Posts Tagged: music

Lady Jam: Metronomy

On Sunday night, H. and I had the chance to see Metronomy at the Wexner Center here in Columbus. The Wexner is not necessarily a concert venue so much as it is a museum/art space, but it does have a very nice stage located somewhere within the bowels of the building (seriously, we went up and down so many stairs and ramps that I would never be able to find that room again). The last time we saw a concert at the Wexner, it was Bill Callahan with Chasey, and the audience was comprised entirely of, like, 17 well-dressed men with weird hair. The crowd was much bigger and more diverse at this show…someone even brought a toddler! At one point before the show, he rolled around on the floor in apparent boredom. As an impatient person, I could relate.

Anyway, Metronomy was great. I mostly went because H. likes them, so I didn’t know a ton of their songs, but they were really high energy and fun. Their bassist was bananas good and the whole band was just so stylish (by which I mean that I majorly admired the drummer’s outfit, hair, and lipstick).

Even though there were plenty of older people there, we were mostly surrounded by 21 year olds with topknots and Urban Outfitters ensembles and I’ve never felt more ancient. I mean, I’ve always been an elderly person at heart, but it’s still a little weird to think that we used to be the target audience for every show and now we’re just slightly older than most of the crowd (except for that time we saw Hall and Oates, when every age was represented because Hall and Oates unite us all). I felt like Schmidt on New Girl.
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If you haven’t listened to Metronomy, you should check them out! And let me know what you’ve been listening to lately! I’ve mostly been into Twin Shadow, Childish Gambino (like usual), and the new One Direction single on repeat.

My Favorite Albums

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I’ll admit that I’m more of a song girl than an album girl. There are few things I love more than just putting a great song on repeat and getting into it (I’m aware that this is really annoying). Still, there are a few albums that have been ultra important to me. These are the ones I listen to all the way through, then immediately start over from the beginning. These are the ones that just pop into my mind sometimes, and I can’t do anything else until I take the time to listen to them again. These are the ones that make me feel connected to music the same way I did when I was in high school. What are your big albums? Tell me in the comments! Or just listen to my favorites (I included either Youtube streams or Grooveshark links):

Fear Fun, Father John Misty


I’ve listened to this one so many times that I think I ruined it for my husband. Whatever. FJM’s voice is just so pretty, even when he’s saying crazy things. “Nancy From Now On” is my favorite, but every song’s fantastic. This might be my favorite album ever.

Enter the Slasher House, Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks


It’s hard for me to believe that I just heard this album for the first time a few months ago, because it wormed its way into my head immediately. Those first 30 seconds just fill me with so much anticipation, and the beginning of the first track makes me so happy. Obviously “Little Fang” is the best song. Duh.

Red, Taylor Swift
I could’ve put any Taylor Swift album here, but this is the one I first fell in love with and the one I’ve played on repeat through countless writing sessions. I just love the way “State of Grace” kicks off the album, and every track is so full of emotion. “All Too Well” is one of my favorite Taylor tracks ever.

Camp, Childish Gambino


I know a lot of people don’t take Childish Gambino seriously, but I don’t care. I have this album almost memorized, and I love that it’s a true album. It tells a story, it’s full of contradictions, and it really tells you a lot about Donald Glover. I don’t love everything about Childish Gambino (there’s some casual misogyny that’s hard to stomach), but I love the way this album sounds. Sometimes I listen to individual tracks when I’m working or working out, but it’s best as a whole. If you’ve written him off, give this one a chance. I’m not saying he’s Kanye, but he’s pretty damn good.

Kaleidoscope Heart, Sara Bareilles
Call this one cheesy if you want. It’s still great. As I’ve mentioned a few times, I wore this album out when I was going through a rough time, and it really helped me. It’s still a go to listen whether I’m feeling good or bad. “Gonna Get Over You” and “Let the Rain “are my favorite tracks.

Rock N Roll, Ryan Adams
Here’s what I like about Ryan Adams: even when his songs are ugly and rough, there’s still always something pretty about them. There’s his falsetto, or some jangly guitar, or a really nice lyric. This isn’t one of his more popular albums, and it doesn’t really even sound like most of his music, but it’s my favorite. I used to listen to this on the drive to high school. “So Alive” is the best track.

What about you guys? What are your favorite albums? Let me know!

Lady Jam: The Preatures, Is This How You Feel?

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Although H. and I have some overlap in our musical tastes (Dr. Dog, Kanye West, Fleetwood Mac), we mostly like very different things. He’s weirdly intro French electro, which I think gets old after awhile. And I enjoy listening to pop music on the radio, while he hates Katy Perry. So it’s always a treat whenever one of us gets into a band that the other one can enjoy. Enter The Preatures! H. is super obsessed with their song Is This How You Feel, and now I am too.

