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Mike
01-20-2004, 07:10 AM
With me its been almost exclusively comps all the way

JCís 2003 - Classy comp with a loads of stuff I like but have not heard before, I really like this one. Two definites are the Stills and Postal Service but a lot of good electro feel-good music on this one.

Nobodyís 2003 Ė Another classy affair with Jet, Tricky, Electric 6, Muggs and my faves Tosca on this. It even has my favourite single at the moment that Outkast track which is so enjoyable, the sort of thing Prince would have done at his peak. Hey Nobody what about the album, does it feature a lot of rap?

Davey Seasons Greetings - Had this a while now but still playing it a lot usual quality stuff from Davey, canít think of one duff comp Iíve had from Davey over the years, each one stands the test of time. But the downside is more for my wishlist like Beulah, Twilight Singers and Broken Social Scene. Not sure at all about British Sea Power though they donít do much for me.

Yo La Tengo comp supplied by Davey Ė Still getting to grips with this one.

Masonjar 2003 Ė Well considering Mason reckoned he hadnít bought much over the year he put together a pretty solid comp

Masonjar Red House Painters Comp Ė I donít know why this band passed me by but after picking up Sun Kil Moon I realised I needed to hear some more by them. Songs For A Blue Guitar and Ocean Beach look like they just made it to my wishlist.

Masonjar Hit The Snooze Ė A relaxing my kind of comp, with a lot of acoustic stuff, very nice

Cheers
Mike

-Jar-
01-20-2004, 07:35 AM
Mike,
I got both of your comps on Saturday and they both sound great. I really enjoyed the Sun Kil Moon track.. and from the 2003 comp, Super Furry Animals and Stereophonics jumped out at me the most, but the whole thing is great.. I don't have them with me to remind me which other tracks I enjoyed.. I'll have to check on that later.

Also spun Slosh's JAR OF SLOSH comp.. a very nice set of tunes there. I'm really really starting to dig the Wrens.

What else? ahh, a bunch of ambient/industrial/noise stuff .. for some reason I've been in the mood for it, and am working on a comp (of course)

Anton Fier - DREAMSPEED & BLIND LIGHT
Zeni Geva - 10,000 LIGHT YEARS
Bill Laswell - APC Tracks Vol 2
Divination - DISTILL
Paul Schutze - NEW MAPS OF HELL
Skinny Puppy - TOO DARK PARK, LAST RIGHTS
Autechre - TRI REPETAE++
NIN - THE FRAGILE

Also been listening to this comp I made called <a href=http://www.artofthemix.com/FindAMix/getcontents.asp?strMixID=64904>Thatís When I Reach for my I.C.B.M.</a> .. make me want to drive too fast and break stuff..

-jar

tentoze
01-20-2004, 07:59 AM
With me its been almost exclusively comps all the way

JC’s 2003 - Classy comp with a loads of stuff I like but have not heard before, I really
Yo La Tengo comp supplied by Davey – Still getting to grips with this one.

Masonjar Red House Painters Comp – I don’t know why this band passed me by but after picking up Sun Kil Moon I realised I needed to hear some more by them. Songs For A Blue Guitar and Ocean Beach look like they just made it to my wishlist.

Masonjar Hit The Snooze – A relaxing my kind of comp, with a lot of acoustic stuff, very nice

Cheers
Mike
I got JC's comp this week as well, but haven't had much chance to spin it yet. Thanks, Jim.

My spins have been about the same as last week. Got home last nite and had Jason Molina's *Pyramid Electric Co" waiting for me. Surprising, because it was listed as a Pre-order on Insound, with a release date of today, I think. At any rate, I haven't plopped the vinyl on yet, but did listen to some of the ceedee version on the drive in to work this AM. Molina and either a guitar or piano accompanying- bleak, solemn, and sparsely beautiful images. More on this after I get a few listens in.

JDaniel
01-20-2004, 08:24 AM
Been a good week. Listening has included:

The Peter Malick Group featuring Norah Jones New York City. An outstanding cd.

Wheat [/i]Too Much Time.[/i] Thanks again Davey

Jack Johnson Brushfire Fairytales

Lyle Lovett My Baby Don't Tolerate

Comps:
Mr. MidFi's Waiting to Derail - Should get some kinda nomination around here - it is another quality MidFi production.

