Now that listening to music is no longer "work", it's much more fun. I've gone back to my old ways - discovering new bands, seeing tiny shows, and I currently have a backlog of "I have to buy..." at least a few dozen long. It's been a while, but I'm restarting the Friday playlist, Maggie Mason lifelist style.
The Long Winters - Fire Island, AK
I first heard the Long Winters open for the Decemberists in the back of the Mercury Lounge in the middle of New York City. I have loved them ever since.
Diamond Rings - Wait & See
PS - you can see Diamond Rings @ Pop Montreal this year with Miracle Fortress
Catherine Feeny - Mr. Blue
Admiral Radley - Ghost of Syllables
I can't tell you how in love with this band I am right now. We saw them a few weeks ago at the Belmont with 30 other people, which was sad (where was everyone?) but also, fantastic.
Florence & The Machine - Dog Days Are Over
I dare you to not be happy listening to this song.
Jonsi - "Animal Arithmetic"
I saw him perform this one and a half times in two different cities (that's a LONG story), but every time it was fantastic.
School of Seven Bells - Windstorm
Happy listening, and I'll be back with more next week!