This week’s Album Spotlight is “The Far Field” by Future Islands. Released on April 7th this album and the title comes from a Theodore Roethke poem. By sure to listen to their focus track “Run”
This week's Album Spotlight is "Whiteout Conditions" by the New Pornographers. With their 7th album and first since 2014, "Whiteout Conditions" will be released on April 7th. This is their first album with Concord Records. Listen for their focus track "Play Money."
This weeks Album Spotlight is “Everybody Works” by Jay Som. This is Jay Som or Melina Duterte’s second album in just a year. After the success of “Turn Into,” her first album, she appeared on NPR and Pitchfork and quickly produced a second album. She writes and records everything from her bedroom but put out this newest album with Polyvinyl Records and Double Denim Records. Check out the focus track “The Bus Song”
This week's Album Spotlight comes from one of the most successful and acclaimed indie rock bands from the past decade, Real Estate. Since their 2014 release, Atlas, there have been a few changes to the band including the replacement of Matt Mondanile, who left to lead his project Ducktails, with Julian Lynch. Also, keyboardist Matt Kallman was added to the group before recording In Mind. Real Estate has spent years developing their easily identifiable laid-back guitar sound. These recent band changes have seemed to push the band further towards Martin Courtney's lead which he displayed on his solo project album, Many Moons. Courtney's lyrics paint a similar picture seen on previous records of the anxieties of living in a lethargic suburban town, but he does so without the cohesiveness that once seemed effortless for Real Estate. Nevertheless, In Mind certainly should find its place on your summer playlist.
The Shins have come out with their first album in 5 years. Their last release was Port of Morrow in 2012. Heartworms has more of an electronic feel than their usual rock sound. Look for their focus track Name For You.
We're finally back at it with the recurring web feature you've all come to know and love! Our first Faculty Spotlight of the semester is Dr. Geoffrey Bateman of the Peace and Justice Department who teaches classes ranging from Writing for Social Justice to Peace and Justice in Catholic Social Thought.
What's the first album you bought?
I bought three albums (as cassette tapes) at the same time from Musicland in the Vancouver Mall: Janet Jackson's Control, A-ha's Scoundrel, and Duran Duran's Notorious.
Who was your first concert?
When I was a summer exchange student to Germany in high school, I went to see one of my host brothers perform in a heavy metal band. More notably, I think my first real concert was Lilith Fair in the late 1990s, and I'm pretty sure Sarah McLaughlin performed.
Who is an artist you enjoyed listening to in college?
My senior year of college we were all obsessed with Alanis Morrisette's Jagged Little Pill.
Do you play any instruments?
Not so much now, but in high school and college I sang in the Adelphians, which was a concert choir.
Song You Can't Not Sing Along to/Go to Karaoke Song
"Love Shack" by the B-52's
Odious Artist/Song You Just Can't Stand
Hmmm...not much is coming to mind. I'm not really the biggest fan of country music, but my husband does like it, so I've learned to appreciate it.
What artists and types of music do you listen to now?
Musical theatre. I'm obsessed with Hamilton, Fun Home, and The Book of Mormon. I also listen to a lot of classical music. Lately, that's meant a lot of string quartets, especially those composed by Schubert. Also, Beyoncé.
To learn more about Dr. Bateman, check out his faculty biography on the main Regis website.
We rarely feature live albums here but this week we make an exception! The women of Sleater-Kinney kick ass and take names on this recording from their live show in Paris back in 2015. Lively as ever, this album is the next best thing to seeing the group perform. The visceral energy reverberates through from start to finish. Tracks include newer ones like "No Cities to Love" and old favorites like "Dig Me Out". Live in Paris is an excellent album for both longtime fans and newbies looking into checking the band out for the first time.
This week's album spotlight is Cherry Glazerr's sophomore album, Apocalipstick, via Secretly Canadian. Fronted by nineteen year old Clementine Creevy, the rock trio is completed with Sasami Ashworth on keyboard and guitar along with Tabor Allen on drums. It has been three years since their last release, Hazel Princess, and their first record after making the switch from Burger Records to Secretly Canadian. On Apocalipstick, they are able to maintain the signature Burger Records fuzz-rock sound while showing their maturity in their complex songwriting. Cherry Glazerr will be at the Larimer Lounge on Friday, February 3rd. Get your tickets here while you still can!