Music Notes October 2014

October 31, 2014 at 11:17 pm (Uncategorized)

Short list this month, as I’ve been super-busy.

1. The Allah-Las – Worship the Sun

Braver boys than me that’s for sure. Garage-like sixties noise. Playing Toronto later this month. The Horseshoe I think.

2. The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds

The last one before it all started to come apart (Parts of Smiley Smile not withstanding) .  But, it’s a good one this one. “God Only Knows,” “Wouldn’t it be Nice,” “Don’t Talk,” and many other simply fantastic moments. What’s nice too is that you get both the stereo and the mono version. (I go back and forth to which I prefer. The mono is so warm, but the stereo has a grandeur to it that’s hard to ignore. Just listen.

3. Camper Van Beethoven – Key lime Pie

The final CVB album, although maybe not since the band are touring again. Folkk, punk, rock and a bunch of other weird things. No, it doesn’t have “Take the skinheads Bowling.”  They do have many other fine songs you know!

4. Pavement – Brighten the Corners (Nicene Creedence edition)

The fourth installment of discordant pop music from Pavement. Less experimental than Wowee Zowee, but not as rockist as Crooked Rain, and some fun covers (the Fall, Echo and the Bunnymen). The thing that stuns me about these albums is just how much extra material Pavement always seem to record.  Well worth seeking out.

5. And congratulations to Wilko Johnson. Now apparently cancer-free. Don’t know who Wilko is? Oil City Confidential. The story of Dr. Feelgood.

Next month a full slate. Maybe more.

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