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My new acquisitions:

Spoon - Got Nuffin - New Spoon is always welcome, even if it's just a 3-song EP. The first and last tracks are solid though not standouts. Don't know what's going on with that second track though.

Howe Gelb - The Listener - Howe Gelb is one of the best artists nobody's heard of. (He also releases albums as Giant Sand.) He reminds me a lot of The Future-era Leonard Cohen. This album is a little less desert rock and a little more loungy, but still good.

The Horrors - Primary Colours - Another band in love with their effects pedals, but they do it well.

Foreign Born - Person to Person - Possible top ten material here. This has been on regular rotation, which surprises me because this usually isn't the kind of music I listen to in the summer.

Japandroids - Post-Nothing - You know this band high-fived each other when they came up with their name. Oh you clever, clever people. Heavily distorted rock sounds like something from the early 90s. Good, but not great. I wouldn't mind the tracks if they pop up on shuffle.

Oneida - Rated O - Releasing a 2-hour jam-punk album is a pretty ballsy move, but they somehow pulled it off.

Wye Oak - The Knot - It took a few listens before the band grabbed me. For some strange reason, whenever I think of this band, the New Pornographers song "Go Places" gets stuck in my head.

Magnolia Electric Co. - Josephine - The preview track sounded a lot like Brothers and Sisters, but the album was far mellower than I expected (it's my first Jason Molina album).

The Fiery Furnaces - I'm Going Away - Possibly their most accessible album to date. Like their last album, I'm filing this under "good, not great". The tracks seem to waver between forgettable to solid hooks which describes every Fiery Furnaces album since Bitter Tea.
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Phoenix - Wolfgang Amedues Phoenix Nice little album with an indie flare to it.

Silversun Pickups - Carnavas & Swoon I came late to the party with this group, just discovered them this month.Enjoying them.

Black Eyed Peas - E.N.D. Don't judge me.

NOFX - Coaster ahhhh, brings me back to the days of hot, musty clubs jumping, singing, yelling, dancing as NOFX jams out.

3OH!3 - WantCrazy little album with a mix of everything on it.

The Offspring - Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace I think they did it again with this album.

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erak wrote:
Japandroids - Post-Nothing - You know this band high-fived each other when they came up with their name. Oh you clever, clever people. Heavily distorted rock sounds like something from the early 90s. Good, but not great. I wouldn't mind the tracks if they pop up on shuffle.


Lots of this record.

Also, Modest Mouse has been putting out lots of 2 track singles that I've been consuming in anticipation for seeing them play in a couple weeks.
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Talking Heads - Fear of Music I had forgetten just how much I liked this one - top notch musicianship and great, if quirky, song structures. "Paper" is probably my favorite tune, though not as famous as the hit "Life During Wartime", which is also a great song.

The Who - A Quick One Man I how love early Who 'Mod' music! Some cool covers on this one.

Beck - Modern Guilt Maybe not as well received as his earlier stuff, but I like it just fine, especially "Gamma Ray"!

Blondie - The Best of Blondie One of my favorite New-Wave bands, and Debbie Harry was so cool! The early stuff is the best, like "Atomic".

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Lots of Placebo (Battle for the Sun) and I just got Kasabian - West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum in the mail today (it's still July right )
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The usual fare for an old guy I reckon... mostly a mix of styles all from my favorite new music web site:

Leo Rondeau

Black Joe Lewis

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Andy Bianculli

The Marauders

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And, of course, my oldest son's band:

Going to Austin

Hopefully the links work but maybe not. The site is in beta and you might need to register or Geekmail me for an invite. I dunno, these high tech things startle and confuse me.
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Wow, except for the the 70s & 80s bands (and Black Eyed Peas), I have not heard of any of these bands! I'm so out of it (although I;ve heard of the BEPeas, I couldn't name a single song by them)!

For me, I've been enjoying Elvis Costello's latest, Secret, Profane and Sugarcane. Recorded in Nashville with songs cowritten with T-Bone Burnett and one with Loretta Lynn. I'm not a huge fan of country music (especially modern country yuk ), but like his earlier album, Almost Blue, I'm really liking this one. Very traditional country sound.

Every once in a while, I'll reach into my cassette drawer and pull out an old tape to convert to MP3s. This month I pulled out a collection of singles I hadn't heard in over 20 years, with some obscure and unusual tracks that don't show up on the 80s stations. A couple of fun ones are:

I've Got to be Aware by Harry Kakoulli
Kakoulli was the original bass player for Squeeze. He released a solo album that went nowhere. This was the only track I enjoyed. I copied it to cassette and got rid of the album.

