Whew, okay, how about instead of bashing more music, I’ll rave about some. Sound good? Great. Conrad Ford is a Seattle band that I recently came across, and so far I can’t get enough of their album, Don’t You Miss Yourself. I wrote up a review for a magazine, so you’ll have to wait ’til that comes out for the really articulate criticism, but the basic gist of their sound is this spare, winter room with nothing on the walls and a snowscape out the window. The other image that pops into my head is the room that Michael Stipe hangs around in for the “Losing My Religion” music video. They’re into banjos and slide guitar, so it’s a bit country, and a bit more honky, but generally you’ll feel more like you are listening to rock music than to twang. Maybe that’s why Stipe pops to mind.
I hear they will be playing a show on November 4 in Bellevue, though I have yet to find out where and when. But I’m working on it. Check ’em out, and pick up their album, because, take my word, it’s one of those albums that will get you through the chilly months.