The Bunka Log
Friday
Sep162016

The Friday Refrain: A bit of what's new in music...

Good day folks! Another Friday, another list, another 80 or so bands I sampled this week and so. much. to. share. It's a good music day people. A good music day. With lots of punctuation. And fragmented sentences. I wonder if anyone's every done a psychological study of how different personalities play with sand. Because my first inclination is to dig a hole. As deep as I can go. It seems that my smaller cohort's inclination is to fill it, with more sand or to stand in it. Maybe he's part ostrich.

Against Me! is back with an album entitled Shape Shift With Me, and I watched Fringe so no. I don't like the shapeshifters. I will not shape shift. Indie rock storytellers Dawes delight their fans with the optimistic We're All Gonna Die. Die Antwoord rock your world with Mount Ninji and da Nice Time Kid. Mainly they just win album title this week. Icelandic Sin Fang has Spaceland, which has at least one song featuring the vocals of Sigur Ros's Jonsi. Singer-Songwriter Mac Miller has finished his salad and brings us The Divine Feminine. Indie duo Deap Vally bring us Femejism. Classical Pianist Sensation Lang Lang paints us a New York Rhapsody. And Willie Nelson returns this year with an album of Ray Price covers titled, For The Good Times. Usher returns with Hard II Love. And finally Meat Loaf released Braver Than We Are. Oh wait, the former singer of Staind, Aaron Lewis, is back with his 2nd country album, Sinner. There's a lot out today really, some other artists you might recognize and be interested in: AlunaGeorge, Taking Back Sunday, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Kishi Bashi, kool Keith, and The Devil Makes Three.

Shooby shooby shoo wa Last Week's List.

And now's the part of the Refrain where I give some off the wall recommendations or create an odd list.

Gardening

Sunflower Bean, From the Basement EP - A covers ep of various songs they love.

The Ramona Flowers, Part Time Spies - They have a song called "Run Like Lola" I think it's actually about the movie. Yes. It is. Holy crap. Nerdy nod to you sirs.

Lizzy Rose, Crocodile Tears - Singer-songwriter with instruments.

Dead Rabbits, Everything Is A Lie - I feel like my co-host of Half Pints would like this CA-like rock

BLKKATHY, Lemon EP  - Electronicky Pop

Chely Wright, I Am The Rain - Country and she has a nice voice for it.

Ben Plotnick, Greenland - Fiddle music I called it because he plays fiddle and it visits a few genres with that.

Anthony Green, Pixie Queen - I'm being lazy, either it's a singer-songwriter with a band or it's a group that calls themselves by a first and last sounding name.

Whiskey Myers, Mud - Bar country rock where they have like peanut shells on the floor. And lots of neon signs. Pool tables.

Willie Bobo, Dig My Feeling - Jazz I can dig. I really want a martini and sit in like a black and red vintagey basement bar.

Pansy Division, Quite Contrary - For some reason, I kinda like "You're on the Phone." They really like the 80s I think.

Swarvy, Elderberry - This is a pretty sweet album this dude put together.

Sports & Leisure

Paper Bird, Paper Bird - (the words imply origami to my mind) Almost too polished folk for me. But it's nice at night to unwind to. Yeah, it'd be good montage music in a movie.

Psychic Twin, Strange Diary -This is synthy pop that I dig. I don't know why I like this over others, but I do. Maybe it's the arpeggiations on "Strangers," or the relentless beat on "Lose Myself."

Quenum, Solitaire -Electronica

Sneaks, Gymnastics -This is interesting. There is music and some talking. Some talk-singing. I like it.

Zomba Prison Project, I Will Not Stop Singing

Wovenhand, Star Treatment - the internet said they are alt country but I just hear rock. Even a little jammy rock, or psychedelia dabbling. I guess, basically, I think they like The Doors.

The Cookers, The Call of the Wild & Peaceful Heart - Jazz

Red Velvet, Russian Roulette  - South Korean Girl Pop

Brrrr...

Snowblink, Returning Current - Her voice is very open and ethereal and it kinda has that synthy ethereal pop feel to it.

Of mice & Men, Cold World - Probably not surprising that one of the bands on this list ends up being metal. I mean, that's pretty likely. Like 95% likely in my books.

Norma Jean, Polar Similar - Okay this surprised me that it's metal. I figured synthy pop. Definitely not. Has some good guitar riffs.

Ice Choir, Designs in Rhythm - Synthy pop

Cold Cave, The Idea of Love - dark synthpop

Fresh Snow, One - I believe this is instrumental and it sounds like it might be a band. It's pretty awesome. Flaming Lips without words?

The NOLA Players, Christmastime in New Orleans - Okay, so I usually hold off on Christmas albums until a round-up around Thanksgiving, but I couldn't help it. It just fit so well.