Shark Attack by the Surf Punks
Struck me as more of a novelty song, but it's catchy.
Hey Mister, where's my pup?
I threw a stick in the water
and he didn't come up!
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erak wrote:
Oneida - Rated O - Releasing a 2-hour jam-punk album is a pretty ballsy move, but they somehow pulled it off.


I must check this one out.

erak wrote:
Magnolia Electric Co. - Josephine - The preview track sounded a lot like Brothers and Sisters, but the album was far mellower than I expected (it's my first Jason Molina album).


I liked Molina's Songs:Ohia records much more than the Magnolia Electric Co. I've seen him live in both lineups. I suggest that you check out Ghost Tropic and The Lioness.

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Talking Heads - Fear of Music I had forgetten just how much I liked this one - top notch musicianship and great, if quirky, song structures. "Paper" is probably my favorite tune, though not as famous as the hit "Life During Wartime", which is also a great song.


This is a great album.

I picked up a bunch of new records but the standout of most recent is Seth Olinsky's -Sparrow Trout Heart Sprout. I love Akron/Family so I was intereseted in his solo effort... the $30 tag on this 3CD set kept me away but I found it (I think mispriced) for $8 in a used bin. I highly recommend it. Some MP3s found here:

http://naturalismo.wordpress.com/2009/03/12/seth-olinsky-spa...

I really dig the track Rainbow Trout (found on the above link). Which reminds me a lot of something off of the Grateful Dead's Aoxomoxoa (in a good way).
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I also am not familiar with the majority of the bands mentioned here.

I recently checked out Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles for my daughter to listen to (from the library). What struck me after all these years, and after reading how revolutionary and ground-breaking this album had been, was that they really sound bored singing the songs--no soul, so to speak.

The Beatles have never been my favorites, but I am familiar with and like many of their titles, but this album finds them musically (at least vocally) bored with recording songs!!!

Somehow I prefer the remakes to most of these songs.

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Pelican - Ephemeral - A 3-song instru-metal kicker. I've only listened to it a couple of times, but so far so good.

Saxon Shore - It Doesn't Matter -
Post-rock that stays in the 4-6 minute song range. They've added vocals to a couple of songs, and I'm not sure I like it. But I still think it's a good album overall--maybe my favorite from them.

David Bazan - Curse Your Branches - This album is a sad, thoughtful, blistering, beautiful break-up album--but he's breaking up with God. I hope they can patch things up.

Followed By Ghosts - The Entire City Was Silent and Dear Monsters, Be Patient - More post-rock, this time by an indie band that sounds a lot like Explosions in the Sky, but with enough differences to make them interesting.

Matthew Good - White Light Rock & Roll Review - This is an oldie that I just never got around to picking up. Good is Great.
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The new Clutch album - Strange Cousins from the West - came out a few weeks ago and I've been grooving to that a lot. It rocks!
 
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I'm relieved you liked The Horrors & Foreign Born, I feel bad recommending stuff if people don't like it.

I've been listening to the new releases from The Field, Memory Cassette, Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth, and City Center.

This is my list of faves for the year so far:

http://rateyourmusic.com/list/sisteray/favorites_of_2009/
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Same music as always:

* 1970s rock: Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, Doobie Brothers, Bad Company, Pink Floyd, Molly Hatchet, Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, .38 Special, etc.

* 1970s and 80s alternative: Ramones, Blondie, Elvis Costello, etc.

* Crooners and lounge singers: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Jerry Vale, Al Martino, etc.

I can't get into much of today's music other than an occasional song or two. I like Dropkick Murphys, for example.
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* Wilco - Wilco. It's OK, a bit disappointing really. I like it don't love it. I'd give it a "B-"

* Rancid - Let the Dominoes Fall. Awesome! Very, very good album. A solid "A" for me. It has some political stuff that actually feels a little dated (New Orleans) but the song itself is still very well done. Overall, a welcome return from the lads.

* Tim Armstrong - A poet's life (new to me - album was out a few years ago) So I have gotten on a Rancid/Transplants jag and looked up Tim's solo album...

This is the best album I have heard in ages. Every song on the ablum is fantastic. It is more accessible than Rancid or Transplants, but doesn't play too safe. This is the first "A+" album I have heard in a good long time.

One of my favorite tracks on the album, has a fantastic video as well:

Into Action



The main girl in the video and on vocals is Skye Sweetnam who I had not heard of. It is interesting to note that she has her own version of the same song (you can find it on Youtube) that is not anywhere near as good as this version.

I love this album. Highly Recommended.
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pronoblem wrote:

erak wrote:
Magnolia Electric Co. - Josephine - The preview track sounded a lot like Brothers and Sisters, but the album was far mellower than I expected (it's my first Jason Molina album).


