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01-17-2006, 04:40 AM

I thought I'd get this thread going this morning.

So far, a very good week in music:

Sepultura - Roots (2005 reissue)
Fear Factory - Demanufacture
The Stooges - Fun House
The Dandy Warhols - Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia
The Strokes - First Impressions From Earth
The Magic Numbers - s/t
Marah - If You Didn't Laugh, You'd Cry
Electrelane - Axes
James Blunt - Back to Bedlam
Pete Yorn - Musicforthemorningafter

What are you listening to this fine Tuesday & the week past??


01-17-2006, 10:01 AM
Wow, this thread went the entire morning with no responses....very sad. :(

Coincedentally, I also spun some Pete Yorn this week, only I chose to go with Day I Forgot.

Some new (to me) disks that I picked up on the weekend and have spun and enjoyed are:
Dogs Die in Hot Cars - Please Describe Yourself
The Deadly Snakes - Porcella - AMG shows The Redwalls as a similar band. I say, WHAT?! Not even close. Which is a good thing IMO. This one will take a few more spins for me, but I can already feel it growing on me after two spins.
New Pornographers - Mass Romantic - After falling in love with Twin Cinema, I had to try something else by this band. At first listen, it's not as good as Twin Cinema, but it still needs time to worm its way into my brain. Ask me again in a week (not that you asked ;) ).

I also spun that groovy Bedouin Soundclash disk, Sounding A Mosaic. And some other stuff that I can't recall at the moment.

01-17-2006, 10:16 AM
Porcupine Tree - In Absentia
Opeth - Ghost Reveries
Obituary - Frozen In Time

Hey Audiobill - noticed the Sepultura, ever listen to Soulfly?


I thought I'd get this thread going this morning.

So far, a very good week in music:

Sepultura - Roots (2005 reissue)
Fear Factory - Demanufacture
The Stooges - Fun House
The Dandy Warhols - Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia
The Strokes - First Impressions From Earth
The Magic Numbers - s/t
Marah - If You Didn't Laugh, You'd Cry
Electrelane - Axes
James Blunt - Back to Bedlam
Pete Yorn - Musicforthemorningafter

What are you listening to this fine Tuesday & the week past??


01-17-2006, 10:17 AM
Califone - Heron King Blues
I've been soaking in this one the last few days. As big a fan as I am of these guys, it surprises even me that only got this one recently since it's about 2 years old, but really digging it right now. Only got in a few listens so far, and it is definitely more experimental than their other normal releases, but works well enough for me. Still lots of those Califone magic beans scattered amongst all the quiet noise and loops and Rutili fragmented ramblings and the skronky sounds. Some of it does harken back to Roomsound, and some of it is closer to their experimental Deceleration releases, but when these guys get going in one of their deep grooves, there just isn't anything I like much better these days. My favorite is "2 Sisters Drunk On Each Other", which was the only song from the album I knew since I downloaded it before release. "Red foot cold floor, you're the root, you're the hanging tree, you're Easter in the Philippines." Where does Rutili come up with this stuff? No idea half the time what he's talking about, but it still seems to make sense in the song context, and I love it just the same. Here's what Rutili says about that song ...


CI: There was a lyric that I kept reading over and over from "2 Sisters Drunk on Each Other" from Heron King Blues. "Red foot cold floor, you're the root, you're the hanging tree, you're Easter in the Philippines." Can you explain that thought process?

Tim: Well, what do you get from it?

CI: I don't know, I feel like you're addressing a certain person, or something...

Tim: Maybe you have a person in your life that you feel is someone that criminals hang from. Maybe, I mean, I start writing and it makes sense what I mean: I see my mother as a tree and in a dream, it will make total sense that she is. And that's where this music is coming from. And I can go 'well this is what I mean and this is who I'm talking about', but it's not going to make sense to anyone else…I mean, it's either going to be 'what the ****?' or 'I really understand the intangible quality of this and it makes total sense'. I mean, it's just poetry.

