May 19, 2011
Lauren Ingraham Alexander
I should have called this blog “Eat. Paint. Listen.” because along with eating and painting I spend a lot of my time listening to music. It’s more than a necessary part of my day. But then, if I named it “Eat. Paint. Listen.” it would hardly satisfy my self obsessive side. So what am I listening to now? Recently, I discovered this century’s greatest technological advancement: I downloaded music to my phone. Now when I go on my walks or wash dishes I enjoy a few friends in my earphones.
First, there’s this new Jason Isbell album called Here We Rest. It’s good. Jason is the kind of singer that knows how to quietly cut a hole in your heart and fill it with all kinds of crazy stuff. It’s hard to know if you ought to laugh or cry. My favorites are Codeine, Daisy Mae, and Heart on a String. If you’re lucky Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit will come to your town and rock your brains out. You might even get to buy some art from the (super adorable) guitarist, Browan Lollar. He’s very good too.
Then on a whim I put Justin Townes Earle’s Harlem River Blues on the cellular too. Justin is a different sort of fish than Jason – but similar, sort of. Justin’s record is good, I think, but it has this kind of nostalgic sound that might turn people off – like when you get your family’s portrait taken in one of those antique photo parlors at a tourist trap. That may sound mean, but it’s not meant to be. I love some of those songs like Rogers Park, One More Night in Brooklyn, and of course the creepy but cool sounding title track Harlem River Blues.
Finally, let’s give some love to my lady friend, Adele. From what I can tell, everyone is all up in Adele’s business. I think real music critics consider her pure solid gold. I had heard these good things about her so I am giving her latestalbum, 21, a whirl. And I admit it, girlfriend can sing. And once I got past her terribly boring cover of a terribly boring “Lovesong” I am starting to come around on her. I love love LOVE I’ll Be Waiting, Someone Like You, and of course Rolling in the Deep.
There you have it. That’s what’s up in music world here in Lauren Land. You’re welcome.