May was a transitional month for The Flat Circle Blog. As my second blogging stint hit its one-year anniversary, I decided to no longer cover podcasts and increase my focus on music. I also began writing sponsored content for the first time. This has allowed me to explore new avenues for the site.
I published 19 posts in May. I touched on Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s resurrection, the negative impact of SNL’s hyperfocus on Donald Trump, and IFC’s baseball comedy Brockmire. Meg Kingsbury of the Disney blog A Walt Disney World Adventurer was kind enough to answer a few questions for the rebooted Flat Circle Feature series. I took in an amazing Courtney Barnett show at Union Transfer that included a guest appearance from Kurt Vile.
I also discussed Nine Inch Nail’s new ticket strategy and continued the Music Monday series. That series has been rewarding for me to write and I hope it is an enjoyable read as well. I have already delved into George Harrison, Lucy Pearl, and music from HBO’s Barry and look forward to exploring music every week.
I have a few more posts on television and movies in the queue for June, but I thought this was a good time to look back at some of the music that was explored on The Flat Circle in May:
Japanese Breakfast – I just discovered this wonderful indie band from Oregon. Headed by Michelle Zauner of Little Big League, Japanese Breakfast is currently touring their second album. Even though it came out last year, their song “Diving Woman” is my favorite song that is new to me in 2018.
Erich Frisch – This New York City singer-songwriter has a gift for creating an impressive range of music within a single genre. His ability to tap into different styles of folk music provides a rare diversity for someone who is in the beginning stages of his career. At different times he has channeled Simon & Garfunkel, The Avett Brothers, and Good Old War.
George Harrison – The Quiet Beatle’s version of “It Don’t Come Easy” has been a favorite rarity of my collection for a few years. Ringo Starr ultimately released the song, but Harrison’s version has a raw spiritual yearning that is not present in the popular version of the single. As good as Ringo’s take on the song is, it is a shame that Harrison never released his. Despite having an identical structure in place, Harrison’s “It Don’t Come Easy” is a better cut.
Godzilla Soundtrack (1998) – As crazy as it sounds, this is my favorite post of May. I looked back at the summer of 1998 and one of the worst blockbusters that I have ever seen in theaters. Luckily, the music was better than the movie. The Godzilla soundtrack included music from Foo Fighters, Rage Against The Machine, and The Wallflowers. This album provides a unique collection of alternative music from the late Nineties.
The Ten Albums That Influenced Me – I expanded on this idea from a Facebook thread and discussed records that have had a profound impact on my life. While it was tough to exclude certain bands, I kept to the theme of bands who influenced me beyond their own music. That frequently included bands that were a gateway to discovering other music. Fitz and the Tantrums and The xx were two bands that opened a path of discovery to a litany of great artists that I might not have otherwise found.