Archive for January 2009
Rumi, Broken Record
The Pipettes, Your Kisses Are Wasted on Me
Larkin Grimm, Blond and Golden Johns
Pizzicato Five, Concerto
Pretty Girls Make Graves, Liquid Courage
The Reaction, It’s About Time
Other Star People, Drip
Anna Oxygen, R.R.N.
Operation Makeout, Current Events
18th Dye, Go ‘n’ Go
OP8 featuring Lisa Germano, If I Think of Love
Beth Orton, Worms
Bang! Bang! Eche!, 4 to the Floor
Orba Squara, Perfect Timing (This Morning)
Of Montreal, Oslo in the Summertime
Peachcake, Need Room? We Have Space!
The Peechees, No Heart
Gringo Star, All Yall
Peaches, Diddle My Skittle
Negativland and Chumbawamba, The ABCs of Anarchism
Frida Hyvonen, Scandinavian Blonde
Joanna Newsom, Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie
The New Pornographers, Mass Romantic
Lou Reed, Caroline Says, Pt. II
Northern State, Oooh Girl
Feist, I Feel It All
Scout Niblett, Relax
Death Cab for Cutie, Pictures in an Exhibition
Heather Nova, Throwing Fire at the Sun
The No-No’s, The Damage Done
Juliette Commagere, Everything I Love
Mirah, The Light
Dynamite Club, Ladykiller
Mono, Memorie Dal Futuro
Inner Circle feat. Slightly Stoopid, Mary Collie Weed
The Moto Litas, Not Pretty Today
Digitalism, Yes, I Don’t Want This
The Rocking Horse Winner, Curable
Fun and jangly power pop, right here, right now. The Reaction want one, and they’ll get it with this release. From crunchy guitar to sensible and accurate bass, it has it all. I don’t understand how anyone could sit still and listen to this. You must get up and dance and do it now.
“It’s About Time” has it all. If it were a snack, it would be donuts. The title track is only 68 seconds long but a lot of fun. If you want simple stuff that rocks, this is where you go.
“Hello at Last” has the same bass intro as The Kirby Grips’ “At Last,” and that’s no coincidence. The bassist from that group is in The Reaction. It’s a good set of notes, though. A great idea. This bit is an instrumental, but maybe someday it will grow into a song.
Remember the guitar in “Fireman” by Jawbreaker? This band loves doing that stuff. “And Then There’s Mod” has more of a punk take. It’s great to hear them rock out. It reminds me of why I got into the local scene in the first place.
14 tracks. 30 minutes. Play it all in a row. Whew! That was a workout!
This music is too cultured for me. It has mandolins, banjos, mirambulas and a pump organ. Some songs are in French (“Toujours Vouloir”). Others aren’t but make as much sense as those that are (the title track). Albums that make me feel underdressed are not necessarily bad. It just means I misjudged it when I first saw it.
The faster songs are more my style. “You Don’t See It” could easily be a Suzanne Vega song, except the voice doesn’t match. The mixing of this album was definitely not skipped over. Everything is in its perfect little place. There’s nothing for me to grab onto generally.
I also like Magalenha, although I have no idea what language it is in. My money is on Portuguese. It would go great with a bottle of wine.
When I say this is party music, I mean one of those mixers you have right after you move, like a housewarming party. It will catch your attention every now and then and provide fodder for conversation once the weather has been discussed for the 81st time.
It’s the Clash. Even those that live under a rock heard this in the background while having sedimentary thoughts. All your favorites are there. Really what makes an album like this listenable are when songs sound even better than they normally do. For this, I nominate “The Guns of Brixton.” It starts with a bit of banter and then goes right into the song. It may not be The Clash’s most popular song, but this version rates as one of the best.
The cover of “I Fought the Law” is also above average and a song they are often known for. “The Magnificent Seven” is one of their more fun forays normally, but it misses the mark. Live albums are tough. You’re always going to have some songs that sound better or worse on any given night. “Armagideon Time” also is one to avoid. Luckily you can always listen to the studio version of the track!
Your standards are here too: “London Calling,” “Rock the Casbah” and “Should I Stay Or Should I Go.” They’re, well, standard. No real surprises but not bad either.