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11 nov 2014

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  1. Winterpills – lovely new album of eclectic covers led me to previous release I somehow missed. #oops.
  2. Blue Öyster Cult – almost exclusively Imaginos. Thumbs up to the 2012 re-master.
  3. Albert Bouchard – new album (more mellow than I expected, but not bad at all) and Imaginos demos.
  4. Allison Weiss – was in an icy crash that killed her tour van, and the blog post is titled “We are lucky. We are so lucky.” So, yeah, she’s my kind of people.
  5. Terry Malts – Buzzyfuzzypoppy, like the Primitives with a boy singer, or JAMC on sugarspeed
  6. Murder by Death – signing up for the new kickstarter; good time to listen to the fruits of the last one.
  7. SPC ECO
  8. Outside World – veers between jangly indie-pop (RIYL very early REM) and a more shoegazey sound. I like the former better.
  9. Azealia Banks
  10. Anaal Nathrakh – Name comes from a spell Merlin casts in Excalibur, quit snickering. Historically sounds like silt kicked up from the bottom of a foetid pond; new one Desideratum incorporates dubstep and (a few) improbably catchy vocal hooks into the black/death/grindustrial maelstrom. Sheer WTF factor keeps me listening.

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10 Nov 2014

10 Nov 2014 · No Comments

  1. Blue Öyster Cult
  2. Deerhoof
  3. Henry’s Dress
  4. Janice Whaley – project with the kind of formalism that really appeals to me: completely a cappella renditions of all the songs on all the Smiths albums (although some of the percussion, in particular, is tweaked to the point that it really might as well be drums).
  5. Stripmall Architecture
  6. Schoolyard Heroes – kinda an odd name for a horrorpunk band.
  7. Sundials
  8. Boyracer
  9. Babymetal
  10. Two Knights

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4 nov 2014

04 Nov 2014 · No Comments

I was looking over some of the weekly listening diary things, and found ‘em kinda handy. So maybe I’ll start up again, even though the Internets have moved on and blogs don’t matter any more.

  1. Thelonious Monk – When I first heard the 2 volumes of Genius of Modern Music I figured they were best-ofs. Not the man’s first sessions as leader.
  2. The Alter Boys – Soul Desire may be the album I love most that no one else seems to love. I think maybe people wanted it to be either jangle pop or sound more like (producer Andy Shernoff’s band) the Dictators. It’s more like a really angry version of The Feelies, and I still think side 2 is sublime.
  3. The Fall – new live album murky and unmemorable. Not a patch on Re-Mit (which I thought was shockingly good).
  4. Blut Aus Nord
  5. The Pillowfights – apparently, they broke up. Boo.
  6. JZ Barrell – Alter Boys dude released a solo album.
  7. Taylor Swift
  8. Whitey – the Whitey who released Great Shakes Volume 2, with the terrific moody/driving “Stay on the Outside,” as heard in Breaking Bad. Sat in my bookmarks for months before I pulled the trigger and bought it, God knows why.
  9. That’s That and the What’s What – kinda wears its love for Cheap Trick (and maybe early Kiss) on its sleeve — not that there’s anything wrong with that. “Enemy & Robot” was the one that really sold me on this.
  10. Goo Goo Dolls – nothing from anything after Superstar Car Wash, mind you, and mostly from the Metal Blade albums.
  11. Cold War Kids
  12. Helen Earth Band – San Diego, but sound like the mathier-side of DC post-hardcore punk, or a band that Hello Sir could’ve signed. (i.e., endorsed)

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28 oct 2014

28 Oct 2014 · No Comments

  1. Guided by Voices
  2. John Coltrane
  3. múm – We saw Ragnar Kjartansson’s “The Visitors” at ICA Boston. Really impressed. I think some of the featured musicians were/are in múm?
  4. Thundering Asteroids! – self consciously nerdy, poppy punk. I wish I liked this better — I love the attitude, but it’s musically less than completely satisfying
  5. King Tuff
  6. Au Revoir Simone
  7. Stars
  8. The Broken Family Band
  9. Sigur Rós
  10. Nude Beach

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21 oct 2014

21 Oct 2014 · No Comments

  1. Tuff Enuff Records – Don’t remember how I stumbled on I Know Why the Caged Grrl Sings, but it’s a punky comp series related to a DIY LGTBQ event. Lotta low fi, messy-in-a-good-way stuff. Kinda makes sense they don’t tag their files so well.
  2. Punch
  3. Jawbox – If I’m going to claim a new record sounds like DC punk, I better listen to some to substantiate my claim, right?
  4. Smart Went Crazy
  5. Pavement
  6. Yr Poetry – released the record I claim sounds like DC punk
  7. Bluetip
  8. Little Big League – I admit I’m having trouble keeping all the “league” bands straight, but I really like this one. Fast ‘n’ fuzzy, with jagged guitar lines and sweet-to-ragged vocals. Can slow it up and quiet down when they want to, too.
  9. The Dismemberment Plan
  10. Johnny Foreigner