I liked Molina's Songs:Ohia records much more than the Magnolia Electric Co. I've seen him live in both lineups. I suggest that you check out Ghost Tropic and The Lioness.


Of the albums that I've heard, I think that The Lioness is his best sing-a-long album (catchiest?), but Didn't It Rain is the prettiest.
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Rollins Band - The End of Silence - This has a favorite for a long time. Henry is inspired, the band is top notch, and everything works.

The Dead Weather - Horehound - I've always had mixed feelings about 'The White Stripes', some great moments, a torrent of creativity, and almost no focus at all. Get Jack White in a situation where his energies can be focused and shaped by other talented musicians, and something interesting just might happen. I think it has here, but I need to listen to it more to be sure.

Heaven and Hell - The Devil You Know - The elder gods of metal have seen their children wandering lost and hopeless in the wilderness and have brought back their ancient, and most powerful, wizards to save us.

Henry's Funeral Shoe - Everything's for Sale Hmm...is it blues? Or is it angry shouting? Kinda reminds me of early Helmet, kinda gets on my nerves after a while. I dunno, it's strangely compelling, and off putting all at once.

Telekinesis - Telekinesis - I've been making an effort to listen to more new music (to me, not necessarily just released) than I have in recent years (i.e. pretty much not at all) and tripped across this album. Instantly liked it, and it grows on me as I hear it again.

The Clarks - Restless Days - I had a tape of misc tracks of theirs a friend gave me years ago, and its nice to rediscover them, and gather up a good album to boot.

Helstar - The King of Hell - Solid, sadistic, screaming thrash.

Judas Priest - Nostradamus - I was told that this was a win for Priest fans. I was lied to. What a steaming pile of pretentious, cliched, half assed crap. I tell myself that the band died in a horrible accident after Painkiller, and I'll just stick to that fantasy to keep myself from blundering into nonsense like this in the future.

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joe_salamone wrote:

* Crooners and lounge singers: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Jerry Vale, Al Martino, etc.


Don't forget Louis Prima and Tony Bennett.

The Italian-Americans do dominate that genre, don't they?
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Two albums have been in heavy, heavy rotation:

The Way of All Flesh by Gojira. A fabulous French heavy metal band. Awesome, catchy hooks and riffs. Excellent technical work. Fabulous production value. This album is fast becoming one of my favorite heavy metal albums -- rivaling Candlemass' King of the Grey Islands and Testament's Demonic for the best straight up metal I've heard in the last decade or so.

Come, Reap by The Devil's Blood. The album has only 5 tracks and is barely 25 minutes long, but it is the best, most refreshing, haunting, catchy, mesmerizing stuff I've listened to in years. Amazing female vocals. Intricate and subtle music. Phenomenal technical precision and production value. One of the best reviews of their music I read was a mashup of the energy and vocals of Heart with the dark, bleakness of Danzig or HIM.
 
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Kings of Leon, Kings of Leon, Kings of Leon...and some more Kings of Leon...and a few other bands.
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Maksimov wrote:
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Kings of Leon, Kings of Leon, Kings of Leon...and some more Kings of Leon...and a few other bands.


Hmmm...I've listened to some Kings of Leon on my iPod this month. Just the first two albums, though. The later releases haven't been too impressive. A bit too MOR for me.


MOR?

I like all four of their albums. But the second is perhaps the best.
 
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Yeah, I see what you mean. And I agree, they have progressed in that direction. I think it's no coincidence that they've hit it big with the fourth album, since that's the most radio friendly and most mainstream one. But I've already predicted that they will be a one hit wonder here in Finland, since the only song they play on the radio here seems to be "Sex on Fire". Which is a bit funny since they've made well over ten singles during the years.

It doesn't bother me so much since I've just started to really listen to their music (although I remember when they started playing their music on MTV2).
 
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Old Lady Drivers - Lo Flux Tube

Cardiacs - A Little Man and A House And The Whole World Window

Steel Pole Bath Tub - Tulip

Sleep - Jerusalem

Gong - Flying Teapot/Radio Gnome part 1
 
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I liked Molina's Songs:Ohia records much more than the Magnolia Electric Co. I've seen him live in both lineups. I suggest that you check out Ghost Tropic and The Lioness.


I agree with this a whole lot.

Except that my favorite Songs: Ohia records are Axxess and Ace and the last one he did before changing it up. (The record being aptly titled Magnolia Electric Co.)

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Rollins Band - The End of Silence - This has a favorite for a long time. Henry is inspired, the band is top notch, and everything works.

Oh yes!! This album has probably shaped my life like no other - listened to it non-stop in grade 10. So intense, so positive, so powerful!

I haven't heard it in years, though. I better go dig it out...

 
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