5 Albums of the Week

Hey there, long time no speak!

I know I haven’t been around much lately. It is partly due to applying to grad school and partly due to this new music website I have been working with. The site is called Baeblemusic and what they do is videotape entire concerts from amazing bands that we all know and love, like Dr. Dog, Lykke Li and Au Revoir Simone, and then show them on their site. They also have some interesting editorial content, such as album reviews, show reviews and music news. That’s where I come in. Please stop in and take a look when you have a chance. Now that you know where I’ve been, let’s get to the important stuff…like what I’ve been listening to. Right now I have more new music than I can possibly listen to. Some of it is just okay, but most of it is really really good. In the coming weeks I will be telling you all about this new music. But for now, take a look at my 5 albums of the week.

1. The Macrotones – Wayne Manor

I have been listening to this wonderful debut album by Boston, Massachusetts’ The Macrotones. Their music is all instrumental, and very funky, complete with jazzy horn section and irresistible percussion. This album often reminds me of the soundtrack to a spy movie. There is an inquisitive nature behind each of these songs that keeps the listener on their toes throughout the twists and turns of each song. “Hitchin’ to Bristol” is my favourite song on the album. The horn section just sweeps you off your feet when you would least expect it to. And listen to the insane percussion solo halfway through the song “Clave Fury”. A really interesting band that I definiately think you should check out if you are in the mood for something a little more on the jazzy side.

The Macrotones – Hitchin to Bristol

The Macrotones – Clave Fury

2. Photons – Photons EP

I am absolutely loving this debut EP from San Francisco, California’s Photons. I remember when I heard Tokyo Police Club’s first EP I became completely obsessed with the band. The same sort of relationship is developing with Photons and I. This 6 song EP is the bands first release and I have been listening to it over and over again and I’m still not sick of it, which is a good sign. I can’t wait to hear what will come next from these guys. I have a feeling 2009 will be a good year for the band.

Photons – This Must Be Love

3. Antony & the Johnsons – The Crying Light

As a big Antony fan I have been patiently awaiting this album’s release for a long time now. Has it met my expectations? Well I haven’t gone through it enough times to really know, but I have a feeling I will come to really love this album once I get through it a few more times. For one thing, I’m happy that, while Hercules & Love Affair is a wonderful little project, Antony is back in his element. In my opinion he makes his best music when he is alone with his piano.

Antony & the Johnsons – Epilepsy is Dancing

4. Loney, Dear – Dear John

This guy is my new obsession. What I can’t believe is how long he’s been around without me knowing about him. His latest album, which was released on the 16th, is his 5th album, most of which have been self-released. His last two however were released by Sub Pop and Polyvinyl. I guess it was only a matter of time before he was discovered. I’m still getting to know the album, but so far what I have heard is stellar. “Airport Surroundings” is one of the most addictive songs I have heard in a long time. And if you are going to see Andrew Bird on his upcoming tour, make sure to get there early because Loney, Dear is opening on all of his dates.

Loney, Dear – Airport Surroundings

5. Sweet Mother Logic – Ascension Island EP

Do you love the cello as much as I do? If so you will love Sweet Mother Logic. I’d like to thank Cory K for introducing me to this lovely Montreal quintet. Led by cellists Justin Wright and Jean-Pascal Saint-Cyr, this band melds together many different styles of music to create their own, unique sound. The results are pretty sweet, to say the least.

Sweet Mother Logic – Ascension Island

What’s been on repeat for you lately?

-The Middle Distance Runner

3 comments for “5 Albums of the Week”

  1. MDR is BACK! Thanks G, haven’t heard most of these albums – will be a great way to start my week!

  2. enjoy mon ami!

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