My week(s) in music, June 8

So this is a roundup of what I’ve been listening to over the last two weeks. I’m not gonna include links because I’m lazy like that. If you care you can look stuff up. 🙂

First off, there’s this pop duo called Great Good Fine OK. I found out about them because they did a collab with Before You Exit (whose recent stuff I love) on a single called “Find Yourself,” which is a pretty solid tune. Curious, I sampled Great Good Fine OK’s catalog on iTunes and found a few really terrific pop tunes. “Always,” “Take it Or Leave It” and “You’re the One For Me” are the big ones. Lead singer Jon Sandler has a great pop voice and knows how to use it. I like them a lot and I will probably be talking about them more.

I’ve been sampling some Ryan Adams lately, and found a song I REALLY like: “La Cienega Just Smiled.” It’s a soothingly sad soft-rock tune, which is something I love. Instant favorite. Flows beautifully.

I’m not really a Nickelback fan but I do like muscular, melodic pop-rock in general, and they’ve got a couple of good tunes on their new album. “Song on Fire” hooked me. Lyrics are really melodramatic. But it’s a great tune.

Justin Townes Earle is a new discovery for me. He’s the son of country-rocker Steve Earle and he’s named after singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt. I really like his sound, especially on the album “Harlem River Blues.” There’s kind of a late John Denver feel to it. “Rogers Park” is my favorite so far.

Dad brought to my attention earlier this week a fantastic Keane song that had previously escaped my notice: “Higher Than The Sun,” which was released as a single for their compilation “The Best of Keane”. It’s got that soaring feel of some of the best songs from Strangeland, so no surprise that it was originally recorded during the Strangeland sessions. I’ve also been listening to the live version of “Sea Fog,” which is gorgeous. Also the instrumental tune “The Iron Sea” makes for a great soundtrack to various scenes in The Lord of the Rings, which I have been re-reading.

Lady Antebellum, one of my favorite Country acts, dropped a new song from their new album (which releases tonight) called “This City.” I love it and it has me anticipating the rest of the record.

It’s been on Christian radio for awhile now, but I didn’t really discover it until now: “Your Great Name” by Natalie Grant is the song that I’ve been cranking the volume on when I’m riding in the car these last couple of weeks. The chorus is tremendous. 

One throwback tune that I listened to a lot last week was “Wonder of the World” by Rush of Fools. Apparently these guys are still making music but it’s the stuff they released eight or nine years ago that I’m really familiar with, and out of all that, this is the one song that really sticks with me today. Good melody, I like the atmosphere, and it’s an earnest song.

I spent some time with the Mary Poppins soundtrack this week, which is a joy forever. 

Also that new thing Carly Rae Jepsen let loose upon the world is pretty sweet. No guilt. Why would there be guilt?

I’m looking forward to spending some time with Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas’ latest release this week, along with exploring some classic musicals that I’m not as well acquainted with and enjoying the new releases. There’s also a few tracks I’ve downloaded from various artists like Oh Wonder, Housefires, Son Volt and All Time Low that I know I’ll be listening to more frequently within the upcoming week.

That’s a wrap!

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