So I recently picked up the new Super Furry Animals' album, "LoveKraft". Anyone else gotten this? What do you think?
For my part, I like it well enough. Certainly loads of variety to be heard. One thing that I kind of miss from their previous albums though, is the lack of symmetry. The songs all seem to be completely independent, no inter-weaving story to link them all together. I guess you can't have it all eh?
This is just a random post, I suppose. I've done nothing all day except sit around in my pajamas listening to music. Nothing wrong with that?
Just some random music thoughts as I sit here listening and aimlessly swaying and getting the occasional misty eye.
"Silver Dagger" -Dolly Parton: This song just kills me. I love the lyrics, the bluegrass guitar and fiddle, and her voice is strong yet fragile. I love that woman--she is a wonderful talent and not many people realize that, I think.
Other songs I've been listening to:
"You Were Always On my Mind" -Willie Nelson
"The Highway Man" -Johnny Cash
"Sea of Heartbreak" -Johnny Cash
"I Still Miss Someone" -Johnny Cash
"Little Bird" -Emmylou Harris
"You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" -Dusty Springfield
"Running Up That Hill" -Kate Bush
"Bluest Eyes in Texas" -Nina Persson
"Solitary Man" -Neil Diamond!
"Lonely Too Long" -Patty Loveless
"Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" -Shirelles
"Let's Stay Together" - Al Green
"I Hope That I Don't Fall in Love With You" -Tom Waits
"Hang Down Your Head" -Tom Waits
"Lonely" -Tom Waits
"Heart of Gold" -Neil Young
"Sailing" -live U2 version..haha...it's emotional! sniff
If you like any of those, let me know! Or if you hate them, too, I suppose. Well now, this has been a productive weekend.
Oak Ridge Boys w/The Pointer Sisters--MN State Fair, 1984 (my first show!)
Hmmm...I am missing a lot, I think!
U2, Popmart tour, 1997, Minneapolis U2, Elevation tour, 2001, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Chicago (three shows in Chicago)
Oasis, Northrup Auditorium U of M, 1998 Travis opening for Oasis, 1999 Travis, 1999, 2000, 2001 Pete Yorn, 2002 Remy Zero, 2002 JJ72, 2000? Stereophonics, twice Starsailor, 2004 Wilt, Cork Ireland, 2003 The White Stripes, 2003 Franz Ferdinand, twice, 2004 Vanilla Ice (ha! it was great!), The Lab, St. Paul, 2002 Counting Crows, 1998 The Cranberries, 1996 Janet Jackson, 1998 Live, 1998 Sting Vince Gill, 1997, State Fair Interpol, First Ave, 2005 Keane, The Quest, 2005 David Bowie, Milwaukee, 2004 Scissor Sisters, twice, 2004-2005? The Futureheads, twice, 2005
I can't think of any of the older ones now..hmm.... The 2001 U2 shows were definitely my most memorable. Really amazing.
...but then I realized it might be of interest to this community.
BANDS SEEN LIVE marilyn manson The Orb Kimura Ko Small Circle of Friends Digable Planets Express 2 Mama's Milk The Ruins the Boom Rolling Stones nine inch nails shonen knife yo la tengo and FIRM BIZ w/ Sugar Blue
ha ha, what a dumb list!
Of these I think Kimura Ko was pretty great. At least I remember really enjoying him. The Orb show too, fantastic. I mean, not much to watch but they did diffrnt versns ewo go r.
Firm Biz is, I am pretty sure, one of the ten worst hip-hop bands in existence. It is really hard to imagine worse music. They just spun records of other rap songs and said "cheeeeeeeeeck it, yo, my crew, uh, uh". My friend Dave kept saying "I am from California. If these guys did this there, they would be shot, no question." Sugar Blue was a GI MC from Mississippi. He was pretty bad, but an incredible relief compared to his co-headliners.
Im going to see some famous battle-rappers next week. I think thats the first show I will have seen in over two years.
so what are your memorable shows?
edit: I saw marilin manson shortly after their first (second?) album came out. He set a lunchbox on fire and wrapped the mic cord around his junk. intense?
Far better critics/writers than I have already reviewed these two cds, but for what it's worth, here's my two cents...
I loved "Sea Change". It took a little while to grow on me, but when it did, I thought it was the best work Beck had done to date. Something about misery bringing out the best in an artist, perhaps; or maybe it was just my style. Whatever it was, it worked. But apparently the one time only.
Beck's new album, "Guero" is very much in the form of his previous work. Less distorted than "Mellow Gold", but more so than "Mutations" or even "Midnite Vultures"; if you liked "Odelay", you'll love this. A very listenable album all around, with some nice stand-out tracks; such as the third, titled simply, "Girl".
