Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Initial Reactions

I have been slowing down on purchasing new music recently (and even slower in updating this blog) but I have made a few acquisitions of new music and I figure I might as well give a quick "yea" or "nay" to these titles.

Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I Am Not – You’ve heard the hype (biggest album in the UK ever, or something) but have you heard the record? It’s a fine album. It is on its way to being one of my favorite releases for the year. Don’t believe the hype, but do check out this great record.

Belle & Sebastian The Life Pursuit – The new release by B&S is big and lush and poppy. Not a bad record. Not their best either but really good and deserving of your attention.

We Are Scientists With Love & Squalor – I’ve been listening to this album all morning. I think I am about on my fourth listen. It’s a good record especially for fans of Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party or Arctic Monkeys.

Neko Case Fox Confessor Brings the Flood – Another good record. If you are a fan, this is a good choice. Neko not only produces top notch albums under her name, she also moonlights with a little indie super group called the New Pornographers.

Hank Williams III Straight to Hell – What can you say about Hank III? He hates "pop country" and he wants to put the "dick back in Dixie." On his third album he takes on Kid Rock and the modern country music establishment with humor and vitriol while keeping the music tight and rocking. He is a proud heir to his grandfather.

Giant Drag Hearts & Unicorns – Really good record. They have gotten some airplay with "Kevin is Gay" and "This Isn’t It."

The Like Are You Thinking What I’m Thinking? – Bought this record because my step-daughter and I really liked "June Gloom." Too bad the rest of the record doesn’t hold up. Download the song off of iTunes.

Robert Pollard From a Compound Eye – As I’ve said before, this is a great solo album by the former GBV leader. One of his best. It is a sprawling, proggy, messy affair that will leave you humming the catchier songs and trying to figure out the more twisted bits.

And, as is expected, let’s see what my iPod has been pushing lately:

1. "Unite" by the Beastie Boys
2. "Such a Little Thing Makes Such a Big Difference" by Morrissey
3. "Suicide" by the Damned
4. "Neighbors" by the Rolling Stones
5. "Sad Girl" by the Lemonheads
6. "The Outdoor Type" by the Lemonheads
7. "Lay Down Your Weary Tune" by Bob Dylan
8. "Witch Mountain Bridge" by Stephen Malkmus
9. "Into the Night" by Bad Religion
10. "San Diego Serenade" by Tom Waits


Anonymous Hogan said...

Update this blog damnit!

8:03 AM  

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