It's Monday again and by the time you read this, I will be in a van somewhere between Dallas and Denver. It's a long drive, but we'll be home at the end of it and I can't wait to stand outside and breathe the dry Colorado air. Given the number of hours we've spent in the van lately, I've accumulated a list of recent record releases that I really like. I figured you might like to know about them too.
1 - Patty Griffin's American Kid: I've listened to this record from start to finish probably 40-50 times since it came out. She wrote the songs as a way of dealing with the death of her father, and they're all outstanding. If you know anything about my musical taste, you know how much I love Patty. (In fact, meeting her is one of the goals on my bucket list.) Her music has always had a unique way of stirring my thoughts and emotions, and it always leaves me feeling hopeful, even when it leaves me feeling sad. The song 'Go Wherever You Want To Go' brings tears to my eyes just about every time I hear it. If you haven't yet heard American Kid, go get it. I think you'll like it.
2 - Daft Punk's Random Access Memories: If you haven't heard 'Get Lucky' yet, please stop what you're doing right now and have yourself a little 4 minute dance party. I've listened to this record a handful of times and, though it's a little weird, I like it. Parts of it feel very disco-y, which seems to be a hot trend right now. Other parts, though, are just plain beautiful.
3 - Phoenix's Bankrupt!: When I first came across this video a few years back, I immediately fell in love with the song. That combination of cool teacher, fearless kids, and a killer song just got me in my feelings. So when Phoenix released this new record, I had to get it. I haven't listened to it enough times to give you a good rundown of the whole thing, but I can say that I like it.
4 - Sigur Ros' Kveikur: I've honestly only heard this record once all the way through, but I think it's beautiful. It is Sigur Ros, after all. There are a few moments that remind me of this wacky scene, but it also has moments that make it feel like a movie soundtrack in a grand, inspiring way. I wouldn't say it's my favorite Sigur Ros record, but my guess is that I'll only like it more the more times I listen to it.
What have you been listening to this summer?