Because I dread the thought of writing yet another album review where I spend hundreds of words trying to frame an album in the proper context, or where I try to find yet another way to write about chord progressions, I’m just going to take it one song at a time and share my first impressions. So here we go with the fourth studio album from Field Music, Plumb. I'm still really digging the new Van Halen album, so this is a pretty significant gear shift. But as loyal readers should know, Field Music is easily my favorite "modern" band out there, so I'm gonna make it happen. This is a good time to be a Field Music fan, as the Brewis brothers have kept a pretty busy schedule since their 2005 debut album was released. Unfortunately it seems as if the group will not be coming to America to
I now have a reason to stay alive until February 2012, because that's when the next Field Music album -- Plumb -- will be released. More specifically, February 13 in the U.K. and February 14 (Valentine's Day) in the U.S. The lads have been kind enough to provide a sneak peek of Plumb, courtesy an advance single release of "(I Keep Thinking About) A New Thing." You can enter your email address to download the song on Field Music's website (as well as place your pre-order for the album and check out upcoming tour dates), or you can check it out here! Field Music - (I Keep Thinking About) A New Thing by memphisindustries I dig it. It definitely carries the sound of the Measure album forward. Love that booming, slightly fuzzy bass part. Is it February yet?
“Why the hell should I like… ?” is an experiment of sorts between Popblerd and The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit. What we’re going to attempt to do is to pick 10 songs from our favorite artists — one for which the other has professed dislike or disinterest — and show them why they’re wrong. Well, I have to admit. The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit got me this time. For our latest "Why the Hell Should I Like?" column, he didn't pick an artist or band I didn't like or wasn't interested in -- he picked a band I'd never even heard of! What the hell? After perusing the primer that Gray Flannel Suit had so thoughtfully prepared for me and after doing a little bit of my own research, I picked up a little more knowledge. The band's core consists of brothers David and Peter Brewis, along wit
Ask a dozen people to define the term "power pop" and you'll likely get a dozen variations of the same concept. For my part, any music with killer melodies, crisp songwriting and arranging, and (usually) big guitars probably qualifies. Or to get more specific, here's what the All Music Guide says: Power Pop is a cross between the crunching hard rock of the Who and the sweet melodicism of the Beatles and Beach Boys, with the ringing guitars of the Byrds thrown in for good measure. Yeah, that's about it. So anyway, power pop probably offers more value for your listening dollar than any other style I can think of. Here is but a handful of some of the most choice power pop ever committed to tape. 1. Nick Lowe, "So It Goes" (from Jesus of Cool, 1978) — Power pop aficionados will recogn
I really need to find a way to turn music listening into a paying, full-time gig. Because that's the only way I could ever hope to have time to take in all the good (and not-so-good) music that comes out every year. Life really was much simpler when I didn't even want to make time for anything that wasn't by Kiss, Rush, or Iron Maiden. So instead of approaching this as a "Best Albums of 2010" or "Best Music of 2010" list, it's more of a "My Favorite Albums/Music of 2010 That I Had Time to Listen To" list. These are the albums that moved me one way or another this year, although obviously this is not (and cannot be) an exhaustive list. I'm sure lots of really swell records got left off, but that's why there are other year-end lists on the internet, right? #10. Kanye West, My Beautiful
Yup, it's that time again! Before I roll out the annual year-end rundown of my favorite albums, let's take a listen to some of the best songs from 2010. I've included YouTube clips where possible, since I used Lala last year and got burned. 1. "Them That Do Nothing" by Field Music (from Measure) - I could probably populate this whole list with songs from Field Music's third studio album. Instead I'll just highlight the first single from it and we can all revel in its pure pop perfection. Well done, Brewis brothers, well done indeed. 2. "Doin' It Again" by the Roots (from How I Got Over) - If there's a case to be made for why sampling can work so well in hip hop it's this track, which brilliantly weaves the Roots' own composition with John Legend's "Again". It's the standout
They do in fact still make these quaint little artifacts called "videos", and this is a good one. It's the latest from Field Music, "Let's Write a Book". It just so happens to be one of my favorite cuts from Measure, as well as one of the best displays of stop-motion animation and clip art in a video since Talking Heads released "And She Was" back in '85.
For fans of Sunderland's indie pop masters Field Music, the two-plus years since their announced hiatus felt like anything but. Scarcely a year after the January 2007 release of Tones of Town, co-founder David Brewis released an album under the School of Language banner. That was followed up in August '08 by the self-titled debut of brother Peter's project, The Week That Was. To confuse matters even further both albums were only nominally solo efforts, as each brother contributed to the other one's disc. So while I greeted the news of Field Music's official resurrection as a musical concern with enthusiasm, it was hardly a shock. I'll just chalk the whole hiatus thing up to artists needing to be artists, and leave it at that. All of which brings us to the first proper Field Musi
Dear reader, in my travels to bring you reports of local performances by various musical acts, I have encountered some strange people. But over the weekend I encountered one of the strangest yet - the Brooklyn Hipster. For those not from the New York area, it's important to note that Brooklyn is to Hipsters as Mecca is to Muslims or Wal-Mart is to rednecks. It's the source of their strength and identity, which in this case means lots of bad haircuts, wool caps, and faux vintage clothing. They're harmless for the most part, but damn are they annoying in large groups. (more…)