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Entries from Feb 2011

quick take: Katie Crutchfield’s discography so far, so far as I know

26 Feb 2011 · 1 Comment

with The Ackleys:
The Ackleys (2005); Forget Forget, Derive Derive (EP, 2006)
Indie-power-pop. Splashy drums, some keyboards give it a slightly new-wave sheen.
as King Everything:
The Drought (2008)
Mostly acoustic guitar/vocal
with P.S. Eliot:
The Bike Wreck Demo (2008, read about Bike Wreck demo here), Introverted Romance in Our Troubled Minds (2009), Living in Squalor (EP, 2010, pay-what-you-want download), Sadie (2011)
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Tags: 2005 · 2006 · 2008 · 2009 · 2010 · a · acoustic · b · indie pop · k · lo-fi · p · pop-punk · power pop · quick take · w

song obsession : The Baseball Project : “Buckner’s Bolero”

19 Feb 2011 · No Comments

Not to slight the other tunes on The Baseball Project’s Volume 2: High and Inside, many more of which (especially Scott McCaughey’s eerie “Here Lies Carl Mays” and Steve Wynn’s rollicking “The Straw that Stirs the Drink”) are also quite swell. But “Buckner’s Bolero” is something else again, a powerful early entrant for the [...]

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Tags: 2011 · b · indie pop · indie rock · roots rock · song obsession · song of the week · yep roc

quick take : Andrew Jackson Jihad : Candy Cigarettes, Capguns, Issue Problems! and Such

17 Feb 2011 · No Comments

Andrew Jackson Jihad definitely put the “punk” attitude into folk punk. Candy . . . reminds me of the first Violent Femmes albums, only more: faster, more frenetic, more impassioned (Sean Bonnette’s aspiration-heavy voice has a timbre that at times sharply recalls The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle or The Thermals’ Hutch Harris) and much, much [...]

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Tags: 2005 · 2006 · 2011 · a · anti-folk · asian man · folk · punk

quick take : Gang of Four : Content

15 Feb 2011 · 1 Comment

The groupthink consensus on Content seems to be something like “not bad, but not as good as Entertainment!*” This seems fundamentally unfair; I think a better question is, “is it as good as Mall** or Shrinkwrapped***?” Content leaves Mall cringing in the gutter, and while Shrinkwrapped had some lovely unruly moments from guitarist Andy Gill, [...]

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Tags: 2011 · g · post-punk · quick take · yep roc

quick take : Cowboy Racer : Love Stationary

11 Feb 2011 · No Comments

Recently I was wondering what happened to the folks from Salad, a mid-90s power-poppish britpop act that never got as much traction as Sleeper, let alone Elastica, despite having some catchy tunes and the presumed advantage of an MTV VJ as a frontwoman. I couldn’t find anything recent from guitarist/tunesmith Paul Kennedy, but his singer/writing [...]

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Tags: 2011 · White Lines · c · indie pop · quick take

quick take : The Reaganomics : Lower the Bar

08 Feb 2011 · No Comments

The Reaganomics is the snotty pop-punk* alter ego of the more serious (to go by song titles) Ryan’s Hope, a band I plan to investigate based on how much I like this. Their name aside, The Reaganomics aren’t identifiably political on Lower the Bar, and the targets they go after are mostly pretty easy: Renaissance [...]

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Tags: 2011 · Red Scare · punk · quick take · r

quick take : Koji Asano : Galaxies

04 Feb 2011 · No Comments

Very broadly, one of things that interests me most in art are the fuzzy edges of classifications: when things stop being something and become something else. Galaxies is far out on the fuzzy edge: if I heard it without knowing it was music, it would never occur to me that “music” was an appropriate description [...]

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Tags: 2010 · a · experimental · quick take · solstice

Jan 2011

02 Feb 2011 · No Comments

Every new release I listened to in January (20):

Braids – Native Speaker – Shoegaze/ambient/experimental collision. Cool.
British Sea Power – Valhalla Dancehall – Something about British Sea Power’s wide-screen indie rock seems oddly retro to me. Like they’re making records for people who still listen to albums straight through (not to mention call them “albums” and [...]

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Tags: 2011 · monthly

song obsession : Pellet Gun : “Rock and Roll”

01 Feb 2011 · No Comments

This weekend my brain was p0wned by Pellet Gun’s version of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll” (from last year’s From the Land of Ice and Snow a mostly northwest indie rock tribute project with unlikely participants like Laura Veirs, Rebecca Gates, and Chris Walla. Jealous Butcher has the hook-up).
In Pellet Gun’s hands the song is [...]

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Tags: 2010 · experimental · indie rock · p · punk · song obsession · song of the week