Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wasting Light - A Review

I've been a Foo Fighters fan for a long time, now.  I remember not liking Nirvana, and so I was skeptical when I first put their tape into my car's stereo.  That was a long time ago, and I can honestly say that I still rank these guys among my favourite bands; in fact, they're one of only a couple of bands that I "like" on Facebook.  On an unrelated note, I dislike that I "like" things on Facebook, and have since quit doing it.

The Good 
Wasting Light took a little time to grow on me as an album.  I mean, I was immediately drawn to some of the highlights of this album, but since I don't listen to the radio any more, I still can't tell you if any of them are radio releases.  I'd say my favourite songs are "Rosemary," "Arlandria," and "Miss the Misery," because I really like the chord progressions.  They're just great rock songs, but very smartly written; unexpected minors and the rest.

The Bad
For all the nifty chord changes, there are some really inexplicable... one-note solos?  I don't even know what to call these things.  The disc opens with something I could only describe as jarring as the intro to "Bridge Burning," and there's another one in an already stupid-sounding bridge in "Arlandria."  The latter is especially unfortunate since I love the song otherwise.  So, I don't know what's up with that, but I don't like it.
"White Limo" seems to be the token "Dave Grohl needs to scream" song.  Not a fan.

I liked this disc.  Like I said, it took a little bit to grow on me.  Even though there are a few "bads" in this review, none of them are bad enough to keep me from recommending this one.  Of course, that does assume you like this genre in the first place....

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

shake it and whip it and croon it...indie style

Paste magazine gathered some indie artist's covers of pop songs.  These are two that made me giggle.  Hope you enjoy.  I'm going to go whip my hair now.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

This video makes me sad.

Damien Rice has a way of yanking at my heart strings.  What videos make you sad?

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Taylor Summach Photography

 Tyler suggested that I post a link to my photography blog. Here it is. Enjoy.

Taylor's Favorite Albums of 2010

1.Sufjan Stevens - Age of Adz
2. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
3. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Fantasy
4. The National - High Violet
5. Four Tet - There Is Love in You
6. Yeasayer - ODD BLOOD
7. Surfer Blood - Astro Coast
8. Shearwater - The Golden Archipelago
9. Wild Nothing - Gemini
10. Mumford and Sons - Sigh No More

Honorable Mentions:
The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang
Tokyo Police Club - Champ
The New Pornographers- Together
Starflyer 59 - The Changing of the Guard
Woods - At Echo Lake
Her Name Is Calla - The Quiet Lamb
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Brett Detar--Bird in the Tangle

Brett Detar of both Juliana Theory and Zao fame released a free solo album. It is great! If you are familiar with either of the aforementioned bands, you may be surprised by the direction Brett has gone stylistically. There is no emo, no hardcore or metal. This is simply beautiful alternative country and Americana.

Some of the theme choices are...interesting. The album deals with drugs, drinking, sleeping around, relationships (and broken relationships) but rather than glamorizing these things, it seems to point to the emptiness found in them. That's what I'm pulling from it at least. Let your own discerning ear decipher--but give it a listen--one of my favorite albums of the year.

Get your free copy and see what you think!

Bleepin' Sufjan!

With the amount of posts Taylor and I did in anticipation of Sufjan's new album, it is a bit surprising that neither of us has written anything about it yet. I will say this. I enjoy it...most of it very, very much. I, like many, was confused by (and disappointed in) Sufjan's choice to swear in one of his songs. So much of Sufjans music has been very worshipful, highlighting his faith (including, I would say, some of the songs on this album) that I was caught quite off guard. It would have been nice to promote the album without having to do so cautiously. Enough Christian bloggers have debated the appropriateness of a Christian artist like Sufjan swearing, so I don't think I'll carry that debate any further here (there is a good one going on in the comments at indievison's review of the album here). Rather I'll point you to a couple good Sufjan links.

-My friend Joey caught a Sufjan show awhile back and wrote about it at her blog. Check it out!