Spotify list will be up by the end of the weekend. I just used up most of my time making the weird lists. Which is kinda funny because at first I couldn't think of anything, then suddenly I had 5 lists I was putting together. wait, I got the spotify list done too. What is this day? Probably trying to make up for the rest of the week. Anyway, the sun is peeking through the clouds, I'm listening to the golden voice of Adam Torres and it is autumn. I need to bask in this moment. And then go clean my house. Happy Listening!

 

Friday
Sep092016

The Friday Refrain: A bit of what's new in music...

All right people, it's Friday and I'm turning my baseball cap inside out and rallying. I got the worst cold after Monday. I cancelled lessons yesterday, cancelled the podcast, and just laid on the couch. I even took medicine, which I just don't do because I can deal, but I couldn't breathe and my whole head was tense due to my sore throat which led to little sleep. I slept last night. Glorious. I took a 30 minute nap today. Beautiful. I did dishes, I'm typing this blog, I got some business things done. Rally cap. And like all the hot tea in the world. I haven't had coffee since Monday. But I think tomorrow is the day, I think I'll be ready tomorrow for that glorious brew. Mmm... Anyway, buckle up buckaroos because today's quite the musical ride.

The woman with a voice like no other Macy Gray is back with Stripped. Popular "hey" rock band, The Head and The Heart, (But there is so much more them than that) are out with Signs of Light. Toeing the popular and indie line, Okkervil River release Away. Speaking of indie/alt, let's walk that line for a bit: Jack White collected his acoustic recordings and released Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016; Wilco has Schmilco; Grouplove and their dancey fun rock style with Big Mess; Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds with Skeleton Tree; Local Natives' Sunlit Youth; Teenage Fanclub let us know they're Here after 6 years. St Paul & The Broken Bones with all those horns create Sea of Noise. And electronic amazement M.I.A. released Aim. Oh and country star Billy Ray Cyrus saunters back with Thin Line. Whew.

Take a breather with The List from last week.

Some Recommendations with the most inappropriate titles I've used ever but I can't change their names

Nouvelle Vague, Athol Brose - It has this vibe of Getz/Gilberto so if you enjoy that album, this is something fresh to turn your ears to.

y La Bamba, Ojos Del Sol - I was floored by this. Also, a lot of misnomers or misleaders this week because the songs I listened to were at least started in English but now I'm concerned that maybe I wasn't paying attention. Anyway, fun indie rock. Because that's my alley cat.

Sex Stains, Sex Stains - This just screams Burger Records to me but it's Don Giovanni Records. Anyway, this is great too.

King Creosote, Astronaut Meets Appleman - Creative indie rock. There's a bagpipe on one song. (at least one song, but I noticed it on one)

Goblin Cock, Necronomidonkeykongimicon - Like I said, most uncensored list I've done but this is playful metal.

The Frightnrs, Nothing More To Say - This ska/reggae beat with soulful melodies is really fun to put on, just like the season right now. Sad about the lead singer though.

Eluvium, False Readings On - When my head hurt so bad yesterday and I put on "Drowning Tone," it just soothed everything. I felt like I was cocooned. I will forever be grateful for that. I mean it's just tones ebbing side to side like perpetual motion toy. I could put this on repeat for an hour.

The Divine Comedy, Foreverland - This is not what I thought it would be. It's like light peppy sing-along indie rock, Beatles influenced, not the death metal I thought it would be when I started drawing out the rings of hell and such...

Chris Farren, Can't Die - Interesting songs and fun instrumentation. Okay I admit, if you include some sort of 8 bit somewhere in your album and I hear it, I'm hooked. I can't help it.

Signals Midwest, At This Age- Angsty rock the way I like it

The Wedding Present, Going, Going... - There is a lot of ground covered in this album. The first four tracks are instrumental and after that you kinda get into a "normal" alt rock album

Beach Baby, No Mind No Money - Here's your CA beach with a little more ping to it than I usually giving into.

Robots and Monsters, Nothing To Fear Nothing To Fight - This is my metal pick this week I suppose. It's got the things I enjoy in a metal song and does it succinctly and well. That's right, I can take metal and make it just as boring sounding as anything else. But you know what I can talk up a storm around? Polka music.

Warhaus, We Fucked A Flame Into Being - Specifically the song "Machinery" makes me imagine the sound as if Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes were a drudgy noir band.

So there. Take that cold. Didn't think I could write a whole almost-cohesive-with-descriptions post? Well I did. Because I had a rally cap. And tea. And chocolate. And celery with ranch dressing sprinkled with bacon bits. Anyhoot - Happy Listening!

 

Monday
Sep052016

Running Music

What's this it's Monday and I'm chiming in? Is this an alternate universe? Another dimension? No, I'm just trying to start posting more often and various things. In the works I've been putting together a couple more weekly series - one regarding budget meal planning and another posting different ideas for piano lessons. But today, it's another music list. A list for RUNNING!

