Music Notes September 2015

September 30, 2015 at 6:38 pm (Uncategorized)

A little bit of this; a little bit of that 

  1. Wolf Alice – My Love is Cool

Any band that names itself after an Angela Carter short story can’t be all bad can it? Well, yes and no. The album is rather mixed in styles which means that any listener is liked to find some songs that appeal, but not all. I rather like the post-punk garage sounds, but found myself skipping over the ethereal pop numbers at the start of the record. Not bad for a debut.

2.  Chrissie Hynde – Stockholm 

The album got mixed reviews when it came out, but there’s plenty of timeless Pretenders style pop here. And Ms. Hynde still has a great voice.

3. Chrissie Hynde – Reckless: My Life as a Pretender

Just got this and have only read the first chapter (maybe I should have waited?). It’s a good intro and Chrissie Hynde’s is a great story. The superficial reader in me needs to point out some cool punk pictures scattered throughout the book.

4. David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights – End Times Undone 

Fuzzy psyche-pop from the leader of New Zealand’s The Clean. Anything I can add is unnecessary; just listen to it.

5. The Weather Station – Loyalty 

This Canadian folk band is a little too mellow for my tastes, but it’s great Sunday morning music. I’m sure it would be a great road trip soundtrack as well.

6. Spacemen 3 –  “Big City”

On the Simpsons? Spacemen 3? I confess I stopped watching the show years ago, but I’m going to hunt it down now. Here’s an article by Stereogum on the music in the episode. 

7. Michelle Shocked – Arkansas Traveler

Before there was such a thing as Alt-country or Americana, and long before she flipped out, Michelle Shocked recorded this curious little beast. Among the guests on this homage to the musical heritage of the south are Uncle Tupelo and Alison Krause. When it works (“Cotton-eyed joe”) it’s amazing. But some parts are a little embarrassing (“Jump Jim Crow”).

8. Shellac- Dude Incredible 

Oh it’s incredible alright. The latest release from Steve Albini’s minimalist trio. Pounding rhythms, shouted vocals. Abrupt tempo changes. don’t listen to it before going to work. Or maybe do.

9. Van Morrison – Playlist (The Very Best of the Bang Masters)

Interesting little comp of Bang material. Featuring an outstanding “TB Sheets” and an alternate take of Brown Eyed Girl. Well worth a listen.

10. X-Ray Spex – Oh bondage, Up Yours!

One of the greatest things to come out of punk. It was that moment of freedom, of liberation. Still brilliant almost four decades later.



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