Why I Don’t Have Terrible Taste In Music

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Every couple of years Trevor recommends music to me. It’s not often, but he has an amazing track record. When we were sophomores in college, he introduced me to John Prine (and, by proxy, Iris DeMent.) Prine has gone on to become my favorite performer. A few years later he suggested I listen to Chuck Brodsky. Now I own all his albums.

Yesterday Trevor asked if I had been listening to M. Ward. I hadn’t. Trevor’s three for three. It’s nice to have a friend like that.

Here are two M. Ward songs for all of you:


Honored, really. And I needed the free press. And now I’m reading all your friends blogs too!

~ Trevor (yes, the Trevor!)      

Wow, it only took you a day to get on board, eh? I found M. Ward a slow-grower, personally, but now I’m definitely down.

By the way, what do you call an album/artist that takes you a while to appreciate? Pitchfork favors the term “grower,” but I’d like something else. Hmm… Something to ponder in my own blog, I suppose!

I liked him pretty quick. I thought I might not because of his association with Bright Eyes, who I find terribly boring, but M. Ward’s songs have those driving rhythms I’m such a sucker for. Also, Trevor told me he’s recording an album with Zooey Deschanel, for whom I’m also a sucker.

On a side note, I wasn’t fully on board with John Prine until I saw him live. Music’s weird that way.

i actually initially fell for the more atmospheric stuff than the driving rhythms: Post-War (the song) was my first attraction and Let’s Dance is one of the best acoustic covers of a rock and roll song ever (along with Josh Rouse’s version of the Clash’s Straight to Hell Josh Rouse – Straight To Hell (The Clash))

~ Trevor (yes, the Trevor!)      

It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull.

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