Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Open To Suggestions...

Here are the five, recently purchased CDs that are in heavy rotation on our iPod:

Arcade Fire Neon Bible

I bought this CD when I was in Chicago in April. Having read a lot about this Canadian band, but having never really heard them before, I decided to buy the CD in order to keep in touch with what "the kids are listening to". I liked it immediately. In fact, I liked it so much that I went back to Best Buy and bought the first CD too - Funeral.

Snakes & Arrows

Rolling Stone magazine gave this album three stars. The reviewer said to take away two stars if you're not a Rush fan, and to add two stars if you are a Rush fan. I've been a Rush fan since the late 70s. I give this CD five stars. I waited to buy it when I was in Sudbury, Ontario last month. Why? So...I could support this Canadian band and the Canadian economy at the same time. Ever a stupid question, eh?

Linkin Park
Minutes To Midnight

I absolutely LOVED Linkin Park's first CD. Their second CD didn't really break any new ground, but I still LIKED it a lot. This CD is a change from the first two. They've dropped the rap metal, and the songs seem more "crafted". Maybe it was Rick Rubin's influence, or maybe it was the fact that the guys in the band have grown up a bit in the last seven years. Who knows? Who cares? The CD rocks!!! I bought it while I was in Chicago last month on the day it was released.

Sky Blue Sky

Wilco is a Chicago-area band and also a band that the critics love. The last couple of albums were a bit experimental, but this one kind of has a bit of a country feel to it. I wouldn't call it country music exactly, but I kind of think of the Grateful Dead when I listen to this CD. I'm not a Grateful Dead fan at all, but, surprisingly, this may be my favorite CD of the five listed here.

I always buy at least one CD when I go to Chicago. Next week, I'll be returning to Chicago, and then I'll drive up to Ontario to visit my parents for a few days. I'm thinking of buying Nelly Furtado's (another Canadian) latest CD because I really like that "Say It Right" song, but...we'll see.

What have you all been listening to lately? Any recommendations?


Unknown said...

no recommendations, but I must tell p about this post as we are planning our roadtrip cd's...

And I love Rush so...

My Brand New Swiss Life said...

Wilco is so great. Chicago bands are so great.

It's cliche, but the new Modest Mouse CD is a fun listen. Plus The Rakes - with song titles like "When Tom Cruise Cries", and The World Was a Mess But His Hair Was Perfect"... hard to go wrong.

New music is fun... And let's face it, Swiss listeners think Genesis is a cool "new" band!

Anonymous said...


I tried to get you to listen to alt-country for 28 months during my stay in Basel with little success. Now < isee that you are finally getting it......the new Wilco is a fine CD....hope all is well....hi to Mrs TBF