Weekly Music

Alt-J’s new album This Is All Yours is incredibly varied and interesting. Sometimes I’m not sure if I love or hate albums that are all over the place, but in this case I like it upon a few listens – it’s like listening to a great mix in a way. Three very different songs from the album to give you a taste of what I mean.

I put a song on my September mix, but I wanted to elaborate here how much I love the new self-titled Ryan Adams album. It’s weird to say as I’ve never considered myself a fan, but I guess I’ve never known his music, really. I had an idea of what it was and hadn’t give it much attention until I started hearing songs on KCRW. It’s a good one to blast and sing along with after a long day on the drive home from work.

Lastly, I have two music-related podcast episodes to recommend! The first is an NPR All Songs Considered episode, an interview with producer John Congleton. If you’re into the way songs are made and interested in the way the brain of someone who sets the tone for great albums works, you’ll dig it as much as I did. I love love hearing musicians and producers talk about what influenced them when they were young, too, and his examples are so funny and great. Secondly, a recent episode of Radiolab re-hashed an episode of Meet the Composer that I thought was so great. It focuses on composer John Luther Adams, whom I knew nothing about, and his interesting and complex pieces rooted in nature. Both worth a listen!

Weekly Music


I read a little blurb on the band Cookies in The New Yorker the other day and the description sounded right up my alley. Music For Touching could also be called Music For Dancing - it kept my spirits up through making 10 bajillion concrete beads this weekend for a huge project. If you’re in a slump this evening, give it spin on their bandcamp page!

Music Mix: September


A new mix for a new season. This started out as an August mix and then *poof*, somehow September rolled in. You know how it goes. Tomorrow is my little brother’s 27th birthday, so this one goes out to you, Matt.

As always, listen on Spotify or Rdio.

Inside Out Spoon
Head Underwater Jenny Lewis
From Eden Hozier
All Or Nothin’ Nikki Lane
Psychotic Girl The Black Keys
Stay With Me Ryan Adams
Atomic Bomb William Onyeabor
Title Of This Song Moses Sumney
That’s Alright Fleetwood Mac
Had It All Allah-Las
West Coast Lana Del Rey
Too Dry To Cry Willis Earl Beal