30 May 2012

Nor Your Kind of People and Other Musings on Music

I guess I really should blog about this too, seeing as how I'm a pretty big Garbage fan.

I think, if my memory serves me, I originally got interested in Garbage when I heard the song 'Temptation Waits' on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer album, and liked it enough to dig up some more of their music to check it out. I've since bought all of their albums. Not necessarily the most typical example of bands I like. Well, at least back when I was first getting into them. These days I seem to listen to so many types of music, it's hard to define anything really as untypical...

And finally this May, after a long hiatus, they released their fifth album, Not Your Kind of People. I've had a chance now to listen to it a bunch of times. And my overall feeling about it is pretty positive. I think the more I listen to it, and get more familiar with the tunes, the more I enjoy it.

It's a pretty varied album, ranging from energetic dance numbers to melodic anthems. And they do all manage to sound like Garbage, always with a bit of edge and a healthy dollop of melancholy. Yet it is by no means identical to earlier albums. Although I find it impossible really to compare it with earlier Garbage albums. It's still too fresh.

Speaking of music and Buffy, I finally got around to actually purchasing the soundtrack to one of my favourite musicals of all time, the Buffy episode 'Once More, With Feeling'. It's brilliant. And that's about all I need to say about that.

I've also just bought a CD that won't be out until around September (well, technically it won't be billed until a couple days from now, but whatever). Say what? Yup, that's right, and it's also my first time backing a Kickstarter project. The album in question is of course Amanda Palmer's new one, which has today raised a million dollars in funding.

I don't actually know her prior works particularly well, but what I've heard of hers has by no means left a negative impression. And I greatly respect the way she's approaching her fans and handling this album release independently. I'm also sure the physical CD will be a cool, artistic object (the Kickstarter backer version will be a unique limited edition, too). And I still really love the physical album as a medium. So what the hell, I figured, and decided to toss in my $25 this one time. (If you want in on the action, the Kickstarter is running until the end of May. You can get the digital download of the album for as little as one dollar!)

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