Nobody's 2003 - What's not to like about this one? You got some Jet, Kings of Leon, Los Straightjackets, Raveonettes, Radiohead etc.

Chip's Robin Trower set. Pure ecstasy to these ears.

So much music, so little time................

JD

DarrenH
01-20-2004, 08:26 AM
New stuff:

Los Lonely Boys - S/T
B.R.M.C. - Take Them On, On Your Own. Very cool. I'm not disappointed.

Old and New (to me) stuff:

Allman Brothers - Seven Turns
Allman Brothers - Enlightened Rogues
Rod Stewart - Never A Dull Moment
Rod Stewart - Gasoline Alley
Miles Davis - In A Silent Way, B!tches Brew, Jack Johnson and Get Up With It
John Coltrane - Love Supreme
Moody Blues - On The Threshold Of A Dream
Cat Stevens - a comp I threw together.
Iluvatar - Children
Tull - Thick As A Brick, Benefit and A Passion Play

And a bunch of stuff from Geezer. Thanks Dave, really enjoying them.

Scored a new Tull DVD entitled A New Day Yesterday: The 25th Anniversay Collection. This is the same video that was originally released on VHS in 1993 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Tull so it's nothing new. Just the convienence of DVD with better video quality. Best part, it was only $16.

Darren

Troy
01-20-2004, 09:03 AM
Got a pkg from Jim Clark myself. Thanks for the Blue Man disc. A few tracks on this are really killer! Particularly "Piano Smasher" and that really odd and sinister cover of "White Rabbit".

Last friday I got an upgrade for my Mac and it came with this new program called Garage Band. It's like a baby Pro Tools. Thousands of riffs and thousands of instrument sounds, all interchangabe and all editable. You can take any riff and move any idividual notes anywhere on the scale, change it's intensity and add and delete them. You can then add any timbre attributes to it and loop it or fade it to double it . . . anything. This editability pushes this way past the realm of being a toy. You can build a song with up to 64 tracks. Plus you can interface instruments if you can get them plugged in via USB. I couldn't keep my hands off of it over the holiday weekend.

For a guy like me with no instrumental ability, but with all kinds of melodic weirdness rattling around in his head, this program is truly a revelation. Overwhelming.

Dig it:
http://www.apple.com/ilife/garageband/

Davey.
01-20-2004, 09:24 AM
Moonbabies - June and Novas
The Swedish duo have a new one out now called Orange Billboard that's at the top of my long list, but this debut is just great. Kind of like another favorite at times, Yo La Tengo, except generally more varied sounding, mixing indie pop and jangle rock and psychedelia and shoegazer and electronica elements. The Tonevendor site says, "Wonderful pop songs with absolutely tons of melody, harmony, hooks...all the perfect elements of great songwriting! Multi-instrumentalists at heart, they combine elements of electronica, sampling, acoustic guitars, shoegazing noise, and ultra-pop melodies, amidst their dual boy-girl vocals." The DOA site says "This album is clearly one of the best I've heard in a long time and would have been near the top of my best of 2000 list had I heard it then. The Moonbabies have proven themselves impeccable songwriters, capable of playing quiet, soft ballads and more rocking, textured songs, always tossing in dashes of experimentation. They clearly positioned themselves to be not just the best of their country but ours as well. RIYL Sugar, Belle & Sebastian, Pavement, Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine." Davey says "Two thumbs up and big thanks to Jimbo for pulling the trigger on this one, another of those albums I can play over and over and...."

The Notwist - Neon Golden
Don't know how many times I have played this one over the last couple years but I'm sure it's probably near a hundred by now. And I can still put it on and listen to it all day if I'm at home. Almost like the music is in my bones and in my head. Kind of like an infection, I guess. Most people that have been around this site for the last couple years probably got tired of reading my endless blathering about this CD, but I still think it's one of the best, if not the best, I've heard in the last few years. Already a classic in my mind. I even copied a long and uncredited description of the album and have occasionally called it up in a post since I don't know where it came from - http://members.mailaka.net/davey/notwist.html

Bob Dylan - Blood On The Tracks
Who doesn't know this one? I keep a copy in desert isle luggage.

