What Am I Listening To? – June 2018

Wow, June was a crazy month for new music. Probably because there were five Fridays. A bunch of stuff I was looking forward to dropped on June 1, and then again just yesterday on June 29. Because I prefer to have listened to something a bare minimum of twice before mentioning it here, and just for the sake of my overall sanity, I’ve decided to punt a few of those June 29 releases to July, so that I can focus more on the few that I did manage to get to thus far.

Here are my first impressions of the latest releases from Sucré, Owl City, Neko Case, Father John Misty, The Flaming Lips, Dave Matthews Band, Arthur Buck, Kevin Max, Mike Shinoda, Florence + The Machine, Jim James, and Katie Herzig.

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Divad’s Soundtrack #56: May-June 2005

Here are my thoughts on the last “personal soundtrack” that I made as a bachelor. In trying to get this long-dormant blog series going again, I’ve realized that I’m currently about eight years behind real time. I’m not sure if I ever want to catch up to real time, since it’s easier to blog about the songs I loved at a certain point in my life when enough time has passed to put a bit of perspective on it. But, I hope to catch up to the point where I can write about this stuff before I completely forget why I picked the songs in the first place!

In with the New:
Rob Thomas (as a solo artist – appears previously with Matchbox Twenty)
Mae
Joy Williams

Out with the Old:
Joseph Arthur (as a solo artist – appears later with Joseph Arthur & the Lonely Astronauts)

Listen on Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/user/1297881374/playlist/2mvjYKnRkRQDJXQBi0GAGQ
https://open.spotify.com/user/1297881374/playlist/7iiP8oAnkZFVvotVRKBqhl

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Divad’s Soundtrack #55: March-April 2005

A rainy winter brought us an incredibly green and flowery spring. Having finally been nudged into the age of digital photography, my newfound obsession was to document every scenic angle of every hike and road trip that Christine and I went on. This brought a lot of excitement and newness back to some places that I had been before and had previously considered old and familiar. I think I thrive most in life when it feels like there are tons of new discoveries waiting for me just around the corner, even if they’re things I previously missed in places I thought I had already explored.

In with the New:
The Killers
Green Day
He Is Legend

Out with the Old:
Rachael Lampa
Everyday Sunday

Listen on Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/user/1297881374/playlist/3MpZwEP52GWAjZ5eyiLZ24
https://open.spotify.com/user/1297881374/playlist/32Cwr4jHbD8U49bjGx0ug8

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Divad’s Soundtrack #54: January-February 2005

This soundtrack for the winter of 2005 is filled with songs of anticipation, but many of them also express a desire for change. I was preparing for my life to become radically different as Christine and I planned our wedding. I had to ask myself who I was now, what I wanted to be, and what things were standing in the way of that transformation. I wanted to start married life knowing that the process would make me a better man.

In with the New:
Olivia the Band
Eisley
The Fiery Furnaces

Out with the Old:
Macrosick
Something Like Silas
Day of Fire
Supertones

Listen on Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/user/1297881374/playlist/6ePliTW6pHIwL2tSpDQIYF
https://open.spotify.com/user/1297881374/playlist/53S16lf4ydNsl40vhjg70i

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Divad’s Soundtrack #47: November-December 2003

2003 was a difficult year that ended with a definite feeling of hope. These last few months were an experience of closing the door on old worries and “what ifs” – getting the heck over some of our issues and moving on toward brighter days ahead.

In with the New:
Dave Matthews (as a solo artist – appears elsewhere with Dave Matthews Band)
Dream Theater

Out with the Old:
Tait
Big Dismal
Dakona
Phil Keaggy

It Was Worth a Try:
Denison Marrs
Matthew
Matthew Thiessen & the Earthquakes

Listen on Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/user/1297881374/playlist/0UIqJjIqIstZLK23ws5FDA
https://open.spotify.com/user/1297881374/playlist/6KcQYrREbxTOsmBsn3ZD1c

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Divad’s Soundtrack #46: September-October 2003

The fall of 2003 was quite possibly the most turbulent couple of months I’d been through since the summer and fall of 2001. While there were enjoyable occasions – a bit of traveling here, a few concerts there, and lots of time spent with our new Sedaqah Group – I could tell that a difficult decision might be looming ahead of me.

In with the New:
Anberlin
Cool Hand Luke
Mat Kearney

Out with the Old:
Sandra McCracken

Listen on Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/user/1297881374/playlist/7nTTvzuLFrLtAw5NMbCvVn
https://open.spotify.com/user/1297881374/playlist/3KJupH9I1NuSiig9iu2zH6

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Divad’s Soundtrack #45: July-August 2003

The summer of 2003 was more than a bit tumultuous. Christine had to move twice, and between that and her struggle to find a job, our relationship was getting a bit frayed. She didn’t have a lot to keep her busy without a job, and that caused friction in terms of how we wanted to spend our spare time (I wanted some time to myself, she wanted to spend it all together). But we did still manage to have fun despite the stress and uncertainty.

In with the New:
Big Dismal
Joseph Arthur
Charlie Hall

Out with the Old:
Peter Gabriel

It Was Worth a Try:
The Innocence Mission

Listen on Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/user/1297881374/playlist/0A1Ag5ZE6RuHbfBlp8p2Sv
https://open.spotify.com/user/1297881374/playlist/0SGx9xhORdg2WL7iBZUaG7

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