music like DIRT!

Posted on October 10th, 2013 by Scraps.
Categories: Albums, Music.

I love this cover. From pre-reggae, very early (1968) Trojan label -- I like the thought that Chris Blackwell had a hand in approving this:

music like DIRT!

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1988 albums, top 150

Posted on March 8th, 2013 by Scraps.
Categories: Albums, Lists, Music.

1988

  1. The Go-Betweens ◊ 16 Lovers Lane
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  2. Man Jumping ◊ World Service
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  3. Cardiacs ◊ A Little Man and a House and the Whole World Window
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  4. Throwing Muses ◊ House Tornado
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  5. Talk Talk ◊ Spirit of Eden
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  6. Mary Margaret O'Hara ◊ Miss America
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  7. The Microscopic Septet ◊ Beauty Based on Science
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  8. Black Future ◊ Eu Sou o Rio
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  9. ゲルニカ [Guernica] ◊ 新世紀への運河 [Shinseiki eno Unga]
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  10. Morbid Saint ◊ Spectrum of Death
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  11. Don Pullen ◊ New Beginnings
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  12. Roland Alphonso & Mute Beat ◊ R. Alphonso Meets Mute Beat
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  13. Stump ◊ A Fierce Pancake
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  14. Victims Family ◊ Things I Hate to Admit
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  15. Defunkt ◊ In America
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  16. Jack DeJohnette's Special Edition ◊ Audio-Visualscapes
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  17. World Domination Enterprises ◊ Let's Play Domination
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  18. Paul Roland ◊ Happy Families
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  19. Промышленная архитектура [Industrial Architecture] ◊ Любовь и Технология [Love & Technology]
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  20. Public Enemy ◊ It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
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  21. Sonic Youth ◊ Daydream Nation
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  22. Steve Coleman and Five Elements ◊ Sine Die
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  23. The Shrubs ◊ Vessels of the Heart
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  24. Dagmar Krause ◊ Tank Battles: The Songs of Hanns Eisler
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  25. Gary Thomas and Seventh Quadrant ◊ Code Violations
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  26. The Residents ◊ God in Three Persons
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  27. Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band ◊ Obatalá
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  28. Willem Breuker Kollektief ◊ Bob's Gallery
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  29. Fishbone ◊ Truth and Soul
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  30. Lyle Lovett ◊ Pontiac
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  31. Ray Anderson ◊ Blues Bred in the Bone
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  32. Marilyn Crispell ◊ Labyrinths
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  33. My Dad Is Dead ◊ The Best Defense
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  34. The Leaders ◊ Out Here Like This
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  35. Nuno Canavarro ◊ Plux Quba
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  36. Cindytalk ◊ In This World
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  37. Metallica ◊ …And Justice for All
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  38. Sheriff Lindo & The Hammer ◊ Ten Dubs That Shook the World
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  39. Test Dept. ◊ Terra Firma
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  40. Universal Congress Of ◊ Prosperous and Qualified
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  41. Dave Holland Trio ◊ Triplicate
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  42. Toxik ◊ World Circus
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  43. David Liebman Trio ◊ Trio + One
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  44. Marius Popp ◊ Acordul Fin
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  45. Infest ◊ Slave
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  46. Julius Hemphill ◊ Julius Hemphill Big Band
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  47. Stephen Sondheim ◊ Into the Woods [Original Broadway Cast]
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  48. Mad Professor & Pato Banton ◊ Mad Professor Captures Pato Banton
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  49. New Model Army ◊ Radio Sessions '83-'84
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  50. Mikel Laboa ◊ Lekeitioak
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  51. Missing Foundation ◊ 1933 Your House Is Mine
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  52. Sei Miguel ◊ Breaker
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  53. George Shearing and Hank Jones ◊ The Spirit of 176
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  54. Mão Morta ◊ Mão Morta
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  55. Engenheiros do Hawaii ◊ Ouça o que Eu Digo: Não Ouça Ninguém
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  56. Royal Trux ◊ Royal Trux
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  57. Anacrusis ◊ Suffering Hour
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  58. Sadus ◊ Illusions
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  59. Ultramagnetic MC’s ◊ Critical Beatdown
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  60. Eek-a-Mouse ◊ Mouse-A-Mania
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  61. Bruno Wątpliwy ◊ Szał
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  62. Phalanx ◊ In Touch
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  63. Soul Brothers ◊ Jive Explosion
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  64. Helen Merrill & Gil Evans ◊ Collaboration
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  65. Pestilence ◊ Malleus Maleficarum
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  66. King Snake Roost ◊ Things That Play Themselves
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  67. Geri Allen, Charlie Haden & Paul Motian ◊ Etudes
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  68. Michelle Shocked ◊ Short Sharp Shocked
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  69. Pere Ubu ◊ The Tenement Year
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  70. Charles Gayle ◊ Spirits Before
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  71. The Wonder Stuff ◊ The Eight Legged Groove Machine
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  72. Mal Waldron ◊ The Seagulls of Kristiansund: Live At the Village Vanguard
