It’s a simple yet sublime pleasure, and just thinking about it can make you feel a little calmer, a little more content. Imagine: You bring out one of the good rocks glasses (or your favorite mug or a special occasion tea cup) and pour a couple fingers of amber liquid (or something dark and strong or just some whole milk). You drop the needle on the jazz platter (or pull up a blues album on your mp3 player or dig out that mixtape from college). Ensconcing yourself in the coziest seat in the house, you crack the spine on a classic (or find your place in that sci-fi paperback or pull up a biography on your e-book reader). And then, you go away for a while. Ah, bliss.
In this series, some of NTSIB’s friends share beloved albums, books and drinks to recommend or inspire.
Ghost King is one of the bands I was sorry to miss at SXSW, not least because I arrived at the venue not two minutes after they got finished.
SO CLOSE. AND YET SO FAR.
However, in much happier news, their new record – Bones – has been turned loose upon the world, and we can listen to it any time we want.
It’s an oddly-shaped little gem. The best way I can think of to describe it is “occasionally syrupy surf pop with an undercurrent of fuzzy menace.”
Ghost in Love is one of the poppier tunes:
While the two-part title track reflects the, uh, syrupy fuzzy menace:
And with that I will turn the floor over to Carter McNeil (vocals/guitar; center, in stripes, below), who joins us today to talk about a favorite book, record and drink.
A GOOD READ
The Hobbit. Elves are pretty cool.
A GOOD LISTEN
12 Bar Bruise By King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.
I like to put it on and jump around in my room.
A GOOD DRINK
Red wine. It just feels really good . . .