Peter Gabriel - 3
His best album and another classic for me. Others will argue, but I don't think he ever reached this height again, at least not for a complete album. Still sounds fresh and groundbreaking, even 25 years down the road, and with so many co-conspirators to help out, all working in their primes as well. Maybe some of the effects will sound cheesy in the future, but they don't yet. In fact, it might even sound fresher than it did a few years ago since there has been somewhat of a resurgence in the early 80s sound that he helped to pioneer. Another one that I can play repeatedly.

Still enjoying the Jar of Slosh comp and got some demos last week that I've also been enjoying including the latest from Do Make Say Think, Emmylou Harris and Jim Bryson. Listened some to the last Be Good Tanyas, Chinatown, a couple times or so too. Very nice one that I kind of overlooked at the end of the year, but not a bad release at all.

Ex Lion Tamer
01-20-2004, 10:28 AM
My turntable is still out of commission, so there's quite a bit of relatively new stuff that is sitting idle, my patience is runnung thin!

I have been listening to quite a bit of stuff at home to help me to break in, so to speak, my new/old speakers....

Joe Strummer - Streetcore: This is my pick for album of the year, best Strummer since LC. The rockers rock, (while "Coma Girl" gets all the press, "Arms Aloft" is the one that gets me out of my chair, fists-a-wavin'), the reggae songs groove, the ballads make you weep, and the whole thing keeps you coming back for more.

Libertines - Up the Bracket (at least the songs that filled out Davey's Oct. Mystery disc): Love these tunes. I think that this album may be better than The Strokes debut, though I guess I shouldn't declare that until I've heard the whole album, but what I've heard I like better that the much-hyped Is This It?

British Sea Power - The Decline of...: Still a great album, but now suplanted by Streetcore for my favorite of '03, though "Fear of Drowning" is still probably my favorite song of the year, or would that be "Farewell Transmission"?

Dropkick Murphys - Blackout

Violent Femmes - s/t, the new Rhino double disc re-master which includes demo material, and live stuff. The bonus stuff is not bad and the original album sounds as fresh as ever.

and some older favorites....

Built to Spill - There's Nothing Wrong With Love
Papa M - Whatever Mortal
Beck - Mutations
The Shins - Oh, Inverted World
The Who - Quadrophenia
Van Morrisson - Astral Weeks
Modest Mouse - The moon and Antarctica
Fountains of Wayne - s/t
Electrafixion - Burned
Low - Things We Lost in the Fire
Blue Rodeo - Five Days In July

There's more, but I can't remember any of them.

Dave_G
01-20-2004, 10:36 AM
Well lets see.

Listened to a Bunny Wailer cd (Sings the Wailers), a few Yes bootlegs, my "Furry Numan" comp, Ultravox "Vienna", Marillion "Fugazi", Ian Anderson's new solo cd, Stan Ridgway's "Anatomy", that new band that Roine Stolt is in, a few Flower Kings boots (Nearfest 2003, it's ok but too much bull**** noodling), Karmakanic (I like this one), some Devo, and a Jefferson Airplane disc, and a few cuts off of a Uriah Heep album.

Went to the Atlanta Record show Sunday, didn't buy a damn thing, they had 1 thing I was interested in, a Steve Hackett 4 cd boxed set, a live set, been wanting this but he had the German import for $ 45, too much for me. I tell ya, they have a bunch of **** at these shows and people buy it.

After that we (Trev and I ) went to Tower Records and I scored a Caravan dvd for 25% off!

Cool beans.

Dave

mad rhetorik
01-20-2004, 10:39 AM
Public Enemy: <b>It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back</b>
OMG. This rules. Along with <b>Pauls' Boutique</b> the best rap/hip-hop release ever.

Pixies: <b>Surfer Rosa</b>
Hey, it's the Pixies. What else can I say?

Snapcase: <b>Designs For Automotion</b>
Really been digging this lately. One of the best hardcore punk albums I've heard in a while. Gobs of energy.

