Wednesday, August 18, 2010

'What Are You Listening To?' Wednesday

Not only is music my business, but it's also my pleasure.

Met Chuck on a Led Zeppelin message board. Many of my friends are so super-knowledgeable about music that they put me to Shame (with a capital S) x 1000.

Anyway, on Wednesday (well some Wednesdays, it may not happen every week if I'm feeling particularly lazy) I'll feature what I'm listening to. Just because I like it and want to show it to you.

I'd also be tickled (please don't really tickle me, I hate that) if you'd tell me what you're listening to these days. Unless you're into stony silence and in that case I feel kind of bad for you.

Or you can just listen to two seconds of what I've posted and feck off to do something more important because you were hoping I'd have posted pictures of petunias and on top of that you don't like my taste in music.

Which is ok! I forgive you!

I've never been good with Wordless Wednesdays. I just can't shut the hell up. This is a better way to go for me.

So this week it's...Mumford & Sons!

One of my friends posted this video on Facebook a few months ago, and then I rediscovered them when their CD was an in-store play in my music department. Barnes & Noble likes to promote new artists.

Mumford & Sons was formed in London in 2007. 'Little Lion Man' got left off our promo CD unfortunately, and you'll see why.

Great song. Great band. Most clever use of the word 'fuck' worked into lyrics without sounding gratuitious or trashy.

I'd really love to see them play live. Apparently they really rock it out in concert.

Anyway, check 'em out :)

What are you listening to?


Joenathan said...

LOVE LOVE the Mumford & Sons! I heard them thanks to a special on NPR about a guy that wrote a book called Rock n' Roll Will Save Your Life. Like you, I'll be keeping my ears peeled for any local live dates.

In my rotation as of late:

The Black Crowes Croweology
R.E.M. Life's Rich Pageant
Drive-By Truckers The Big To-Do
Whiskeytown Strangers Almanac
Jimmy Buffett Buffet Hotel
Jay Farrar & Ben Gibbard One Fast Move Or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur

Dirt Digger said...

I am currently obsessing over the Silversun Pickups. The new album - Swoon - has me twitching with excitement.

Edith Hope said...

Dear Kyna, I am sure that it will come as no surprise to you whatsoever that I have never heard of Mumford and Sons, which sounds rather like a furniture removal firm to me!

I am listening to Ashkenazy playing Rachmaninov's Second Symphony. Perhaps you might like to give this a try.....romantic, heroic, lyrical, uplifting and capable of touching one's very soul in my view. Shades of Mr A meets Dr. Zhivago perhaps?

Liz said...

Hi Kyna,

I’m having a reminisce at the moment… lots of old songs from my teenage years (90’s) mixed in with more modern and long-time favourites. Isn’t it funny how songs you didn’t like when they were out suddenly you like them 15/20 years later… they take you back and suddenly you love them!

Loving that banjo, that’s one of my tunes of the moment – duelling banjos! Very surprised to see a London group using one!

My youtube list at the moment ranges from Take That (ha ha) to Lykke Li, Yusuf (Cat Stevens), Lynyrd Skynyrd, The White Stripes, Iron and Wine and then onto The Lonely Island. It even features some French Rap – Mc Solaar!!! Lol, diverse range of taste, that’s me!

Kimberly said...

Hey, Kyna! I didn't listen closely to your band yet...I'm in the office and it's not the best time. I actually shouldn't be checking out your post in the office either, but...!
I've been in some weird 70's mellow hippy mood as of late and I created a new playlist one night while touching up my hubbies dreads. It includes stuff by Bread and know...Horse with No Name, Wild World, Dream Weaver...! I'm not a product of the 70's...80's was my time period and I usually like to rock it pretty hard, but whatever! I'm sure I'll question my sanity in a month or two, but that's what I'm enjoying right now.

Laura said...

My child has done something to the computer, and there is now no sound. Yes I've checked the speaker, and yet.... I'll figure it out later and watch the video again then. These days I'm usually stuck listening to the kids music in the car, luckily I lean them toward music that doesn't make me want to gouge my eyes out. Currently my soccer mom mini van is playing The Barenaked Ladies kids album. 7, 8, 9 is a favorite

but if your looking for a laugh the video for Pollywog in a Bog is effin hilarious!

The Idiot Gardener said...

Mumford & Sons were on when I saw Blob Dylan last month. To be honest, I thought they were a little dull.

Yesterday I had to spend a good few hours on a train, and I whiled away the time listening to Grinderman. Someone sent me the MP3 files, and I found it very mixed. Some was dull, but some of it was highly entertaining.

Liza said...

Hi! I've been listening to the soundtrack from "The Kids Are Alright" movie (which was good - I'll see any Mark Ruffalo movie), and I really love it. Also, Sonny and the Sunsets.

Bub said...

Good recommendation.

