Nickel Creek has been one of my favorite bands for quite a while now, but they sadly broke up back in 2007. Each member’s musicianship is not something I can easily ignore or forget, so I like to check in and see what the three members are up to every now and then.
My favorite member to keep up with though has to be Chris Thile. He’s worked with so many people (including Yo-Yo Ma) in the last couple years making fantastic music all while cranking out great albums with his band the Punch Brothers.
In 2006, Chris helped start Punch Brothers, a progressive bluegrass band with all the traditional bluegrass instruments; upright bass, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and acoustic guitar. Their third album Who’s Feeling Young Now was released in February and it has definitely been an album I’ve really enjoyed this year.
From all accounts I’ve heard, they put on an incredible show, simply because their talent becomes even more apparent as you watch them live. The last time I saw Chris Thile perform was on the closing Nickel Creek tour in 2007 and I could not be more excited to see him perform again with the rest of the Punch Brothers.
"Movement and Location" has been one of my favorites from their new album, check it out below or listen to the album on Spotify.
Here’s my “official” playlist for you all. It’s got a hodgepodge of artists, but it mostly sticks to a mellow/folksy/occasional electronic theme.
If you aren’t familiar with some of these bands, check them out. Good music for a nice Fall day! (or evening)
"Young" by Nickel Creek from their album This Side (2002)
I’m going a little old school with this post. Nickel Creek is one of my all time favorite bands, unfortunately they broke up about five years ago, but each year when Autumn rolls around they are definitely the band I listen to the most. They are heavily influenced by bluegrass and folk, but a lot of their songs (like this one) have a very rock-esque folk feel.
Pretty soon here I think I’ll post a Fall playlist. Be warned- it will have lots of Nickel Creek on it!
Here are my favorite albums from the last couple of years that have gotten many a play on my itunes. These aren’t really in any order as they have all had some impact on me and I like them all a lot!
•Riot On An Empty Street (2004) by Kings of Convenience
•Why Should The Fire Die? (2005) by Nickel Creek
•Once Soundtrack (2006) by The Swell Season
•The Pursuit (2009) by Jamie Cullum
•Age of Adz (2010) by Sufjan Stevens
•Plans (2005) by Death Cab for Cutie
•Bon Iver (2011) by Bon Iver
•Trouble (2004) by Ray Lamontagne
•LP (2009) by Discovery
•All Delighted People (2010) by Sufjan Stevens
•Give Up (2003) by The Postal Service
•Dark Was The Night Compilation (2009)
•Veneer (2003) by Jose Gonzalez
•Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends (2008) by Coldplay
•Armchair Apocrypha (2007) by Andrew Bird
•The BQE (2009) by Sufjan Stevens
A few that are really close to being on the list- The Eraser by Thom Yorke, The Suburbs by Arcade Fire, High Violet by The National, and Barton Hollow by The Civil Wars. I think the reason I can’t put these albums on the “official” list at this point is because I’ve only been listening to these last few musicians for less than a year. I’ve been listening to all the bands that made it on the list for at least two years, and I don’t want to prematurely name some brand new album or band I don’t know very well onto my list.
That’s all for tonight folks. Sorry I haven’t had a ton of posts recently! I’ve been working a lot.