Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Kings of Leon and New Top 5 List

Today, I had another workshop for my new story in my fiction course. It went well. When I got home, I planned on reading through all the letters that my classmates write in response to my story. However, while checking my email, I found that Kings of Leon put their entire new album, "Because of the Times" up on their myspace page for a free advance listen. The album comes out next tuesday and I have been anticipating it like crazy. So, instead of reading through my workshop letters, I sat in my dark office and listened to this album in its entirety through headphones. Wow. Its incredible. Check it out by clicking here.

Also, last friday, stacey and i went to another GWA (graduate writers association) reading at the Landmark inn. Just like last time we went, it was wonderful. We all sit in a room at the hotel and listen to each other read recent poems, stories and essays. A waiter comes by and gives us stuff to drink. Our heads get lighter and we listen to unique voices reading powerful writing and playful writing and sad writing and hopeful writing. It is such a great experience as so many of us writers are all in the same boat, here: laboring over every word on our new story or poem late into the night and hoping that it may be the one that might be published or speak some truth to a ready ear. Whether it is this experience or the concentration of serious, serious work and sweat put into these pages or the possibility and fear of the truth that may have been read that night, we often all drink too much and end up at another bar laughing and arguing and talking about hemingway. After sitting with my writing friends late at the shamrock late into friday night, this was certainly the case. Saturday morning i came up with this list:

Top 6 Albums for a Hang-on (greek-speak for a hangover)
1. Tom Petty's "Wildflowers"
2. Grateful Dead's "Live in Europe, 1972"
3. Pavement's "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain"
4. Black Rebel Motorcyle Club's "Howl"
5. Sufjan Steven's "Greetings From Michigan: The Great Lakes State"
6. Kings of Leon's "Aha Shake Heartbreak"

feel free to post your own top 6.

jason

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

My favorite music while nursing a hangover whould have to " Silence is Golden " by THE SOFT SPEAKERS! BB

Tucson Gram said...

Gee Jason, Haven't heard of any of those songs, are they the ones with talking with music? Tucson Gram

jason shrontz said...

definitely. most of them are just music with someone talking over them. my favorite kind...

jason

Anonymous said...

Jas, I gave the new Kings Of Leon a listen while I was reading the paper and eating a frozen Jacks for supper. Wasn't bad. I havent listened to them too much in the past, my favorite was the last track Fans. bb

Anonymous said...

good list jase,

I have been thinking about it for a while and have come up with a few,

right when I get up, still a little buzzed I love

Mule Variations- tom waits,

after breakfast and feeling worse,

August and ... - counting crows

Al Green - greatest hits

White Ladder - David Grey

and last but not least

maybe a little louis armstrong??

just,
Steve

jason shrontz said...

great list. i like that you specified the different stages of a hang-on. they certainly require different sounds. the part where you come home from work (that is, if you were drinkin on a school night) and just sit on the couch, listless and cluelesss and shirtless, with all the windows open and your zipper down, thats when i listen to the live grateful dead. that album, by the end of it, gives me the courage to stand up and start all over again. by the way, the grateful dead album can easily progress into Bruce Springsteen's "Seeger Sessions" then into Tom Waits "Raindogs" or any Hank Williams. At that point, you better start preparing your albums cause you'll need them again the following morning. Speaking of which, i just got out of work, and it may be time to start.

Me llamo Dave said...

dude, you rock.

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