Joy Division: <b>Substance</b>
Singles and B-sides from the best band of the Manchester scene. Listening to "Novelty" right now, which is a new favorite JD song of mine (although they're all great).

May listen to Cure's <b>Disintegration</b> later.

Davey.
01-20-2004, 10:43 AM
Libertines - Up the Bracket (at least the songs that filled out Davey's Oct. Mystery disc): Love these tunes. I think that this album may be better than The Strokes debut, though I guess I shouldn't declare that until I've heard the whole album, but what I've heard I like better that the much-hyped Is This It?

Too bad there wasn't space on that mystery disc for the whole CD because the last few songs are some of the best, including a couple singles. It maybe falters just a bit in the middle but the opening and closing songs are all great! Pretty solid CD. I kind of forgot to consider it for my best of 2003 since it was released in 2002 in the UK to a lot of buzz, but should have anyway since the US release CD I have wasn't until later in 2003. And yeah, I like it better than the Strokes too :)

jack70
01-20-2004, 11:08 AM
Last friday I got an upgrade for my Mac and it came with this new program called Garage Band. It's like a baby Pro Tools. Thousands of riffs and thousands of instrument sounds, all interchangabe and all editable. You can take any riff and move any idividual notes anywhere on the scale, change it's intensity and add and delete them. You can then add any timbre attributes to it and loop it or fade it to double it . . . anything. This editability pushes this way past the realm of being a toy. You can build a song with up to 64 tracks. Plus you can interface instruments if you can get them plugged in via USB. I couldn't keep my hands off of it over the holiday weekend.

For a guy like me with no instrumental ability, but with all kinds of melodic weirdness rattling around in his head, this program is truly a revelation. Overwhelming.


That sounds a lot like ACID style, where you pick from any of thousands of loops of all manner of instruments and drop them into your own mulitracked timeframe... you then can edit them in any number of ways. It's indeed a blast to play with (you Mac guys just discovering this? LOL!)

But I have another related thread I'll tell ya about later in the week. Prepare to have yer head REALLY blown!

-Jar-
01-20-2004, 11:09 AM
SUBSTANCE is the first Joy Division I had heard. Completely blew my mind. I remember sitting in my friend's dorm room, about the 2nd week of school my freshman year of college... it was 1988, so I was a few years late in hearing this band, but it was only around that time that their material got released in the US. "Atmosphere" was the coolest thing I had heard in years.. completely new (to me), but dark and alluring, an almost magnetic sound world that I couldn't get enough of. It helped that my friend had some killer speakers and.. well, umm.. lets just say we listened to a lot of reggae too.. :D

Troy
01-20-2004, 11:28 AM
That sounds a lot like ACID style, you then can edit them in any number of ways. It's indeed a blast to play with (you Mac guys just discovering this? LOL!

Yeah, I think there are many programs like this around. Take a look at that link I posted and see if it's the same sorta thing. The flexability of it is amazing. What's nice about this is that it's part of a cheap upgrade to the OS iteslf. It's bulletproof. Because it's not a 3rd party item, it integrates with the rest of the internal OS programs like itunes like it's all one program . . . because it is.

mad rhetorik
01-20-2004, 11:37 AM
And.. well, umm.. lets just say we listened to a lot of reggae too.. :D

Heh. I hear that, dewd. ; P

Stone
01-20-2004, 12:18 PM
I've started work on a 2003 comp, so I listened to a few things from last year like Frog Eyes, the Shins, Four Tet, Black Eyes, etc.

I've decided to put a song from each of my top 20, a song from my EP of the year, and my song of the year (which isn't on one of the top 20) as my comp. That's 22 songs, and based on the tunes I've picked so far, it's lookin' like I'll have room for 20, so some cuts need to be made, and I have a few song decisions to make yet before I start sequencing.*

Also:

Dumptruck - Positively (Ryko reissue)

Mekons - Fear & Whiskey (again)

Beethoven - 9th Symphony (Claudio Abbado) on DVD-A

Stone

*No Davey, no 2-CD extravaganza this year.

Davey.
01-20-2004, 12:38 PM
I've started work on a 2003 comp, so I listened to a few things from last year like Frog Eyes, the Shins, Four Tet, Black Eyes, etc.

