Oct 15, 2012

Soundtrek: Heritage Centre and Villagers

Even when I’m running late, I pause before I exit the subway every morning to select music for my short walk to the office. I used to listen to the news, but lately I need music to tune out the noise in my head. I deliberate at the bottom of the subway steps, especially long on a Wednesday (when my heart is wishing it was Friday and my workload is wishing it was Monday), and I belabor the choice of the right tune for my five-minute trek.

This past week's selections have included "Little Black Submarine" from the Black Keys ("Stolen friends and disease, operator please, patch me back to my mind"), "Walk" from Foo Fighters ("I don’t want to die, I’m on my knees I never want to die") U2’s "One," "We’re one, but we’re not the same." Analyze that.

I'll be finishing up this contract I've been working at the end of the month and I think I might need some new music to get me to the finish line. I kind of wish this gig could have worked out and turned into my next thing, but ... well, it didn't. 
In that elipsis is the need for music. 

Here are a few tunes I'm adding to my soundtrek for the week:

Heritage Centre

I have mentioned Dublin band Heritage Centre here before and a little while ago got a heads up from the band about their shiny new album Alright, Check It Out. It's taken me ages to get to listen to it, but I gave it a spin on Soundcloud today, and I am kind of digging this band. I can so see myself singing along to "The Boss" ("Oh mon cherie, I'm born again, I'm born again") on my walk through Times Square in the morning, and "Don't You Ever Give Up On Yourself" ("Don't you saa-ay that I know better than you!") when the elevator spits me back onto 8th Avenue after dark.I'm a big fan of Conor O'Brien and Villagers and have Becoming a Jackal on constant rotation. I saw Conor O'Brien at a small venue in Brooklyn last year and would love to catch his upcoming UK tour with Grizzly Bear (a Brooklyn band I love) -- but will make do with this first song and video, "The Waves," from Villagers' new album, out January 2013. 



Mmoths' langurous and haunting remix of "The Waves"is exactly what I need for the train ride home late at night. I can see myself whizzing over the Manhattan Bridge, too tired to read, too needy to listen to anything needing attention, staring out at the busy skyline, feeling like I was riding in a scene of an Indie movie. Wondering how the director would feel about me improvising and taking off my shoes to relieve my pinched toes.

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