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    Tunesday time again - show us your dirty laundry

    I had some pretty fine tunes playing in the last week. Mentioned most of them in my posts over the last few days, but some highlights were...

    Arcade Fire - Funeral
    Lots of over-the-top reviews on the web make this one of the most highly acclaimed indie rock releases this year, but if you can forget all that and just let it play for a few times before passing judgement you may just find, like I did, that it's really a damn fine group of songs, adventurous but very tuneful, and it hangs together extremely well as an album. Lots of Bowie influence, but like fellow Canadians Broken Social Scene and The New Pornographers, they are all over the map when it comes to inventive pop music. Worthy of the near perfect ratings from many of the big e-zines? Well, this type of music is highly subjective and moreso than some other types since it does draw so heavily from a myriad of influences. Some may hate it for that and possibly lose sight of how well done the music is. Me? After giving it those first few listens I'm starting to like it....a lot.

    The National - Cherry Tree
    This is just a 7 song EP with about 28 1/2 minutes of music. The first 5 songs are new and one is live and one is performed mainly by Australian labelmate and avant garde composer/performer Padma Newsome. If you like Interpol and the Tindersticks (and by extension Joy Division, Nick Cave, Scott Walker, Tom Waits, The Smiths, Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen, etc, etc) then these guys from Ohio might become one of your favorite new bands. They are one of mine. Beautiful EP. Time to look for the last full length.

    Gang of Four - Entertainment!
    Not much to say that hasn't been said a million times before. GoF rocked and this is one of their best. I've only ever had it on vinyl but saw this 1995 remaster done at Abbey Road and I knew it had my name on it, especially since it was priced lower than online and I had a $2 discount coupon burning a hole in my wallet. Brilliant, simply brilliant!

    And some others like...

    The Fiery Furnaces - Blueberry Boat
    The Buzzcocks - Singles Going Steady
    Son Volt - Trace (nice to hear that they are back together and working on a new album)
    Yo La Tengo - Electr-o-pura
    David Kilgour - Here Come the Cars / Sidewalk EP (thanks Chris!)
    Lucinda Williams - Louisiana Siren (very nice LW collection from our good buddy JDaniel - thanks! Love it, even though I already had all of it except the last 6 tracks)
    CRSV-ME from our good buddy Jim Clark (mentioned last week that I enjoy much of this latest collection from Jim. Guess my track by track comments would be somewhat similar to what chrisnz said in his review, but I do like it overall and have listened a few times)

    What have you been listening to in the last week?

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    Me next!

    Those first two albums sound like ones that I need to get. Thanks Davey-boy.

    The Decemberists - 5-Songs/The Tain (EP)...I find the 5 songs on "Five Songs" largely undistinguished, but The Tain is a song of epic proportions - and not only in length, but also in scope and execution. Personally I think the Decemberists pulled it off, BRILLIANTLY! No mean feat indeed. Thanks to Sloshy for making me aware of this tune, which led me to pick up the vinyl, which is really the only way to listen to a song like this.

    Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights; priming for the show in a couple of weeks so this one and the new album, which I hope to pick up in the next day or two, should get a lot of spins in the near future. Still a good quality listen, but I'm not as enthusiastic about this album as I was when it was first released.

    Blonde Redhead - Misery is a Butterfly; the vocal style is kinda goofy, but I generally like the songs.

    Spoon - Kill the Moonlight; the weakest Spoon album I've yet heard, but weak Spoon is better than no Spoon, and better than most bands I can think of.

    Modest Mouse - Good News for People Who Like Bad News; the back to backs of The World at Large and Float On always get my toes a tappin', and my grill a smilin'.

    For Against - Echelons; hey Stone, I prefer this one to December, which also got a listen or two this week. OK, I'm gonna stop with the token descriptions now.

    Jeff Buckley - Grace
    Stereolab - Dots & Loops
    The Old Crown Medecine Show
    Silver Jews - American Water
    Wolf Parade (EP)
    Franz Ferdinand
    Secret Machines - Now Here Is Nowhere
    Sufjan Stevens - Seven Swans
    Pixies - Doolittle
    The Strokes - Room on Fire
    The Kinks - Something Else
    The Shins - Chutes too Narrow
    ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead
    Yo La Tengo - Electr-O-Pura
    Gregory Isaacs - Mr. Isaacs
    Bill Evans Trio - Sunday at the Village Vanguard & Portrait in Jazz
    Miles Davis Quintet - Relaxin', Cookin & Workin' (That's three different albums for those who don't know.)

