Music Notes: February 2014

February 27, 2014 at 11:46 pm (Uncategorized)

Here we go then…

1. Big Star – Nothing Can Hurt Me

I confess I haven’t seen the movie, but the soundtrack is a treasure trove for Big Star fans, er fanatics. 21 previously unreleased versions of classic songs like “In the Street,” “Thirteen” and “September Gurls.” Demos, alternative mixes and a few mixes from 2012. If you’re new to Big Star’s blend of American pop and Beatlesque sounds, maybe this isn’t the place to begin (pick up the first two records), but for those of us who are already admirers, this will do very nicely thank you.

2. September Girls – “Heartbeat /Wasted”

Irish garage shoegazers make beautiful noise – listen at their bandcamp page.

3. Courtney Barnett – The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas

Two releases in one. You don’t want to use adjectives like quirky, but it does convey a certain sound in this Australian singer-songwriter’s work. Over to her site now Released in North America in April.

4. Angel Olson – Burn Your Fire For No Witness

My favourite record this week. Folk, rock, Leonard Cohen. I really can’t describe this; just listen to it.

5. Uncle Tupelo – Anodyne

Uncle Tupelo are in the news again because of the legacy edition of their first album No Depression, which contains among other treats the ND demos and the band’s early cassettes.   Still, for my money, Anodyne is the band’s most realized vision; a perfect balance between country and rock, and between Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy’s songwriting talents. Alas, the delicate balance was unable to survive and  Son Volt and Wilco were the result. This is simply beautiful work.

6. Dean Wareham – Emancipated Hearts EP

Came out last year, but if you didn’t get it, it serves as a nice reminder of his talent and a lead in to the new album coming in March. One whine about the album though. I his quite amazing book Black Postcards, Wareham complains about digital music. Fair enough, but the new album comes as an i-tunes release with an exclusive song. C’mon Dean. I love you, but are you trying to have your cake and eat it too.

7. Dr. Feelgood – Oil City Confidential

The third of Julian Temple’s film about mb (the others being about the Sex Pistols and Joe Strummer). This time, the “best local band in the world,”  Dr.  Feelgood. A fantastic retelling of the Feelgood’s story up to the almost breakthrough and Wilco’s departure. Fascinating stuff. The DVD comes with extra Wilco stuff and the entire interview with Lee Brilleaux.

8. Public Enemy – It’ll Take a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

Hadn’t listened to this in ages, but was thumbing through stuff the other day and came across it. Bang! It’s one of those incendiary records like Bollocks or the first Velvets’ that time cannot dim the impact. Stunning.

9. James Murphy – Subway Symphony

The former LCD Soundsystem leader has a plan to add music to New York’s subways. You can even sign a petitiotn

Nine because it’s February (Sorry – I thought this was funny last year, and I guess I still do)

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