My Morning Jacket - Z
Love the "Dondante" closer from My Morning Jacket's latest Z. Something like 8 minutes long, starts out reminiscent of that great David Bowie song "The Man Who Sold the World", but slowed down and quieter. With Jim James reverb laden high pitched Neil Young meets Jeff Buckley vocals. Then at about 3 1/2 minutes in it erupts into something closer to Jimmy Page, with some nice bluesy guitar soloing for awhile, before calming back down for the last couple minutes to close it out gently like it began. Very cool. Usually have to repeat this one a few times cause it goes by way too fast. Just checked and see that there's a mp3 available at the salon site ... http://anon.salon.speedera.net/anon.salon/mp3s/2005/nov/mymorningjacket-dondante.mp3

Whole album is pretty cool. Only had it for the last couple weeks so still getting to know it. I have the two previous ones, and like them a lot too, but this one does more for me overall. Some pretty tight songs to go along with the jam happy stuff. Think maybe the third song "Gideon" is my favorite right now, nice anthemic rocker, but the first half of the CD is one of the strongest I've had the fortune of hearing this past year. Lots of nods to Mercury Rev and The Band and Neil Young and the Who and other classic rockers, but with a slightly twisted view, somewhat akin to the White Stripes at times.

Sure got a lot of critical acclaim, and I was half expecting a big letdown to be honest, so held off getting it for a long time. And there was also the big issue about the invasive copy protection under Windows, but I just copied it with EAC and no problem. You just have to hold down the shift key when you put the CD in the computer to make sure the software on the disc doesn't load. Apparently the band was pretty mad at Sony for putting this stuff on their disc so have offered to send anyone who has bought the CD a CD-R copy with no protection. Of course, one good way to avoid that SunnComm MediaMax content protection software crap is to get the nice looking gatefold 2-LP package that comes with an extra song too. Kind of limited from what they say but who knows. Seems like they could always just press more if enough demand ... http://www.badmanrecordingco.com/bands/default.aspx#9

Anyway, really fun to watch a band like this progress over the course of their young career, exploring their roots and influences, changing direction as the band members and other circumstances change, and making the move to the majors without losing sight of their music.

And a few others like ...

Black Mountain got some of that good ol Zep boogie mixed with the Stones' blues and the Sabbath's drugs. Got some pretty good critical and fan acclaim too. Kind of a modern stoner rock sound, but older. Just talking to a guy over at Head-Fi that saw you can download the extended 8+ minute mix of "Druganaut" (that's the one that almost breaks into Mountain's "Mississippi Queen") from itunes for only 99 cents. It's from the 4-song EP. Good deal. Got a heavy Zep riff, but over too soon on the LP since it's only about half that long.

Voyager One - Dissolver has a very nice Eno/Pink Floyd/Bowie sound, but mixed with some more modern shoegazer elements. Hard for me to resist. Currently #1 on my best of 2005 and in near constant rotation.

John Doe - Forever Hasn't Happened Yet is pretty darn good. Got some of that classic X sound and one of Doe's better releases since those days. Surprisingly bluesy. Has a lot of collaborations including a very nice one with Neko Case sounding a lot like Exene. Nice album that didn't seem to get much notice last year but wound up on our CRSV10 that MonkeyBoy put together.

Spoon - Gimme Fiction got a spin or three. Love that mix of John Lennon and Elvis Costello, along with some soul and maybe some early Who and Jam, and even a bit of McCartney's wacky "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" creeps into the anthemic "Sister Jack". Pretty cool. Still probably like the earlier ones more, but this is a damn good record with some of their best songs and production.

01-17-2006, 10:57 AM
Got my ProgRockRecords order a few daze ago:

Man On Fire:The Undefined Design - not neo-prog, not the '70s revisited, but more like a proggy version of TearsForFears.

Cryptic Vision:Moments of Clarity - very similar to Elfante era Kansas, not bad for a debut, but they need to find their own sound. Good for the first 4 songs or so, but it gets bogged down in a maudlin 5 or 6 song suite about a lost love. One song, 'Shock Value', sounds a lot like YES' Shock To The System, and has someone using a vocoder repeating the the title during the chorus (yikes).

