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Entries from Jan 2008

28 jan 2008

28 Jan 2008 · 3 Comments

A very light listening week as I had to spend considerable time in music-free environments.

Young Marble Giants – I really don’t know this band nearly as well as I should
Sex Pistols – Marty and I were talking about Never Mind the Bollocks so of course I had to cue some up. That album is still [...]

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Blue Öyster Cult – Cultösaurus Erectus

26 Jan 2008 · 1 Comment

Cultösaurus Erectus is the BÖC album that everyone likes better than I do. Conventional wisdom calls it a rebound from the disastrous Mirrors. but I think it’s actually a worse record (although perhaps not quite as dated production-wise). The band sounds unsure of its own identity. Presumably they were feeling pressured to repeat the success [...]

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Tags: 1980 · b · columbia · hard rock

21 jan 2008

21 Jan 2008 · No Comments

Lali Puna
Biography of Ferns – ordered their new album Pastel Gothic quite some time ago, due to an email address mix-up it took a while to show up. I was a little disappointed that it overlaps so heavily with the previous ep Memory’s Savant
A+ setup – could have been a best-of contender if I’d hard [...]

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14 jan 2008

14 Jan 2008 · No Comments

Kimya Dawson (yeah, we saw Juno)
Colleen – if I’d waited another week or two to make the 2007 best-of list, Colleen’s Les Ondes Silencieuses would have been on it, although I don’t know what I would have bumped to make the room.
The Capstan Shafts (of course)
Old 97’s
Blue Öyster Cult (still)
The Kind of Punishment (thanks to [...]

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Kimya Dawson – Remember That I Love you

13 Jan 2008 · No Comments

We interrupt the continuing coverage of the Blue Öyster Cult catalog to bring you a late addition to the 2006 year’s best list…
On January 1st, 2008 I finally finished my “not quite the best of 2006″ mixes. Yes, six. The most recent addition to make the list was The Electric Kisses, a perfect fusion of [...]

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2007, part I

12 Jan 2008 · No Comments

This is not exactly a best-of, just a set (CD-sized, the first of two) of songs I really liked this year. I figure most of the folks I know are going to have heard the new Radiohead, Spoon, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, and so on, so I try to concentrate on things that get [...]

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07 Jan 2008 · No Comments

Since last.fm makes it so easy, I’m going to start posting my weekly top 10 most listened to artists. This doesn’t count anything I listen to on the iPod or the actual stereo, but it counts both the work and home computers, so i’t probably more-or-less representative.

Blue Öyster Cult – I’m still on that re-evaluating [...]

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Blue Öyster Cult – Mirrors

05 Jan 2008 · 1 Comment

Mirrors is my pick for most-underrated BÖC album. It has a terrible rep, which I think is partly because it opens with “Dr. Music,” one of the worst tracks ever committed to tape by the classic lineup. (Discuss: are the harmonica squeals the kiss of death, or the synth-toms, or the faux-soul backing vocals, or [...]

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Tags: 1979 · b · columbia · hard rock