February 6, 2008

"Just Another Love To Give"

So did you participate in the Caucus Race? Over here in Colorado we did it up tonight and got all sorts of Politicrazy. Wonder if it'll do any good...

I've been listening to a whole lot of different music recently and, really, only about once per album, because, while I found it to be all right enough to sustain me through 1 listen, I didn't really find any great desire to listen to it again and again, so I've been contemplating whether or not I should write a whole bunch about the albums or just host a few mp3's that I found to be rather nice. None of the albums reviewed below really apply to that, but some of the ones that I'll be reviewing in the the next few blogs might be subjected to this new idea. We'll just have to see. But for now:

Jennifer O'Connor - Jennifer O'Connor
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Her unforgiving voice is what drew me in the first time I heard her music. She doesn't need to sing in an outrageously beautiful way to portray her emotions and thoughts or to tell her stories, her minorly gruff vocals actually add a certain amount of personality to her music. Where the album comes up short, in my mind, is in the lack of inventive guitar playing. Still, it gets the job done.
Jennifer O'Connor - You Did
Jennifer O'Connor - Pink Florida
Jennifer O'Connor - Begger's Cup

Vashti Bunyan - Just Another Diamond Day
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It took me a while to finally obtain a copy of this album, and man ... it was worth the wait. After hearing Vashti's new B-sides release, I knew I needed to finally complete my Vashti Bunyan collection, and what better place to start than her first album. Hell of a debut ... it's just a shame that her second album came out a full 35 years later. It's good that she got some recognition, then found out about it, and released new stuff (and old stuff :))
Vashti Bunyan - Jog Along Bess
Vashti Bunyan - Come Wind Come Rain
Vashti Bunyan - I'd Like To Walk Around in Your Mind (Bonus Track)

Clinic - Visitations
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The manic mad man behind the microphone makes the album seem a bit like the devilish music of a creepy circus, the ringmaster hypnotically coaxing you to your seat while the stage is set on fire and acrobats fly over, around, and through ... and that's just the first track. From there the band goes from sounding like a demon version of the Velvet Underground to a demon version of the Violent Femmes. Such a rad album.
Clinic - Family
Clinic - Paradise
Clinic - Jigsaw Man

We All Have Hooks For Hands - The Pretender
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Campy and fun, these 9 fellas certainly sound like they're having a bunch of fun. Dancey and ridiculous on purpose, juvenile as an after thought (that's not to say they're not talented musicians), this album will warm your heart. It's only down fall is that it often feels like a barrage of sounds, and can get a little overwhelming. When it's not though, it's pretty fun.
We All Have Hooks For Hands - The Secret Life of Dolls and Doldrums
We All Have Hooks For Hands - The Teeth That Feeds The Lions
We All Have Hooks For Hands - Oh, I'd Expect

Black Cat # 13 - I Blast Off EP
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DFA1979 side project? I'm in. You should know that it's not nearly as dancy or ridiculous as Death From Above 1979, but, instead, more Hardcore. Still synthy in nature, and a grenade full of fun, but don't expect the same old spiel. I'd like to hear more than just this EP.
Black Cat # 13 - I Sleep With Astronauts

Oh yeah, one last thing: Doesn't this look like the worst movie made in a long, long time?

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