Hey Stoney, how do you like that Frog Eyes? Snowie sent me a copy last summer but I never really got into it much. I know they loved it at some of the ezines, but it's a little over the top for me. Guess I need to give it a fresh listen. There are some good Bowie-like moments on it, but mostly reminds me of Captain Beefheart. Are you a fan of the Captain?

N O W&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;P L A Y I N G
<img src="http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000089RVY.01.THUMBZZZ.jpg" border="0" alt="The Libertines - Up The Bracket">

Davey.
01-20-2004, 01:07 PM
Yo La Tengo comp supplied by Davey Ė Still getting to grips with this one.

Blue Line Swinger, track 7......that's all ya need to know. That one also wound up on a recent comp I did called Davey's September Days. One of my all-time favorite songs :)

Hehehe, that's a pretty nice comp but it would take some getting used to if it was your first exposure. Probably best to skip down to the stuff from "I can hear the heart beating as one" which isn't as droney as some of the opening tracks. Needless to say, I think it's good all the way through, but YMMV ;)

chrisnz
01-20-2004, 01:50 PM
Yeah, I think there are many programs like this around. Take a look at that link I posted and see if it's the same sorta thing. The flexability of it is amazing. What's nice about this is that it's part of a cheap upgrade to the OS iteslf. It's bulletproof. Because it's not a 3rd party item, it integrates with the rest of the internal OS programs like itunes like it's all one program . . . because it is.

Yup that's Acid alright. I wonder if you can plug in other synths and suchlike? I've spent truckloads of $ and had a whale of a time doing this on the PC. I foresee one of these babies in your immediate future.

http://www.evolution.co.uk/products/evo_mk461c.htm

As for it all being proprietary and just plug and play... The software music industry has come to a virtual halt over the past year porting all their existing instruments/effects over to OSX and Audio Units standards so it's a bit of a sore point with the PC crowd.

Have fun, Chris.

PS just heard that it does support AU instruments but that's only off the net and not confirmed.

Stone
01-20-2004, 02:02 PM
Hey Stoney, how do you like that Frog Eyes? . . . There are some good Bowie-like moments on it, but mostly reminds me of Captain Beefheart. Are you a fan of the Captain?


I like the Frog Eyes a lot (it was in my top 20), but it took some getting used to. His vocal style is surely not for everyone. The more accessible moments on the album are definitely Bowie-like.

And to answer your question, I've heard virtually nothing from Captain Beefheart's portfolio, but have heard the name dropped so many times (especially about Trout Mask Replica), I feel like I should.

Stone

Jim Clark
01-20-2004, 02:30 PM
Aphelion by Amethystium. (2003) Described as New Age, and it is. Very much in line with Enigma, even has a bit of chanting. Very spacey and electronic with a couple of very fine moments. Don't know how often I'd listen to it all the way through, probably as much as I listen to Enigma, which isn't very often at all.

Then a bunch of older (read not new) stuff:

Notwist-Neon Golden
Crystal Method-Vegas
Crystal Method-Legion Of Boom
Cat Power-You Are Free
Twilight Singers-Blackberry Belle
Wrens-Meadowland
Wheat-Per Second...every second
Breeders-Title TK
Moonbabies-June and Novas
Gary Numan-Exile
Switchblade Symphony-Bread and Jam For Francis
A techno/trance comp thingie I'm working on
KMFDM-Attak

and some more that escape me but not too many more.

jc

Slosh
01-20-2004, 03:23 PM
Hey Stone, just curious whatcha thought of The Unicorns? I thought you'd be one of the few here that might like it, but who can tell?

Anyone hear from Rae lately?

NP: a surprise disc from the desert that appeared outta thin air today :) Mr. Toze, you have very fine taste :) Thanks!

Oops, guess no HTML in the subject line anymore :(

Troy
01-20-2004, 04:08 PM
Yup that's Acid alright. I wonder if you can plug in other synths and suchlike?