    On a personal note, I've moved into a home office which shares space with my main rig so I will be doing a lot more music listening, definitely a good thing. And though my time to putz around this place won't be much more than it has been lately, I hope to be at least a regular participant in this thread.
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    love THE TAIN!

    gotta love THE TAIN.


    what else did I hear.. lots of RAFFI.. weeee those songs get stuck in your head! arrghgh

    so then I have to blast some Mastodon and Kyuss..

    also spun Dub Syndicate FEAR OF A GREEN PLANET.. hehe nice title huh? Huh? what were you talking about? Ferget it man, pass the Dorts.

    played some old mix tapes I dug up thave have been out of rotation for about 2 years.

    I guess I got a whole lotta nuthing to add.

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    Listened to a lot of compage lately. Davey's which I've made a conscious effort to give more than an immediate reaction to and I'm glad I have since the first spin coughed up only two new tracks that I really liked. Things seem to be getting more listener friendly now.

    Chrisnz's which I not only listened to a couple of times the past week, but also burned a copy to hand off to KEXPMF. I'll do a stand alone, short and to the point post for that comp, which only seems right.

    2 Comps from KEXPMF which are also review worthy. Included in that little exchange was a Jar comp-The Indiedertimency Principle. Seems she has a thing for Jar comps and this was the first one I came across thumbing through a comp binder.

    Others included some that needed a bit of dusting off first:

    Ryan Adam-Gold
    Travis-The Invisible Band
    Libertines-S/T
    Stan Ridgway-Snake Bit which finally goes back to what he does best.
    Colin James Hay-Looking For Jack Has he done anything else worth listening to since this effort. Seems like a great talent that just kind of lost his way.
    And the usual Snow Patrol, Killers, Morrissey, Reindeer Section, and all the others that I forget at the moment.

    jc
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Clark
    2 Comps from KEXPMF which are also review worthy. Included in that little exchange was a Jar comp-The Indiedertimency Principle. Seems she has a thing for Jar comps and this was the first one I came across thumbing through a comp binder.


    jc
    well that's pretty wild.. that comp is great for short attention span listening. I got the title from this physics concept called the Indeterminacy Principle..(except I changed the beginning of the word to "Indie" hehe) it's about little tiny particles and such.. like subatomic particles.. mesons and quarks and stuff.. well they move around so fast that you can't ever really pin down where one of them is at any given moment.. instead of a bunch of little pieces of matter floating around, you can visualize it as a sort of froth. Anyway, I thought it sort of fit because the comp is full of mostly short little chaotic blasts of indie rawk, pop and punk, you never know where it's going next. actually it's part of a 4 disc series of indie rock I put together over the past few years.. the first three are Indiependence Day, Indiecent Exposure and Indiecision Time. Fun stuff.

    if KEXPMF is listening, shoot me a message I'm always happy to spread the werd.

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    all around good guy Jim Clark's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by -Jar-
    if KEXPMF is listening, shoot me a message I'm always happy to spread the werd.

    masonjar2004(at)sbcglobal.net

    -jar
    I thinks she's a bit shy about diving in although I've told her there's nothing to fret about, with you in particular and everyone in general. Oh, and she's seen your lists at the Art Of The Mix and doesn't even know where to start! You got some presence there buddy.

    jc
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    No new tunage this week. Music selection in Jacksonville sux as bad as ever, not that I've had time to look that much. In between power and fone outages courtesy of hizzicane Jeanne, the standout this week is still Bubblegum by Mark Lanegan Band- plain and simple: this is a helluva record, with a lot to like for varied tastes. I've had several listening sessions on my stay-at-home, real stereo, and I remember how much I actually miss it. O, did I mention that Willard Grant Conspiracy's Regard The End is the best album of the year, by a country mile?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Clark
    I thinks she's a bit shy about diving in although I've told her there's nothing to fret about, with you in particular and everyone in general. Oh, and she's seen your lists at the Art Of The Mix and doesn't even know where to start! You got some presence there buddy.

