Music Notes January 2013

January 31, 2013 at 10:23 pm (Uncategorized) ()

Here we go, here we go…

1. How to Destroy Angels - An Omen EP

Saw Nine Inch Nails at the first Lollapalooza festival in 1991. Hated them. Never impressed with their work. Having said that I love this band, who of course, sound nothing like NIN. This release is eve more atmospheric and spooky than the previous release. Very nice.

2. Tame Impala – Lonerism

Historically I’ve not been much for psychedelic freak-outs; I prefer the stripped down sound. However, Have to admit that all the buzz about this one got to me. Quite seductive.

3. Ice Cube – Everythang’s Corrupt

Think back, long before Ice Cube was a cuddly commodity in family friendly features like Are We There Yet? Yeah, think back when the cops really really hated him when he spat lines like “crazy motherfucker called Ice Cube in a gang called…” well, NWA. this sounds just as angry. Guitar by Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine. Watch the video here.

4. LCD Soundsystem  – Shut up and play the Hits

I mentioned this when it was released as a film last year, but the home release adds the entire concert.

5. The Liminanas – Crystal Anis

Psychedelic pop-rock from France. Very groovy.

6. The Strypes- You Can’t Judge a Book by Looking at the Cover

Ah, remember the days of the British R &B boom? Remember when R&B meant bands like the Stones or the Yardbirds. Skinny English boys who worshipped American blues musicians who were more or less unsung heroes in their homelands. Not any record made by an African-american artists which can’t be labelled rap. Well, if you crave that old-school sound, meet the Strypes. Nice B0 Diddley cover.

7. The Rolling Stones – “One More Shot”

The other new song on the new Stones comp. Not as strong as Doom and Gloom in my opinion, but it will probably convince some people that the Stones are still relevant. The song isn’t terrible, but it sounds like a lot of the stuff the Stones churn out.

8. David Bowie – “Where are We Now?”

I was as excited as everybody else when I heard Bowie was releasing a new record. Even more so when Mojo gave it a plug. Yet…I have to say it doesn’t thrill me. It kind of meanders and there’s no real pay off. I’ve heard it quite a few times, but it doesn’t reach me. Do I need my hearing checked?

9. Thau and the Get Down Stay Down

Love the name. Folk-rock from California by way of Virginia. Playing Lee’s Palace in March. Sunny day sounds.

10. Sleater-Kinney – The Woods

It’s funny how some things sit undisturbed and when you play them, you think, “Why aren’t I listening to this all the time?” The final album from Sleater-Kinney. Louder and crunchier. Give it a listen. My copy came with videos!

1 Comment

  1. Music Notes July 2013 | Notes from Underground said,

    […] posted about the Strypes a few months back, but they are so good, (in an utterly derivative way) they are worth another plug. Currently […]

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