Soundtracking with Robert Szkolnicki: Mixed messages

February 11, 2013

Feburary’s music column is a mix of music messages.

Somewhere in February is Valentine’s Day. Songs about love are more interesting when twisted around a bit. Two recent live performances demonstrate this.

Kat Edmonson appeared on Austin City Limits to show off her singing and songwriting. It starts off slow and quirky but if you stick around for the whole set then you might have been won over, like me. How did she ever get through song four, “Nobody Knows That”? The live performance is available on demand until February 16.

Lavender Diamond disappeared for a few years before releasing an album in 2012. “Incorruptible Heart” is over-produced, for my liking, however I am going to give it another go after hearing their recent appearance on KEXP (or download). The interview asks “how is it that sad songs sound so good?”

If you skipped the last two paragraphs then KEXP Music That Matters podcast 340 might be what you are looking for. Eleven (whoa!) songs for your attitude including Alabama Shakes and Father John Misty.

Changing topics again. The Sound Opinions guys had good back-to-back episodes about satire and humour in music. Episode 373 is a look at satirical songs. Episode 374 features Trey Parkern and Matt Stone.

Audiophile magazine Tone Audio might not be on your list to hear about music releases, however their first issue of 2013 is their recap of the previous year in music. Good variety. Great photographs. Download the PDF.

Bonus track:

Canada is on the list of countries for new users to try out rdio. From the rdio blog

If you’re a new Rdio listener, you can now sign up at rdio.com, and enjoy up to six months of free music, depending on how many songs you stream. Free streaming is available through the Web or Rdio’s desktop apps for Mac and Windows and no credit card is needed to start listening.

If you do try it out, I recommend The Bombay Royale.


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