    jc
    well my comp-crank-outage has slowed way down recently. Actually seems to me the activity at that place kind of goes down over the summer.. ya know, we've got the 5 year old in kindergarten, her teacher is a major P-I-T-A and well things are crazy around the house, getting new windows this summer, chasing the baby around is almost a full time job in itself.. she's at that age where she gets into anything and everything she can get her hands on..climbs in/on/under/over everything, and then there's yard work.. what's that? it's like I have to choose between sleep and comps.. lol :-) it's a fun hobby and all but sometimes some things come first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Clark
    Listened to a lot of compage lately. Davey's coughed up only two new tracks that I really liked.
    Ouch! Only 2 out of 18, eh? Well, just to try and salvage some of my rapidly diminishing self-esteem, I did warn you that it probably wouldn't have much on it that cranked your shaft

    Hehehe, I would've guessed that you might like some of that middle stuff like Bomb Squad or the Arto Lindsay songs, but sometimes our taste is so divergent it's impossible to predict. Didn't really anticipate your appreciation of the National song but kind of forgot about your love for the Interpol sound and I tend to hear it more from the Americana angle than as 80s post punk anyway. Cool sound from either angle

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    No time to list much, but I will mention one thing...

    Jackie Mittoo: The Keyboard King of Studio One
    Ever wonder what Booker T. Jones would sound like if he was born in Jamaica and had a reggae band behind him? Wonder no longer. Go out and grab something by this master of the Hammond B3. Simply fantastic stuff.

    Others, of course, but maybe I'll post them later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davey
    Ouch! Only 2 out of 18, eh? Well, just to try and salvage some of my rapidly diminishing self-esteem, I did warn you that it probably wouldn't have much on it that cranked your shaft

    Hehehe, I would've guessed that you might like some of that middle stuff like Bomb Squad or the Arto Lindsay songs, but sometimes our taste is so divergent it's impossible to predict. Didn't really anticipate your appreciation of the National song but kind of forgot about your love for the Interpol sound and I tend to hear it more from the Americana angle than as 80s post punk anyway. Cool sound from either angle

    When is a quote, not a quote? When Davey edits out the most important part!

    What I actually wrote:
    "and I'm glad I have since the first (emphasis not in original) spin coughed up only two new (again, emphasis not in original) tracks that I really liked. Things seem to be getting more listener friendly now."

    Happy to get that cleared up although I'm sure you did it on purpose for entertainment value. Either that or you like getting kicked and that's information I don't need to know though I'd be happy to work moose schlong into my comments now that I have working knowledge into it's proper usage thanks to Chrisnz! You're right of course that the whole Americana schtick isn't really my thing. I'm content to let you and Tentoze narrow that list down to the very few that I actually like. That's pretty much the great thing about hanging out here.

    jc
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    2004

    I haven't made a comp in eons and it looks like I'll be working 12 hour days for the rest of the year so I've been mostly listening to new stuff to try to figure out what I may want to use on my year-end comp. Maybe by then I'll actually have time to put one together.

    The Fiery Furnaces - Blueberry Boat (Chief Inspector Blancheflower)
    Wilco - A Ghost Is Born (Hummingbird)
    Modest Mouse - Good News For People Who Love Bad News (The View)
    Clinic - Winchester Cathedral (Anne)
    Les Savy Fav - Inches (Hold On To Your Genre)
    McLusky - The Difference Between Me And You Is That I'm Not On Fire (This Man Will Not Hang)
    Mastodon - Leviathan (Blood And Thunder)
    Chris Whitley - War Crime Blues (Made From Dirt)
    Giant Sand - Is All Over The Map (A Classico Reprise)

    The only other things I can recall spinning are Jar's and JD's and Davey's latest comps and Sparklehorse - Good Morning, Spider . . . . all of which are very good.

    Hey, didja see Grandaddy's comp? Looks pretty damned good. No wonder I like them
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Clark
    When is a quote, not a quote? When Davey edits out the most important part!
    Oops! Did I do that? Guess my trigger finger must've slipped???


