The Generationals {New Music}

The Generationals

Live at the KEXP studio, July 25th, 2009 {flickr user Mordac}.

New Orleans-based duo The Generationals plays music that spans many styles and references. The first track from their just-released album, Heza {spotify}, is an upbeat pop-rock track reminiscent of the Strokes or Divine Fits, with lead-singer Ted Joyner’s range reaching the heights of Built to Spill’s Doug Martsch with a tinge of Tallest Man on Earth’s Kristian Matsson.

I suck at writing about music.

The third track, “Say When,” has a bass line with that synth-twist that I picture the Cure’s Robert Smith appreciating.

Have I exhausted all the musical references I know about yet? I’m definitely getting close.

The fourth track, “You Got Me,” is an idyllic instrumental interlude; “You Got Me,” is alright.

Alliteration and semi-colon in one sentence. My job here is nearly done.

The fifth track, “Put a Light On,” is damn good. Joyner’s lyrics do that cool screamy-not-scream thing The Shins’ James Mercer is known for.

Well, I think of him as being known for that, anyway.

The sixth track, “I Never Know,” is where Grant Widmer’s guitar-playing really reminds me of the Strokes’ Nick Valensi.

I mean this as a good thing.

I’m sure there’s a word for it.

A more competent reviewer might take this opportunity to remark upon the lyrics—tying in some key moment in the band’s existence—with a nod to their hometown or a formative event in the lives of one of its members.

But you didn’t come here to read a good review.

The seventh track, “Awake,” is pretty good. No further comment.

The eighth track, “Kemai,” is a funky little gem.

The ninth track, “I Used to Let You Get to Me”, is the one I want to share here.

So just listen to it yourself.

 

The Generationals — “I Used to Let You Get to Me” {mp3}.

Found via Blogged 50 {songza}.

My (Not-So-New) Side Project

So I alluded to this back in November, and now I’m ready to share a little more. It’s a project I’ve been working on—in one capacity or another—for nearly a decade.

It’s a book and a website/blog I’m working on at the same time. Here’s an excerpt from a recent post I wrote explaining the book:

I’m writing the book I wanted to read when I first got out of the hospital, back in 2004.

I’ve been trying to write that book since then. I’ve had a ton of false starts. But I think I’m finally getting somewhere.

This time, I’m keeping three key things in mind.

The site is very much a work in progress; many sections are just placeholders. But feel free to poke around and let me know what you think. Thanks!

What’s New Can Stay

Love this take on social media/technology companies from Seth Godin:

Racing to build your organization around the latest social network tool or graphics-rendering technology permits you to spend a lot of time learning the new system and skiing in the fresh powder of the unproven, but it might just distract you from the difficult work of telling the truth, looking people in the eye and making a difference.

I’m totally guilty of this—always chasing the shiny new object. I’ve left this page open in a tab on my browser for a couple weeks now, hoping it’ll sink in.