Monday, March 30, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Clinic-Voot/Cement Mixer/Monkey on Your Back (3 EP's)
The band's first three 7"s: the Voot, Monkey On Your Back & Cement Mixer EPs, originally issued in 1997 on the Aladdins' Cave of Golf label. A synthesis of all the finer musical things in life.
'Porno' is so fo' real. Definitely one of the greatest songs of all time.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Skyramps-Days of Thunder
Yet another Emeralds related project, Skyramps is Mark McGuire and Daniel Lapotin. Their cdr, Days of Thunder, is allegedly a tribute to Top Gun. Similar to Amethyst Waves with its slowly blossoming haze of cyclical guitar licks, various attack-less synths and organs that seem to appear from nowhere are also employed. And the songs are, for the most part, a bit more developed.
Sunday, March 08, 2009
Mark Mcguire-Amethyst Waves
"Yet another new tape from Mark McGuire of Emeralds. And again - absolutely gorgeous. This time more kraut-inspired, psychedelic echoed synths versus melodic guitar loops, slowly expanding layers of mesmerizing sound."
Saturday, March 07, 2009
Asthmatic Kitty is a downright horrible record label. With every one of their releases the world gets that much more boring and I'm not just saying that because most of the time I want to choke the life out of Sufjan Stevens.
Cryptacize, however, are the exception to the rule. It might be the fact that the inimitable Nedelle Torrisi, perhaps better known to you as just Nedelle, is involved. Or it might just simply be their laudable, inspired songwriting. Either way, I'm convinced.
Gorillavsbear had this to say:
"Cryptacize's adventurous second album, Mythomania, is due out April 21 on Asthmatic Kitty. The label hooked us up with the premiere of "Blue Tears," a galloping, charmingly fragmented avant-pop jam that sounds like dramatic '60s girl-group pop-meets-guitarist Chris Cohen's former band, Deerhoof. Nedelle Torrisi's voice shines brightly with what Sufjan Stevens calls "the uncomplicated clarity of a 1950s movie musical," making it pretty easy to get lost in the group's simple, oddly infectious melodies"
Friday, March 06, 2009
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Monday, March 02, 2009
Marianne Faithfull-Come My Way
"When Marianne Faithfull released her first two albums for the U.K. market in the spring of 1965, she took the unusual step of issuing them simultaneously. One, simply titled Marianne Faithfull, was the pop-oriented collection that listeners of her hit singles would have expected. The other, Come My Way, by contrast was comprised solely of folk tunes, most of them traditional, the acoustic settings arranged by guitarist Jon Mark. Faithfull at this very early stage in her career still had the tremulous soprano common to many woman folk singers of the era. While her singing here is pleasant and competent, it's rather average when stacked against the emotional commitment and personality the best interpreters of such tunes brought to the material at the time. Indeed, Faithfull herself would do the same kind of repertoire, with considerably greater vocal imagination and more forceful musical backing, on her underrated third U.K. album, 1966's North Country Maid. Still, it's an OK record, Faithfull putting her pipes to reverent use on folk revival staples like "Portland Town," "House of the Rising Sun," "Once I Had a Sweetheart," and "Black Girl," taking on a contemporary writer with Ian Tyson's "Four Strong Winds." Her reading of "Lonesome Traveller" stands out for the propulsive backing, with hasty 12-string guitar strums and what sound like bongos. The CD reissue, available briefly in Britain in the early '90s and then in Japan in the early 2000s, adds four bonus tracks: the 1964 B-side "Blowin' in the Wind"; "Et Maintenant," from a 1965 EP; the poppy and bluesy 1966 B-side "That's Right Baby"; and her classic 1969 single "Sister Morphine," which predated the Rolling Stones' version by a couple of years."-Allmusic