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    Hi here I am.
    My job is a time vampire. eek. Wish I had more time to chat on here with you all!
    From just skimming, and I'm probably missing a lot of posts... I think I would like most comps from JAR, Jim, Mike from York (does he make them too?) and ChrisNZ. J made me some cool Elvis Costello comps that I like too.
    I haven't listend to JAR's comp and ChrisNZ's comp that Jim gave me the other day but will be getting to that asap. I know I like most of the bands on them.
    I made 2 comps specifically for Jim. One has Radiohead's Go to Sleep. Jim isn't a Radiohead freak like I am but I said, just listen to this one, carefully, loud, with headphones. Listen to the layers and if you still don't like Radiohead, I'll leave you alone about Radiohead.

    Anyone heard of the Books?
    A KU student (I'm still in Kansas for a few weeks) gave me a cd and I like it a lot. I don't even know how to describe it. The first thing I noticed is that they employ a folky finger-picking guitar style instead of the usual strumming. (Like Michael Hedges). I much prefer that style. Here is a bit from their bio I found very interesting. It's a confusing description and yet, if you hear the band, it begins to make some sense. When asked to describe their style,
    "It took them almost as long as the making of their album to come up with this remotely suitable answer: blipworld / fakegrass / speedblues / chamberclick / eccentrock / country&eastern / glitch post-anything music with samples, closely followed by "food band"That description alone should spark some interest in the press. I can't figure out what 'food band' means though and perhaps I never will. Bands like to say things to throw us (and especially journalists who ask them to describe themselves) off sometimes. It amuses them to no end.
    Anyway, that and Jim's comp and Gomez are what I've been listening to over the past few days.

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    Jim, my friend, I thnk I've got a couple of things you may actually like, instead of just tolerate. After I get back to Lost Wages in a few days, I'll toss ya off a couple.........
    QUOTE=Jim Clark]When is a quote, not a quote? When Davey edits out the most important part!



    What I actually wrote:
    "and I'm glad I have since the first (emphasis not in original) spin coughed up only two new (again, emphasis not in original) tracks that I really liked. Things seem to be getting more listener friendly now."

    Happy to get that cleared up although I'm sure you did it on purpose for entertainment value. Either that or you like getting kicked and that's information I don't need to know though I'd be happy to work moose schlong into my comments now that I have working knowledge into it's proper usage thanks to Chrisnz! You're right of course that the whole Americana schtick isn't really my thing. I'm content to let you and Tentoze narrow that list down to the very few that I actually like. That's pretty much the great thing about hanging out here.

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    Huh, the only one on yr list I've heard is the Modest Mouse...............I'm so out of touch with cool these days...............wait: I always have been.
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    I like all those descriptors- sounds like EZ T and mebbe Jim White to me. BTW, welcome to RR, initial-lady.
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    We've been pretty busy this week, reordering things around the house (my wife likes to do this every so often). My wife also has been wanting a puppy, so she got one--very cute, I must admit.

    Since someone asked a question about Dvorak's New World Symphony, I listened to recordings of it by Bruno Walter, von Karajan, and Jascha Horenstein.

    Right now I'm listening to Mahler's "Das Lied von der Erde" (The Song of the Earth), with Christa Ludwig, alto, and Rene Kollo, tenor, with Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic, DG 419 058-2.

    Haydn, Symphonies 54, 56, and 57. Muller-Bruehl, Cologne Chamber Orchestra. Naxos 8.554108.

    We also bought some CDs at the flea market for ridiculously low prices, and I like these:

    Bach, Goldberg Variations. Gustav Leonhardt, harpsichord. Vanguard Everyman VBD 175.

    Quartango. CBC EnterprisesMVCD1014. Excellent recording. According to the liner notes, the tango had an "interesting" origin and development.

    Favorite Organ Works. John Scott, organ of St. Paul's Cathedral, London. Castle CICD 1007. I saw this at the flea market and got it since the few Castle CDs I have are all excellent. It's quite a reverberant recording, the organ sounding well back, as it would be in a big church, and I could easily imagine myself down in the pews listening to this organ. Very nice.
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    NP: Iced Earth

    Love that Iced Earth.

