In an effort to divert my attention from all of the pre-election speculation that has been consuming my life over the past week (because I’m completely mortified about what might happen tomorrow evening), I thought this might be a good opportunity to squeeze in another one of those “once a month” big posts I mentioned and have done exactly 1 time thus far.
Let’s start by talking about CMJ. I’ve made it very clear that my goals at CMJ are to hang out with my internet friends who I only see twice a year at best, and that’s exactly what I did. It was an exceptional week in which I shared much food, drink, and camaraderie with internet friends new and old. Just to prove exactly how IRL the week was, below is the list of all my Twitter people that I got a chance to at least have a brief conversation with over the course of those long, tiring, awesome 5 days. This is definitely the most important facet of any de facto music blog convention such as the CMJ music marathon, and these are the people who all helped to make it the best ever, via linked Twitter handle and in rough order of appearance. The fact that I linked them all just proves that I care. I’m sure I forgot people, but seriously <3 u all. @thinkorsmile
@kaylorikay (not @klaurak)
I don’t hate any of you.
There was also some music at CMJ. Like I said, this was sort of the bonus to the IRL hangout week, but I did catch some good stuff despite my efforts to avoid all bzzbnds since I’ve kind of only been listening to new albums by older favorites nonstop (I’m looking at u Grizzly Bear and Tame Impala). My two favorite acts that I hadn’t heard before (despite much buzz) were probably Denmark’s MØ (have I mentioned that I love Scandinavian music?) and Hundred Waters out of Florida. Two very different sounds, and you can read all up on them on actual music blogs if you want. So yeah, that’s all I have to say about CMJ.
Since I don’t listen to new music anymore, I hopped over to the ever reliable dipped in dollars aka the blog that probably most directly aligns with everything I love about music (especially electronic/dance music). So here’s a little sample of what you might find within their pages. But you should obviously go to their site and listen to everything else on it, especially their doper-than-dope October Mix which includes my potential song of the year. Any ideas which track it might be?
But for serious. Awesome people, awesome music. If you are one of the 3 people who feel a void with my lack of updates, you should head over there as your new go-to.
And since I don’t have anything else to talk about but feel that the above does not yet constitute a “digest”, I’ll just talk about how I’m going to Chicago next Tuesday to see Tame Impala, quite possibly my favorite band of the moment. Yes, this does mean that I will be taking my last two days off work for the year to drive to Chicago on Tuesday morning and to drive back to Michigan on Wednesday. But it will be totally worth it. Their new album Lonerism has been owning me lately and I can’t wait to hear some of the tracks live/hang with my Chicago peeps/totally geek out. Still debating whether I want to photograph this show or just give it my undivided attention. Do yourself a favor and listen to the album opener “Be Above It” loudly every morning to start your day. Preferably on some nice headphones so that you get the full effect of the walls of sound that occur throughout this song which are completely lost in youtube video form. And then just go ahead and let the rest of the album play after that. I’ve also included the album closer for its beauteous melodies and long reverb guitar solo outro.
In other news, it’s cold, the sun goes down at 5pm, and I hate all of those things. See you next month, maybe.