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This Month in Music (September)

Discussion in 'The Musiquarium' started by RD!, Sep 3, 2005.

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  1. Youko Recca

    Youko Recca Retired

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    Instead of taking a big, yellow bus this morning, I took a little red car over to the shop and got Little Brother's recent release right there. And wow. This is a nice album. Incredibly consistent production through all the tracks(which blend into each other beautifully, unsurprisingly), and a pool of clever and intellectual lyricalism. By the time you're on the encore, you should feel the sense of completeness. Just, good closure damnit. Yet another winner.
     
  2. Chrono1995

    Chrono1995 Don't get any big ideas.

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    Radiohead came out with a new song on the latest Warchild compilation, Help: A Day in the Life, called "I Want None of This." It's really good, although not the full-band jam I was hoping for. It's mostly just Thom and the piano, but the backing vocals by the rest of the band are sublime.

    It's kind of funny, since a lot of the criticism toward the song is that it's too similar to their other work. When fans think it's a bad thing for a band to sound like themselves, it's a sad day for music.

    Picking up Love Kraft and some more jazz tomorrow.
     
  3. sdp

    sdp miscrave

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    Their album doesn't come out until November but their new single is pretty fn awesome.
     
  4. RD!

    RD! Never go see Dr. Acula

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    That's Radiohead's own problem. A band like Radiohead who are so eclectic to have Kid A and OK Computer under the belt releasing a song so similar to last their style (especialy a style that apparently didn't go over too well) is bound to get some criticism.

    And I'd agree with them. It's "We Suck Young Blood" but not as good.
     
  5. Chrono1995

    Chrono1995 Don't get any big ideas.

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    I disagree. "We Suck Young Blood" wasn't good in the first place. Also, this was recorded within the space of a day, and Radiohead tend to spend a lot more time than that on their music. HTTT took two weeks, and it wasn't as good as Kid A and Amnesiac, which took a year and a half total respectively.

    And with all the new material - from "Arpeggi" to "Last Flowers" to "House of Cards" and not this - there's still no indication of what LP7 is going to be like. Nevertheless, I'm excited.
     
  6. Mittenz

    Mittenz Loud.Electronic.Ferocious .

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    I'm gonna buy this tomorrow when it's out.

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  7. SirLemming

    SirLemming a playa in a world of NPCs

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    KoRn. I said the K-word. Their new single has finally arrived, by surprise. It's officially going for airplay in the first week of October, but some radio stations are jumping the gun.

    It's called "Twisted Transistor" and I definitely like it. Stylistically, it's... well, it's actually sort of like their cover of "Word Up", except it would be like if they did a better job covering the song with their own style instead of just playing it verbatim. And it's, y'know, darker.

    You gotta figure it's the poppiest song on the album, but even considering that, it's really cool.
     
  8. NachoHat

    NachoHat Counting down the hours

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    They played The Mariner's Revenge Song when I saw them in May and it was probably one of the best things I had ever seen in my entire life.

    Anyway, the new Against Me! came out last week and, surprise of surprises, it's the best album I've heard all year. Gasp. Also, the only better punk rock album of this decade that I can think of is Reinventing Axl Rose...by Against Me!. And, as I listen to Searching For A Former Clarity more, I'm not even sure of that anymore. In the long run, I don't think it'll top Reinventing in my mind, but I don't think that matters. In the long run, if a band can put out two completely different albums that warrant a "10" from me, I don't think it's really important which one's better.

    It's been said that Against Me! are this generation's Clash, and I believe it more and more every day. If you like punk rock, you really must check this album out. If you used to like punk rock but have been discouraged by it in recent years, this might be the album that restores your faith. If you never liked punk rock, hell, you should still check this album out, it's hardly an album that appeals only to the punk community.

    By the way, I don't know if I mentioned it, but I really like the new Against Me! album.

    While I'm at it, I might as well post some quick opinions on stuff I've gotten recently...

    The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema - Fantastic. Top 5 of the year material.

