Music. Various Artists. American Popular Song: Six Decades of Songwriters and Singers (7xLP Compilation).

There is peace in these old songs. There is joy. If there is one overarching reason to own a turntable, it is this: songs from the days before rock ‘n roll was king sound so, so good.

American Popular Song: Six Decades of Songwriters and Singers is such a huge compilation that it’s difficult to figure out where to start talking about it. While rock ‘n roll is nowhere to be found, we do have everyone from Bing Crosby to Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald to Billie Holliday, Judy Garland to Peggy Lee. There are seven LPs worth of music here, almost all of which sit at eight songs on each side, and if you have ever tapped your foot to a song from the “standards” era, you’ll find something to love here. Continue reading


Music. Painting With Animal Collective.

I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised to be sitting here wondering how I should even refer to the new Animal Collective album in polite conversation, much less trying to dissect its contents. iTunes says it’s called Painting With, which, without the band’s name to follow it, positions the word “With” as a noun, which is just sort of wrong in every conceivable lingustic context. So it’s either Painting With Animal Collective, or Painting With…, or just Painting With I guess, because who cares, right?
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