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  73. Mute Beat ◊ Lover's Rock
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  74. John Zorn, George Lewis & Bill Frisell ◊ News for Lulu
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  75. John Surman ◊ Private City
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  76. Voivod ◊ Dimension Hatröss
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  77. NoMeansNo ◊ Small Parts Isolated and Destroyed
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  78. Los Cafres [Spain] ◊ SF 13 Tractor Cerebral
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  79. James ◊ Strip-mine
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  80. Crowded House ◊ Temple of Low Men
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  81. Gil Evans ◊ New Bottle Old Wine
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  82. Henry Threadgill Sextett ◊ Rag, Bush and All
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  83. U-Men ◊ Step on a Bug
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  84. Steve Lacy Trio ◊ The Window
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  85. Live Skull ◊ Snuffer [EP]
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  86. Norma Loy ◊ Sacrifice
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  87. Mano Negra ◊ Patchanka [EP]
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  88. Ocaso Épico ◊ Muito Obrigado
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  89. Boogie Down Productions ◊ By All Means Necessary
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  90. Hank Roberts ◊ Black Pastels
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  91. k.d. lang ◊ Shadowland
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  92. Datblygu ◊ Wyau
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  93. Susannah McCorkle ◊ No More Blues
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  94. Fred Frith ◊ The Technology of Tears [cd edit]
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  95. Ludichrist ◊ Powertrip
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  96. Joy of Life ◊ Hear the Children
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  97. Front 242 ◊ Front by Front
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  98. Camouflage ◊ Voices & Images
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  99. Ketama, Toumani Diabaté & Danny Thompson ◊ Songhai
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  100. Razor ◊ Violent Restitution
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  101. Half Japanese ◊ Charmed Life
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  102. Universal Congress Of ◊ This Is Mecolodics
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  103. The Waterboys ◊ Fisherman’s Blues
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  104. Fingers Inc. ◊ Another Side
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  105. Opéra de nuit ◊ Opéra de nuit
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  106. Stretchheads ◊ Five Fingers, Four Thingers, a Thumb, a Facelift and a New Identity
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  107. Leonard Cohen ◊ I’m Your Man
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  108. Flotsam and Jetsam ◊ No Place for Disgrace
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  109. Diamanda Galás ◊ You Must Be Certain of the Devil
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  110. Skin Yard ◊ Hallowed Ground
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  111. King T ◊ Act a Fool
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  112. R.E.M. ◊ Green
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  113. Wynton Marsalis ◊ Levee Low Moan: Soul Gestures in Southern Blue, Vol. 3
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  114. Camper Van Beethoven ◊ Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart
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  115. They Might Be Giants ◊ Lincoln
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  116. Incubus [Brazil/Louisiana] ◊ Serpent Temptation
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  117. The Feelies ◊ Only Life
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  118. Deathrow ◊ Deception Ignored
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  119. Saint Vitus ◊ Mournful Cries
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  120. My Dad Is Dead ◊ Let's Skip the Details
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  121. Pink Turns Blue ◊ Meta
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  122. Rage ◊ Perfect Man
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  123. Steely & Clevie ◊ Busting Out
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  124. 808 State ◊ Newbuild
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  125. Armia ◊ Armia
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  126. Kampec Dolores ◊ Kampec Dolores
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  127. Exploding White Mice ◊ Brute Force and Ignorance
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  128. Stetsasonic ◊ In Full Gear
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  129. Ira! ◊ Psicoacústica
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  130. Moss Icon ◊ Hate in Me [EP]
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  131. Hexx ◊ Help Yourself / Quest for Sanity [EP]
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  132. Barbara Manning ◊ Lately I Keep Scissors
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  133. Cleo Laine ◊ Cleo Sings Sondheim
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  134. Lenny Breau ◊ Last Sessions
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  135. Siglo XX ◊ Fear and Desire
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  136. Clint Ruin & Lydia Lunch ◊ Stinkfoot [EP]
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  137. Courtney Pine ◊ Destiny's Song + The Image of Pursuance
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  138. Fliehende Stürme ◊ An den Ufern
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  139. Henri Texier ◊ Colonel Skopje
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  140. Insulin Reaction ◊ What's the Point
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  141. Flames ◊ Summon the Dead
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  142. Kamal Abdul Alim ◊ Dance
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  143. Merzbow ◊ I'm Proud by Rank of the Workers: Live in Khabarovsk CCCP
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  144. Vinnie Moore ◊ Time Odyssey
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  145. Voice of the Beehive ◊ Let It Bee
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  146. La Polla Records ◊ Donde se habla
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  147. Les Nonnes Troppo ◊ La mission
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  148. Pixies ◊ Surfer Rosa
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  149. Eric B & Rakim ◊ Follow the Leader
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  150. Would-Be-Goods ◊ The Camera Loves Me
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1979: another pointless list