Salem Hill:Be - I haven't concentrated enough to decipher the theme of the concept (it seems rather bleak), but so far, I like it. The style is decidedly American prog, not neo-prog. The song 'The Perfect Light' is a very bouncy piano driven number ala BenFoldsFive. The rest falls somewhere twix latter-day Echolyn and Izz. Very different from the 'other' prog band from...TN, of all places. Not that they're not well traveled. On the song 'Seattle (In Memory Of)' is a perfectly dreary (and accurate) roll call of places and names that quickly identify the city's oblique and quirky culture, referring to it as "London of the states" (DCFC would be jealous).

Dredg:Catch w/o Arms

IQ: Seventh House - pretty damn good


Coheed and Cambria:Second Stage Turbine Blade

Kevin Gilbert:Thud

Riverside:Second Life Syndrome

Spock's Beard:Octane

Dream Theater: Octivarium

DCFC: Plans

01-17-2006, 11:34 AM
Christine McVie - In The Meantime. I like Christine, but this is a bit of a letdown.

Kevin Gilbert - The Shaming of The True. The stage version of this would have made his a superstar. Best rock musical of all time. A hundred times more intelligent than The Wall.

Klaatu - Sun Set. Alternate versions and demos, including the complete original orchestral recording of Hope, never before released. Killer.

Bozzio Levin Stevens - Situation Dangerous. Three powerhouse performers just grooving in the studio.

Kansas - Kansas. Good thing they got better, but this set the groundwork for the next three great albums, culminating in Leftoverture.

Mr MidFi
01-17-2006, 11:43 AM
Well, now, there's something new and different...I discovered a cool disc before Davey did. My Morning Jacket's Z album keeps growing on me as well, and I played it twice over the past weekend. There are at least 4 tunes I would call top-notch, and the whole thing plays well to my ears. One of my top 5 of the past year.

Another grower for me has been Crooked Fingers' Red Devil Dawn album. Good songwriting and an interesting sound, like Steve Earl covering Wilco tunes, with a little Soul Asylum thrown in for good measure.

And like Bill, I tracked the 13 Tales disc from The Dandy Warhols. This is a great, great album, and I think an entire album's worth of material could be written around the ideas in each of the 13 songs here. OK, maybe that's a bit much...but I really like this one a lot.

Bright Eyes' I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning still strikes me as affected and self-consciously angsty...but there are definitely some moments scattered throughout. A mixed pleasure.

And for shiatz & giggles, I played the 2-disc reissue of Cheap Trick at Budokan in its entirety. What can I say about the world's greatest bar-band accompanied by 10,000 screaming Japanese girls except that, well, it works for me.

01-17-2006, 11:48 AM
Lot’s of new tunes, what I remember …
Dayshift ‘Imaginary menangerie’ – reminds me of Radioheads The Bends
Djam Karet ‘Recollection Harvest’ – several strongs songs, pretty good album overall.
Pallas ‘The dreams of men’ – verrry good
Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush ‘Two sides Live’ –overlooked good old school guitar rock
King Crimson ‘The construKcion of light’ –good music to workout to, heavy duty.
Spring ‘S/T’ three mellotron 70’s obscurity
England ‘Garden Shed’ –like a mix of early yes + genesis. Well done.
Toad the Wet Sprocket - an unfortunate name for a band with some excellent songs, put together the best from ‘coil/dulcinea/fear/in light syrup’.
Cowboy Junkies ‘Pale sun, cresent moon’ –one of their better efforts imo.

01-17-2006, 12:11 PM
I've been on a heavy dose of old vinyl lately, of little to no interest here.

On Saturday, I did pick up last year's Cripple Crow by Devendra Banhart for the outrageous price of $2.99 (ok, so no cover insert, but I can live with that). Only listened to it twice thus far, but I'm definitely liking it. Much more fully-developed songs on this compared to earlier ones (which I liked a lot also), and he seems to have toned down some of the quirkiness in order to let the music come to the front. This one probably would have made my top 20 had I heard it earlier.

