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12:15 PM on 12/11/12 
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So. Excited.
05:08 AM on 02/21/13 
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Tried to hold off on listening to anymore new songs til I got my preorder, but I couldn't help checking out one of Josh's radio performances yesterday. This is "Hopeful":

05:33 PM on 02/21/13 
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A dude a few posts up said it's on SoulSeek. I didn't even know that was still a thing. Anyway, it's nowhere else from what I could tell.
06:12 PM on 02/21/13 
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So Runs... had the slowest burn for me. I remember being massively letdown when it was released, so much so that I listened to it twice and put it on the shelf for about six months or something. Then, in the midst of a Ritter kick, I picked it back up and started listening to it off and on again, waiting for it to click. It never really did, though I like it a lot more now than I did. The high points ("The Curse," "Another New World") are ludicrously high, but something about the overall direction of that album just doesn't gel with me the way his previous work did.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to this. I think this guy is possibly the best lyricist to come around since Nick Cave, and The Animal Years would most likely crack an overall Top 100 Albums list from me. I'd love to hear him top it.
I feel like I'm still trying to get used to that album. Didn't like it at first, but after a while the songs started to sink in. It's just one of those albums that takes a while to absorb, I guess.

I think the thing about So Runs... is that you can't listen to it as background music, it's an album you really need to pay attention to in order to enjoy. Most of the songs are so dense, it's like Josh set out to record an album where each song was "Thin Blue Flame"-like in its epicness. The songs by themselves are fine, but overall the record is exhausting to listen to straight through.

From the songs that've been released so far, Beast seems like it'll be pretty balanced. I'm most interested in how autobiographical the lyrics are when in countless interviews before he used to claim not to like autobiographical songs.
05:11 AM on 02/22/13 
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I didn't like it that much at first either save for a few songs. The thing that really got me into it was seeing those songs played live. EVERYONE NEEDS TO SEE HIM LIVE
This, absolutely. His records are beautiful, but his performances are even more mind-blowing. I love how he's able to adapt his songs to both solo shows as well as those with his full band, and in both instances they all sound so perfect.

...Which is why I'm so pissed about the fact that a few days ago, at 10 AM, he sent out a surprise newsletter saying he was doing a FREE show for NPR at a place not far from where I work, and tickets sold out in minutes. Actually clicked on the ticket link at 10:10, and they were all gone. I knew Josh was getting more popular, but I wasn't expecting the tickets to go that fast.

Blurgh. Oh well, at least I'm still seeing him at Terminal 5. Excited to see how he works these new songs into his set list.
09:22 PM on 02/24/13 
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Link to the NPR stream: http://www.npr.org/2013/02/24/172486...-in-its-tracks
07:23 AM on 02/25/13 
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On first listen, love it. Amazing how he could make sad songs seem so happy.
11:05 AM on 03/03/13 
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"Joy To You Baby" is perfect. I splurged on the deluxe package, which included a notebook of lyrics in Josh's handwriting. Really interesting to see what the alternate and left-out lines for that song were.
05:45 AM on 03/05/13 
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I'm rewatching the release show. Man, I love this man, he's such a joy and a sweetheart. Howling along with the audience during Wolves, his always hilarious Harrisburg intermission stories, prolonging the start of The Temptation of Adam by ranting about ghosts in pretzel shops. He's seriously my favorite person ever.
Just watched the show as I was making/eating breakfast, and I loved this tangent. God, what a charmer.
04:58 AM on 03/06/13 
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Does anyone else's CD say "Advance Music / Release Date: March 2013" on it? Pre-ordered from Amazon and thought it was curious.

Mine does. I did the pre-order through the website and figured that was why mine might've said it, but it's interesting that your Amazon order does too.



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