On September 9, 2014 U2’s thirteenth record exploded as a viral topic. The buzz was not for its music, but the LP’s surprising format: the band and Apple had the audacity to drop Songs of Innocence onto millions of iPhones and iTunes libraries overnight.
Certain bands spark magic on the first listen. The debut Fitz and the Tantrums EP, Songs For A Breakup, Vol. 1 has that musical wizardry.
August 14, 2019 marks the tenth anniversary of The xx debut album. The self-titled collaboration between Romy Croft, Oliver Sim, and Jamie xx is an astounding effort from the U.K. dream pop group. xx blends intimacy, minimalism, and musicality at an extraordinary level that resonates a decade later.
The Black Keys are back. Five years may not be a ridiculous absence for some bands, but Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach were everywhere in the beginning of the decade. Three career-changing records over four years vaulted the band into the elite tier of music acts. The ensuing half-decade turned out to be a long time for album number nine to come to fruition: The Black Keys' Let's Rock.
What kind of music do I take on a road trip? This question might be priority 85 for most people. This is something I spent more time on than planning the route (or really anything) from Philly to Lake Winnipesauke, New Hampshire. The ten-hour, six-state, 437-mile drive is a long time. Podcasts are not really an option. I listen to baseball and pop-culture podcasts. My wife prefers current event and true crime podcasts. Music it is.
The Black Keys are about to release their ninth album. The record, Let’s Rock, is the band’s first since 2014. Before Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach add another hit LP to their discography, here are the 10 most essential Black Keys songs:
HBO always plugs great music into their TV shows. It is impossible to watch the smash drama Big Little Lies without noticing the song from the opening credits. The song is "Cold Little Heart" by Michael Kiwanuka. It is a perfect choice for the show's theme music and a brilliant start to Big Little Lies.
There is always the potential to see something you have never seen before at a baseball game. It could be a statistical anomaly that hasn't occurred since 1908. Saturday's game was my first Phillies postgame concert at Citizens Bank Park. A new-ish regular promotion, the gigs are a fun and relaxed way to spend a Saturday.