Music Notes February 2013

February 27, 2013 at 11:36 pm (Uncategorized)


1. Palma Violets – 180

It starts very quietly, then in come the drums, the guitar and the organ and the very wonderful “Best Friend” grabs you and won’t let go. Palma Violets sound a lot like other things, but you can’t quite place the steals, and so it sounds completely original or completely nicked. You be the judge. I also rather fond of the eight minute album closer 14.

2. Patti Smith – Banga

Patti Smith will never release another Horses so stop hoping. It’s OK though because Banga is a perfectly fine release. Probably my favourite is the title cut, but it’s sort of interesting to hear the Neil young cover too. I splashed out for the deluxe-book form version with how has nice essay and some cool pictures. Looking forward to the show next week.

3. David Bowie – The Stars  (Are Out Tonight)

I wasn’t thrilled by the first Bowie release from his new album, but I do like this one. Spooky and atmospheric and a great video.

4.Rage Against the Machine – XX

Has it really been twenty years since Rage’s, er, rage-fueled album splashed across the scene? Apparently. The politics still sound are New Leftist as ever, but the music is still amazing. The re-issue has the original album, demos and videos. Worth having to remember how angry we were.

5. Jimmy Page and Robert Plant – No Quarter

Jim, Bob and some friends perform softer Led Zep classics. It took me a few spins to adjust, but it’s worth putting in the time. I’m sure some found this heresy though.

6. Frightened Rabbit – Pedestrian Verse

I saw FR last year and am going to see them again in a couple of weeks. Suffice to say, I think they are a phenomenally talented band. I don’t want to single out tracks because the whole album is outstanding. Breathtaking.

7. Parquet Courts – Light Up Gold

I’ve read a few things about the band, and like the above-mentioned Palma Violets the question is, can they live up to the garage-punk hype? I think so, but listen to this on their wordpress page 

8. Thao and the Get down Stay Down – We The Common

I mentioned the single “Holy Roller” last time, but the album is simply wonderful. It’ll put a smile on your face. Charming folky pop.

9. Blood Red Shoes – Water

I love the duo. the punk rock duo. Seems everyone is doing it now. Blood Red Shoes are coming to Toronto. Listen to their record. Cool.

10. Wilko Johnson

Ending on a sad note. Wilko Johnson guitarist for Dr. Feelgood and a long time solo artist (as well as Ilym Payne on Game of Thrones) announced last month is had inoperable cancer. With less than a year to live. He plays his final show tomorrow night.  A terrific guitarist and by all accounts a really nice fellow.

Dr Feelgood “Back in the Night”


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