A collection of musically themed musings by Brendan Bush in Burlington, VT

2011 Favorite Music Word Cloud

Filed Under: Random Thought
Written by Brendan
Friday February 10, 2012

When putting together the post on my favorite music from 2011, it struck me that it might be interesting to see if there are any reoccurring words or themes in the lyrics. With the exception of 2 songs that I could neither fully understand nor find lyrics for on the internet, here’s what my favorite songs of 2011 were talking about:

Thanks to Ross Flournoy of Apex Manor for taking the time to write down and send me the lyrics for Teenage Blood, which features a couple of my favorite lines from last year’s crop:

I’m a cat de-clawed but I’m eager for a little wrestle time
You’re a green-eyed minx with a tender spot for the risky kind


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The chance at a real connection

Filed Under: Random Thought
Written by Brendan
Thursday April 21, 2011

On a day-to-day basis, I go to many sources to find good new music. I make a weekly habit of reading Largehearted Boy, Pitchfork and Paste. I follow my favorite record labels on Twitter and Facebook. And I click on any number of recommended links from other social network connections.

But the one source for new music that I find the most interesting is the recommendations of other artists who I enjoy. For example, Colin Meloy (of Decemberists fame) introduced me to Apex Manor via a Twitter recommendation. He strongly endorsed it, I trusted his recommendation, and he was right. Apex Manor’s The Year of Magical Drinking is one of my favorite releases of the year (and it’s just $5 on Amazon as of right now, in case you wanted to give a listen).

Ross Flournoy of Apex Manor is one of the more engaged Twitter users among the bands and musicians that I follow, so when he recommended today that I pick up East River Pipe’s new release We Live In Rented Rooms, I obviously jumped at it. I haven’t yet finished my first listen, but so far I like it enough to have inspired this post. And I love the viral aspect of the recommendations, each good band leading to another great find through a very simple online engagement.

Twitter, though used by some bands as a way to blast out spammy song/album sales pitches and impersonal show announcements to the masses, can also be used as an intensely personal and influential medium when artists are using it right. I for one would love it if more artists would use social networking to forge a deeper musical connection with their fans. Not just the music they are playing, but what they’re listening to as well. I value the recommendations of bands I like over just about any other endorsement that could be made.


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