People ask me all the time what I'm listening to. I used to be able to come up with new albums that were rocking my world or blowing my mind or whatever, but lately, I have no answer.
Here's a weird insight into life on the road: we don't usually listen to music. I know that's not a blanket statement for all rock tours, but most of the people I play with agree that we'd rather listen to talk radio on the road. But somehow, between my fall 2008 UK tour and my Spring 2010 tour, I've been listening pretty much solely to talk radio. The "This American Life" App on my phone has become the most sacred tool of the road, up there with the GPS, and an extra set of guitar strings. When you're playing shows at least every day, it's nice to just not think about music, even though music is what you love. I can't listen to music without analyzing chord progressions, -- probably like an English professor has trouble just enjoying a good novel and not analyzing -- so it's nice to just hear Ira Glass talking to a 5th grader, I guess.
Anyway, that brings me to recent developments. Forecastle is this weekend, and I have no idea who most of the bands are. I mean, the bigger ones I've heard of, but that's still less than half. Kyle Meredith's Facebook statuses confuse me tremendously, and I sometimes think he's making these bands up just to see who will go along with it.
So what I ask of you, my friends who are looking to enter the HullabaLOU ticket contest but don't have any cutesy comments to make, what have I missed? What great new records are out there? And why would I like them?
Oooh, also, earX-tacy will once again be in possession of my CDs by this weekend, for those of you locals who are looking to buy them. I had not re-stocked in a while for business reasons, but earX-tacy is on its feet again, it seems. I hear they're moving to the new store next week. Exciting!