Maybe I am bit selfish or egocentric but I think sometimes that certain releases come out just for me. It makes me feel special. We all have our special little secret bands we like and it is always exciting to hear some new band for the first time, especially when you feel like you may already like every band that you are ever going to like.
I have been really obsessed with the Explosions in the Sky for the last couple of years. It is nice to have an instrumental album to escape into every once in a while, for the times you don't really want to hear anybody talking and just need time alone to think for yourself. It helps me focus myself and think about my life. I often use electronic music on these types of days, but sometimes that gets a little too intense and I need some more smooth instrumental music. I really am starting to sound like some smooth jazz new age dude right now. What is going on? I guess it is sort of like some dude that is into crazy free jazz but every once in a while just needs some smooth jazz. I guess I really should not compare instrumental rock music to smooth jazz. It really is in its own category. I have really worn out my Explosions in the Sky albums, so I was excited to find the new band The Photographic. Their debut album Pictures of a Changing World comes out today. They come from the land of Louisville, Kentucky. And they really sound nothing like smooth jazz.
I seem to go through phases of liking music from one area of the world. For a while I seemed to be listening to a lot of music coming out of Austin, Texas. At the end of last year I was really obsessed with music coming out of Sweden. I don't intentionally go out and try to find bands from one certain city or country, it just sort of happens-- so it might just happen that I all of sudden start liking a bunch of Louisville bands. I thought I would check to make sure I already don't. I did also find out some interesting facts about the city.
Louisville was founded in 1778 and was named after the great King Louis XVI. I am quickly realizing I know very little about Louisville or Kentucky in general, although I did have a pen pal in elementary school who was from Louisville-- but that was a long time ago. I may try and find those letters to find out what he told me about the great Louisville. Maybe he ended up being in the band The Photographic. I knew that Hunter S. Thompson was from Kentucky, but I had no idea this is also where Tom Cruise came from. I also didn't know that the first ever hand transplant took place in Louisville. I didn't really even know that there had been a first hand transplant. One of the characters on the TV show Prison Break had sewn his own hand back on, but that did not work out so well for him. I guess he should have gone to Kentucky.
Will Oldham was born in Louisville. Slint are also from Louisville. A whole lot of folk and country has also come from Kentucky, as you would expect. Loretta Lynn and her sister Crystal Gayle. The Everly Brothers, The Judds, Dwight Yoakam, Billy Ray Cyrus and Ricky Skaggs all come from Kentucky. But there is also another one of my new favorites. My Morning Jacket also comes from the land of Louisville, and although the band has been putting out albums for years, it really took the movie I'm Not There to get me to finally listen to them. Rodan, Freakwater, and Gastr del Sol are also from Louisville, so I have been liking some of the music of Louisville but just not knowing it, which is often the case. I really do love this new album by The Photographic. I have been listening to it a lot over the last couple of days. You will either like it or you won't. You've really got to be ready for some mellow instrumental post-rocky sort of music. If you are a fan of the Explosions or Mogwai or Mono, then you will like them. Think of it as smooth instrumental post rock. There is another sort of similar band with an album out today. They are called Them Roaring Twenties. They are from Chicago. I don't have the album yet, but I like what I have heard so far. They sort of sound like a band like Hella or The Numbers mixed with a Mogwai/Explosions in the Sky type band. I like it.
I just got back from Disneyland this last weekend. I had not been in a couple weeks but I had to go check it out since Amoeba was just up against Disneyland in a contest sort of competition that Los Angeles Magazine is running. You should go to the website and vote right now -- it is basically a contest to pick the best thing about Los Angeles. It probably will not make much sense unless you have spent a significant part of your life in Los Angeles. The first round is over -- we beat Disneyland but are now up against In N Out. I figured Disneyland would be the hardest to beat even though Disneyland is in Orange County and not Los Angeles. I voted for Amoeba of course, but I do really love myself some Disneyland. Curt was down for a visit and I made him run around the park all day and go on almost every ride. We even went on the Buzz Lightyear Toy Story ride. And we went to the wonderful "Enchanted Tiki Room." I had not been to this animatronic "show" in a long time, but it is just as weird and amazing as I remember. I wish I had a room like this in my house that I could go into whenever I was feeling a little sad. I seriously think a lot of people could deal without yoga and therapy if they just spent some time in the Tiki Room.
I have also been wanting to get one of those silhouette cut outs that you can get on Main Street in Disneyland. Ever since my pal at the Haight St. store got one with her boyfriend I knew that I had to get one. The cut out of Curt came out better than I did, but you can tell it's me because of the glasses. My head really is not that big, but the little old lady that made it was awesome and seriously cut it out in like one minute.
Here is the Enchanted Tiki room show, just in case you have never seen it or want to remember how amazing it is. I do imagine it is only as great as I think it is if you have some sort of nostalgic memory tied to it....
Also out today...
Eleventh Hour by Del the Funky Homosapien
Staying In by Diskjokke
Hello Voyager by Evangelista
Funky Nassau: The Compass Point Story
Obzen by Meshuggah
Ego Trippin by Snoop Dogg
Future Sandwich by Them Roaring Twenties
Alopecia by Why?