    Jim White doesn't suck. I like the review that said he played a whole lotta music with prefixes like "neo-", "post-" and "alt-". I would like to add "virtual"...heh-heh. (Virtual psychedelia.)

    Das Ich, Lava -- Ja, ich liebe dich! (Sounds kinda mean when you say it in German.)

    Twilight Singers -- man, does Greg Dulli have a sound or what? I didn't recognize a single one of those songs. Even "Summertime" he gives his own spin and makes it his own. Doesn't sound anything like any version I've ever heard before. I wonder if my sister would appreciate it? (She has a thing about "Summertime". "It's a lullaby -- I hate it when they re-do it, and it's not a lullaby any more." It's still kind of lullaby-ish, but I don't know if it's sufficiently lullaby-ish by her standards.)

    It's all in the delivery. And Dulli delivers delivery.

    Pulp, Hits -- very British. "'I want to sleep with common people like you.' Well, what else could I do? I said, 'I'll see what I can do.'" There's a wonderful delivery to this line as well -- it's somewhere between interest and laissez faire. Or both at the same time, if you can believe that.

    A song about "slumming" -- go figure.

    Action Action -- I ended up digging them more than The Killers -- much harder, they ought to throw Orgy or someone into that RIYL list.

    Cranberries -- I forgot how good they were. I need to find a copy of that boxset.

    Astor Piazzolla -- great stuff, never get tired of him. There's a certain jazz element to his stuff, and yet it has that soul that groove that tango has...sublime.

    Orbital, The "blue" album -- not exactly going out on their best album, but still enjoyable. The first track may be their most cinematic original track (I.E. not including the Saint) since "The Box".
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    I usually don't participate in this thread, but I've made 3 comps over the last couple of weeks and have been listening to them almost exclusively since. The first 2 I call Cosmic America Vols.1&2. Tracks getting the most play:
    Vol.1
    Uncle Tupelo - No Depression
    Flying Burrito Brothers - Sin City
    Jayhawks - Waiting for the Sun and All the Right Reasons
    Steve Earle - Goodbye and Guitar Town
    Ryan Adams - Oh My Sweet Carolina
    Kris Kristofferson - Me and Bobbie McGee
    Rolling Stones - Sweet Virginia and Dead Flowers (I know they're not "American" but these tunes have American influences)
    Vol.2
    Bob Dylan - Meet Me in the Morning
    Grateful Dead - Ripple
    Elvis - Suspicious Minds (don't laugh)
    Marshall Tucker Band - Can't You See
    Gram Parsons - Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man
    Old 97s - Barrier Reef
    Johnny Cash - Orange Blossom Special
    CCR - Born on the Bayou
    David Allen Coe - You Never Even Called Me by My Name

    The third comp is "Deep into the 80's." Tracks getting the most play:

    U2 - I WIll Follow
    REM - I am Superman
    Modern English - Melt with You
    The Church - Under the Milky Way
    The Cure - Pictures of You
    Tears for Fears - Mad World
    Echo and the Bunnymen - The Killing Moon
    The Jesus and Mary Chain - Head On and April Skies
    Cowboy Junkies - Sweet Jane
    (During the 80s', I was aware of this music but I mostly listened to classic rock. I guess I'm going back to see what I missed.)

    I've also found myself reaching for an old Austin City Limits release "Legends of Country Music". I hate to say it but I've listened to Buck Owens' "Crying Time" and Glen Campbell's "Gentle on My Mind" quite a bit lately. And, Fats Domino's version of "Blue Monday" on this disk is perfect!

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    Comps by JC and Davey have figured pretty largely in my listening week. Having disposed of Jim I'm working on the resident gloom meister at present. After the first listen through I thought he should be put on suicide watch but the collection is now revealing it's treasures. That Mark Lannegan track has major schwing factor (and we're not talking moose schlong here), but it ends kinda funny. I want the extended remix version.

    Led Zeppelin - How The West Was Won. Borrowed from the library, 3CD's, 20 minute versions of Dazed and confused, Whole Lotta Love and Moby Dick. I haven't yet dared to explore the extended stuff but the first CD is simply great... to my huge suprise.