Yes, it's MIDI capable and with a USB you just plug it in. It records the notes and you can then massge them and fix the bumbling. Then you drop attributes on them. Kerjillions of them. It sounds like ACID isn't quite as flexable on the little bit I've read. The Apple store are selling a cheapie $99 keyboard, but every single store in Nor Cal sold out of them in 2 days. Even the music stores just smirk at me when I go in and ask. They just shake their heads- "I coulda sold 10 of those freekin' things today!". That's pretty much all I'm willing to spend so I'll just wait til the next shipment.


I've spent truckloads of $ and had a whale of a time doing this on the PC. I foresee one of these babies in your immediate future.

Gack! Too elaborate. The program is so sophisticated that this newbie geek won't need anything more than a simple inpoot device for a while.


As for it all being proprietary and just plug and play... The software music industry has come to a virtual halt over the past year porting all their existing instruments/effects over to OSX and Audio Units standards so it's a bit of a sore point with the PC crowd.

This just in: Steve Jobs want to own all the ways to make and distribute music with the computer.


Have fun, Chris.

Roger wilco!

tentoze
01-20-2004, 05:06 PM
Hey Stone, just curious whatcha thought of The Unicorns? I thought you'd be one of the few here that might like it, but who can tell?

Anyone hear from Rae lately?

NP: a surprise disc from the desert that appeared outta thin air today :) Mr. Toze, you have very fine taste :) Thanks!

Oops, guess no HTML in the subject line anymore :(
We's just trying to be of some use around here..............

:D

Stone
01-20-2004, 06:03 PM
Hey Stone, just curious whatcha thought of The Unicorns? I thought you'd be one of the few here that might like it, but who can tell?

Anyone hear from Rae lately?



I've only spun it once so far. It's in my car, with some others that are new or have been ignored. My initial impression was that it sounds like something I'll really like, but I need to spend more time with it. Thanks for sending it, and I'll let you know how I like it, but I'm gonna be basically out of commission for the next month so it may be a while.

I haven't heard from Rae in a couple months probably. We were exchanging emails periodically, but I got busy, yada, yada, yada . . .

Stone

chrisnz
01-20-2004, 07:39 PM
Yes, it's MIDI capable and with a USB you just plug it in. It records the notes and you can then massge them and fix the bumbling. Then you drop attributes on them. Kerjillions of them. It sounds like ACID isn't quite as flexable on the little bit I've read. The Apple store are selling a cheapie $99 keyboard, but every single store in Nor Cal sold out of them in 2 days. Even the music stores just smirk at me when I go in and ask. They just shake their heads- "I coulda sold 10 of those freekin' things today!". That's pretty much all I'm willing to spend so I'll just wait til the next shipment.



Gack! Too elaborate. The program is so sophisticated that this newbie geek won't need anything more than a simple inpoot device for a while.



This just in: Steve Jobs want to own all the ways to make and distribute music with the computer.



Roger wilco!

Acid comes in a variety of flavours and prices ;-) I've no idea where garage band fits in.

It's a good price for the MAudio keyboard... however. These are the entry level MIDI controllers we are dealing with here. With all the quality and durability of your QWERTY keyboard. Of these, probably the best is the Edirol followed by the Evolutions with MAudio's languishing in last place. I think the best comment that I've ever heard about them was that they were "adequate". I've got an Evolution Mk 261 which looks slightly more complex than the one you are looking at and is a predecessor of the 461 that blew your mind. It's a charmless hunk of plastic but it's 18mths old and still functioning. 61 keys are generally thought to be the minimum if you actually want to play with both hands.

All the nobs on the 461 are simply available to be assigned to the controls on your software. They don't actually have to be used at all. If you were hammering along on your Mellotron or Moog Modular you might assign some to a filters cutoff and resonance and the sliders to your mixing desk... whatever. Sure wish I'd got them, but then I'm a gear junkie and if it came to a choice between $99 for the MAudio and $250 for the Evolution I'd go for the Evo every time. However you seem much more disciplined than me :-)

Dusty Chalk
01-20-2004, 08:47 PM
Crystal Method-Legion Of BoomReport, please.

nobody
01-21-2004, 06:20 AM
OK...I'm late and gonna be brief, but here's what I've been hearing lately...

Johnny Cash: Unearthed
Simply great. More uneven than the regular American recordings releases, but plenty of burried gems, and the last disc with highlights from the whole series is nice.

