Music on Mondays (9-22-14) Second Edition — Julian’s Music

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

Hello, all of Russel’s loyal WordPress followers. It’s Julian, number two over here at Russel Ray Photos.

Me at this very moment:


I have not spoken to y’all in quite some time, and moreover I’ve never made a blog post on here besides to promote our pages on Facebook and Twitter (those are here and here in case you haven’t seen/liked/followed them already).

However, Russel is currently a little under the weather. He already posted one Music on Monday today, but I offered to post a blog so he wouldn’t have to strain his creative thinking process in the midst of his illness in order to produce a second blog. He liked that idea, and said I could create another Music on Monday today if I so wished. So, here I am.

I have no central theme for this music post, however, what I do have is an audience that hears about me quite frequently without really having a good idea of who I am. My plan here is to take advantage of this opportunity to both supply you with bonus Monday music, and hopefully provide you with a better sense of who I am as a person. I think one’s taste in music has a fair amount to say about who they are. I’ll let you decide that for yourself.

To begin, I figure it would be appropriate to post what I’m listening to currently. As you may know, Russel listens to all of his music chronologically. We just finished the end of his “modern” collection, and therefore have just looped back to the forties, fifties, and early sixties. I thought I appreciated music from that time period more before I actually had to listen to it for more than ten minutes at a time, and by the second hour I couldn’t stand it and had to plug my headphones in and return to my music comfort zone.

Right now, I’m really getting into alternative rock band from Kentucky, Cage the Elephant. They’re best known for their big hit “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” that was released off of their debut album back in the summer of 2008. I thought their initial stuff was alright, but what I’m really appreciating are their two latest albums, Thank You, Happy Birthdayand MelophobiaMost of today I’ve been listening to this song on repeat:

I would highly recommend looking further into their material. I was quick to judge on just the hits, and was kicking myself when I found out how quality their other material was.

Hailing from NYC, one of my very favorite bands of all time is another alternative indie rock band, The Strokes. Their first three albums, Is This It, Room on Fire, and First Impressions of Earth, are my favorites. They are best known for their hits off of their debut album:

Along with the Strokes, another of my all time favorites is CAKE, from Sacramento, CA. They have received a ton of radio play from their variety of hits, including the Distance, Short Skirt Long Jacket, Never There, Let Me Goand Love You Madly, all of which I loved extensively enough to explore their entire discography. As is usually discovered when exploring a band beyond their hits, their lesser known material was just as good if not better. Here are a few tracks worth listening to:

Some of the lesser smash hit bands/musicians I love include Tokyo Police Club, an indie rock band from Canada:

Manchester Orchestra:

Beach Fossils:

Bright Eyes:

And hundreds more. I could go on and on and on about all the music I love, but this has already gotten quite lengthy and my shift is almost ending. Perhaps I may expand more on my personal taste in music some other Monday in the future, but for now I leave you with this small sample of the bands and musicians I am particularly fond for (there are still so many bands I want to talk about, so secretly I’m hoping I get to do this again). Anyway though, I hope all of you enjoy the rest of your week. Keep rockin’ the free world.

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7 thoughts on “Music on Mondays (9-22-14) Second Edition — Julian’s Music

  1. colltales

    Hey, Julian, I enjoyed your Monday picks, specially Cage the Elephant, which I had heard of but never listened to before. My fav Tokyo Police Club song is Beaches, but on SoundCloud I’ve found that I liked other stuff of theirs too. Loved Simple Math video, with the kid an the Ray Winstone lookalike. Speaking of SoundCloud, check some playlists I’ve compiled there. Nothing earth shaking but I found a lot of ‘new’ music there, and often just group them to play throughout my day. Hope you enjoy it. Best

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Hey it’s Julian. Thanks, I’ll for sure do that. Thanks for your comment, I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Beaches is probably my favorite song off of their new album. I was really worried I wasn’t going to enjoy the new one as much as the first three, but I loved it from the first play through.


      1. colltales

        Right on. I often find that how much I like a song, at least initially, depends a lot on the circumstances I’m in at that particular moment. So sometimes, a song just hits me when I’m on a car, or simply looking out a window. Then at home, late at night, it has a complete different impact on me, when I tend to like the quietness better. Very personal of course.



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