Missing the impatiently awaited…

Dicky | March 5th, 2010

For a while I tried to keep track of the rumors surrounding Joanna Newsom’s next album, but eventually gave up.

Tonight my roommate mentioned something about it coming out, and lo and behold, it’s being released in a week and there are tracks streaming on Drag City’s website.

Well… I can’t wait. The song up on Drag City right now (Kingfisher) didn’t immediately catch me but I’ve listened to it a few times and each time it’s growing on me… It took months before I really “got” Ys, and every once in a while I’ll put it on and listen to it on repeat for days before I decide that I can bare to listen to something else, so I am going to hold off on making any real judgment calls until I’ve had a chance to listen to the album a few dozen times. A triple LP/CD??!?! It’s going to be… amazing.  But… Andy Samberg?? Really?!

Another album’s release occurred without me noticing—Yeasayer’s Odd Blood. I couldn’t get enough of the song Ambling Alp when it was released in the fall or whenever. I still put it on every mix I make for friends or for myself. I wasn’t super psyched for the full album, because I thought their first was absolutely dreadful, and I watched some live videos on Youtube of other new songs and found them equally unlistenable, but as it turns out, the album is quite good.

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On a completely unrelated note, I recently had the good fortune of hearing probably one of the most exquisite performances of my life. In the tea room at the Museum of Jurassic Technology, packed so full that it was sweltering inside despite the cold outside, I heard Agave Baroque present a program of works by Henry Purcell and some of his contemporaries on period instruments. The harpsichord alone seemed to take up 1/3 of the room.  Henry Purcell’s complete set of secular songs on Hyperion has been getting a lot of play in my headphones lately, and I was quite excited for this concert. Nothing, however, could have prepared me for this performance, which was just… I mean… there is nothing that I can really say to give justice to it, except to say perhaps that if you were not there, you missed out on a rare treat.

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