    Shapeshifter - Riddim Wise. A local Drum and Bass outfit that plays live instruments and is generating a big following here and lots of hype. Had high hopes but it sounds generic and lame to me.

    Papa M - Hole Of Burning Alms. If you like David Pajo's music, which I do, you'll certainly enjoy this too.

    Mighty Diamonds - Right Time. Burnt copy of a vinyl recording, thanks dude. What a great suprise, what a great record. I may try my software skills and clean this up a bit.

    David Kilgour - Frozen Orange
    The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow.

    KEXPMF. I've had The Books - Thought For Food on my wish list at Amazon since Dec 2002 so somebody must have been talking about here. Should I pull the trigger?

    Chris.

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    Suicidal Tendencies

    Hey, that'd be a great name for a band, huh?

    Quote Originally Posted by chrisnz
    Davey...has major schwing factor (and we're not talking moose schlong here)
    Hey, and thanks for the kind words. I don't think of you together with moose schlong either, buddy. Well, not usually anyway. Gotta get me that Papa M. Been on my list for a long time. Almost picked up one or two of the singles before it came out, glad I didn't. Heard one of the instrumentals on the sampler from the last Uncut I bought and it sounds great. Kind of surprised that people find my Down the Road.....Again collection so depressing. I mean, the concept was to be a little on the melancholy side since, as the title implies, it is supposed to be somewhat autobiographical as it deals with changes in my life in recent times and some of the ups and downs, but I thought there were enough ups along the way to avoid the quagmire of depression. Maybe not, I guess. Unfortunately, with my own comp I never get to experience that "first listen" since all the songs are familiar and the running order kind of gets worked out in my head when I start picking the songs - so by the time it leaves on a jet plane for its trip halfway around the world to the headquarters of Burnt Offerings, it's already pretty familiar, like an old buddy, but not a depressed old buddy

    Curious if you had ever heard that Arto Lindsay stuff before? Thought you might like that. Admittedly, that first song of his does have a pretty depressing sound...but I like it. Very cool album with a very appropriate title - Noon Chill.

    Oh yeah, that Mark Lanegan album is very good but he does just fade out some of the songs like that and you know I've ranted about that before. You do get the feeling on that one it should have continued the evolution into something more rousing at the end because it sounds like that's where they were headed. Wonder why they ended it? Maybe it just got screwed up and didn't sound good and nobody wanted to do it over? That song was a very late addition that bumped something else becasue I had just picked up the album and wanted to include it. Didn't really have time to think much about the placement or the transition so just lightly crossfaded it into the following Costello track but not much else I could do to cover the ending without some major surgery. Oh well, he does a couple with PJ Harvey that are pretty cool too. Lots of Tom Waits-type sound on this one, but it is pretty varied. Tentoze really likes it too which is always a good endorsement
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    KEXPMF. I've had The Books - Thought For Food on my wish list at Amazon since Dec 2002 so somebody must have been talking about here. Should I pull the trigger?

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    Hmm. It might be an acquired taste but I really like it. The only thing I don't like is that it sort of sounds like they just recorded themselves messing around in a studio, having fun. I sometimes wish they'd cut that out and just play the music because those parts are great. But I can even see where SOME fans might like their DIY sound. If you get it please tell me what you think.
    Their descriptions of themselves are amusing.

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    re: The Books

    But I really don't get what they mean by "food band". I even asked their booking agent. He had no idea either. He told me that one of the guys is from Norway. Well that would be YET another musician from Norway I'm into. Getaway People, Xploding Plastix - both very high on my list of favorites!

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    With a talent like that for taking words completely out of context, perhaps a career in politics is beckoning?

    I'm refusing to be stampeded into a premature review so I'll just say it no longer seems that gloomy and no I hadn't heard the Arto Lindsay before and I do like it aaaand I do remember you talking about strange endings but hadn't connected it with the case in point. Sometimes I don't know why I bother having my own opinions at all when yours are perfectly serviceable, well except for The Microphones and probably the Fiery Furnaces with whom I'm wrestling at this very moment...

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