeff and I are still listening to a lot of Beirut, and I’ve been listening to a lot of Vetiver. The new Magnetic Fields album Distortion is pretty interesting, and I’m pretty sure I like it. At the bottom of the list is Kimya Dawson, because I’m totally in love with the soundtrack to Juno, and Math and Physics Club is sort of a new-ish find that I’m enjoying a lot.