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14 oct 2014

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  1. yr poetry – 2 dudes from Johnny Foreigner.
  2. Allo Darlin’ – new record unsurprisingly terrific
  3. The Dead Milkmen – new record surprisingly terrific
  4. Jonathan Coulton – new record surprisingly live
  5. Sia – how many different soundtracks have featured “Breathe?”
  6. Comet Gain
  7. The Shods
  8. Cannonhands – the pitch-perfect Smiths-album-cover parody of Lovely Things caught my eye. They don’t sound much like the Smiths, but they’re none too samey, veering from pretty twee to sorta rocking, which held keep my interest through the LP, although not everything connected with me.
  9. Tove Lo – I like “Timebomb”
  10. Hurry – Can’t listen to the title track of Everything/Nothing without wanting to queue up GBV’s “Exit Flagger” right after. But Hurry are a bit fonder of feedback squall and remind me of Capstan Shafts and Boyracer as much as GBV, only Hurry songs tend to be much longer. (I like the shortest ones best.)

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7 oct 2014

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  1. cloud rat – LOUD
  2. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – saw 20,000 Days on Earth. Terrific.
  3. Shriekback – long awaited reish of Jam Science has contemporaneous live disc. Not as awesome as the Swim Upstream tour show I saw, but then, what is?
  4. The Dead Milkmen – the problem with positioning the new record as a comeback is that it requires writing off The King in Yellow. Unacceptable.
  5. The Also-Rans
  6. Už jsme doma
  7. Cleopatra Degher -is going to get tired of being compared vocally to Neko Case
  8. Two Knights – indie rock with mathy/burbly hammer-on/pull-offs and more screaming than you would expect from the overall level of musical aggression
  9. REO Speedwagon – Deep cuts on Hi-Infidelity OK, and some of the singles too. Solid hooks and a surprising amount of genuine angst. I know it’s cool to hate on this, but I ain’t gonna claim my appreciation is only “ironic.” Solid songcraft.
  10. Escondido – heard this band on the I Saved Latin tribute and assumed it was Neko Case guesting on the track.

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30 sep 2014

30 Sep 2014 · No Comments

  1. Scruffy the Cat – reissues! rarities!
  2. Abazagorath – I’m none too comfortable with the lyric content of The Satanic Verses, but but I like the way it sounds. Black metal with thrashy drum tempos, considerably enlivened by quiet atmospheric passages and some thorny/chewy guitar work.
  3. Les Breastfeeders
  4. Haki – Jess Hopper turned me on to this spiky/groovy indie rock outfit.
  5. Title Fight
  6. Transvision Vamp
  7. Le Butcherettes – vocals remind me of classic riot grrl (and a smidge of PJ Harvey)/organ-driven tunes remind me of Lyres given a hard weird spin.
  8. Whirr
  9. Hallelujah the Hills
  10. Stephen Rennicks (soundtrack to the movie Frank)

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22 sep 2014

22 Sep 2014 · No Comments

  1. The Capstan Shafts
  2. Hostage Calm
  3. The Finger – (hxc project from Ryan Adams and Jesse Malin)
  4. U2 – concluding that I don’t hate the new record, but that it has none of what made me love U2 once
  5. Slint – digging through all the bonus stuff on the Slint reish. nothing crazy revelatory; nothing I’m sorry to have heard.
  6. The Passionate & Objective Joker Fan – I think the latest Hallelujah the Hills related track set me off
  7. The Jellybricks – PA-based powerpop outfit. I used to regularly rescue their Soap Opera from bargain bins and urge it on people. On my shelf they’re next to Jellyfish, but I always thought they sounded a bit like Uncle Green.
  8. Aqua – I read a memoir by someone who really, really like Aqua. Turns out I don’t.
  9. Connections – come to their GBV-ish (or even Tobin Sprout-ish) leanings via geographical honesty and an impeccable pedigree
  10. So Cow – new album! finally!

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15 sep 2014

15 Sep 2014 · No Comments

  1. Furia – the Furia, from Poland, commonly filed under black metal, a box they often don’t fit in. Some of the melodic figures seem to borrow from folk tradition (without getting acoustic or anything).
  2. Slagmaur – someone on a metal forum described this weird Norwegian metal band’s upcoming album Thill Smitts Terror as “music made by an orchestra of malevolent tinker toys.” Yeah, I wanna hear that.
  3. Melted Toys – hazy indie pop. Pleasant, but not very assertive about it.
  4. Green on Red – Killer Inside Me just never got its due.
  5. The Muffs – are still awesome
  6. Sarge – is still missed. I guess Elmore abandoned reording after The Reputation albums? Shame.
  7. The New Pornographers – I may never get through “You Tell Me” without tearing up a bit.
  8. Grass Widow – isn’t it about time for something new?
  9. Field Mouse – shimmery, sometimes crunchy, indie pop, not to be confused with the Field Mice. But sorta recommended for fans of the Field Mice.
  10. Baby Ghosts – punky indie pop, catchy and unruly in near perfect balance. Yum.

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