Stinson Lake near Rumney, New Hampshire, USA.
Song of the Week: “Postdoc Blues”
Artist: John K. Samson
Album: Winter Wheat (to be released October 21st, 2016)
Summary: If you have ever had the pleasure (or more like the trauma) of giving a talk in an academic setting, this song will ring a lot of bells. The graduate/post-graduate experience involves a special level of mental anguish, and this song encapsulates the blend of pathos and humor that is needed to survive it.
Song of the Week: ‘Little Movies’
Artist: Aaron Lee Tasjan
Album: Silver Tears (to be released October 28th, 2016)
Summary: I look forward to hearing the entire album. It will be interesting to see if the Beatles sound is just for this song or is a general theme. Thank you NPR for finding this gem for me!
Song of the Week: “Quiet Americans”
Album: Jet Plane and Oxbow (2016)
Summary: Even though the album was released several months ago, I find myself coming back to this track. I think it is the combination of beautiful vocals and interesting lyrics that drive the song forward.
Also, I can’t resist putting in a plug for the whole album. In the past, I have been a fan of some of Shearwater’s work (“Breaking the Yearlings” and “Dread Sovereign”), but not necessarily their full albums. This album is so solid from beginning to end; I highly recommend sitting down with it and listening from start to finish.
Song: “Break Into Your Heart”
Album: Post Pop Depression
Artist: Iggy Pop and Josh Homme
Summary: What more could a rock fan ask for? Here is a track that combines the Queens of the Stone Age sound with Iggy Pop vocals. It’s reminiscent of some of the great creepy ballad tracks off of Lullabies to Paralyze.