Music Notes April 2019

April 30, 2019 at 8:39 pm (Uncategorized)

Here’s some things then

1.  Neu! – Neu

A friend insisted I listen to this 1972 debut from two former members of Kraftwerk.  “Hallogalllo” is an amazing pulsating track perfect for highway driving, and the three-part “Jahresüberblick” is also epic, but some of the ambient noises are going to take a bit longer to appreciate. Certainly worth checking out.

2. Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy

I was listening to this in the car, and my son said, “This isn’t what I imagine you listening to.” He’s right, but sometimes you want to listen to new stuff outside of your usual zone.  Yeah, yeah, “Bodak Yellow,” but also “Best Life” and “Money Bag.” And there were lines that made me laugh out loud. Hear it.

3. Ex-Hex – It’s Real 

Second album by the band. Probably even better than their debut Rips. Still the same driving punk-rock sound, but there’s some classic rock creeping in too – if I learned the band had been listening to Heart, it wouldn’t surprise me. At a recent show at the Horseshoe in Toronto, the band announced their discovery of Kim Mitchell proclaiming “Patio Lanterns” one of the greatest songs ever. Pretty amazing show, and a great set by the opening band Moaning.

4. Better Oblivion Community Center – Better Oblivion Community Center

My new favourite band (this week). Great collaboration by Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst, and it’s everything you’d expect. Sure “Dylan Thomas” is the standout track, but there’s plenty more to enjoy

5. Vintage Rock

The latest issue of the magazine has a special feature on rockabilly, and a free CD. The CD has nothing you can’t live without, but it’s still cool to hear people making these sounds.

6. Holly Gollightly – Truly She is None Other 

Former Thee Headcoatee Holly Golightly puts out another album of originals that sound like covers of classic songs, and classic covers that sound like her songs. Great sixties style tunes. Sit back and listen. And read the liner notes by Jack White

7.  Sleaford Mods – Key Markets

Somehow I missed this one when it came out, but it’s another great slice of bile and keyboards from the lads. Stay angry.

8. Jenny Lewis – Punk Pioneers

Great little coffee table photo album of early LA punk. I don’t know a great deal about this lot, so it was cool to see those early days and bands, along with East Coast types like Blondie (Debbie Harry graces the cover) and the Ramones.

9.  Fatboy Slim – Live on Brighton Beach

Just one great big party record. Play loud

10. “Baby Shark”

My friends with young children tell me that the appeal grows thin pretty quickly. Oh well.


Till next month.


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