Music is an obsession for me, I buy about $50 per month worth of CD’s I’d say, give or take.  A few nuggets of inspiration for you this morn:

First up are EPs.  EPs are great in my opinion, they offer an eclectic offshoot of an album, some derivative work that wasn’t worth of an entire LP, a mixture of artists in a quick shot, a prelim to a band you haven’t purchased and don’t want to cough up too much for initially, etc.  There are a lot of good reasons to buy EPs, but often it comes down to fulfilling a collection.  Smart artists that want to sell more music or increase their viability will do splits and EPs continually to diversify themselves.  Coming out with an album every two years is kind of mundane if you ask me; would it were the case I’d put out music pieces as small collections or even as one song at a time.  Who cares?  CD’s and albums are just ideas dictated by mediums, which makes us victims of logic and circumstance.

Don’t get me wrong, I love albums.  Albums offer us a complete point in time of an artist, including stylings and thought processes.  But a more continuous flow of music from artists would give us a better understanding of their growth or deterioration in style, ability and thought processes.  Imagine that.

Anyhoo, I like a lot of EPs, and I should get around to listing out my favorites.  But for now I’m going to recommend this Neva Dinova/Bright Eyes split which continually amazes me months after purchase.  The funny thing is that Neva actually owns the offering, they have four songs and three out of those four are ridiculously good.  Better than the one full length of theirs I picked up (I have a newer one on the way), it’s impressive.  The two Bright Eyes tracks are VERY good as well.  Overall this is a very chilled out and meditative CD.  It’s a thinker.  It’s amazing, actually.

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Next is easily my favorite soundtrack of all time.  There are probably a lot of good soundtrack albums out there that I’ve yet to listen to, but this one is without a doubt the best in the world.  I saw the movie “I’m Not There” two years ago and have watched it probably 20 times since then, it’s an artistic account of the many lives of Bob Dylan, yes the walking musical deity, Bob Dylan.  This soundtrack consistently blows me away with the depth and intricacy of which most artists take on Bob’s songs, from all genres.  What’s truly magnificent is that most of his popular songs are left out and the obscure lyrical genii (made that word up) are taken on from indie rock songs.

Check out the track listings.  Do it.  The Black Keys hit Wicked Messenger really hard.  Cat Power adds her personal touch to Stuck Inside of Mobile.  Sufjan Stevens does a great job with the religious (big surprise) Ring Them Bells.  Eddie Vedder’s All Along the Watch Tower is really powerful and fall somewhere between Hendrix and the Byrds.  Mason Jennings‘ Death of Hattie Carrol is almost up there with Bob’s, and that’s saying something.  Los Lobos’ Billy is even better than Bob’s, but is quite distinct in sound.  Mira Billotte is amazing in her interpretation of As I Went Out One Morning.  Actually, in retrospect, one of my favorite Dylan albums, John Wesley Harding gets a lot of play in this as five of the songs on the album are presented.  The list goes on, that’s maybe half of the truly astounding tracks here.  There are a ridiculous amount of great artists on this CD and most are really adding value to these songs in one way or another.  The young Marcus Carl Franklin’s When the Ship Comes In is impressive too.

For the love of all things good, if you like Dylan at all or indie artists at all, this is worth the $16.  Pony it up, you chincy slag.  :-)  Have a great weekend everyone.

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