Posted on August 8th, 2010 by Scraps.
Categories: Albums, Lists, Music.

I am slowly -- very slowly -- compiling a list of my favorite 999 albums from 1951 to the present, playing by the same rules as the 99 albums list (no best-of compilations, etc). I'm doing this a year at a time. This is the third shortlist, and my first post-stroke list: my 1979 top 137 (the first twenty to twenty-five will probably make the final list). This is my age fifteen list; subsequently, this is a long list.

(previous lists:
1989
1999)

1979

  1. Henry Cow, Western Culture
    Henry Cow - Western Culture

  2. Gang of Four, Entertainment!
    Gang of Four - Entertainment!

  3. Tin Huey, Contents Dislodged During Shipment
    Tin Huey - Contents Dislodged During Shipment

  4. Talking Heads, Fear of Music
    Talking Heads - Fear of Music

  5. Wire, 154
    Wire - 154

  6. Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Armed Forces
    Elvis Costello - Armed Forces

  7. Joy Division, Unknown Pleasures
    Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures

  8. The Slits, Cut
    The Slits - Cut

  9. The Clash, London Calling
    The Clash - London Calling

  10. Buzzcocks, Singles Going Steady
    Buzzcocks - Singles Going Steady

  11. Graham Parker, Squeezing Out Sparks
    Graham Parker - Squeezing Out Sparks

  12. The Soft Boys, A Can of Bees
    The Soft Boys - A Can of Bees

  13. The Contortions, Buy
    James Chance and the Contortions - Buy

  14. Marianne Faithfull, Broken English
    Marianne Faithfull - Broken English

  15. Sweeney Todd, Original Broadway Cast
     - Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

  16. Motörhead, Overkill
    Motörhead - Overkill

  17. Linton Kwesi Johnson, Forces of Victory
    Linton Kwesi Johnson - Forces of Victory

  18. The Specials, Specials
    The Specials - Specials

  19. Joe Jackson, Look Sharp!
    Joe Jackson - Look Sharp!

  20. Swell Maps, A Trip to Marineville
    Swell Maps - A Trip to Marineville

  21. Art Bears, Winter Songs
    Art Bears - Winter Songs

  22. P-Model, In a Model Room
    P-Model - In a Model Room

  23. XTC, Drums and Wires
    XTC - Drums and Wires

  24. Univers Zero, Heresie
    Univers Zéro - Heresie

  25. Tubeway Army, Replicas
    Tubeway Army - Replicas

  26. This Heat, This Heat
    This Heat - This Heat

  27. The Desperate Bicycles, Remorse Code
    The Desperate Bicycles - Remorse Code

  28. Pere Ubu, New Picnic Time
    Pere Ubu - New Picnic Time

  29. The Pop Group, Y
    The Pop Group - Y

  30. Betty Carter, The Audience with Betty Carter
