Archive for August 2009

Florence & the Machine “Lungs”

August 30, 2009

I always wished that Beth Orton would learn how to sing. Everything else about her music was great, but man, every time that mouth would open up, well, you get the idea. Florence & the Machine have convinced me to stop hoping for this pipe dream to become reality.
“Dog Days Are Over” features some amazing chops, and the accompanying music dovetails nicely with it. It’s quite amazing. And I can’t help but think that I am in the act’s target demo, because tracks like “Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)” bring to mind such famous acts as Sinead O’Connor and Bananarama.
I hate to agree with the stickers they put on the CDs, but it’s true. The third great song on this album is indeed “Kiss With a Fist.” The beat sounds like a KT Tunstall, but it has vocals that match the rest of the albums. Musically some comparisons could be made with White Stripes as well.
“Girl With One Eye” is also good, and not just so I can feel better about picking out a song on my own. “Drumming Song” sounds like a saner version of something Ruby would do. “Hurricane Drunk” sounds like something that would have played in an early-’90s teen movie.
I really enjoyed this album a lot more than I thought I would. Its pandering to me did not feel like it, so it let me focus on being entertained by it.

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Episode 1134 is up

August 28, 2009

Fantasy Baseball Strategy Guide and News for 28 August 2009 (Issue 76)

August 28, 2009

Matt Diaz is available in many leagues. He’ll get a lot of playing time so the Braves can figure out what they have.

That’s it. Was it this slow the whole time I was gone?

Episode 1133 is up

August 27, 2009

Fantasy Baseball Strategy Guide and News for 27 August 2009 (Issue 75)

August 27, 2009

So I had to list a bunch of stuff on eBay. (I sell things on consignment.) And the time I spent researching and writing this column was the same time I needed to list these items for other people. I’m all caught up. If you want, you can see what I’m selling on eBay.
Tim Stauffer is a good add if you’re looking for starting pitching. So is Nate Robertson.
Milton Bradley seems to be hitting again.

Episode 1132 is up

August 27, 2009

Joel’s Hit Show, Episode 35, August 26 2009 Playlist

August 26, 2009

UUVVWWZ, Berry Can
Grey Anne, Riddle
Great Northern, Story
Park Avenue Music, Tufts
Nina Gordon, Badway
Holly Golightly, It’s All Over Now
The Minus 5, The Long Hall
Golden, Slow Number
Golem, Tell Her You Love Her
Go-Go’s, Skidmarks on My Heart
Esquimaux, Dulcinea
Peggy Sue, The Conservationist
Polynya, Maul
Girl in a Coma, Ven Cerca
Go Betty Go, It’s Too Bad
Ravishers, Keep You Around
Gliss, Sad Eyes
The Gits, Social Love I
Liam Finn & Eliza Jane, Plane Crash
Giant Drag, Pretty Little Neighbor
Lisa Germano, Way Below the Radio
Summer Cats, St. Tropez
Lisa Gerrard, Sanvean
Fuzzy, Thurber
Madness, Clerkenwell Polka
Fur Cups for Teeth, 99
Edith Frost, My God Insane
Regina Spektor, Eet
Frente!, Accidentally Kelly Street
Fonda, The People We Are
La Roux, Bulletproof
Flashing Red Airplane, It’s a Long Way Down When You Know Your Way
The Fiery Furnaces, My Dog Was Lost But Now He’s Found
Tiny Vipers, Life on Earth
Feist, The Water
Fastbacks, Believe Me Never
Royalchord, Midnight Lines
Christine Fellows, Souvenirs
Melissa Ferrick, Hello Dad
The Most Serene Republic, Vessels of a Donor Look
Marianne Faithfull. Mon Ami, My Friend
Plastiscines, Bitch
The Rocking Horse Winner, When Songbirds Sing

Episode 1131 is up

August 25, 2009

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August 24, 2009

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August 23, 2009