Afternoon InquisitionRandom Asides

AI: Sing, Sing a Song

. . . Or not.

Hey, I got nothing today, folks. I’m swimming in work-related BS, and haven’t had time to take a break to find a decent discussion point. The good news is, it looks like the other contributors’ posts of late are enough to keep the blog on a serious track for a while. So why don’t we take a right turn and just shoot the shit for the AI?

What are you listening to/playing these days? Heard any good local bands lately? Links? What about bigger acts? Seen any good shows? Found any deep cuts worth checking out? Creating any original music of your own? Anything else you want to talk about?

The Afternoon Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Skepchick community. Look for it to appear Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3pm ET.


Sam Ogden

Sam Ogden is a writer, beach bum, and songwriter living in Houston, Texas, but he may be found scratching himself at many points across the globe. Follow him on Twitter @SamOgden

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  1. Right now Travis is singing “Sing” in my head, triggered by your post.

    And when it comes to music I want to share I can only think of this great youtube channel using music to teach history:

  2. I’m in the throes of not-very-fun finals, and this violin/dubstep fusion is the only thing keeping me halfway sane.

  3. I’ve been meditating on the new TMBG album Join Us!, the new Johnathan Coulton album Artificial Heart, and Mumford & Sons’ Sigh No More.

    With lots of older Nellie McKay, Regina Spektor, and Matt the Electrician tossed in to keep things interesting.

    The track out of all of that that is getting stuck in my head is Coulton’s “Down Today”:

  4. OK, my favorite band is kind of a personal thing and so i don’t like sharing them with just anyone, but in this case i’ll make an exception. They’re called The World/Inferno Friendship Society. I dunno how to describe their music other than saying that they sound like a punk band traveled back in time to the 30’s. Here’s their song Canonize Philip K. Dick.

    Another of my favorites is Southern Culture On The Skids. They do a combination of garage rock, surf and country. Here’s them playing their song Mojo Box.

  5. Today it’s been a mix of fusions. Melodic Death Metal (Soilwork), Metal on Cello (Apocalyptica), and techno/sountrack kinda stuff (E.S. Posthumus).
    Last band I’ve seen live is Skindred, have seen them three times, and they always put on a very energetic show.

  6. David Bazan! Formerly Pedro the Lion, he was super Christian and then became an atheist and recorded the entire process. He’s brilliant, and I’m going to see him next week at a living room show. Can’t wait!

    1. Wow, Pedro the Lion. Blast from the past. I remember seeing them during CMJ maybe 12 years ago during the Jade Tree showcase. They were good, but so sappy and sad. I remember David saying something like, “We only have one more song, so you can tell all of your friends to come back into the room. We’ll be done soon”. I was totally confused as the place was packed…

      I’ve got Wild Flag’s self-titled debut on constantly. It it mighty and everyone should own it. Also, the Heartless Bastards new album “Arrow” which is fantastic. And as usual, unhealthy amounts of Dinosaur jr and Sonic Youth.

  7. I’ve been listening to a lot of Fiery Furnaces and Deerhoof the last few years. They may seem a bit odd, but these bands are the reason I listen to music.

    Also, Sharon Van Etten’s new album is on sale at Amazon for $3.99 for today only I think.

  8. I’ve gotten in the habit of putting Slacker Radio on a random radio station when I go to bed> That’s where I discovered Oni a Japanese hip-hop artist.

    I’m hearing lots of cool music, unfortunately I’m not getting much sleep.

      1. I have seen Garfunkel & Oates live! I was so close I was practically sitting on stage (my foot was on the first step lol). My “date” kept singing along to all their songs, which they laughed about on stage a few times. Then we met ’em after and they signed a CD.

        They are adorable and hilarious and it’s one of the best live shows I’ve been to. So much fun!!

      2. And haha that song. One of the girls asked, “So I don’t know if you have a place like this?” and we all yelled, “SCOTTSDALE!” haha

  9. I make a lot of music. I play drums in these bands:

    and percussion in this one:

    There’s a lot of really awesome bands in my town. I’ve been buying recording equipment and working on recording some other bands, including my wife’s band, The Outfits. Unfortunately I haven’t quite finished their record so there’s nothing online yet.

    I just played with two boston bands that were really good:

  10. I am going to do some shameless self-promotion here and add my own original music website:

    I am sporadic singer/songwriter with songs that are often introspective and distinctly NON-commercial. All of the tunes on my website are mine. I am challenged by having chronic persistent asthma, so I cannot get out and sing too much anymore because of my compromised lung function. But at least you can hear my tunes on the Internet. The song “Lonely Travelers” has a semi-atheistic theme. I do have a Facebook music page, if you can find it!! It’s also under “Gayle Myrna”.
    Thanks and I hope you enjoy!

  11. I’ve been listening to some old stuff (given that I’m kind of old myself, this is no surprise). I’m revisiting “The Wall”. by Pink Floyd. I never really got into it when it was first released, but have been seriously into Pink Floyd as of late. “The Wall” is a pretty amazing album, both musically and from a production standpoint. Pink Floyd has just released a remastered version of “The Wall (Deluxe Experience Edition)l”. It is especially remastered for iTunes and includes remastered versions of “The Wall”, original demos, and a live recording of “The Wall”, from 1980-1981. I’m saving up the money to buy it. It should be pretty awesome!

  12. I’m excited about Electric Guest right now. Their album doesn’t come out until next month, but I love what I’ve heard so far. Tom Waits is always good, and always on my playlist.

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