Monday listening

I guess I underestimated how hard it might be to purge stuff with a little 2-month-old gobbling up all free time. Just have to repeat “It’s a process, it’s a process…”

Still excited, long-term about finishing those dangling projects. Someday. I came across The Little Red Workshop’s 365 Things declutter project (via C. Glass). Made me think of the Do Something Awesome Everyday 2011 project that i only got about 1/3 of the way through and this new burst of ideas.

In getting ready for the week I came across some new music and figured I’d put it here.

Civil War Rust — via Rocket Fuel podcast — Good punk rock, kind of reminds me of Lawrence Arms. Look forward to hearing the full album, maybe I’ll borrow it from Jeff Rocket Fuel as we discuss his new podcast project that I might pitch in on.

Shores “Weak Trees” — via Alt Press — their half of the Record Store Day split 7″ with Creepoid. Less atmospheric and more full-band sounding than their earlier stuff. Fun to see how this band keeps evolving.

State Lines “Win Free” — Just more really good, heartfelt music on Tiny Engines. Will have to go back and listen to their full-length.

Fantasy sports are more ubiquitous now, but I’d guess 80% of that growth is in Fantasy Football, 15% baseball and 4% hockey and other sports. Fantasy Basketball people are the nerds of the nerds, no one plays Fantasy Basketball. And an even smaller coterie of geeks are in two 20-team dynasty leagues, like me. That said, who knew Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag) was a fantasy basketballer? Woot! (Edit: But wait she “hates” the Celtics, BOOOOOOO! She and the host said they’re “entitled”. Yeah, 17 (en)titles maybe! At least she likes the Blazers not the Lakers.)

Somehow The Constantines popped in my head and I searched for what their lead singer was up to since they’re on “indefinite hiatus.”

Baby Eagle & the Proud Mothers “Old Punks” — I was less enamored with Steve Lambke’s vocals for the Cons, but his stuff with Baby Eagle & the Proud Mothers is nice full band stuff — somewhere in the overlap of Neil Young and Wilco’s quieter moments?

Bry Webb “Rivers of Gold” — I was much more in love with Bryan Webb’s vocals for the Constantines, it was the thing that grabbed my ears and wouldn’t let go. Here he sings stripped down, quiet-bare songs. Interesting that 2 of Webb and Lambke’s songs are “Old Punks” and “Ex-Punks”…. a sign they’re getting older. Evidently Webb moved to Guelph and is raising a family.

Bry Webb “Sad Man’s Song” (video), “Ex-Punks”, “I Will Give You Everything” and “Viva” — at his site Bry Webb Was Here — Really stoked to hear more of Webb’s solo stuff. Can’t get enough of his voice.

Feist “The Bad in Each Other” — via Grooveshark — Bry Webb sings backup; Have never listened much to Feist, but good to know she know’s good singing when she hears it.