Music Notes February 2015

February 28, 2015 at 7:24 pm (Uncategorized)

Here’s some thing you might like…

1. Viet Cong – S/t

The debut album by the Calgary collective. A lot of post-punk sounding influences on this one. It’s not quite finished, but on cuts like “March of Progress” and “Continental Shelf” you can heard the great record they will one day make.

2. Yo La Tengo – Extra Painful

My favourite comment about YLT is that they channel all four Velvets albums in their work (not an easy thing to do). This 2-CD expanded edition of Painful really shows how that’s possible. There’s the original album, a CD of demos and unreleased and then a download of another 17 tracks. Casual listener or hard core fan, you must get this.

3.  The Rolling Stones – “She’s a Rainbow”

I was at a school production of Alice in Wonderland a few nights back and this song was a part of the soundtrack. It’s an strange song. Odd lyrics, dodgy backing vocals, strings and a weird sense of pacing. It sounded incredible.

4. Pussy Riot – “I can’t Breathe”

Just watch it, OK? . The male voice at the end is Richard Hell.


5.  Richard and Linda Thompson – Shoot Out the Lights

The break-up album. Made more remarkable by the fact that Richard Thompson wrote both parts. I could go on and on, but if you’re a fan of the Richard or Linda Thompson, you already have this, if you don’t there’s not much I can say to add to the sound. Shiveringly good.

6 Sparks – Kimono My House

I remember seeing them on Top of the Pops when I was a kid and thinking “What!” John Lennon’s reaction to the broadcast was “Hitler’s on Telly.” If you like early Roxy, this will appeal to you. Can you believe this record is 40 years old?

7. Twerps – Range Anxiety

Ohh, if the Young Marble Giants played guitars. If Galaxie 500 played faster… OK, enough with lazy comparisons because this album is good enough to appreciate on its own merits. Slightly dream-poppy, it’s a great listen.

8. Kitty, Daisy and Lewis – No Action

I miss Sallie Ford’s old band, but these cats are fun too. R’n’R revivalists, but so much more. Check their sounds and see them at Lee’s in April.

9 Kim Gordon – Girl in the Band

Haven’t read this one yet, but if you’re a fan of Sonic Youth, I don’t see how you can not get this one.

10. v/a – Bob Dylan’s Greenwich Village

A 2-CD folk musci greatest hits circa 1961. It’s not a Dylan comp, but features a staggering number of his influences and those influenced by him: John Lee Hooker, Woody Guthrie, Allan Ginsberg, Lenny Bruce, Pete Seeger, Simon and Garfunkel, Joan Baez, and many more. 50 tracks of 2 CDs. Nice selection.


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