I’ve been listening to a lot of really good full-length recordings; both on vinyl and CD. That’s a little unusual for me because typically my format of choice is a homemade multi-artist compilation, or letting my mp3 jukebox take me where it will. But lately I’ve received some really excellent CD’s from my friend Dave that I can’t stop playing. I’ve also been dusting off a bunch of records with my other friend Dave and every time I put the needle down I instantly remember why I enjoy this silly piece of plastic so much. So this week I’m gonna focus on some great “long-players” —past and present— that make me wonder if that format truly is dead like so many people would like you to believe.
Songs From the Year of Our Demise by The Posies' Jon Auer was a surprisingly permanent fixture in my car’s CD player for weeks — and I’m not even a big fan of The Posies. Auer’s album came out four years ago and it would have remained completely unknown to me if my musical pen-pal Dave Coverly hadn’t sent it my way. I don’t know what it is about this album… but I have thoroughly enjoyed the way all fifteen songs have grown on me with each listen— some quicker than others, but eventually all of them without exception. I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t happen to me very often anymore. But there’s something about this collection I can’t shake — and when I gave it to my friend Tommy, he couldn't either. I don’t think there’s any chart-topping hits on Songs From the Year of Our Demise, but it is a cohesive collection of very catchy, tunes that holds my attention, and pleasantly surprises me in different ways every time I press “play” and then… press “repeat.” Today’s utterly repeatable Happy Medium Song Of the Day is “Six Feet Under.”