The perfect sonic backdrop for studying has to be mellow enough that it won’t stress you out, but not so much that it will put you to sleep.
Are We There by Sharon Van Etten This album marks the first time I’ve really taken notice of Sharon Van Etten. I have heard her music before, and her previous album, Tramp, was produced by Aaron Dessner of my beloved The National. For whatever reason, her music just hadn’t clicked. That all changed when I […]
Shriek by Wye Oak Wye Oak is a two-member band that makes a lot of noise. Singer Jenn Wasner became known for her mix of folky songwriting and heavy guitar outbursts. Drummer Andy Stack drums with his right hand (and both feet) while playing synthesizers and triggering sequencers with his left. A lot of reviewers […]
Singles by Future Islands I felt particularly let down by the internet when I discovered Future Islands through, of all things, a performance on David Letterman’s show (that, granted, I then watched on the internet, but still). Here I thought I was on the cutting edge! My nerd-offense aside, good for them. They went […]
Transgender Dysphoria Blues by Against Me! I was a big fan of Against Me! when I was younger, and they were too. Their first couple albums meant a lot to me, and then I sort of lost touch with them as I grew older (and they grew more “mainstream” but, gosh, that’s a can of […]
St Vincent by St Vincent also available on Hoopla After 2012’s excellent Love This Giant with the inimitable David Byrne, I was very excited to see where Annie Clark was headed next, musically. The influence of that collaboration is definitely evident here, some of the synth basslines even echoing the funky horns of that record. […]