I can't say that I'm a huge fan of Moby's. I suppose I like him alright, and I like this album alright as well. Put it on for background music and you're sitting pretty. But it's not the kind of thing you can lie on your rug and tune in to, as, say, a Bob Dylan record would be. If you know what to expect from Moby, than you'll not be surprised.
For a bit extra at the register, you can also get the deluxe version of the record, which includes a bonus ambient cd. This too is alright, but nothing to scream about. That being said, I'm not really an ambient fan either, so I guess I can't really comment. My thinking is though, it's always worth the extra coinage for the extra tunes.
The most interesting thing about this album is that it is almost a concept album. Philosophically, that is, not musically. Moby says he got the idea from being intrigued by a hotel room, a kind of 24-hour-only biological capsule. He says life is like this, short and, ultimately, when we're gone our existence is wiped clean. Dwelling on this, he decided to do an album that celebrated the briefness and gloriousness of the human condition; an emotive album inspired by the bland lifelessness of a hotel room.
Can we post live show reviews on here? Well if we can't, tell me and I'll take off this post.
THE FUTUREHEADS- 3.3.05 The Fine Line Music Café, Minneapolis with The Shout Out Louds [and some dull other band I don't remember]
* * * * * * * *
The Futureheads show was excellent. I saw them open up for Franz Ferdinand some months earlier at The Quest, and to be honest, I don't even remember seeing them back then. The Futureheads will definitely remain in my memory after last week's show. After two opening bands (forgettable 3-piece L.A. band), the more memorable one being The Shout Out Louds from Stockholm, Sweden (maybe just because they are cool, icy Swedes with shaggy haircuts?), The Futureheads came onstage quite late. After two, three (five?) drinks, I was even feeling a little groggy after standing there for so long to see the band. No fear, grogginess vanished as soon as they hit their first few notes. Their music, energy and sound were dead-on, captivating, and consistantly great the entire time they played. They were also personable, amusing, and even engaged the audience in a cheesy audience-participation song (their current hit and cover of Kate Bush's strange yet amazing Hounds of Love), which was cool and actually not lame at all.
Coolest, yet grossest part of the night? Guitarist Ross who was playing, jumping, sweating and singing right above me...well, he played that guitar so hard he cut his knuckles open and I watched the blood run down his fingers and hand right before me. Did he stop playing to get a sissy Band-Aid? NO! Cool.
To Sum Up: [I know, please do!] Great show, cool tunes, glad I went, glad I saw some English blood spilled (whoa, I sound Irish, ha bad joke). They put their all and then some into the show, and for that they get thumbs up from me (plus a wink and my mobile number on a dirty napkin...ok, I didn't do that, but I would have!).
The Shout Out Louds aren't just pretty Swedes. I thought they were good, too. The other group needs to go back to L.A. and stop talking about Hanson tour stories. Dude, that's not going to help you get a following.
Bright Eyes' latest album "I'm wide awake, it's morning" is an all-around excellent cd. For those of you who don't know him, Bright Eyes doesn't sing songs as much as he tells stories put to music. Stories of the madness of youth, of regret, of growing, and the painful loss of innocence. One critic called his, "The voice of a wounded angel", and I don't think a more apt description can be found.
The album itself is very much in keeping with his previous release ("LIFTED or The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground"), although with a slightly more country feel to it. Not enough, however, to turn you off if you're not the type that enjoys country. This album is also a bit more scaled down, with only the final track having the orchestral feel that marked much of his previous work.
All in all an excellent album and well worth the money.
(Incidentally, released with this album was another album called "Digital Ash in a Digital Urn". This is more of an electronic-noise type project, and frankly, not very good.)
I've totally been into folk music lately, stretching from Leadbelly to Woody Guthrie to Bob Dylan. But, since intereset in that field is probably quite narrow, I'll review four totally different cd's.
First up is Mercury Rev's latest, "The Secret Migration". If you haven't heard anything by Mercury Rev, this might be an alright introduction. If you have, you'll know what to expect, and it's very much in that vein. I'd say an alright album but not their best.
Next is Low's "The Grest Destroyer". These guys are a three-piece out of Duluth, Minnesota, USA, and their music reflects it. Music made by people forced to spend five months a year huddling indoors is necessarily dark, and this album is no exception. Throbbing bass beats are overlaid by vocals that hover between morose and nearly catatonic. The lyrics are biting and low. On top of all this are some nicely timed effects. A good album but probably not one you'll listen to everyday.
Mock Orange's album "Mind Is Not Brain" is an excellent throwback to the first half of the 1990's when bands like Ned's Atomic Dustbin, Built to Spill et al. ruled the airwaves. Overall good, and the reference to orange is a nice touch (and perhaps one of the things that attracted me in the first place!).
