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1000 Minutes: Andy #32

Not feeling particularly creative or attentive apparently, for today’s chapter of my 1000 Minutes Project I chose two songs of exactly the same length.  I’m sure someone with more knowledge of fate/numerology/whatever might have something to say about the meaning of this, but I just kind of figure that when you choose 250 songs or so, two are bound to be the same length.  Anyway, let’s get into it:

65. Amos Lee – Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight (mp3) from Amos Lee (3:08) [Time Remaining: 684:30]

There’s a vein of simple, hopeful sadness running right through the opening track of Amos Lee’s eponymous debut album.  It’s thoughtful about the end of relationships – with a city, with a landlord, with a girlfriend.  While the song is at its most basic about the attempt to achieve a balance in one’s life, it’s also a gentle reminder to appreciate that with which we’ve been blessed.

Often the word home is confused with the structures in which we live; it’s stabilizing to remember that wherever we all end up, it’s our loved ones that are really our homes.  And if nothing else, I can’t get over how perfectly the sentiment conveyed right at the start of the second verse is:

I’m in love with a girl who’s in love with the world; I can’t help but follow.

66. Josh Rouse – Winter in the Hamptons (mp3) from Nashville (3:08) [Time Remaining: 681:22]

There comes a point each year – right around the end of March – when my spring fever really starts to kick in.  The winters around Rochester are long, often severe, and an overall pain in the ass.  (See: Lake-Effect Snow.)  After the Super Bowl, there’s another month and a half (at least) of terrible weather.  It’s enough to affect a person’s sanity.

But, as March draws to a close, things finally start to look up as far as our weather is concerned.  The ground is mostly visible – except for the two-story snow mounds in parking lots around the city, and the constant threat of snow is gone.  Despite the lingering chill in the air, Josh Rouse’s “Winter in the Hamptons” always puts me squarely in the mood for warmer days, as if having my car scraped by snow plows for three months wasn’t enough.

1000 Minutes: Dave #19

Today’s music included in my 1000 Minutes project may seem like it has a connecting theme. That theme, to those of discerning eyes and ears, being its use in a certain film. This film, whose title I won’t be mentioning, is a lightning rod of opinions in that most I’ve talked to either love or hate it. Personally, I love the movie and get goose bumps often when watching it, and in particular during parts of the film when certain songs are used. Both songs below serve to enhance the film in multiple ways for me, and honestly the entire soundtrack is excellent as well. In fact I’ve already used another song from it in this list. If you wish to find out what movie it is do some research on your own. If curious as to why I am not mentioning the film, my point in deliberately omitting it is to illustrate that the song’s inclusion in this list have nothing to do with their inclusion in the film. So there.

37. Josh Rouse – Directions (mp3) from Home (3:26) [Time Remaining: 846:16]

I have many Josh Rouse albums and songs littered about on my computer and in my house. No matter what he has made in the past or produces in the future this little ditty will always be my favorite. While I don’t necessarily identify with the theme of the song, as often is the case with me, I take the song at face value and just love the sounds of it. The music arrangement and the vocals just shout out something beautiful to my ears. I’ve probably listened to this song several hundred times and have never, nor will ever, sicken of it.

38. Sigur Rós – Sigur 4 (Untitled) (mp3) from ( ) (6:57) [Time Remaining: 839:19]

What exactly can I say about a song with lyrics in a nonsensical language made up so that listeners can interpret them however they choose? First off, as silly as that idea may sound to people I absolutely love it. I doubt this song means exactly the same thing to another person as it does to me. This is one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard and I think the idea of the entire album is genius, though it certainly takes a band of this stature to pull it off. The track was later officially titled Njósnavélin by the band for those that may be curious.

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Josh Rouse

I believe that anyone who appreciates music has had an experience where he or she knew immediately that an artist was good. Not after reading reviews, or having your friend tell you to listen to a CD or song, but simply after picking up an album, or going to a concert.

My favorite instance of this happening personally was when my brother and I went to a Guster concert (who were all the rage for me around 1999-2000 when Lost and Gone Forever came out) and Josh Rouse opened. Neither he nor I had ever heard of Mr. Rouse, but when he started playing, we both knew that he was good, and literally turned to each other and simultaneously said so. I barely remember anything about the Guster show, but I remember Josh Rouse. I went the next day and bought his sophomore album Home.

Since that concert, Mr. Rouse has released 5 albums, a live DVD, and a few EPs. It’s a considerable output, and one that I’ve enjoyed immensely. I’ve always been of the mind that he should be more successful that I imagine he is; while he’s received a little bit of soundtrack love on the Vanilla Sky and The Girl Next Door soundtracks, overall he seems to be flying just below the radar. And maybe he’s content with that.

He’s got his own label – Bedroom Classics – and he’s released a bunch of concerts and previously unreleased tracks on his website. For $30, you get access to everything he’s put out there on his site, new material around the first of every month, and a year’s subscription to Paste Magazine. If you’re already a fan, there’s a lot to dig into.

I don’t know what he’s up to recording-wise these days; he seems like he should be due for a new album, but his site doesn’t have anything in the way of news. There are a couple of shows across the Atlantic listed on the site, and you can buy some albums through his current label here, or through eMusic, and older stuff through Amazon. For some reason, his excellent Nashville album isn’t listed with his other albums on Amazon, but you can get it through them here.

Here are a few of my favorite tracks of his. I’ll be on the lookout for new album news, and will keep you, faithful readers, abreast of any info.

Josh Rouse – Winter In The Hamptons (mp3) from Nashville

Josh Rouse – Slaveship (mp3) from 1972

Josh Rouse – It Looks Like Love (Live In Studio) (mp3) original from Subtitulo