Music in 2012 [January Edition]

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A few things before I get to today’s post:

1) Back in December I interviewed the incredibly talented musician Charlie Winston and my interview is finally up on the CONFRONT website. Check it out here and don’t forget to check him and his music out too! You’re in for a treat 🙂

2) Have you entered my giveaway for a 50$ gift certificate towards Xperience Days yet? It closes on Sunday night and I’ll be announcing the winner using random.org on Monday morning!

3) I was featured on Erin’s blog yesterday as a sponsor which I think is an awesome way of introducing bloggers to each other! You can check me out on her blog here & leave her a little bit of love 🙂

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to spend more time talking about music around here, which I don’t think I’ve done once in 2012. So I thought today would be a great day to start!

Here are a couple albums that I’m loving so far this year (and that I think you should be listening to as well!):

Snow Patrol- Fallen Empires

I’ve been a Snow Patrol fan since 2007 when I first saw them perform live. I had only been to a few concerts by that time, and I remember leaving that one in COMPLETE awe. My heart literally ached the moment it was over because I wanted to be there all over again.

I’ve only seen them one more time since (2 years ago) but it was equally as amazing. Every album these guys put together is a solid compilation of really fantastic music, and then it turns out even better live. I don’t think there is any truer testament to a bands’ worthiness than what they sound like live. When an artist blows you away more in person than on a record, you know they’ve got real, raw talent. And that’s what Snow Patrol is like.

I’ve given this album 5 or 6 listens all the way through now, and each time I love it more and more. The tracks are starting to really resonate with me like every other album they’ve released. I can’t wait to see what they do with it live (when I see them in April, yay!) but until then, I’ll just keep on listening to the record and falling more in love with it.

Listen to: “Called Out in the Dark”, “New York”, “Lifening”

Anthony Green- Beautiful Things

A year and a half ago I had the real pleasure to sit down with Anthony Green and interview him for CONFRONT magazine. At the time, I’d only kind of heard of him in passing but didn’t know a whole lot about him. Today, I think he is one of the best musicians I have ever interviewed. He was so honest with me and completely open about his life; I was not only impressed but really glad that I took the interview in the first place.

After interviewing him, I saw him perform live with his band Circa Survive and I have been in love with the band ever since. I think it’s kind of hard to LOVE a band when you see them for the first time; I can appreciate music when I hear it in the beginning and learn to enjoy it more as I get to know it better- but I can say that I actually loved Circa’s music after that live show. His live performance had such a profound effect on me and I can’t wait for him to come back to Canada!

This week, Anthony Green released his second solo record and let me just tell you right now; it’s amazing. His voice is so unique and conveys his emotions and his talent from the very first track. I am listening to the album as I write this and I’m really just amazed at the things his voice can do.

The sound on this album is VERY different from the work he does with Circa; it’s definitely less sad, for starters, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing at all. I think it just reflects the place he’s at in his life right now with his family, and I love that you can feel the different energy from his other work, despite the fact that it’s still the same voice. That’s just my interpretation of it after a few listens to the record- I could be completely off, but the recent pictures he took with his son don’t lead me to believe that in the least. When a musician is happy, their music is often a testament to that fact!

Listen to: “Do it Right”, “Can’t Have It All At Once”

So basically those are the two albums I’m getting to know and really loving in the last couple weeks. There are a ton of records coming out that I’m SUPER excited about, and I just love that feeling!

What are you listening to and loving these days? 

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4 responses »

  1. Thanks for posting about the new Anthony Green! I’m definitely buying that later today. I don’t follow him closely (which is apparent since I didn’t know he had a new album), but have been a fan of his since way back when he fronted Saosin, and then later with Circa Survive. I really loved his first solo album, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy this one as well. Unfortunately, I still haven’t seen him live. Hopefully he’ll be touring soon! (If he isn’t already.)

  2. I’ve heard of Snow Patrol and think I own one of their songs that was on a soundtrack, but I don’t know them very well. Never heard of the second guy, but off to check him out! 🙂 I’ve not really been listening to a lot of music lately, which is weird for me. At least no new music. I’ve been listening to lots of country music in my car. Nashville is drowning in country music and gospel/CCM and while I’m up to par on the Christian music, I am sorely behind in my country knowledge. So, I’m trying 🙂

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