Finally, Logan Whitehurst and the Junior Science Club's "Goodbye, My 4-Track". All I can say about this is: what a great album! Totally fun, upbeat, and hilarious from start to finish. Check out the tracks "Happy Noodle vs. Sad Noodle", "Your Brain Fell Out", and "Robot Cat" for a laugh and a dance! This is definetely a 100 degree recommendation for Vogdoid Mitchell.
My #1 music recommendation right now is Keane and their latest album Hopes and Fears.
ALBUM RATING:5 STARS!
[um..I don't know what scale we're using here, so I'll say five]
My first introduction to the English Keane lads was when I was in England in early December and I was fortunate to catch them performing on "Top of the Pops" one evening. The rest of the show was sugary, processed pop rubbish [Geri Halliwell! And some irritating all-girl group putting a Pretenders song to shame] but when Keane came on I sat up and didn't take my eyes off the TV. They're not much to look at, I suppose [if it matters to you], but the song caught my ear and attention [This Is the Last Time]. OK, probably a pointless story there, but to sum it up--not much catches my attention these days and I'm so glad this band was able to do that! I've been listening to Hopes and Fears nonstop since Christmas. Surprise, I'm even listening to it now.
I'm not the best at writing album reviews, so bear with me on this. I love this album--all of the tracks are excellent and flow together to create an inspired and entire piece of work. Music is difficult to write about. How do you explain fully how certain songs make you feel, what memories they bring flooding back to you, the intense emotions and thoughts they can produce, provoke? Keane is able to evoke strong emotion and passion with this album for me. Also impressive, they create such a melodic, lush sound with only three band members and zero guitars. Hopes and Fears is a bit on the depressing, melancholy side [which I like], even though some of the songs are definitely upbeat musically. Despite that, there is a sadness and longing lurking beneath these tunes, yet a sense of hope as well. The lyrics are simply stated, heartfelt, and dare I say it? Yes, sincere. I admire and like that Keane are able to pull off writing songs which are earnest, yet don't ring false, whiny, or pretentious. It's a brave thing to do that in "pop music" today, where everything is so plastic and over-processed, targeted for specific MARKETS, as if the listeners out there aren't even real human beings any longer. Keane's music is a refreshing change, and it warms this old woman's bitter soul to discover bands like them. I can't wait to see Keane play live next month!
CHECK OUT and download: Somewhere Only We Know, Your Eyes Open, Bedshaped, Everybody's Changing
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – The Bloudy Tenant Truth and Peace
Electric Masada – Zorn 50th Birthday vol. 4
Frankie Knuckles – A New Reality
Tim Hecker – Mirages
Dexateens – s/t
Acid Mothers Temple – Mantra of Love
Black Dice – Creature Comforts
Ghost – Hypnotic Underworld
Junior Boys – Last Exit(I hated this at first but it’s grown on me)
Crazy Ken Band – Brown Metallic. A nice embossed gatefold showing all the band members w/their vehicles.
Still haven’t heard (or would like to hear more of) ’04 albums by:Ada, Animal Collective, Ayuo, Devandra Banhart, Fiery Furnaces, Lydia Lunch, Michael Mayer, Pink Dots, Oren Ambarchi, Ricardo Villalbos, Rotating Assembly, Woven Hand.I finally heard Akufen’s Fabric mix yesterday…sounds great, but not $36 worth of great!
Overall, a less exciting year than 2003 from my perspective.Any reccomendations?
All I want is to buy a Pepsi after drinkin’ some beer… I wanna buy a Pepsi after beatin’ some queers.Don’t blame me for my hate crimes; blame my music, my upbringing or maybe just my taste in cola.My lusty desire for carbonated sugar water and wonderful additives such as phosphoric and citric acids can drive me to madness.I shiver and shake, and this is indeed a laughable and equally serious debacle.Thank God upon high that Negativland is here to tell my sordid story.
Dispepsi is a skillful and pointed stab at our overexposed and bloated commercial culture.Their ballsy 1997 release firmly aims its satire at Pepsi-Cola and its arch nemesis Coca-Cola and the people that love and promote them.In this post 11/2/04 world this clever aural analysis of marketing might as well be a lesson in media saturation.One of the principle totems of propaganda is that if you say anything loud enough and long enough it will become truth.Such is the case with politics, religion and soda.
To achieve their desired result Negativland take cryptic sound bites and repeat them in a grinding fashion; repeating absurd mantra that marketing execs believe and illustrating how they use these maxims to instill the same mindless set of beliefs upon the consumer.These repetitions can be absolutely hilarious, example: Bill Cosby “preaching” the power of the Pepsi Challenge.
