I like Franklin Bruno a lot, and I even know him a little bit, so naturally I was interested in obtaining the new Human Hearts album, Another. I could have paid for a download of this album at any point in the last several months, but I didn’t. I could have checked to see if I could listen to it free on Spotify, which I have open on my laptop most of the time, but I didn’t do that either. (Just checked now — it’s not there.) But the other day, when I walked into the record store on my block and saw it on the new releases shelf, I bought it. That’s one thing about physical stores — they give you a reason to buy the thing now, not at some other time, while the continuous and eternal availability of the record online meant that there was no moment at which my desire to hear the new Human Hearts album outweighed my desire to click on whatever else I was clicking on.
I presume there are theorists of this kind of thing.
Anyway, here are some favorite Franklin Bruno tracks.
“Going to Marrakesh,” by the Extra Glenns, which is Bruno together with John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats.
I wanted to link to “Coupon,” which is much noisier and messier than the two above, but I can’t find a publicly available sound file, so you’ll just have to imagine it!