Rascal Flatts are tickling my eardrums the most at the moment. With a little bit of the Black-Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Vivaldi and Holst thrown in occasionally!

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

Ha! Concert? What's that LOL. We realized recently that we couldn't remember the last concert we went to...and that's just not right, we're not THAT old! Well, assuming they let us old farts in, we're fixing that problem by going to a Dave Matthews concert in the next couple of weeks, so I've been listening to a lot of DM lately, as I got a little behind. My 20-something self would have been sooo embarrassed to know me now...she'd never have had her finger off the pulse of the music scene :( She'd never have said "who is Mumford and Sons?" :P

Jim Groble said...

Tom Waits
Diana Krall
Richard Thompson
Rober Earl Keen Jr
John Prine
Al Kooper
Nanci Griffith

Everywhere I go, they come with. jim

Crazy Garden Lady said...

Love 'Little Lion Man' so much - it's a turn up the volume and drive way too fast kind of song. Equally so was the song that came on the radio this morning whilst I was stuck in bumper to bumper traffic - 'Because the Night', the Patti Smith version, though I'm equally enamoured with the 10000 Maniacs version. I cranked it and sang really loudly, much to the amusement of the dude in the ute next to me!

Shrinky said...

Never tripped across them before, but any song with guitar and a great wordy story behind it hits the spot with me - thanks for tuning me into them. I've been re-visiting my glory days, listening to Squeeze this week - that, and Scouting for Girls, a recent group with very reminicant shades of Squeeze to them, but with their own original twist. My eldest daughter went to see them live last night - I was soooo jealous she refused to let me come along.. hmph.

Kyna said...

Johnathan: Hey buddy :D Good list!

Digger: I don't like em. Not because of their music! But because someone stole their CD from me at work. That's why I don't like Drake. :P

Edith: I don't know if it will come as a surprise to you or not, but I really love classical music :) I'm not an expert, by any means, I can't name things off unless it's Mozart (I was on a Mozart kick a few years back), but I love to listen to it. In fact I'm listening to your suggestion right now :)

Liz: You and I must be near the same age then? You're so right about not liking things at the time, and liking them iPod is full of 90's stuff LOL.
And if you would have asked me years ago if I liked hearing the banjo, I would've looked at you like you were crazy. Now I love it lol.

From your list, you and I are into the same things! Lonely Island, I love em. :D

Kimberly: When I was younger, I always thought Horse With No Name was Neil Young. You have to admit, they sound similar! :D Chuck LOVES the music you've described. We have digital cable, and it has a 70's channel. I call it 70's lite. :) I like some of it, but some of it I can't stand lol. Depends on my mood.

Laura: Snacktime!!! :D I don't care if that album's supposed to be for kids. 7,8,9 rules! And the ABC song is hilarious.

I love BNL. I saw them way way back before they were famous in the States...when people were still throwing Kraft Dinner at them onstage :P I'm kind of sad that Steven Page has gone his own way. :( Have you seen 'The Bathroom Sessions' videos on YouTube with Ed Robertson? Awesome.

IG: Well that's disappointing. Maybe they were depressed to be touring with said he was horrible that night :P

Grinderman...I listened to some of them on YouTube...I'm thinking thumbs down on that one :P

Liza: I went and checked out the songs from that album, and I thought most of it was pretty good. It sure has a really laid back sort of feel to it. My favourite is Leon Russell, that dude's awesome.

Bub: Great mix! Lady Gaga's one of those artists that I have a hard time getting into though. I suppose I don't understand the mass appeal. But then again, I've only heard two of her songs...

CVF: Chuck loves Dave Matthews...he's on the mailing list and everything lol. One of our good friends loves him to, so when we go over to their house it's a DM love fest. I think DM is alright, but there are some HARDCORE fans out there O_O

But that's part of the point of these What Are You Listening To Wednesdays :) I get to be exposed to new music as well! You better believe that I go check out the bands that my blog friends suggest to me. I may not like all of them, and you guys might not like all of the ones I feature. But that's what creates conversation! :)

All of the bands/songs I feature may not be new either. Just what I'm listening to at that moment :)

Jim: Ooh, good list! That Prine concert I went to in May was awesome. Talk about harcore fans! And as I mentioned before, it got me into old Crow Medicine Show, which I'm grateful for. Because those guys rock my socks off.

Crazy Lady: Singing in the car is one of my greatest pleasures! I don't care if people stare at me. Makes it even more fun :)

Shrinky: Never listened to Squeeze before, so I went and checked em out :D Like it!

Melissa said...

I've been revisiting The Smiths and Morrissey lately. And, in all honesty, no big country fan am I, but have really been enjoying Zac Brown Band's, Chicken Fried and Toes - especially when we are on the lake or at the dock. AND gearing up for Big Head Todd and the Monsters with my ALL-TIME favorite Concert band, The BoDeans, in a few weeks.