|Willis Earl Beal|
Sometimes I will add music to a playlist so I can listen to new sounds when I have more time. I maintain a Spotify playlist folder of 2012 releases that I often revisit. The two tracks from Omaha based Icky Blossoms fit this description. The self-titled release has 3 starred tracks for me, "Deep in the Throes" and "I Am" recently added. Vocals by Sarah Bohlin on top of some heavy bass and electronic vibes.
I also took another listen to Neil Young's Americana's record. While an interesting project, "Oh Susannah" is the only track I want to hear again. The arrangement is the most original on the track listing.
Band of Skulls played a local show recently at the Water Street Music Hall. While I considered attending, I didn't end up going to the show. However, I did enjoy the track "Sweet Sour."
Sharon Van Etten's Tramp has been in my 2012 list for quite awhile. I caught her act at Lollapalooza (the live stream) earlier this month and thought I better give her some more air time. "Serpents" was already a starred track but I've added "Give Out" to my favorites. Rolling Stone lists her as a must-see act.
My next concert will be Florence + the Machine in Saratoga Springs, NY. As I am sure many people do the same, any upcoming concert puts that artist in heavy rotation. I am still surprised by how many people I talk to have never heard of Florence + the Machine. I also caught her Stevie Nicks inspired set on the Lollapalooza live stream and I cannot wait to see her in a few weeks.
Finally, the DJ Logic track was discovered as a result of recently meeting the legend Bernie Worrell This deserves it's own post in the near future. Stay tuned.