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    comp review: Slosh's '04 year end

    Wow, I haven't had one of these things grace my mailbox in months, so I feel obliged to review Pats much appreciated efforts...

    packaging: Arrived in a basic tan jiffy envelope, all info accurate. No damage to disc or jewel case, (but I guess we need to thank the USPS there, not Pat).

    cover art: minimalistic, but appropriate, no actual art. Arrived in one of Slosh's typical colored jewel case (yellow/orange this time around) with single sheet paper tracklist insert containing: track #, song name, artist. Magenta (Helvetica?) text used (small yet readable). Color scheme works well.

    title: "The Year in Slosh: 2004", nice, functional and personal.

    media: SONY CD-R 700 MB, also labeled "SUPREMAS". Either these are some high end blanks or he got a deal on some import rejects from a third world country. I'm giving Pat the benefit of the doubt and assuming that no underage kids were involved in the production of los Sony SUPREMAS. Nice silver color on the burn side. Again, Pat went minimalsitic on the disc labeling with "The Year in Slosh: 2004" scrawled in medium black sharpie across the top half. So far, this is the worst part of the comp package, (IMO Pat could use a bit of penmanship practice).

    OK, well thanks for the disc Pat, so far, so good! Hope you enjoyed the review. Maybe after I've had a chance to see what type of data is on this thing I'll make some additional comments.

    more to come...

    Rick

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    I totally concur. Though my jewel box is a light blue tint and I have no complaints about Pat's penmanship; neatly functional is how I'd describe it, the rest of the packaging mirrors Rick's excellent and thorough review.

    Thanks for sending me one.
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    Me likee (as noted in Tuesday thread). Generally liking the first half better than the second, but overall very good. Muchas gracias, y feliz navidad!
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    that was soo cool when it arrived yesterday. A best of, already. Ol' Slosh is always quick on his list and his comp which generally makes me look like a lazy slug but I'm still digesting.

    Tons of good toonage on this comp. It actually took me to track 7 before I came across a song I couldn't get into. It's just that on that particular Ben Folds track all I can hear is Geddy Lee and it drives me nutzo but I get this feeling that I'm probably the only one who hears it that way. I'm not sure if any year end comp will be complete without Neighborhood #3 on it. I guess I'll only use it for my comp to folks around KC since I wouldn't want to wear that song out.

    Great comp and it did a good job of keeping me company as I trudged from Wallmart to Wallmart looking for this one digital camera-to no avail. It was midnight before I got home, but it was OK since I had good tunes.

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    Hehe, thanks for the in depth review there, Rick.

    Jim, Ben Folds?

    ~Slosh - supremas hole
    Originally Posted by Troy: She has that same kind of cleft-pallet, slightly retarded way of singing that so many other people find endearing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Slosh
    Hehe, thanks for the in depth review there, Rick.

    Jim, Ben Folds?

    ~Slosh - supremas hole
    Doh! Not hasbeen folds, Ted Leo. Well, it was track 7 and remember, it was very late. I should know better than to think you'd put the former on a comp. My bad, very bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Clark
    My bad, very bad.
    I'll let it go . . . this time

    And to answer everyone's yet-to-be-asked question:
    Yes, the rest of that Pinback album is that good!!
    Originally Posted by Troy: She has that same kind of cleft-pallet, slightly retarded way of singing that so many other people find endearing.


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    I got mine too, but haven't had a chance to spin it. Thanks, man.

    I'm still trying to wrap my brain around this though:

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Clark
    It's just that on that particular [Ted Leo] track all I can hear is Geddy Lee and it drives me nutzo
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    Question Thanks-a-ton....Slosh

    A very pleasant surprise to receive a Slosh comp in the mail, today.

    Also, thank you for answering the burning question, before any of us could type it out. My response: I have to get that Pinback disc, before Christmas.

    I haven't spun the entire disc, yet.......currently, on track 12 and fully enjoying it, along with my Chicken Curry 6:04 p.m.., here in the darks of Canada.

    Big fan btw of McLusky but I think for me it jars the hell out of the comp.
    Next question: Is the included McLusky track indicative of the rest of their 2004 disc??