    Minus The Bear - Menos El Oso - This is a kind of funny album. When I listen to it, I absolutely love it. Yet, when I think about it, I really don't have a lot of recollection of the album, outside of a few tracks. Long story short, it's pretty great, but I think it's going to take a bit of growing on me.

    The Dead Kennedys - Plastic Surgery Disasters - Lucky find in the used CD bin. I've been meaning to pick up a DK CD for a long, long time, but they were always pretty expensive everywhere I went. Anyway, what a brilliant band. I've gotta get the rest of their stuff post haste.

    Operation Ivy - S/T - Lucky used CD bin find, pt. 2. I really haven't listened to it a lot, but it's pretty excellent.

    Death Cab For Cutie - Plans - Really good, but it doesn't feel like an album, as much it does a really good B-sides collection. Maybe I'm just crazy, though.

    Jets To Brazil - Orange Rhyming Dictionary - Okay, question: Why did it take me so long to get a Jets To Brazil album? I mean, I downloaded Starry Configurations and Resistance Is Futile off Jade Tree's website a loooooooooong time ago and loved both. Not to mention that JAWBREAKER IS MY FAVORITE BAND OF ALL TIME. It really doesn't make any sense that I just now got this. Anyway, it's absolutely brilliant, just like everything else I've ever heard that Blake Schwarzenbach had anything to do with.

    Over It - Timing Is Everything - Good, aggressive, straight-forward pop-punk. Haven't really given it enough of a listen yet. I mainly just picked it up because it was on clearance and I had heard nothing but good things about Over It before.
     
  9. RD!

    RD! Never go see Dr. Acula

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    Slowly moving along through my "to listen" list. As always any suggestions are welcome.

    1. The Return - Danger Danger Silent Stranger
    2. The Decemberists - Picaresque
    3. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
    4. Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy
    5. Andrew Bird - Mysterious Production of Eggs
    6. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
    7. Aquabats - Charge!!
    8. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!
    9. Death Cab For Cutie - Plans
    10. Architecture in Helinski - In Case We Die
    11. Oasis - Don't Believe the Truth
    12. Franz Ferdinand - You Could Have it So Much Better...
    13. The White Stripes - Get Behind me Satan
    14. Mount Eerie - No Flashlight
    15. Mae - The Everglow
    16. New Pornographers - Twin Cinema (one listen)
    17. Boy Least Likely To - The Best Party Ever
    18. The Magic Numbers - The Magic Numbers
    19. Stars - Set Yourself on Fire
    20. Super Furry Animals - Love Kraft
    21. Iron and Wine and Calexico - In the Reins EP/ Woman King EP
    22. Of Montreal - The Sunlandic Twins
    23. Shout Out Louds - How Howl Gaff Gaff
    24. Antony & the Johnsons - I am a bird now
    25. Kanye West - Late Registratiom (One Listen)
    26. Anberlin - Never Take Friendship Personal
    27. All American Rejects - Move On
    28. Stephen Malkamus - Face the Truth
    29. Planet Smashers - Unstoppable
    30. Death Cab for Cutie - John Byrd EP
    31. Bright Eyes - Digital Ash in a Digital Urn
    32. The Departure - Dirty Words
    33. Common - Be
    34. Bloc Party - Silent Alarm (One listen)
    35. The Go-Betweens - Oceans Apart
    36. Clor - Clor (One Listen)
    37. Kaiser Chiefs - Employment
    38. Wall Flowers - Rebel, Sweetheart
    39. Family Guy Live in Vegas
    40. Alanis Morrisette - Jagged Little Pill Acoustic
    41. Gorillaz - Demon Days
    42. Various Artists - Queen Killer: A Tribute to Queen
    43. Weezer - Make Believe
    44. Reel Big Fish - We're not happy 'till you're not happy
    45. The Mars Volta - Frances the Mute

    I'm surprised how well Picaresque is doing on my list. It came out ages ago and I've listened the Hell out of my copy but I've yet to grown (completely) tired of it (there was a long trip in Cape Cod where it threatened to be thrown out the window into a cranberry bog--my sister's love the CD so it gets played a lot in the house and car).

