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!