God, looking down my recent posts list, it's a little sad. Six weeks nothing but those soundtrack posts. And August came and went without a My Listening Hours post, which back in July I said would start coming monthly instead of quarterly. Well, I'm rethinking that. I'm rethinking a lot of things. I think I'm spreading myself too thin, with the many blogs thing (not ready to kill anything yet, though). Related, I think I've fooled myself into thinking only a certain kind of post belongs on pgwp. Well, that's all gonna change, I think. Though the last thing you should ever believe is a blogger making promises. Something between the gargantuan multi-part posts here and the no-thought-required posts at I&A will start happening in these parts, soon. This week maybe. Meantime, here are some of my favorite downloads of the last 30 days. Just press play on the media player below and let the mix run while you go about your important business and/or time-wasting.
- Jose Gonzalez, How Low
Here's yet another album from last year I sorely need to get. I've downloaded probably half of it as I've come across mp3s in the last ten months or so, and it's all excellent. Hearing this one, though, I've finally kicked In Our Nature to the top of my priority list.
- Benji Hughes, Waiting for an Invitation
Hughes owes a lot to Beck for his slacker delivery and indie rock/mainstream pop–straddling sound. I've heard a few songs from his double-album debut and most of them are good but not essential. I do like this one a lot though, as well as the first song I heard by him (don't even know the title!).
- The Eloise Trio, Island Woman
My brilliant wife brought this into our collection when she went on a calypso spree right before our trip to Hawaii. I don't know much about the Eloise Trio but every track we have is as good as this one.
- Fugiya & Miyagi, Knickerbocker
I'll say this first: I love this song. I can't stop singing it to myself. I'm definitely interested in hearing Lightbulbs when it comes out (or did it come out already?). But—I don't know how I'll feel about hearing a full length by F&M. They need to be more than krautrock impersonators.
- Gene Clark & the Gosdin Brothers, Keep on Pushin'
- Hearts & Flowers, Try for the Sun
I made a gargantuan iTunes playlist—nearly 800 songs—modestly called the "Awesome Mix"; it's all five-star songs that are hopelessly fun and impossible not to sing along with and enjoy. It's perfect. Well, I think it's perfect. My brilliant wife loves about 90% of it, but she complained that I put too many band in there that sound like the Byrds but aren't the Byrds. Tough shit for her: I just added two more tracks to the mix.
- Pete and the Pirates, Ill Love
- Joel Alme, The Seven Islands
Finally, a couple more contemporary indie rockers. The Joel Alme track in particular is really sticking with me, though maybe it's just more Hawaiian vacation glow. Assuming there are seven islands making up Hawaii and that's what he's singing with. Don't tell me if I'm wrong.