While most concept albums have a hard time staying focused on whatever their proposed concept, Dispepsi only meanders as far as digressing to the actual point.Identifying ourselves by what we consume is idolatry to its faultiest.They also achieve another interesting feat.This maybe the only concept album that is not only about something but made up primarily of the subject they wish to address.
The sound collage of advertising slogans, celebrity interviews and news reports extract laughs like impacted wisdom teeth; you could easily become too sedated by the seemingly slapstick nature of their juxtaposition to notice the frightening truths they are freeing.However, long after their subversive surgery is over you can’t keep from tonguing the hole they have left in your head.
HIGHLIGHTS:Aluminum or Plastic: The Memo, All She Called About, Drink It Up
Pierce: I have a pile of new stuff here, but since I’m not feeling any of it at the moment…
Cymande – s/t
I’ve had this disc in heavy rotation since August. It’s just beautiful, feeling-good music; reccomendable to just about anyone. Though it’s been heavily sampled, you should definately hear the originial if you haven’t. Too bad their later albums are out of print…
cease_to_resist mentioned The Monks somewhere.They’re great.</p>
The closest thing I know of to the Monks is the Fugs.Their filthy, frustrating and somewhat brilliant second album came out in 1966—the same year as Black Monk Time and the Mothers of Invention’s Freak Out!“Kill for Peace” is a Vietnam protest that's almost as relevant to Iraq.“Dirty Old Man” is a funny description of the hippie from the square’s nightmares.The long montage track “Virgin Forest” is split between stupid gross-out humor and more successful experimental sections.Surprisingly, they also pull off a few lovely, dewey songs like “Morning Morning” and “Coming Down”, which almost sound like early Velvet Underground.Worth a listen.
Nov. 19th, 2004 @ 02:06 am
Good Lord. This album is nothing short of incredible. It will seem as though I'm being facetious if I say this album is the punk "Sergeant Pepper's" but somehow the analogy works for me. The Crucifucks started out as pure, raw, furious punk rock, lashing out against everyone and everything. With lyrics like, "Oh teach me how to pray, Good Christians / If it works you'll all be dead ... I wanna take the President, chop off his head, and mail it to them in a garbage bag" it might seem as if their vitriol, albeit endearing, was somewhat one-dimensional. But just as the Beatles evolved from forgettable bubblegum pop to timeless art, the Crucifucks' second album transcends its raw predecessor and delivers a message that is somehow both angry, and poignant at the same time. Doc Corbin Dart's lyrics are as angry as ever, but they are touched with a real depression, a sadness that suggests he can't hold out forever. The music swings from chainsaw 3-chord punk, to folksy ballad, to epic rock'n'roll. To put it as objectively as I can, if you don't like this album, you're an idiot.
Nov. 15th, 2004 @ 11:12 am
If you missed these, you didn’t miss too much.I still like Superpitcher, though.From most to least:
Superpitcher – Here Comes Love:Lacks the tension of his earlier singles – “Heroin”, “Mushroom”, “Tomorrow” – which I loved.A strong opening followed by a flat second half.I like his voice, but he relies on it too much here.
Quantic – Mishaps Happening:Sunny-day, genre-hopping café music.Good background listening if you’re in that mood; some surprising elements pop up now and then.
Joan of Arc – Joan of Arc, Dick Cheney, Mark Twain:Half the time Tim Kinsella sings, he sounds like he is ready to quit the band at any moment.A few intriguing tracks buried under a lot of hesitant material.
Nov. 5th, 2004 @ 01:49 pm
I recently visited Korea and while there was secreted a promo copy of a superb CD that is only now being released in Great Britain and will be more widely issued later this year. (On a side note, does anyone agree with me that calling your own nation "Great" is a bit presumptuous?)
The album in question is none other than "Lick Your Ticket" by Chikinki. Now, I don't prented to know what Chikinki means, but one thing I do know is that this album rocks! In the alternative sense, that is. The sound is a bit of a mix from the Libertine's first album and the White Stripes' latest. But don't let those mainstream names fool you, these guys have a sound all their own. Above you ripping guitar riffs scream across the sky while below you the persistent stream of the keyboard's electronic pulse flows on. The lyrics are every bit as playful as the Darkness', with the track "Assinator 13" asserting that "Sex is fun/ When you're high". At once electronic and distortion gritty, this album is great for listening to while riding the bus and staring out the window, or while lying on a rug in your living room on a sun-drenched afternoon.
Admittedly, these guys don't break any new ground, but they have put together a very good alterna-rock album that has enough to please the radio crowd as well as the more astute listener.
Nov. 4th, 2004 @ 03:31 pm