Not too long ago I found myself lamenting, not for the first time, the death of Rilo Kiley. They were one of my favorite bands. Really, they were the band that first hooked me into more modern independent music. I'd had some of their music in heavy rotation lately, and even their not-as-good stuff was working for me. It seems pretty clear that this a band that will never ever be getting back together. Which is really too bad, because the other stuff the members have worked on apart from Rilo Kiley is... okay. I still like Jenny Lewis just fine... but the magic of Rilo Kiley just isn't there any more.
So maybe we've talked about this before, but I'm curious about bands that have broken up where that's really a shame. Who hasn't been able to capture the magic in the same way? Who needed that partner/group? Who would you love to have just one more album from?
Drop lists, and talk bad band breakups. And enjoy the snow on its way!
Don't you hate it when you have a pretty good idea of what your top 10 will be for the year, and then you hear something really excellent close to the end of the year and it throws everything into chaos? Yeah, I thought so!
Anyway, I read about Nadia Reid's debut album Listen to Formation, Look for the Signs (a melancholy album about a break-up by a woman is pretty much my wheelhouse this year) and immediately queued it up on Spotify. And when I finished listening to the album, I started it over again. And then got home and listened to it a few more times. This is pretty much all I listened to while writing papers for school last week. Anyway, here's probably my favorite song from it, "Holy Low."
J said the album gave her feelings of nostalgia that she couldn't quite place, and I totally get that. Her voice evokes a lot of bands I listened to in my late teen years, but I can't quite put my finger on who. Not that it really matters, since I just listen to the album over and over and worry that recency bias will make it too high in my top 10 this year. I suppose that isn't the end of the world when an album is this good.
For whatever it's worth, I think this is my top 10 as constructed today. It'll probably change sometime before the end of the year, but it's something!
01. Chastity Belt - Time to Go Home
02. Colleen Green - I Want to Grow Up
03. Julien Baker - Sprained Ankle
04. Nadia Reid - Listen to Formation, Look for the Signs
05. Speedy Ortiz - Foil Deer
06. Wimps - Suitcase
07. Childbirth - Women's Rights
08. Future - DS2
09. The Intelligence - Vintage Future
10. Spelljammer - Ancient of Days
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