[Editors Note: In our unending quest to provide unequaled coverage of the local music scene and beyond, we've invited Noah Sanders, currently employed by Light in the Attic, to offer his perspective on this here blog. Welcome Noah! -josh and abbey -p.s. Look for a few more new writers in the coming weeks.]
Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Noah Sanders and by the grace that is the lovely Abbey Simmons and Josh Lovseth I’ve been selected as a contributor for, what I consider, to be the best blog in Seattle, WA.
I wanted to take this first post to tell you all a little bit about myself and just give a glimpse of the kind of music I enjoy, and what exactly I’m listening to right now. My musical history has been a checkered one. I started as a punk-ska (I’ve atoned for this sin, many many times) kid in my early teens, before diving in to an almost ten year, oft times questionable obsession with rap music. I loved the genre to such a degree that college saw me drunkenly taking the mike once a week to DJ a semi-popular radio show. Rap is a young man’s music though, and as college wore on, my love for beats, rhymes, and skunky malt liquor fell to the wayside.
Now, after a brief, and painful moratorium from music, I’ve immersed myself in, well, music. I’m open-minded (aside from reggae made after say ’82 and new age country) and constantly seeking out the new and unheard. I like music that rocks. I like voices that differ from everything that comes before. I like just a touch of electronic fuzz. I like funk, soul, and pretty much anything born in Detroit. I like big bands and bigger live shows. I like first albums better than their follow-ups (mostly) …
I like music, a whole fucking lot and I’d really like to share that, with you.
With that said, here’s a little EP I’ve put together of what I’m listening to right now. My mental playlist changes, almost by the hour, so don’t make any judgments based on these five songs. No one likes a judger.
Thanks for reading!
The Spinto Band – “Mountains”
The final showcase I caught at SXSW this year was the Boston-based label Park The Van. They’ve got a little band on their label you might’ve heard of – Dr. Dog? Dr. Dog was the hands-down-no-questions-asked best concert of the week, but this rag-tag group of youngins’ did a pretty good job of my kicking my ass around. Only recently have I managed to get ahold of the group’s newest release Nice and Nicely Done, and its damn enjoyable, big and weird, even mildly reminiscent of Blitzen Trapper.
Myspace: Spinto Band
MP3: Spinto Band – Mountains
RAFTER – “Thunderclap”
I’d always assumed Asthmatic Kitty was just a shell that housed Sufjan Stevens. A 500 room hotel with only one guest, and boy was I wrong. I’ve been digging in to their newer stuff lately, and this guy Rafter has most certainly caught my attention. Former producer for Sufjan, Black Heart Procession, The Fiery Furnace (and so many more), Rafter Roberts crafts noisy, poppy little nuggets of sonic bliss. This track caught me completely unaware, a metal-filled oreo with poppy croon instead of cookie has the sandwich material. Sex Death Cassette is filled with tracks as good as this.
MP3: Rafter – Thundeclap
Tapes ‘n Tapes – “Conquest”
Man, screw those fools who are chalking up TNT’s second album to another Clap Your Hands Say Yeah fiasco. Sure Dave Fridmann produced both albums, but where CYSH’s follow-up was an obscure, badly put together shitbomb, Walk It Off sees TNT shrugging off some of their new-band luggage and exploding out the gate with a slice of absolute indie-rock ‘n’ roll. Sure, experimentation is fun, but concise, focused rock and roll ain’t so bad either. Hell, it’s pretty amazing if you ask me. I could’ve picked any of the first six tracks off this album and you’d of been happy but I was in a “Conquest” mood, so “Conquest” is what you get.
Myspace: Tapes ‘n Tapes
MP3: Tapes ‘n Tapes – Conquest
Dark Meat – “Freedom Ritual”
I haven’t had a chance to hear anything by this mammoth 30-some person band from Athens, Georgia besides this crazy little hard-rock-hippy-jam-out but I can say this: do not miss there live show. I went, by myself to The Comet Tavern last Sunday night to see a show that involved an airblower, 19 people on stage, confetti, stripping, crowd members given instruments, moshing violin players, crowd surfing, band-to-crowd “fighting” and the most confusing mixture of audience and band that I’d ever been a part of. If you get the chance, do not miss these guys, you will deeply regret it.
Myspace: Dark Meat
MP3: Dark Meat – Freedom Ritual
Man Man – “Mister Jung Stuffed”
You can me late to the party on the Man Man tip. I picked up Rabbit Habits as soon as it dropped based on the strength of “Hurly/Burly” but I should’ve been digging these guys from the get-go. This is Tom Waits on meth. It has a taste of dusty funk, and a sinister bass line waiting in the wings. There’s a hint of choral arrangement, and some real mean skin beating to accentuate the gravel-tinged voice of Honus Honus. It is amazing, and probably my favorite album of the year so far.
Myspace: Man Man
MP3: Man Man – Mister Jung Stuffed
Well hope I didn’t scare off anyone too early in my endeavors.
We’ll see you soon!
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