The Tryout: Port O'Brien
If there's a genre a music that I would call say I'm most into right now, it would be post rock. The ambient instrumental music of Explosions in the Sky is probably the most notable example (they scored Friday Night Lights) and there are other groups like Mono out there that are also on heavy rotation on my ITunes. Apparently, Do Make Say Think is a post rock band and their latest album is good but not as good as their older records. And seeing as that I've never heard of them, I decided to give the old stuff a listen. Not too shabby. Their sounds seems lo-fi-ish or maybe just not as full as bands like Mono and Explosions in the Sky but maybe I just haven't heard enough yet.
People seem to really like the album called Album from the band called Girls but it's just not clicking with me. Not bad, just not something I see myself wanting to listen to very often.
The Cribs albums is good but it seems like they maybe an album or two away from really breaking through. Then again, they may be one of those bands that always drop two or three really good songs per album but never put it together for one cohesive set.
The BIRP! free music download introduced me to Parts & Labor and I'm kind of digging their 2008 offering.
In the end, I decided to go with Port O'Brien's new album "Threadbare". It came out a month or so ago and I think I might have heard a few of the songs here and there but after giving the album a full listen, I've become a fan. Another reason I'm a fan is because, according to Pitchfork, "At Port O'Brien's core are part-time musicians Van Pierszalowski and Cambria Goodwin, who work every summer in Alaska-- he on his dad's commercial salmon fishing boat and she as a baker in little Larsen Bay's only cannery." Talk about indie music.
If I ever decide to waste time and form a pop punk band, I will definitely be covering Sour Milk/Salt Water (as well as Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful") but that's a different discussion altogether.