MiPod: Fall 2010


Music from the movie about Facebook. Life as we know it will cease to exist if you DON'T download this!

In case you were wondering, you can now download the soundtrack for a movie about the genesis of social networking uber-site Facebook. This is music from a movie about Facebook, a gale force of pop culture and media confluences the likes of which we’ve never seen before. I wonder how many people are “fans” of this album; I also wonder if any of them can even whiff the irony.

By the way, if anybody’s seen The Social Network, I’d love to know if it’s worth seeing.

Anyway, it’s time for another MyPod post before I unveil my year’s end best-of list in a few months. While this year’s offerings continue to be fairly lackluster compared to what I was listening to last year, here’s some of what I’ve been listening to lately:

The Gaslight Anthem, American Slang

The Springsteen comparisons are ubiquitous, but these dudes are carving out a legacy of their own with mature offerings like this. The free spirited rock ‘n roll is still here (“Stay Lucky” riffs like any of a number of great ’90s alternative songs), but the Anthem have added nuance to their repertoire, giving a more well-rounded and lived in effort on Slang. The result is a logical next step in the evolution of a great American band. The capstone to this release is “We Did It When We Were Young”, a minimally layered ode to regret and loss. Download This: “We Did It When We Were Young” and “The Queen of Lower Chelsea”.

Ray LaMontagne, God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise

LaMontagne’s brand of soulful, raspy, roots rock has always been welcome on my iPod. But his latest release, God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise — with it’s country-tinged harmonies and accompaniment courtesy of The Pariah Dogs — has quickly become my favorite of his albums. I don’t know that it’s substantially better than anything he’s produced in years past, it’s just that I enjoy this one more. Plain and simple. The standout Download This tracks are all over the place on this one: “New York City’s Killing Me”, “Old Before Your Time”, “Like Rock & Roll and Radio”, “Devil’s In the Jukebox”. Don’t be surprised if you see this one at or near the top of my best albums list.

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, I Learned the Hard Way

They say every 7 years or so, you’re culinary tastes undergo a major change. I wonder if the same thing is true musically. If you had told me 7 years ago that I would willingly be listening to vintage Motown-era reproductions like Jones, I wouldn’t have believed you. But this is great music. The iTunes review says it well: it’s hard at times to believe this album wasn’t mixed in 1967. The best track is “Better Things”, as sweet a sounding kiss-off song as any that’s been recorded. Download This: “Better Things”, “Money”.

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