    Thanks-a-ton Sloshmeister!!

    Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by audiobill
    Big fan btw of McLusky but I think for me it masons the hell out of the comp.
    Next question: Is the included McLusky track indicative of the rest of their 2004 disc??
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    Nah, not really. Actually that songs sounds a lot like it could be from their previous album, Does Dallas. The new one is much heavier overall than their first two albums, but still clearly with that punk attitude. I think it is sequenced rather poorly and a few of the songs like "Your Children Are Waiting For You To Die" shoulda ended up on the cutting room floor IMO (although ya gotta love that song title ). I'd definitely recommend it to you since you tend to like the heavier stuff, but not to anyone expecting Does Dallas, Sloppy Seconds (or whatever).

    Hey Stone,

    Is there anything on my comp that you don't already have (or heard)? I'm glad I don't have to do x-mas shopping for you!
    Originally Posted by Troy: She has that same kind of cleft-pallet, slightly retarded way of singing that so many other people find endearing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Slosh

    Hey Stone,

    Is there anything on my comp that you don't already have (or heard)? I'm glad I don't have to do x-mas shopping for you!
    Quite a bit actually:

    Pinback
    Earlimart
    Clinic
    Jim White
    Wilco
    Old Canes
    Chris Whitley
    Giant Sand

    Aww, c'mon - I'm easy. Cash is always appreciated. Actually, if people buy me music for Christmas, I give them specific titles or they buy me a gift certificate. That way I don't get a duplicate or end up with the latest Creed spinoff CD or something equally as good.

    I should start working on a year-end comp, but I'm still getting to know a lot of this year's music, so it may be January. Plus, I just bought The Office Special DVD, so that's gonna occupy some time tonight at least.

    NP: The Year In Slosh: 2004 (track 6 - Geddy's up next...)
    And the world will turn to flowing pink vapor stew.

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    Smile

    Yeah, I got my copy in the mail a couple days ago. Haven't sat down and listened to it yet, but at least I can count on the McLusky and Mastodon songs to rule ; p. Thanks Sloshy.
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    Mine arrived today too! Thanks Sloshy. I wasn't expecting this, so it's arrival felt extra special. I haven't listened to it yet, but I'll be sure to post some thoughts once I do.

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    well, I think this sets a record...

    ..."fewest reviews in a comp review thread"!

    I actually did listen to it after my original post and hands down my fav was Las Savy Fav. I've heard other LSF songs on other comps (probably from you Slosh) but they never jumped out. I think my buddy at work has recommended them to me before too, but like an ijit I never took advantage of borrowing an album. Might have to change that soon.

    Another interesting track was the song by Fiery Furnaces which I kinda didn't like when the song first started, but was digging it by the end. I also thought I was listening to the dude from Pavement on that song, but looked up The FF and it's not him. Totally quirky toon though (in a good way).

    Tough to do song-by-song reviews these days, but I may give it a shot with this comp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stone


    NP: The Year In Slosh: 2004 (track 6 - Geddy's up next...)
    OK, you've played it by now. Doesn't the high, shrill singing remind you at least a bit of Geddy? Well, I did say that likely it was just me but I thought that on several songs when I played the album and it came through the same on the comp.

    jc
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Clark
    Doesn't the high, shrill singing remind you at least a bit of Geddy?
    Well, now that you mention it I can kinda hear it. Gee, thanks. At least the music doesn't sound like "By-Tor & The Snow Dog" (which gets my vote for stupidest prog concept . . . . thingy, ever).
    Originally Posted by Troy: She has that same kind of cleft-pallet, slightly retarded way of singing that so many other people find endearing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Slosh
    Well, now that you mention it I can kinda hear it. Gee, thanks. At least the music doesn't sound like "By-Tor & The Snow Dog" (which gets my vote for stupidest prog concept . . . . thingy, ever).
    Stone still probably thinks I'm cuckoo for cocoa puffs though! He wouldn't necessarily be wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newtrix1
    Another interesting track was the song by Fiery Furnaces which I kinda didn't like when the song first started, but was digging it by the end. I also thought I was listening to the dude from Pavement on that song, but looked up The FF and it's not him. Totally quirky toon though (in a good way).
    One of my co-workers went to high school with the guy. Apparently, he was a pretty non-descript guy back then. BTW, I'm digging that track a lot...it's almost like listening to an ongoing family argument at times, except more interesting.
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    Great comp Slosh. After a few spins I had to admit the real creeper for me is the Ted Leo. Nothing from TYRANNY really did much for me.. but I did hear the 2nd half of SHEETS on the radio a few days ago and wow.. I was buh-lown away. I had no idea who it was until the DJ said (she was doing a best-of 2004 show, go figure). I was thinking.. what, some classic 1983 album that I totally missed. Reminded me of Elvis Costello for some reason, not for the voice but for how Ted sings. I totally love the stripped-down production. Refreshing, a nice change of pace from the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink sound that so many current bands have.

