I’ve got 4 tracks to share with not much in common except that I listened to them yesterday (though not for the first time), so I thought I’d just throw ’em all together and stop thinking about which (if any) deserved its own post. I’ve listed them below in order of most likely to get a thumbs up to least.
The first track is from Dag för Dag’s debut Boo (2010). Dag för Dag (Swedish for “day by day”) is a Stockholm-based trio led by American brother and sister Jacob and Sarah Snavely. The album is uncomplicated and fun and not very challenging, and “Hands and Knees” has a Mamas and the Papas sort of feel that I like.
This next one’s also a bit retro. Librarians’ second album, Present Passed (2010), is all over the place in terms of style. Probably best described as Animal Collective imitators, but on “Cranberry Palace,” they’re definitely channeling the Zombies.
Here’s one for banjo-lovers (I think NoiseNarcs may have one or two) and Philadelphia-philes (although there are definitely none of them here). Jack Rose was a Virginian guitarist and folk enthusiast who made his home in Philadelphia, PA. We unfortunately lost him back in December to a heart attack, but the posthumously released Luck in the Valley is solid, solid listening. Glenn Jones plays the banjo on the elegiac “Moon in the Gutter.” It is undoubtedly my favorite of these four tracks.
And lastly, I’m finishing as I began, with a Scandinavian three-piece, but this is pretty much the opposite of “Hands and Knees.” It is not for everyone. If you didn’t like Bitches Brew, then you should stop listening now. But if you’re into manic jazz/rock fusion, then organ-led Elephant9 might be for you. Walk the Nile (2010) is their second release and it makes me want to run around in circles.