Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Music Tuesday

My Flickr friend and blogging buddy Steve McCoy, the Reformissionary, always has some great posts up on his Music Mondays postings. Lately my music preferences have gone to the more alternative side of life, so I thought I share some of my recent buys and those for which I am still jonesing.

Midlake has a great album Bamnan and Slivercork. Steve introduced me to this one and I'm still enjoying it. Very alternative. Very good. My personal favorite is "Balloon Maker."

To feed both my Jazz and Electronic sides at once, I picked up The Jazz Influence: Electronic Jazz compiled by Kevin Yost. It's pretty good, some weaker tracks ("Do you like Jazz?" good beat, annoying lyric), but overall a regular listen. Along these lines is the single that iTunes gave away a few weeks ago now by Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra "Kiss the Sky." It's great.

Those for which I haven't dropped the cash yet are: LCD Soundsystem, Sound of Silver ; Chicago's own Andrew Bird, Armchair Apocrypha; and everyone's current favorite, Arcade Fire, Neon Bible.

LCD and Andrew were on Dave last week to which I now leave you:


NebuCHADnezzar said...

great stuff Mark! how do you distinguish between Indie Rock and this style? i'm starting to fall in love with the Shins and Sufjan Stevens...

NebuCHADnezzar said...

that was Chad McDaniel by the way my friend...i don't know, but the link might take you to my church's worship blog!

NebuCHADnezzar said...

sorry to leave yet another post...how do you get the free music downloads from iTunes you speak of? your post on community is awesome! i am excited to hear you found a church home. i still remember going to some churches with you in our first year; before North Park Cov roped me in!

Mark Grapengater said...

Dude, I have your number.

iTunes calls Andrew Bird and Arcade Fire indie, but Midlake is definitely alternative. In iTunes store, on the homepage, there is a link for their free single of the week. It changes every Tuesday. Sometimes they post a winner, sometimes not.