I know that Friday was a big day for music - St. Vincent, Beck, Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile released albums. I haven't listened to them yet, I've heard the new Beck sucks unfortunately but we'll have to see. I've heard St. Vincent's album is fantastic. No word on Kurt and Courtney. And I just realized they have the same names as the Sid and Nancy of the nineties. Anyway - I'm not talking about those albums right now but if you don't know, now you do.
RIP Tom Petty - yeah, I'm not going to get into it too much but this was a really tough day. I remember it being a Monday because I was like, "really? Tom Petty has to die on a Monday? Puerto Rico, Las Vegas, now this?" I remember discovering him in high school and having a mix CD I made that had "Refugee," "Mary Jane's Last Dance," "American Girl" and "I Won't Back Down" on repeat. I listened to it a lot in the car going to school during my Junior and Senior year. Petty was a genuine, undeniable talent and I'm going to miss him a lot. Even though he wasn't really putting new stuff out, it was nice to just know he was still around and I could potentially see him in concert.
LCD Soundsystem, American Dream - He's back and I could not be more excited! There are a select few who I think has the right to touch a synthesizer. James Murphy is on that short list. It seems that American Dream has been ruminating in Murphy's mind for a while. The content of the lyrics is very politically charged and there are a lot of other various topics in the songs that have been happening throughout the years while he's been on hiatus. "Oh Baby" sounds like a second cousin to "Dance Yrself Clean" and that song along with "How Do You Sleep?" are classics in his not so extensive but solid discography. Definitely on my top 10 albums of the year.
The National, Sleep Well Beast - Oh. my. god. guys. This album is so good. It reminds me a lot of Utraviolet, which was probably my favorite album of their until this one. It came out in September and it's still on heavy rotation for me. Key tracks include "Walk it Back," "Day I Die" and "Born to Beg". Another album on my top 10 list, possibly even my top 5. We'll have to see how the next three months go.