Three Broken Records, Vol. 2
When I find an album I like, I listen to it repeatedly for a while. Here are three albums that got a lot of spins from me in August.
Noah And The Whale's Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down was part of the soundtrack to the Midwest Tour I did with Lauren Zettler. It was one of the CDs she brought along, and it became the default album when we couldn't decide what to listen to during our 3,300 miles of driving. The arrangements and textures in this music are outstanding, the songwriting is clever, and the production is very musical. If you haven't heard of this band, do check them out.
I first started listening to Ram by Paul McCartney while hanging out with Russell and Drew, a couple guys I work with on a few musical side projects. When we need ideas for writing and recording music, McCartney records are chock full of inspiration. I go here especially when I'm in a jam working on an arrangement. This is a great place to start if you want to explore McCartney's solo stuff, though his recent albums are also high on my list.
One of my favorite Meters' albums, much thanks to the tracks "People Say," "Jungle Man," and "Just Kissed My Baby," Rejuvination is one of my go-to funk albums. I've been listening a lot recently to get myself in the groove for recording my next trio album, but also because I've been working on so much music that isn't funk, it's refreshing to put this on and just kick back from time to time.