01-17-2006, 01:39 PM
The Beatles - Please Please Me (Ebbetts UK mono)
The Beatles - With The Beatles (Ebbetts UK mono)
Parliament - Up For The Down Stroke
Return To Forever - Hymn Of The Seventh Galaxy
XTC - Emerald City, Cherry Hill, NJ - April 17, 1981
Wakeman - Six Wives Of Henry VIII (Japanese 20-bit)
UK - Night After Night
XTC - English Settlement
The Monkees - Headquarters (Ebbetts mono)
Parliament - Chocolate City
Return To Forever - Where Have I Known You Before
Ferde Grofe - Grand Canyon & Mississippi Suites - Bernstein/Kostelanetz @ NY Philharmonic

01-17-2006, 02:17 PM
Phish - A Live One
Porcupine Tree - Signify
Love & Rockets - Earth, Sun, Moon
Pink Floyd - A Saucer Full of Secrets
Miles Davis - Amandla
Lenny Kravitz - Are you gonna go my way?
Soundgarden - Badmotorfinger
The Guess Who - Best of the
Jacqui Naylor - Live East-West
Camper Van Beethoven - New Roman Times
Mark Knopfler - Sailing to Philadelphia
Beck - Sea Change
Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus
Tori Amos - Under the Pink, Little Earthquakes

and last but not least a multi-album shuffle of They Might Be Giants.

01-17-2006, 03:47 PM
I will return here one day and dig up my bones from the clay
at sunrise the monkeys will fly and leave me with pennies in my eyes

I can't hear the phrase pennies in/on my/your eyes without thinking of the song Steven by Alice Cooper, off of Welcome to my Nightmare. Growing up, that song always gave me the creeps. {shiver}

01-18-2006, 06:35 AM
John Lennon boxset of demos
Not listening to new Strokes (I really thought I was a big fan)
Still listening to Stars and BSS
and the Trews- House of Ill Fame

01-18-2006, 06:56 AM
Joss Stone, Mind Body Soul
This came out last year but I dismissed it after Joss’s over exposure and kind of lost interest in her which was a shame because I quite liked her debut album. But I picked this up cheap recently and it’s a fine album. There’s no doubt she has an outstanding voice and it features a good mix of slow fast numbers.

Sufjan Stevens, Illinoise
Now I like this don’t get me wrong, it’s the familiar Sufjan sound, I mean I don’t hear much different from Seven Swans, but it amazes me it features so high in peoples playlists of best albums last year. Maybe it’s just me it’s good, but not that good.

Strokes, First Impressions of Earth
Typical Strokes sound but pretty good

Babyshambles, Down in Albion
Everything I dislike about rock stars is displayed in Pete Doherty, arrogant, talented but without a doubt a complete prat. But I can’t help liking this album it’s more Clash than the Libertines ever were but it sounds like the Libertines part two. I love his lazy vocal style and the way they use the snare drum and overblown bass with a bit of guitar in the background. It rambles on a bit but there’s so much good stuff in there it’s a worthwhile listen.

Other sounds
Ian Drury, New Boots and Panties
Arcade Fire, Funeral

Ipod Sounds
Got it on random at the moment just listened to Montrose (70s’ rock band) right after Broken Social Scene – bizarre, but sounds so right


01-18-2006, 09:07 AM
I couldn't agree more with Mike on the Sufjan Stevens record. I failed to catch on as to why that was rated so highly. Same goes for the Antony and the Johnsons record... boring!

This week finds much from last year at the top of the stack.

Pete Dougherty... Actually, I rather enjoy hearing the almost daily update and the great tabloid coverage his exploits brought. He's not a rock star- he's a caricature of a caricature of a rockstar. I always wonder if he is just taking the mick or if he is truly the fool he portrays. One foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel!! The whole Kate Moss romance kept me in stiches throughout the spring and summer. My favourite quote from mid-2005 was how they were back together and that her family had even given him a nickname. He revealed that it was "crackhead" but it was a nickname, nonetheless! Down in Albion is a pretty decent record. I'd been hearing the Kilimanjiro single since 2003 and I'm somewhat amazed they even got the Albion together. For me, the standout track is 32nd of December.

Another record of 2005 that I've been re-listening to a lot lately is The Like: Are You Thinking What I'm Thinking? Ordinarily, I'd avoid this like typhoid (three young female LA popsters) but it is really pretty good. One of them is the daughter of Elvis Costello's longtime drummer, the other two are daughters of maverick producers, and together they write some pretty tight songs. Falling Away is brilliant and channels the Attractions!