    Okkervil River's Black Sheep Boy gets better with each listen. My not so great take on it:
    "Black Sheep Boy is soft but dangerous. I take back what I said as the "sounds like..." it's very stripped down yes but it's still very lush at time, when it's appropriate for the tone. It works very well. It's a sad album but I don't think it ever really moves too slow to listen to. I really enjoy who ever the singer is's voice, it conveys the shift in tones so well. "Black Sheep Boy" is slow but it doesn't last, fading into "For Real" which is loud and angry ("Because I like this way just fine!" is delivered so forcefully you can hear him spitting as he yells it. =[).

    It cools down again with "In a Radio Song" which despite being slow it still hits hard. ("We let them get ahead of us / And we let them lay in wait for us / We're ****ed. We're ****ed. We're ****ed."). I love the instrumentals/noises in this song.

    "Black" is just awesome. It's fierce and simple.

    "Get Big" has a nice sleepy-sad quality to it. It's instruments move slowly. Dig the female's parts. It picks up at the end, same lines, new tone.

    "A King and a Queen" strums nicely over occasional horn bursts. "A Stone," too strums along, though a bit softer and sadder (man where is the thesaurus). Picks up nicely a minute or so in.

    The opening clapping/tambourine beat to "The Latest Toughs" is great. A very solid pop song--hooks and all! "Song Of Our So-Called Friend" is poppy too, a nice track.

    "So Come Back, I am Waiting" is long and great. Majestic and bitter. <3 It ends with "A Glow," which is a wonderful soft, almost upbeat closer to this emotional trainwreck."

    One of 2005's absolute bests and a must listen for any fans of Brian Wilson, Bright Eyes, the Microphones or Neutral Milk Hotel.
     
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  10. Youko Recca

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    I found a link to the video for Common's "Be". Pretty nice, even though it works double as a Jordan ad.

    Here
     
  11. Marklar

    Marklar RIP Laurel Aitken, 1927-2005

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    Wooooo... after a month of not buying anything I went kinda crazy this last week.

    Against Me! - Searching for a Former Clarity - I was immediately blown away by this album. I'd only heard a handful of Against Me! songs prior to buying this, and this far exceeded my expectations. I just ordered "Reinventing Axl Rose" and a couple of EPs from the No Idea website and I'll definitely be seeing Against Me! when they roll into town.

    The Buzz***** - Singles Going Steady Pretty good album. Haven't listened to it enough to really judge it though.

    Fishbone - Fishbone 101: Nuttasaursmeg Fossil Fuelin' Fonkay Luckily found this used for $7. The 1st disc is worthless to me since I have most of Fishbone's catalog already, but the rarities disc is made up mostly of Fishbone's frenetic brand of ska.

    The Germs - (MIA) The Complete Anthology Really into this one. A couple of the songs don't do anything for me, but a lot of it is really good. Raw, energetic, and with surprisingly good lyrics.

    HorrorPops - Bring It On! Only listened once so far, but all of the songs seemed pretty bland.

    Madness - The Dangermen Sessions Volume 1 This one's pretty good, but there are a few missteps, and some of the songs don't have as much energy as I had expected.

    Willie Nelson - Countryman This album is a lot better than I thought it would be, but it's still not very good. The steel guitars over the skanking reggae beats are kinda entertaining for a couple of songs, but the novelty wears off pretty quickly and you're left with fairly generic reggae with a twangy twist.

    V/A - Look At All The Love We Found: Tribute to Sublime This one's also quite a bit better than I expected. The artists who don't stray to far from the originals yet make the songs their own (Fishbone, Jack Johnson, Los Lobos) fare the best, but some of the songs are just bad.

    V/A - Plea For Peace/Take Action 2001 Picked it up used for 2 bucks. Haven't listened to it the whole way through.

    Plus last night I saw Streetlight Manifesto and tomorrow there's a free Tiger Army concert at my school. Wooo...
     
  12. Space Cadet

    Space Cadet I'M SWEATING
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    Yeah, it's basically a Jordan ad, although a good one. I just wonder when the music video for "Testify" will come out.
     
