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Winter Time Listening

posted by Matt Pierce on December 11, 2014

I've previously done some record reviews on here, but thought I could try something different this time. Lately there's been a small set of albums I've been listening to constantly and I figured I could just share and see what you guys are listening to as well. Some are old, some are new, some are medium old. I'll talk about these in order for your upcoming holiday. 

Album to listen to while cooking holiday dinner: Greyhounds, Accumulator
Greyhounds are a two-piece out of Austin, with a blues and soul influence. Sharp songwriting, amazing musicianship and dripping melodies make this record one of my favorites lately. Andrew (guitarist/songwriging), a friend of W&F, let me know about their recent show in town and I was blown away with the new songs. If you get a chance to see them live, do not hesitate. If they aren't playing near you, at least grab the record for some winter listening.

Album to listen to while eating holiday dinner: Sonny Rollins, Way Out West
Such a classic, this one. I was reminded of it when visiting a bar in Tokyo earlier this year and bought it shortly after returning home. Not much more needs to be said about Mr. Rollins... he's a one of the greatest Jazz performers ever. I'm always surprised when I jump back into his work, and this is no exception. Perfect for dining with holiday guests... Might raise your sophistication level with them as well.

Album to listen to while opening presents: Sylvan Esso, Self Titled
I don't usually listen to such up-beat sounds, I might be known for my super somber listening habits. However, this new Sylvan Esso is been keeping me grinning lately. It's buzzy and fun and filled with little hooks and perfect for the fervor of present opening.

Album to have a drink to when guests have left: J. Tillman, Year In The Kingdom
This is an older record, but I discovered it late. Since buying it, it's my go-to for a rough day or when I need something somber to concentrate with. J. Tillman is currently known as Father John Misty and has been a part of many other influential bands in his career. This record is like a quiet drinking buddy. Just what you need to get over the holiday aftermath.

So what records are you all using to get through the holidays? Would love to hear what you've been listening to lately.