Speaking of music

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Introducing…Joss StoneThree new-ish albums are spinning in the iPod this week:

First up is Joss Stone’s Introducing…, which I just don’t want to turn off. The CD’s been in the truck all week, I listen to it in the mornings, and I find myself typing “Joss” into the iTunes search box on my MacBook regularly.

I’ve never been a fan of this genre of music before (iTunes calls it R&B, whatever that is*) but Stone has a way of sucking you in and making you feel at home. Her voice is amazing, in a “Have I died and gone to heaven” sort of way.

Color me fuschia, the redhead (!) can belt out a tune.

Neon BibleNext up is Neon Bible, by them sophomores Arcade Fire. I missed their first album (something I hope to remedy shortly) and have been jamming out to Bible quite regularly (whenever I take a break from Joss, that is).

I don’t know how to describe the tunes: sometimes powerful, sometimes subtle, but always with what I can only describe as dedication. They have a sound, and they own it throughout, and that’s something I admire.

We Were Dead Before the Ship Even SankFinally, I picked up downloaded from iTunes We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank yesterday. Modest Mouse is one of those bands that grew one me, in that I wasn’t an immediate fan the first time I heard them. It was several months later that I listened to The Moon and Antarctica and finally found an appreciation for MM.

Haven’t looked back since. Great songs on their latest, and plenty of them to keep you going. This here will be good hiking music, if I can ever get an afternoon off.

Anyhoo, we now return to your regular programming.

*Yes, I do know what R&B is.