  13. NachoHat

    NachoHat Counting down the hours

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    *applauds* Good man. Make sure to pick up their other Fat Wreck full length, As The Eternal Cowboy, sometime, as well. It's not as good as Reinventing or Clarity, but it's still one of the best punk rock albums of recent years.

    And wear a facemask when you see them. You know, because you might get your face rocked off.
     
  14. Zach Williams

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    I picked up:

    Kanye's Late Registration - Solid, much better than his debut. Skits suck, and only Bring Me Down and Gone are weak. Very good, and Already Platinum.

    Kanye's College Dropout - Had it, but lost it, and Late Registration was great, so I decided to pick this up again. But, after listening to it a couple of times, I can't understand why I liked this at all. Only 9 good songs, which is pretty good I guess, but not out of 21 tracks.

    Master P's Ghetto Bill - I've wanted to get this for awhile, and finally found it. The slower songs are this CD are weaker than P's last, but songs like "I Need Dubs" are pretty good, even if the lyrics suck. The party joints are tight! I'm listening to this right now, and havn't finished it, but its decent so far.

    Juvenile's Greatest Hits - Not much to say, it's his greatest hits!


    New releases I'll be picking up "P$C - 25 To Life" for sure, and might give David Banner's - Certified and Three 6 Mafia's The Most Known Unknown a chance. I also saw a commercial for Master P's Re-Mix Greatest Hits, and I'll definatly pick that up.

    I'm going to give a listen to Czar Nok's That One Way, Heatmakerz' Crack, Vol. 1, AZ's AWOL, Little Brother's The
    Minstrel Show, and Paul Wall's The People's Champ.
     
  15. Space Cadet

    Space Cadet I'M SWEATING
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    Yeah, I really enjoyed it. The blending into each song is perfect and the imaginary radio station that runs through the album reminds me of De La Soul's "Three Feet High And Rising." Favorite songs are "Lovin' It," "Cheatin", We Got Now" and hell basically every thing else. It's too bad that the single "Lovin' It" can't get any more exposure other than VH1 Soul. Hopefully it will sell well based on word of mouth.

    Also, as you can see in my avatar, another Black Star album is suppose to come out next year. I already heard two songs from from vinyl("Supreme, Supreme" and "Bright As the Stars") and I think it's be just as good as the original.
     
  16. Stuckey

    Stuckey Shutter Buggin'

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    DJ Screw - The Legend (All Flows)
     
  17. RD!

    RD! Never go see Dr. Acula

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    So last Saturday I went to Larkfest which was pretty hot/cool/dull whichever, depends what time it was. I missed seeing the Cloud Room perform by about ten minutes but I picked up the album anyway (It's good). Worried that I may miss the main attraction I hurried across Lark Street to the other stage and caught the tail end of the Robbers of High Street which were quite good.

    So onto the big show. The Dandy Warhols make a big small-time appearance at our lovely little festival and they respectfully rocked the **** out of it. I know nothing of their studio work but it didn't matter--the atmosphere and their music, it was impossible to hate. An amazingly great time.
     
  18. Shnay

    Shnay Ne'er-Do-Well

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    I noticed that Sigur Ros has a new album out. Has anyone picked this up? How does it compare to their past stuff?

    Also, many thanks to Mr. Jam and Mr. Typhoon for the excellent Aeroplane analysis a couple pages back. I've since listened to it all the way through a few times and would agree that it's something truly incredible. I haven't been listening to much else since it fully clicked with me, actually.
     
  19. atf487

    atf487 come on feel the illinoise

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    I think takk is pretty good, only listened to it once but I think it's on par with ( ).
     
  20. Stu

    Stu Marvel Animation Age Webmaster
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    I've given the new Harvey Danger album a few listens, really enjoying it. I've only recently got into them after a friend had me listen to some songs. There's some really nice variation on the album, I especially like Cream And Bastards Rise and Moral Centralia.

    Definatly worth picking up, if you're a fan of the group. :)
     
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