The JBE loves music. Aspects of the JBE brand are embedded with and influenced by many DIY aspects inherent in music from both the punk and post-punk eras of rock music history.
I still listen to “what’s new” via streaming audio, most often, KEXP, based in Seattle, WMBR (based at MIT), especially Saturday’s James Dean Death Car Experience, and WFMU, one of America’s last free-form radio stations, what’s become an oddity in this age of corporate media consolidation.
I actually still buy music and picked up a couple of CDs to keep me entertained in my forays into rural western Maine. My local music store of choice is Bull Moose, and I visited the Brunswick store Thursday afternoon.
While my music can tilt towards the obscure side of the rock and post-rock spectrum, one of my purchases yesterday was The Shins and their 2007, “Wincing the Night Away” disc. They’re not a household name, but rock music fans, especially those that like jangly, literate rock with generous helpings of melody know James Mercer’s outfit.
YouTube has a version of 2003’s “Chutes Too Narrow,” another Shins’ disc I own, so I post it for your Friday listening pleasure. The first track, “Kissing the Lipless” is one of my favorite Shins tracks.