Jams: Xenia Rubinos

Xenia Rubinos by Angela Altus

It’s been a while since I’ve even so much as thought about blogging, but that’s less because of an existential crisis (I already know there’s no point and I’m typing into a vast void) and more because I’ve been busy. With words and stuff! Which I may write something about later.

But I thought, if I want to jump back in, how should I?

Madly, while dancing.

BAND: Xenia Rubinos
GENRE: A Witch Dancing Out Of Rhythm With Her Familiar
ABOUT: Look, she sings in Spanish and English, she uses syncopation and funk and dance beats, she sings about being alone and laying eggs in lovers’ mouths. I can’t imagine what more you want from me.
LISTEN TO: “Help” from Magic Trix

Black Terry Cat is her new album that dropped in late May, and I’d love to recommend something from it, but Magic Trix is still kind of echoing in my head after a year, so go listen to the whold dang thing, would you?

Jams: Nightclub singers for robots

1035x834-20140221-phantogram-x1800-1393010482This week, as I was doing some writing, I realized it had been a very long time since I’d listened to Phantogram. And I listened to a whole lot of Phantogram when I was writing the very first draft of This One Project. As in, their first two albums were the soundtrack to the NaNoWriMo that originally birthed this weird YA fantasy, though the sound and lyrics are utterly unrelated to the story.

So it seemed appropriate to listen to Phantogram again this week, for reasons.

Since that very first draft, Phantogram has come out with another album, back in 2014. (I’m a slow writer in some ways.) The new album is really good, too, though the sound is a little different. It’s been good to pump it up (as I completely rewrite the first chapter of This One Project).

BAND: Phantogram
GENRE: Nightclub singers for robots
ABOUT: self-described as “street beat, psych pop” whatever that means
LISTEN TO: “Fall in Love” on the newest album is pretty good!

Honestly, because I listen to them usually while working, all their songs have melded together into a larger Phantogram sound so it’s hard to pick out single songs. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good sound! Like a soundtrack to being productive.

Jams: Sweet Spirit

I desperately want to talk about music more. In that spirit, occasionally I’ll post about Sweet Jams, aka, I dunno, music and stuff?

Today we are going to talk about a band I discovered only today!

Bear with me a sec. Imagine it’s… say… late March. And it’s still cold, for sure in the morning, if not all day, and sometimes it’s cold and rainy, and sometimes it’s cold and rainy and windy, and you just wish you could wear a dress without tights, or maybe a light jacket instead of a coat; imagine it’s late March and though it wasn’t an extremely snowy winter it was still winter and it was cold and spring hasn’t really yet sprung. Imagine all that.

What you want, my friends, is music that can summon sunglasses and sandals and hot days and iced drinks. (I have a whole playlist.) What you want is Sweet Spirit.


BAND: Sweet Spirit
GENRE: Shimmy On Your Friend’s Back Porch In Austin, TX On A Late Summer Night
ABOUT: 9-piece band from Austin, with horns, and country, and doo-wop, and fun.
LISTEN TO: Take Me to a Party: “I got a broken heart so take me to a party” repeated and growing in intensity until you’re like, yeah! Broken hearts! Let’s party!!

Runners up: Baby Doll, My Poor Stupid Heart, Poor

YEAH! Let’s summon summer via music.