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New Music 2017 – Comparative Opinions Episode 54

Welcome to the Comparative Opinions podcast! This week, hosts Holly and David reflect on the albums that have come out so far this year – most of them really recently! – for bands they follow. In case they didn’t make it clear, the one they’re liking best so far is After Laughter by Paramore. What have you been listening to?

Comparative Opinions is a weekly half-hour-ish podcast hosted on ComparativeGeeks.com. Subscribe for new episodes every Sunday!

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Music is by Scott Gratton: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Scott_Gratton/Intros_and_Outros

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Excited for Four Albums Coming Soon!

One of the things that has been interesting with us using Apple Music is that pretty much as soon as you hear about a new album, it’s available for you to add to your library, to basically squat on until such time as it actually releases. This would be the normal “pre-order” period, when iTunes and the artists release a few singles in advance along with your pre-order – and you get access to those early singles on Apple Music as well.

One interesting side effect though is that the albums can slip away into your “Recently Added” titles, and sneak up on you once actually released! For instance, Incubus’ new album, 8, snuck up on me and I haven’t really given it a listen yet.

I’ve heard about several new albums in just the last week or two, and thought I would share them and spend a minute looking over the details so I can more appropriately expect them. What’s interesting after I talked about the availability of early singles is that I haven’t tended to use this feature much – maybe to listen to the songs once or twice, and then just wait for the album to come out. So I actually can’t really vouch for how good these albums are seeming so far; I just know I like the artists and want a new album!

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Broken Bride by Ludo

Thanks to Apple Music, I’ve been getting to round out music for various artists I love, checking out albums from before or after I found them. Checking out live albums, EPs and other projects. One of the best random gems I’ve found this way is Broken Bride by one of my very favorites, Ludo.

Broken Bride is about 25 minutes, and is a concept album of sorts. Well, EP I guess. Well, rock opera from what I’m seeing online. It’s some of their earlier work, from 2005, but the science fiction and fantastical elements are all spot on with their later work.

The basic plot is this: a man in the future is granted a time machine to use to save the city, but he wants it for a selfish reason: to get back to the day that the woman he loved died. Back to 1989.

It does not go well.

And it tends to get me pretty emotional by the end – it’s really just great. And hey, like everything, there’s a few versions on YouTube. Here’s one: enjoy!

5 Great Bands I’ve found lately – Throwback Thursday

I’ve been wanting to write a post about music, but keep realizing I’ve already talked about these bands! So instead, how about I just share this in case you missed it? Here’s five (with a bonus sixth) great bands to check out!

It’s been a while, but for a time I was blogging music on Sourcerer. Maybe my most successful post – in part because it was open to so many suggestions and wasn’t focused on one artist – was about vocal duos in bands. It’s great and all when there’s just one person singing, but I really like it when you can get two people going, either separately on different songs, or together on one.

In that post I point back to the Raconteurs as the first time I was really noticing and liking this, but afterwards I’ve realized I completely missed the mark there – it would be Fleetwood Mac, a band I grew up listening to with my family and on my own. So I’ve been listening to music like this for a long time…

Between writing that post, and getting Apple Music, I didn’t pick up too much new music – so it’s been an explosion of me finding and obsessing over new bands, and new material from bands I had one album for, ever since! And my jumping-off point has been this post, the idea of these sorts of bands. Several came up in that other post or in its comments, but let’s explore!

Oh and I should note here… I haven’t really watched these music videos, so hopefully they’re not too weird?

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5 Great Bands I’ve found lately

It’s been a while, but for a time I was blogging music on Sourcerer. Maybe my most successful post – in part because it was open to so many suggestions and wasn’t focused on one artist – was about vocal duos in bands. It’s great and all when there’s just one person singing, but I really like it when you can get two people going, either separately on different songs, or together on one.

In that post I point back to the Raconteurs as the first time I was really noticing and liking this, but afterwards I’ve realized I completely missed the mark there – it would be Fleetwood Mac, a band I grew up listening to with my family and on my own. So I’ve been listening to music like this for a long time…

Between writing that post, and getting Apple Music, I didn’t pick up too much new music – so it’s been an explosion of me finding and obsessing over new bands, and new material from bands I had one album for, ever since! And my jumping-off point has been this post, the idea of these sorts of bands. Several came up in that other post or in its comments, but let’s explore!

Oh and I should note here… I haven’t really watched these music videos, so hopefully they’re not too weird?

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