Thursday, July 7, 2011

Britney hit me

This has not been a great new music year for me so far. The past two years there was all kinds of new stuff that I loved: Spoon, Titus Andronicus, Broken Social Scene, The Books and so on but the only new release that I can think of this year that I've liked was the new Iron and Wine, and even that isn't the kind of disc that you are playing over and over.

So it's been a year of catching up on stuff I didn't know much of before. The new stuff from the past month:

godspeed you! black emperor -- Slow Riot for New Zero Kanada. It's always so cute to spell a C word with a K. As you might guess I like this quite a bit. It's just two songs that are proggy as hell so I'll be getting more from them.

The Streets -- Original Pirate Radio. I believe I like A Grand Doesn't Come For Free better, but this is still quite good. My one problem with Mike Skinner is that I sort of feel like I'm listening to Karl Pilkington rapping after awhile. Which has an entertainment value of its own.

Flight of the Conchords -- I Told You I Was Freaky. While we were camping this weekend Marcy and I had a singalong to Carol Brown. The stupid song has been in my head ever since.

EDIT: Oh yeah, I almost forgot one: Explosions In The Sky -- The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place. Cheery. Actually, I'm not sure what to think of this one yet. It is sort of listening to electronica except it's all done with guitars. So more than anything else it feels like Stevie Ray Vaughan doing Pink Floyd, though that's not quite right either.

EDIT THE SECOND: For some reason, I can create posts from work but when I try to just comment all it shows is anonymous. Weird.

Anyway, two more things I forgot. First, I do also like James Blake and also the Cave Singers discs from this year. So that's three.

Second, I don't know how I missed mentioning: Beirut -- The Gulag Orkestra. This is really just a lovely disc. I'm reminded of Bon Iver singing Devotchka, but I like this better than I would probably like that. Anyway, quite late to that parade but the disc deserves all the praise it got.

5 comments:

  1. Yay!
    I definitely like A GRAND... more than OPR, but I'm glad you like him. I like the Pilkington comparison. I easily accept that Skinner is simply playing a character (& sometimes a very different character) in each song, but since I only hear Pilkington doing what he does when he does it, I can't help but think he's actually as (brilliantly) dim as he seems to be. Is he an idiot who is under contract to let us watch him be an idiot or just a great comic actor and I'm the idiot who believes him? I'm good with either.
    When I see Canada spelled that way, I put the emphasis on the second syllable not the first.
    I've been enjoying the new TV on the Radio and James Blake, but what I've really liked so far (& I know some of you will not agree with me on these) is the new Fleet Foxes and Adele. That's right. The Crosby Stills & Nash and the Whitney Houston? Janis Ian? Roberta Flack? of today.
    Where are we having it?
    Turns out British is tough for me. For some reason I feel they should all be the iconic British groups. I can't think of any at the moment, but I know there are some.
    Deb, you will never be Anonymous to us.
    Probably.
    I like BRAND NEW KEY.
    Yay!

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  2. British is tough for you?

    James Blake = British
    Adele = British

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  3. Okay, so first of all, I know who is British.
    Second of all, I did not actually realize James Blake was British, so, my mistake.
    Third of all, I still have to pick just the right song, you know. By just the right people. A little 3 song mix tape. For my friends.
    Fourth of all, I'm still a little embarrassed by my liking Adele. I don't know why, I just am.
    I don't stress out as much I may lead you to believe, but it is fun to think I might.
    Sorry I won't make the West Seattle thing. Do something fun to make me jealous.
    Bangers & Mash,
    Jim

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  4. I love Adele. I have lately been obsessing on her song Best for Last on her first album - I love her voice and how she does the phrasing:

    You're just a filler in the space that happened to be free
    How dare you think you'd get away with trying to play me

    Speaking of lyrics, this is fun read!

    http://www.avclub.com/articles/worst-lyrical-rhymes-in-popular-music,58647/

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  5. I'm on Team Adele too!

    As for the Fleet Foxes, let's just say I'm glad they aren't British.

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Sail on, music club!