I cried during that set.
11/2 Janelle Monae - Club Nokia
11/4 Johnny Marr - Apogee Studio
11/7 Mazzy Star - Wiltern
11/13 Melt-Banana - Troubadour
11/16 Chelsea Wolfe, Anna Calvi - Royce Hall
11/18 Chvrches - Wiltern
11/21 SISU - Troubadour
11/23 Emmy the Great, Kate Nash - Fonda
11/24 Beck Song Reader - Walt Disney Concert Hall
I just got around to listening to the new Foals album, Total Life Forever, over the weekend. It has a lot of very catchy grooves and a good amount of musicianship was put into making it. The bass especially sticks out. The song "Miami" has been stuck in my head for a few days. I like this album better than their first one and I wish they were playing in Albuquerque.
Other Recent Listens
How I Got Over by The Roots: Best output I've heard from them in nearly a decade. I really loved "Dear God 2.0" with Jim James.
The Suburbs by Arcade Fire: It's been stated a lot, but this thing is too long. There were 2 or 3 really good songs, but it was just all very average to me. I'll still listen to the high quality vinyl rip, though, to see about these hidden strings I've been reading about.
The Way Out by The Books: It would only be fair to give this an incomplete since I only listened to half of the album. It was just very fragmented and didn't hit me the right away. I'm still debating about whether or not I should try again.
As it stands, High Violet by The National is my album of the year and it looks like it will probably stay that way. The Besnard Lakes, Jonsi, Menomena, Susanne Sundfшr, and Take have also put out my favorites of the year.
it's definitely an improvement but it still sounds pretty cruddy.
having said that, i'm not sure a perfect rip is gonna save this one (for me). there are a few good jams on it, but it's just not doing it for me, sadly. maybe once i hear them live next week, it will gel.
Get Well Soon - Vexations.
The second release from the German genius that is Konstantin Gropper didn't really grip me on first listen, but after witnessing a stunning live show it really clicked. I seem to get something new from it with every listen. It has all the epicness and beauty of Radiohead or Arcade Fire at their best. I've actually been listening to it a lot again recently to get over the long winded bloatfest that is The Suburbs.
Today I listened to a lot of what Tommy's been listening to, apparently.
Arcade Fire, The Suburbs. I liked it on first listen. The first three songs come firing right out of the gate, and are woven together very nicely. My mind kind of wandered off toward the middle. It's a lot to absorb, though, and very hard to gauge just on one listen. And I love how they didn't call the last track a "reprise" (which it is).
Autolux, Transit Transit. Nothing really memorable on first listen, it just kind of putts along. I didn't dislike it, though, so we'll see.
The Books, No Way Out. Eclectic, solid. Really looking forward to seeing them at ATP in a few weeks.
Sleigh Bells, Treats. Even more dreadful than I had anticipated. One of the weakest releases of '10 thus far.
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haha...you've just ruined them for sonofhal.
I relistened to Cloud Control's Bliss Release after a couple weeks and man it is still a fucking great album.
Bad sound or no bad sound, Interpol's new one is very meh. In the Interpol thread NMH called the song Barricade "tuneless," which little did he know was a good word to describe the entire album.
Yall shoulda seen a proper cohen set that year
i want to hear this whole album: http://freemusicarchive.org/member/jason/blog/Pregnant
Still sort of amazed at the quality of the new Devo album.
and, i agree with Pot on the new Devo. it surprised me right off and continues to please. did anyone hear these new jams live? if so, how were they?
Listened to Zs' New Slaves tonight, and at first was worried that it was all going to sound the same. But it turns out the record includes quite an eclectic mix of sounds, and is quite good. Highly recommended.