Handsome Family: Singing Bones
Finally picked this up and it's great. Not gonna make any new fans, but old ones should be happy. Another chapter of gothic americana, most closely resembling Twilight of their other albums.

And, how about just a list for a change:

Peace Orchestra
Miles Davis: Walkin'
Cannonball Adderly: Somethin' Else
Electric Magnolia Company
David Johansen and the Harry Smiths: Shaker
Macy Gray: The Trouble with Being Myself
The Vibrators: Batteries Included
Massive Attack: Mezzanene
Jesus and Mary Chain: Darklands
OutKast: Speakerboxxx/Love Below
DJ Spooky: Subliminal Minded EP
Best of Earth, Wind and Fire
Broken Social Scene's latest
Wheat's latest
Elvis Preseley (self-titled RCA debut LP)
Kings of Leon: Youth and Manhood

A few other things, but I'm too lazy to write any more now.

MindGoneHaywire
01-21-2004, 06:37 AM
Lou Reed—Coney Island Baby, Street Hassle, Legendary Hearts, New Sensations

Lucinda Williams—World Without Tears

The Bats—Daddy’s Highway & The Order Of Things

The History Of The Bonzo Dog Band

Jimi Hendrix—The Cry Of Love & Crash Landing

The Smiths—The Queen Is Dead

Concert For The People of Kampuchea w/The Who, Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Rockpile, the Clash, the Specials, the Pretenders, Queen, & Ian Dury

Los Straitjackets—Supersonic Guitars In 3-D

Jet—Get Born

David Bowie—Hunky Dory

John Cale—Honi Soit

Jim Clark
01-21-2004, 06:58 AM
Report, please.

I mentioned a little bit last week since I managed to get it Friday before the official release date so I'm just going to elaborate a bit from there.

Overall it's probably not as good as Vegas in my opinion. The first thing I noticed is that there isn't much boom. I'm just thinking that the Legion of Boom would, you know, have some wicked low bass and I can't shake the impression that the booms are much bigger and more frequent on Vegas. Also, when the Crystal Method tries to break away from their normal routine it doesn't have the same feel of boldness and accomplishment that accompanies something that would come from the Chemical Brothers or even Death In Vegas. It just feels forced and somewhat out of sync with the rest of the album.

Like I said, there are some great tracks that highlight what the band does well. Starting Over, True Grit, Weapons Of Mass Distortion, and I Know It's You are all great tracks. The last one features vocals by Milla Jovavich which starts out promising enough but she really wanted to do more. Basically they get a line sung in a breathy, haunting, and quite sexy voice and just loop it and disperse it throughout the song. She really needed to be featured more prominently. I like the Method more when they work to fuse the techno and rock together in a loud and brash sort of way. Of course they also like to work in some hip hop along the way and I think those efforts are the weakest but luckily there's not too much of that here.

I really like the album but some parts are stronger than the whole. I also wish it was a bit more consistent and of course wish it had more BOOM!

jc

Dave_G
01-21-2004, 08:26 AM
I listen to a lot of reggae too.

Wonder what ya'll were inferring? :rolleyes:

Dave

Stone
01-21-2004, 08:39 AM
OK...I'm late and gonna be brief, but here's what I've been hearing lately...

Handsome Family: Singing Bones
Finally picked this up and it's great. Not gonna make any new fans, but old ones should be happy. Another chapter of gothic americana, most closely resembling Twilight of their other albums.



I've been looking for this, to no avail. I don't have any of their other albums, although I've heard a couple songs of theirs (a song about wine comes to mind). Is this one a good place to start, or should I look for an earlier one?

nobody
01-21-2004, 08:44 AM
Hard to say. I've got three of their, the latest, Twilight, and Through the Trees. I'd actually be hard pressed to pick a favorite. Twilight and Singing Bones are more similar. Through the Trees has a bit more variety of sound throughout the record, so that may be in it's favor. I haven't heard their other stuff, so I can't make comparisons there.

-Jar-
01-21-2004, 09:17 AM
I listen to a lot of reggae too.

Wonder what ya'll were inferring? :rolleyes:

Dave

:D <---- perma-grin.. remember that??

lol..

thems was the days..