Also this week:
Maximo Park: A Certain Trigger (one of my favorites of 2005).
Catatonia: International Velvet (1999?- I've not thought about Mulder or Sculley for awhile)
Art Brut: Bang, Bang, Rock & Roll (2005- aside from two tracks, it is completely awful)
Kate Bush: Aerial (2005 solid reminder of why I liked her decades ago)
The Rakes: Retreat (2005 very promising- strong Gang of Four influence)
Editors: The Back Room (2005- truly surprised this didn't catch on)

01-18-2006, 09:16 AM
Hey Audiobill - noticed the Sepultura, ever listen to Soulfly?

Hey, Duds.

Where should I start?

I haven't listened to any Soulfly.



01-18-2006, 10:46 AM
Max Cavalera left Sepultura in 1996 and started Soulfly. I would highly recommend their first one (self titled) which Roadrunner just reissued, or their new one called Dark Ages. Both will pummel you!!

Hey, Duds.

Where should I start?

I haven't listened to any Soulfly.



01-18-2006, 12:53 PM
Max Cavalera left Sepultura in 1996 and started Soulfly. I would highly recommend their first one (self titled) which Roadrunner just reissued, or their new one called Dark Ages. Both will pummel you!!

Living in Cleveland, I saw Derrick Green's former band Outface several times, so it was pretty cool to hear that he got the gig with Sepultura after Max left. I managed to see Sepultura before Max left (awwwwsome show, probably their last US tour w/ Max I'm thinking.. Fudgetunnel opened). Haven't heard much Soulfly except for that track they did with Sean Lennon.


Pat D
01-18-2006, 07:04 PM
We're back home after a 7 week absence visiting my wife's son and his family in a house with no real high fidelity system! And the turntable is up and running again, so I listened to some LPs.

Bach, Brandenburg Concertos. Karl Ristenpart, Chamber Orch. of the Sarre. Nonesuch HB-73006. This has a kind of cult following and if you've ever heard it, you may appreciate why. The performances are available on CD but evidently only in mono, for some reason.

Bach, Four Suites for Orchestra. Yehudi Menuhin, Bath Festival Orchestra. Seraphim SIB-6085. Goodness, I have these for a long time.

Bach on Wood, arrangements for percussion by Brian Slawson of pieces by Bach,k Vivaldi, Pachelbel, Corelli, and Handel. CBS RM 39704. Wonderful, fun stuff.

Bruch, Violin Concerto; Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto. Zino Francescatti, violin; Szell, Columbian Symphony (Mendelssohn); Schippers, New York Philharmonic (Bruch). CBS MS 6351.

Beethoven, Symphony no. 3 (Eroica). Ansermet, Suisse Romande Orchestra. London STS 15069. Still my favorite, or maybe primus inter pares nowadays.

Beethoven, Symphony no. 7, Fidelio Overture. Ansermet, SRO. London STS 15067. One of my favorites.

Beethoven, Piano Concerto no. 3. Solomon, piano; Herbert Menges, Philharmonia Orchestra. Seraphim 60019. Splendid performance, sonics dated.

Of course, we brought back some new CDs.

Ani Di Franco, Not A Pretty Girl. Hmmm . . . I'll have to get used to this one. I bought it because a reviewer thought it was a good audition disc for speakers--I haven't found it to be,

Chen Gang and HE Zhanhao, The Butterfly Lovers Concerto; Peter Breiner, Songs and Dances from the Silk Road. Takako Nishizaki, violin; James Judd, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Nazos 8.557348. Nishizaki has recorded this work several times and it has sold over 3 million copies! She recorded it previously with Naxos, too.

Joseph Martin Kraus, Complete Symphonies, vol. 4. Petter Sundkvist, Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Naxos 8.555305. Very beautiful.

Johann Baptist Vanhal, Symphonies, vol. 3. Kevin Mallon, Toronto Camerata. Naxos 8.557483.

William Boyce, Eight Symphonies, Op. 2. Mallon, Toronto Camerata. Naxos 8.557278.

Franz Berwald, Tone Poems. Petri Sakari, Gaevle Symphony Orchestra. Naxos 8.555370.

Dinah Shore, Cocktail Hour,