Crazy thing happened on my run this morning, I thought why not share what I hear in my head as I run? I'll save my classical running playlist for another day but today this is what I had in mind. Check out the Spotify playlist below, and while you're at it follow me on Spotify to find all my Friday Refrain lists and any random future playlists I might cobble together.  Happy Listening!

Friday
Sep022016

The Friday Refrain: A bit of what's new in music...

Well I've returned, and there were so many releases last week, sorry to have missed it. We'll do a little catch up. First, go grab a coffee and some cheesecake if you have it becuase that's what I'm going to do. Right back. Ah. Much better. Take a seat.

Last week Britney Spears, Florida Georgia Line, Barbra Streisand, and De La Soul all had albums out. (I told you it was a big week) Prophets of Rage (parts of Public Enemy and Rage Against the Machine with B-Real from Cypress Hill) released an ep, The Party's Over. Indie songstress Ingrid Michaelson is back wtih It Doesn't Have To Make Sense. Michael Sweet of Stryper released his own One Sided War. And don't forget to check out the latest Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. Today it's a bit slimmer though. More manageable for a U.S. holiday weekend, the last weekend we can fully indulge in our favorite summer hits and still say we're celebrating [the demise of] summer. People are buzzing about Angel Olsen's My Woman. The Mekons have Existentialism. and I think that's about it for today. Like I said, holiday weekend

Two lists to bring you back to the glory of summer: 8/19 and 8/26

Memories of Summer References

Lisa Hannigan, At Swim - Just straight up girl with a guitar singer-songwriter which is refreshing.

Ball Park Music, Every Night The Same Dream - Might give my some thoughts of Wilco but don't hold me to that because I know that what Wilco sounds like is debatable.

Bayside, Vacancy - It's rock but it has that popular twinge to it.

Happy Diving, Electric Soul Unity

Carl Broemel, 4th of July

Ashleigh Smith, Sunkissed

Casey Donahew Band, All Night Party

Album Leaf, Between Waves

Delain, Moonbathers

Dead Gaze, Easy Travels

Milemarker, Overseas

Space Mountain, Big Sky

Zula, Grasshopper

Well that was kinda fun. I'm going to throw a bunch of tracks onto the Spotify playlist of other things I was digging this last week or found interesting enough to put on the playlist. And now I'm going to work on that playlist because we all know that this time i have is a ticking timebomb and at any moment I will be wisked away from my computer until who knows when. So just in case, Happy Listening and have a beautiful weekend! (stay hydrated too!)

 

Friday
Aug192016

The Friday Refrain: A bit of what's new in music...

Coffee coffee buzzbuzzbuzz coffeee coffeeee chocolate chocolate chocolate FRIDAY! MUSIC TIME! So I'm working on putting together a few other blog days of the week. I'd like to start posting some of my piano lesson ideas and I'm working on a weekly meal planner post. I used to do a lot more of my crafting and such, and I'd like to expand into that again because I have all the time in the world to do these things. Yep.

Today! Today's the day for people who are/were in other bands releasing their own things: My Morning Jacket's Carl Broemel has 4th of July, Alt-J's drummer Thom Sonny Green released High Anxiety, Quasi's Sam Coomes and his Bugger Me, and formerly in The Civil Wars, John Paul White presents us Beulah. Dolly Parton's 43rd(!) album, Pure & Simple, was inspired by two concerts last year. My Half Pints co-host has probably already listened and loved the new Lydia Loveless, Real album. I've been hearing good things about the singer-songwriter Chris Staples album, Golden Age. And watch for the debut country album from Drake White, Spark.

Sparkles sparkles everywhere It's the List!

A very stretched list of Star Wars reminders

(the first three are legit, and then I just  wanted to make a list, I can't believe there isn't a Luke or a Leia releasing something this week by the way)

Lando Chill, For Mark, Your Son

Fond Han, "New Alright" - just a single but it's good.

Vader, Iron Times

Blind Pilot, And Then Like Lions

Lakuta, Brothers & Sisters

Soolo, Tage Aus Licht

Albums or artists with an animal somewhere in there

Ruby the Rabbitfoot, Divorce Party  - This is way poppier than her last album but I'm diggiing it.

The Moles, Tonight's Music - There are some odd tracks on this but otherwise it's indie rock to a t.

Shoot, I already listed Blind Pilot (and then like LIONS)

Close Lobsters, Desires and Signs EP - these guys were together in the 80s and reunited again in 2012. You can hear it in the tight music with that bit of wisdom to the writing.

Cool Ghouls, Animal Races -

Horseback, Dead Ringers

Omar Rodriguez-López, Blind Worms Pious Swine - I feel that with his onslaught of albums we will be seeing, I'm going to end up making my own album with tracks from each release that I like.

Waterstrider, Nowhere Now - I like this indie rock band from California.

There are a few more bands on the Spotify playlist so make sure to check that out too. And as always, Happy Listening!

ps. I never posted my playlist for last week, so I updated that post with the list. You can also just follow bunkamade on spotify to see all my playlists. Okay, sneaking away now...