Father John Misty
[Sub Pop; 2017]
Whenever I listen to Father John Misty’s 2017 release, Pure Comedy, I can’t help but think about the works of one of my all-time favorite authors, Kurt Vonnegut. To place Josh Tillman, the man behind FJM, on the same level as Vonnegut would be a bit hyperbolic, but Tillman’s satirical portrayal of a misguided human race is reminiscent of Vonnegut’s hopeless take of humanity.
First off, I’d like to apologize for not keeping up on the blog much over the past few months. I’m hoping to get back on track over the next few weeks. Over the past several weeks, I’ve been preparing for my new blog series, “Year of the Neil: The Story of Neil Young.” For those that have followed BDWPS for the past year, you are probably familiar with the podcast I tried out last year about David Bowie’s life. Over the course of the year, the podcast would receive over 10,000 downloads, which is a pretty big deal considering I do it for free and did very little promoting of it. I suppose Bowie’s death drew people to it organically, but I’m also proud that many of those random visitors listened to all nine episodes.
Despite the amount of work I put into that series, I felt compelled to continue the “Year Of” project by continuing with a new artist in 2017. The first name to come to mind was Neil Young, one of my all-time favorite artists. After researching on his life, I knew I had to tell his wild story. Below you will find the first episode. You can also listen and subscribe to the series on iTunes and Stitcher (search: Year of the Neil). I hope you enjoy the first episode that takes a look at Neil’s upbringing.
Stillness in Wonderland
[Age 101; 2017]
Over the past three years, Little Simz, the up-and-coming London hip-hop star, has shown her range. Her 2015 underground hit, “Dead Body”, hinted toward a dark and brooding artist while 2016’s AGE 101 DROPX EP aimed toward a more electronic approach. 2016’s conceptual effort Stillness in Wonderland continues in her path of unexpected turns with an album that is mellow and soulful, reminiscent of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill or Erykah Badu’s Mama’s Gun.
In the latest episode of BDWPS, I take a look back and some of the highlights from my week spent at SXSW in Austin, Texas. You will hear new music from Spoon, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Cherry Glazerr, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Pill, and Girlpool. We also continue our look back at Bob Dylan’s 1964 release, The Times They Are A-Changin’.
Spoon “Do I Have to Talk You Into It”
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever “French Press”
Cherry Glazerr “Told You I’d Be With The Guys”
Hurray for the Riff Raff “Rican Beach”
Bob Dylan “Boots of Spanish Leather”
This year’s SXSW was one of good fortune. It seemed like everything went our way – from transportation, to a plethora of engaging shows, to one fantastic food truck choice after another. To sum up, this SXSW 2017 was one of the best I’ve attended in years, and here are some reasons why. Continue reading
In this episode we take a look at some of the best albums to come out so far in 2017, including Japandroids, Austra, Cloud Nothings, Jens Lekman, and Ty Segall. I also discuss some of my favorite films of 2016.
Japandroids “Near to the Wild Heart of Mine”
Austra “Future Politics”
Cloud Nothings “Modern Act”
Jens Lekman “Evening Prayer”
Ty Segall “Warm Hands”
Public Enemy “She Watch Channel Zero”
Bob Dylan “The Ballad of Hollis Brown”