    Other thoughts.. Old Canes.. I know it was just one song, but to me it didn't seem all that different from Appleseed Cast.. except it's "unplugged." Don't get me wrong, I like the song, I guess I was expecting a bigger departure.

    Pinback is.. SO DAVEY. OMG. Yo Wheat Luna. Or something.

    Arcade Fire. Someone in Maxim said that this sounded like everything that was good in the late 80's and early 90's. I'd have to hear the reast of the album. This song sounds like Modest Mouse that you can dance to.. but, who's to say you can't dance to Modest Mouse if you want to?. Kinda cool. But, it sounds VERY "current" to me.

    Speaking of.. sounds like Modest Mouse is even jumping on the neo-postpunk movement. Very catchy tune ("The View"). But it has that early 80's funky backbeat going.. Not bad, but it does sound kind of anachronistic to me.

    I need more time to lest the rest of it soak in.

    Nice job Slosh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slosh
    Well, now that you mention it I can kinda hear it. Gee, thanks. At least the music doesn't sound like "By-Tor & The Snow Dog" (which gets my vote for stupidest prog concept . . . . thingy, ever).
    You know the inspiration behind that song, don't you? They were visiting someone (I forget whom), and they were being verbally terrorized by this tiny white little dog, who was acting a lot bigger than he was. I think he may have sounded a lot bigger than he was behind the door, before they entered, as well.

    So they wrote a (fictitious) song about him. Sort of a Davey and Goliath type story.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Clark
    Stone still probably thinks I'm cuckoo for cocoa puffs though! He wouldn't necessarily be wrong.

    jc

    That's a polite way of putting it!! Just kidding.


    I haven't broken out the Rush albums in a while, but I'm still not hearing it. Maybe I need to put aside the alienation and get on with the fascination.
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    I've listened to most of the comp now. Needs a few more spins but, in general, I'm liking it.

    My two cents on the Geddy/Leo thing. I don't hear Geddy in the voice so much. Although, I can see where other less Rush experienced ears might think so. But listen to the drums and the guitar. This is sooooooo YYZ inspired. Seriously, it's not in the voice, but there is a Rush connection in this song.

    FA
    (doing her best to turn Sloshy's comp review thread into a Rush thread --- Bwaaahaaaahaaaa).

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    I just got it 3 minutes ago.

    Playing track 6 first . . .

    Ummmmm, Geddy? No. This guy isn't nearly as obnoxious.

    (doing my best to facillitate FA's wishes)

    I hear a lot of early Talking Heads in this track myself.

    More comments to follow, thanks for adding me to the list, Sloshy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy
    I just got it 3 minutes ago.

    Playing track 6 first . . .

    Ummmmm, Geddy? No. This guy isn't nearly as obnoxious.

    (doing my best to facillitate FA's wishes)

    I hear a lot of early Talking Heads in this track myself.

    More comments to follow, thanks for adding me to the list, Sloshy!
    Track 7, the Ted Leo + Pharmacists song, is the one in question w/r/t Rush.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stone
    Track 7, the Ted Leo + Pharmacists song, is the one in question w/r/t Rush.
    Don't you mean Geddy Leo + Pharmacists?
    Originally Posted by Troy: She has that same kind of cleft-pallet, slightly retarded way of singing that so many other people find endearing.


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