(That last is a Dan Deacon EP, Acorn Master.) The first couple listens I took of Alopecia, I thought it was just a cool rock album with awesome lyrics, but Wikipedia and Emusic both call them an indie rock/hip-hop hybrid band. After listening to Fantasies on Nick's iTunes share, I picked it up in last month's Amazon MP3 50 for $5. I checked out The Thermals' Now We Can See after hearing the title song in one of the last episodes of Chuck.
I sank the biggest chunk of playing time into the new Dan Deacon album, Bromst... though I haven't been playing the hell out of it like I did with Merriweather Post Pavilion. Maybe I won't burn out on it, then.
It's also time for the post-SXSW shows, and after listening to Sound Opinions' wrap-up yesterday I've already bought my first album, An Horse's Rearrange Beds. It's also the first music I've bought on the iTunes Store in forever, but you can hear the whole thing on Last.fm (mileage may vary). They remind me of Pretty Girls Make Graves for some reason, though they're much softer; I would like more songs as fast as âHorizons,â but it's still a pretty good album. Not quite as revelatory as Sons and Daughters' This Gift (which I heard on Sound Opinions' SXSW 2008 show and was a favorite of the year), but good.
Nick wondered why I'd only just gotten the Tally Hall album. I found out about it when my last roommate played “Banana Man” at me every chance he got, but never got the whole thing despite the cool video for “Good Day.” However I was reminded of it by Molly's cover of the hidden-in-plain-sight last track and finally got the whole album.
asked me a couple weeks ago if I had made a top list of 2008, which I
agreed I should, but that also should have reminded me I hadn't posted
an epdate for December yet either. A lot of it was assorted Christmas music, so the disappointing paucity of regular music was:
I also got twi the humble feather's Music for Spaceships and Forests,
which is not on Amazon and I still haven't listened to much. (iTunes
tells me I listened to it exactly once.) I also got several cool new
things before my last month was up, mostly
by culling my usual sources' 2008 retrospectives—but of course, that
was technically January, so I'll post about those in two weeks instead.
Apparently I had inadvertently gotten the “extra learning” edition, as one of the traces was badly printed, grounding the circuit in the middle of the LEDs on one side of the first board. So, even though I soldered everything on successfully, it was a bit broken until Garth and David cut the traces and replaced it with a new wire they... liberated.
And, oops, it's December, so it's time for Christmas music. I never had the Squirrel Nut Zippers' holiday album so that's the only new thing so far, though I collected a playlist last year's picks and some new albums I'll get when I get December's downloads.