I’ve heard them compared to Fleetwood Mac and Haim, and I can sort of see both comparisons. Either way, this song’s been stuck in my head for weeks. Enjoy & have a great weekend!

Celebrity Crush: Macklemore

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The time has come, my babies…the time for me to admit my crush on Macklemore.

Like most people who aren’t super into Seattle hip-hop, “Thrift Shop” was the first thing I heard by Macklemore. If you want to know what a huge nerd I am, here you go: I heard it on NPR’s All Songs Considered. I’m cool! Obviously, it’s a catchy song, but I didn’t really care about it either way. It just seemed like a novelty, and anyway, my dad liked it. Not that that means anything, because Papa W. has weird and wide taste in music (he recently purchased Daft Punk and Vampire Weekend albums, for example), but in general we don’t share a lot of musical faves.

And then I saw this picture, and NOPE. I was NOT into it.
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Also, Facebook told me that my BFF’s crappy high school boyfriend liked Macklemore, and in the time I knew him, said high school boyfriend spent most of his time being a bigot. So I assumed Macklemore probably sucked.

Then, one day when I was listening to the radio (I know, I’m the last person in the world who listens to the radio) I heard the song “Can’t Hold Us” and I got obsessed. I put it on my workout mix and it was stuck in my head for weeks. Naturally, this led me to research Macklemore (research=looking at Wikipedia) and I found out all sorts of things.

Like, for example, that Macklemore isn’t some new artist. He’s been recording since 2000! He’s a recovering addict (who doesn’t love a recovery story?) and, as you know if you’ve heard this song, he supports gay marriage:

For most of us, the lyrics of this song are pretty “Well, duh.” But it is so awesome to me that people like that high school bigot and my dad are listening to this song. I mean, my dad quoted this song to me, and while that is a little LOL-worthy, it’s also just great. I’ll admit that this video made me get a little choked up because I’M A HUMAN BEING, OKAY?

Also, Macklemore is apparently super into Malcolm Gladwell/productivity stuff?
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A lot of the album is about how hard he worked to get to where he is, and I can’t help but be into any album with that theme. That’s why I love Drake’s and Nicki Minaj’s first albums so much. Remember when Nicki couldn’t buy her mama a couch? Now she’s buying her mama a HOUSE, you guys. A house!

And, okay, Macklemore sort of looks like someone who would’ve gone to my high school.
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But ALSO I do think he’s pretty cute, so whatevs.
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On a musical note, I like the album. There are lots of funky instruments, his writing’s interesting, and I think he’s a good rapper. How could I NOT like an album that references gay rights, Malcolm Gladwell, and anti-consumerism? Let’s face it: I like Macklemore. I used to be ashamed, but I’m not anymore! He’s smart and fun and he seems like a genuinely nice person.

In conclusion, here’s the video for Can’t Hold Us. I mean, you can either imagine me running slowly/clumsily to it or you can watch this truly bananas video. Your pick.

You’re So Vain

Something that really annoys me is when older people say things like, “Oh, you wouldn’t know about that because you’re too young!” about very common things. You know, like movies, music, or even historical events. Like, what, do you guys think I never watched I Love the 80’s in high school? Because I did, okay? I probably saw Michael Ian Black’s talking head more than I saw more of my friends. Also, I’m aware of the internet, and also just the world around me in general.

At my last job, there were a lot of people who would do this. They’d talk about some extraordinarily well-known band or actor, then say, “Kerry doesn’t even know what we’re talking about! It was before her time!” Once a coworker even insinuated that I may not have heard of Lucille Ball, which is so bananas I can’t even get into it.

One day, for some reason or another, one of my coworkers was singing “You’re So Vain,” the most famous of Carly Simon’s songs. Here’s the thing about Carly Simon: I love her. A lot. My parents had her greatest hits album on vinyl, and I would listen to that album over and over when I was in junior high. I’d spend afternoons in my dad’s weird, olive-green-carpeted office, just laying on the floor and listening to Carly. You know, like any normal 13 year old girl! I had that album memorized, and I’d even make my childhood BFF listen to it with me, as if she cared about which of Carly’s songs were pointed digs at James Taylor and which were actually about Cat Stevens.

Anyway, as my coworker was singing, another coworker said, “Kerry probably doesn’t even know that song! It was before her time!”

I could’ve corrected her, told her what a weird, Carly Simon obsessed kid I was, or related some of the various Carly Simon facts I know from reading Girls Like Us. I stayed silent, because sometimes it’s just easier than explaining these things.

Then, with a loud, nostalgic sigh, she said, “Good old Carole King.”

I guess the point of this story is that no one should step to my knowledge of smooth 70’s singer-songwriters, because I will school you every time (drops mic).