I know monthly around this time I drop the themed mix of my choosing, but October is going to be a little different. Halloween is probably my second favorite holiday because it really combines two of my best qualities: being dead inside and my love of (some) holidays. So it really goes without saying that making my yearly Halloween mix is one of my favorite things to do. A lot of work goes into handcrafting my mixture of horror scores, creepy songs and popular favorites not to mention the search for the ideal creepy image to accompany it. Halloween is fast approaching so that mix will be out in the next week or so (hopefully). I just hope I get to add some of the new Stranger Things soundtrack into this year’s mix since the show’s return coincides with this most frightful time of year.
Since the Halloween mix has yet to reach my high standards (standards no one else cares about), I decided to just throw together a playlist of what I’m listening to a lot right now. This 5th playlist in a series of who knows how many to come features a bunch of new releases and some classic Tom Petty. Of course it had to have some Tom Petty on it because the classic rock station around here played nothing but blocks and blocks of his work after his passing. There are just so many good Tom Petty songs.
Summer is winding down which makes me feel a little low key #blessed. No more looking like a sweaty tomato all the time. No more feeling uncomfortable in my own skin because I can layer upon layer my clothes. But no one wants to hear about that so onto the music. I set out to make another blissful summer playlist, but just didn’t have the heart to finish it. It just never felt right when I would listen back to it. So instead I went with a trusted go to: what I’m listening to right now.
If I had to choose one of my favorite bands of the last 15 years, Arcade Fire would probably be one of those bands. Okay just kidding. They are one of those bands. So forgive me if this post gets a little wordy or in-depth. Once you pop you just can’t stop sometimes.
Arcade Fire was formed in 2001 in Canada, and they rose to prominence with their 2004 album, Funeral. They have a core group of members who play a variety of instruments including guitar, drums, piano, xylophone, and even glockenspiel (among others). They have created a short film to accompany their album, The Suburbs, and even contributed a song to the Hunger Games soundtrack. Arcade Fire have won plenty of awards for their music and other technical/creative aspects. These include Brits, Grammys, and two members (Will Butler and Owen Pallett) even received an Academy Award Nomination for Best Original Score for Her. Everyone surely has heard of Arcade Fire or at least their most popular song Wake Up. Wake Up was featured in Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are and commercials for the NFL in 2010.
I often go back and forth between writing and not writing some blog posts. Especially when it comes to music but not posting about it wouldn’t make this blog true to who I am. I don’t feel like my taste in music is why anyone reads this blog to begin with, but I’m certainly not writing posts strictly to get likes (although those are pretty cool). So after some time of indecisiveness (a couple weeks really) I decided to give it a go. Plus I just love the new Fleet Foxes record so much.
Fleet Foxes are an indie folk band from Seattle who became well-known a few years back for their eclectic sound and harmonies. Their Sun Giant EP and self titled album gained plenty of attention from the likes of Pitchfork and other music critics. Their second album Helplessness Blues was released in 2011 and shortly after Fleet Foxes took a break. Josh Tillman left in 2012 and began recording as Father John Misty, and Robin resurfaced as a college student at Columbia University. Finally, after a 6 year hiatus, back in March they announced their new album, Crack-Up, would be released this summer. And there’s your mini-catch up on Fleet Foxes.
I’m really excited by all the new music coming out lately. Every day it feels like I have something new to check out. Most of the time it feels like I’ve traveled back in time to 2010 or 2011 with all these new releases from Fleet Foxes, Arcade Fire, and Phoenix. I’ve heard the Fleet Foxes but need more time to fully absorb and process it this week when it officially comes out. Maybe I’ll have to write about some new music to check out later on.
For now I’ve made another volume of songs I’m listening to a lot lately. It’s mostly music of the indie persuasion, but there’s a couple other things in there worth knowing about. And yes, most of them are new releases.
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