This week, quick thoughts on three new albums I listened to today.
Artist: Fever Ray
Release Date: 2017 October 27
Favorite Tracks: “Wanna Sip” and “IDK About You”
Thoughts: Fever Ray is the solo project of Swedish electronic musician Karin Dreijer, also of the duo The Knife. The album has some sick beats and synths, but Dreijer’s voice is unpleasant and the frequent profanity seems to be juvenile attempt to be shocking.
Album: Wild and Reckless
Artist: Blitzen Trapper
Release Date: 2017 November 3
Favorite Tracks: “Joanna” and “Stolen Hearts”
Thoughts: A twangier, pure country outing from Blitzen Trapper grew out of a “rock opera” staged in their native Portland, OR that tells a sci-fi love story of two kids on the run.
Album: Queens of the Breakers
Artist: The Barr Brothers
Release Date: 2017 October 13
Favorite Tracks: “You Would Have to Lose Your Mind” and “It Came To Me”
Thoughts: The Montreal-based Americana jam band with a harp received good reviews for their innovative sound, but the album sounds kind of like generic folk-pop to me. Not my thing.
On our way home from a family camping trip in Freeport, ME, we stopped in Portland to take in a Sea Dogs baseball game. The Sea Dogs are the Double A affiliate of the Red Sox who play in the Eastern League. This was our first game at Portland’s Hadlock Field, and we’ve now been to see games of all of the Red Sox organization teams in New England, having seen many games of the Lowell Spinners, Pawtucket Red Sox, and the Boston Red Sox themselves.
The opponent of the day was the Harrisburg Senators (affiliated with the Washington Nationals), and the theme of the day was offense. There were lots of hits, walks, wild pitches, defensive miscues, and most of all, runs. Reluctantly, we had to leave after 9 innings with the score tied 12-12. We listened to the end of the game (a loss for Portland) on the radio as we drove home to Boston.
Hadlock Field is a charming place to watch baseball. Slugger the Sea Dog is a fun mascot, the between innings games are amusing, the Sea Dog Biscuit (ice cream cookie sandwich) is tasty, and the lighthouse that pops up behind the centerfield fence is really cool. I hope to catch another game their one day soon, but hopefully next time a pitchers’ duel.
Cutter Dykstra (son of Lenny) bats for Harrisburg.
Panorama of Hadlock Field.
Yummy Sea Dog Biscuit.
Slugger entertains the fans.
Portland scores another run.
The lighthouse rises and falls and rises again for back-to-back home runs.
This week’s song is not very current, it’s from last year. But Pure Bathing Culture‘s “Dream the Dare” is very pretty and I was reacquainted with the song through The Best of RISK! Music Podcast. There’s something about the echoey quality in the vocals and harmonies that reminds me of a song from the 80s (or maybe the late 70s), but I can’t recall what song it is. If you have any suggestions, let me know in the comments.
If you know any other good new songs let me know about those as well.
Epic “orchestral pop” are the words Spin used to describe Young Fathers” by Typhoon of Portland, OR. It’s certainly not like anything I’ve heard before. Not sure how I much I like it yet, but if you give it a listen let me know in the comments.