Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Neon Golden

This cd by The Notwist is, in my opinion, one of the top five released in the last ten years. It is obviously one of my favorites, and for good reason. This ex-punk band from Germany mixes various electronic samples and beats with singer Markus Acher's haunting vocals. Actually, everything about this album, from Acher's waifish vocals to the soothing beats, could be defined as "haunting". The textured electronic beats meld perfectly with the instrumentals, creating this masterpiece. Download this cd, or even better, go buy it. You won't be disappointed. I won't even pick favorite tracks; this whole thing is a gem.

You Know You Want It

Monday, February 27, 2006

Satanic Panic in The Attic

Here's a nifty album released in 2004 by a verrrrrry fun band. Here's what Pitchfork has to say about Of Montreal's "Satanic Panic in The Attic":

"Satanic Panic displays a considerable maturation in Kevin Barnes' songwriting. Everything, from the Sgt. Pepper's-copping album art to the wontedly verbose lyrics and song titles, would suggest a predictable collection of spindly psych-pop. But when the music actually starts, the differences become apparent. "Disconnect the Dots" begins with a Doppler-affected drum sample, before the abrupt appearance of both handclaps and a verifiably indelible guitar riff. Seconds later, Barnes arrives, bearing an invitation: "Come disconnect the dots with me, poppy," he intones, before deliquescing into a blissful mini-chorus. From there, the song shifts effortlessly from section to section, orchestrating a dense but well-balanced array of organ drones, vocal harmonies, astral guitar peals, and interlocking electro-acoustic percussion. And this is all in the album's first 4½ minutes.

"Disconnect the Dots" is more than just an album pacesetter-- it's a mission statement for a band remade, or at least reconsidered. The new Of Montreal grab your attention, not deliberately invite it to wander, as the next track, "Lysergic Bliss", makes abundantly clear. The song is perhaps most reminiscent of the band's earlier work, sluicing through multiple time and key changes with operatic grandiosity. On a previous effort, the song's fragments might have either fallen apart from lack of a coherent vision or been mashed together to form a mottled soup of disparate ideas, but here, the track is handled with impressive finesse; even the bridge's extended a cappella harmonies have a natural flow."


Sunday, February 26, 2006

Lazy Sunday

My offering this this chilly, lazy afternoon is an advance copy of Calexico's "Garden Ruin".

Standout Tracks:
"Letter to Bowie Knife"


Saturday, February 25, 2006

-Good afternoon-

After awaking with a vicious hangover and guzzling down the contents of an entire Brita water pitcher, I figured I should drag my ass outta bed sometime while the sun is still up. Here's a great catchy album from an up-and-coming band.

From Pitchfork: " To start, the Spinto Band's two lead singers traverse enough styles for a week's worth of positive Pitchfork notices. Nick Krill does the wobbly David Byrne warble about as well as deservedly lauded Clap Your Hands Say "It Boy" Alec Ounsworth. See harpsichord-splashed breakup song "Did I Tell You" and Turtles-quoting synth-pop come-on "Spy Vs. Spy". But Krill can also do dead-on Brighten the Corners-era Steve-O Malkmus ("Late", which brightly details the everyday dangers of rushing home for a favorite show: "It's slippery by the pool"). Meanwhile, fellow songwriter Thomas Hughes covers the sotto-voce sensitive-guy territory. His kazoo-enhanced "Brown Boxes" zooms in on a move-out/breakup: packing a pointless Hummel figurine while half-wishing for box-cutters sharp enough to "end it all". As throughout the album, a buoyant chorus saves the day."

Nice and Nicely Done

Friday, February 24, 2006

My first real post.....

To kick things off, I'll post the wonderful new Belle and Sebastian album. A bit different than their older stuff, but very accesible for new listeners.

Use Winrar to unzip. Password is "Palaver" (minus the parenthesis, of course).



This is my first post on my nifty blog thing. This page will consist mostly of discussion of politics and good music. Stay tuned as I am just learning how to used this thing, so contributions may be slow at first.