Jude’s Playlist

Lately, the jams Jude prefers center on banjo.  But to be honest, the traditional banjo sound (unless plucked by Phil Cook, apparently) won’t hold his interest.  He’s fucking five, yo.  He needs something to interest his little brain and the banjo instrumental to ‘I Shall Not Be Moved’ just isn’t good enough, no matter what his mother (ahem) tells him.  The first time I played this pretty rad new jam from the Electric Owls he was sort of nonchalant about the whole ordeal but this morning, when I asked what he’d like to hear today his requests were for Breathe Owl Breathe (their kid-friendly sound he digs and the fact that he’s seeing them in concert next weekend — his first live show, by the way, and one I couldn’t be happier about, helps) and “that song that sounds like the river, the one with the banjo that sounds like it’s rocking out, the one about the flood, MOM!”.  I don’t know if his description does the tune justice but I don’t think I could give you a better explanation.  Sidenote: Jude speaks in extreme run-ons, just like his mother.  Do not judge us, English teachers of America.

The new Electric Owls EP, Cullowhee Songs, is out the 9th of November.  I assume you’ll be able to pick it up via Vagrant Records and we (that is, Jude and I both) recommend you snag it when it arrives.


Electric Owls :: When I Was A Flood [MP3]

Today has been spent drawing pictures, playing this goddamn Wii, taking pictures (I’ve forgotten how to use real film and today I accidentally ruined a roll that had photos of the Gayngs show I was at a couple of weeks back, North Carolina in general, and cool shit around these parts), and painting.  Shit.  I just read that whole run-on sentence back to myself, the one up there that goes on too many tangents, and it sounds fucking hipster.  But it’s not, we swear.

I digress.  Jude picked his most favorite jam that was on the playlist today and now we’ve got it on repeat.  Listen below and get your jam on with The Jude.  Come on, don’t disappoint the kid!

Fistful of Mercy :: Father’s Son

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As mentioned previously, here at our house, the weekends are typically reserved for playing with Legos at a leisurely pace fitting of an off day, walking about the street, Wii duels, and whatever the fuck one else might want to do.  I choose to spend a large chunk of that time following links here and there, perusing aggregators, and digging out old records to stare at.  So…music.

All the while I’m doing this, my tiny little prodigy chimes in with his thoughts.  He recommends things for the playlist.  And sometimes he totally gets the feel of the weekend and knocks out a sweet one.  And when that happens it gets saved and I flip up the volume and we let it run, over and over.  All day long.  Really loud background noise.

So, Jude made the playlist this morning.  Currently I’m googling Virgil Thrasher and cleaning at a snail’s pace while the kid is currently blowing fart strawberries onto his own knees in the bathtub (“I don’t know what I’m gonna call this game yet.”) and I just noticed that these same few songs have been on repeat today.  The massive amount of banjo?  Yeah, we just went to the music store and picked out the banjo that Jude is asking Santa for.  No big deal, just the most awesome thing ever.  Anyway, you want in on Jude’s list (I could tell you did) so here it is*.  It’s linked quickly and in a non-music blogger fashion because…it’s fucking Sunday, I guess.  And because on Sunday one does whatever one wants to.

Breathe Owl Breathe :: Toboggan

Breathe Owl Breathe :: Own Stunts

Breathe Owl Breathe :: Across the Loch

Akron/Family :: River

Andrew Bird :: Sythian Empires

Arcade Fire :: We Used to Wait

Megafaun :: Bonnie’s Song

Yes, seriously, there are 3 Breathe Owl Breathe songs.  Shutup about it.  We’ll be seeing them next month.  It will be The Jude’s first live concert/show and we’re both equally stoked.  Also, banjo.

*It’s probably worth noting that unfortunately, Jude is only allowed to choose songs that I already have on this here computer.  I love him lots but I’m not gonna go download the Scooby Doo and Indiana Jones’ soundtracks.