    Betty Carter - The Audience with Betty Carter

  31. Conventum, Le bureau central des utopies
    Conventum - Le bureau central des utopies

  32. Annette Peacock, The Perfect Release
    Annette Peacock - The Perfect Release

  33. Hubert Félix Thiéfaine, Autorisation de Délirer
    Hubert Félix Thiéfaine - Autorisation de délirer

  34. Poison Girls, Hex
    Poison Girls - Hex

  35. Black Randy & the Metrosquad, "Pass the Dust, I Think I'm Bowie"
    Black Randy & The Metrosquad -

  36. Holger Czukay, Movies
    Holger Czukay - Movies

  37. David Bowie, Lodger
    David Bowie - Lodger

  38. The B-52's, The B-52's
    The B-52's - The B-52's

  39. Lizzy Mercier Descloux, Press Color
    Lizzy Mercier Descloux - Press Color

  40. James Blood Ulmer, Tales of Captain Black
    James Blood Ulmer - Tales of Captain Black

  41. Nick Lowe, Labour of Lust
    Nick Lowe - Labour of Lust

  42. Godley & Creme, Freeze Frame
    Godley & Creme - Freeze Frame

  43. Patti Smith Group, Wave
    Patti Smith - Wave

  44. Chrisma, Hibernation
    Chrisma - Hibernation

  45. The Jam, Setting Sons
    The Jam - Setting Sons

  46. ABBA, Voulez-Vouz
    ABBA - Voulez-Vous

  47. The Stranglers, The Raven
    The Stranglers - The Raven

  48. Supertramp, Breakfast in America
    Supertramp - Breakfast in America

  49. Kevin Coyne & Dagmar Krause, Babble
    Kevin Coyne & Dagmar Krause - Babble

  50. Spherical Objects, Eliptical Optimism
    Spherical Objects - Eliptical Optimism

  51. Carnascialia, Carnascialia
    Carnascialia - Carnascialia

  52. Fingerprinz, The Very Dab
    Fingerprintz - The Very Dab

  53. Johnny Osbourne, Truths and Rights
    Johnny Osbourne - Truths and Rights

  54. Red Crayola, Soldier Talk
    Red Krayola - Soldier Talk

  55. Hermeto Pascoal, Zabumbê-bum-á
    Hermeto Pascoal - Zabumbê-bum-á

  56. Sam Rivers, Waves
    Sam Rivers - Waves

  57. Ras Michael & The Sons of Negus, Love Thy Neighbour
    Ras Michael & The Sons of Negus - Love Thy Neighbour

  58. The Toms, The Toms
    The Toms - The Toms

  59. Essential Logic, Beat Rhythm News
    Essential Logic - Beat Rhythm News

  60. Sun Ra, Sleeping Beauty
    Sun Ra - Sleeping Beauty

  61. Ann Steel, Ann Steel
    Ann Steel - Ann Steel

  62. The Adverts, Cast of Thousands [remixed version]
    The Adverts - Cast of Thousands

  63. Patrik Fitzgerald, Grubby Stories
    Patrik Fitzgerald - Grubby Stories

  64. Prince Far I, Cry Tuff Dub Encounter Part 2
    Prince Far I - Cry Tuff Dub Encounter Part 2

  65. James White and the Blacks, Off White
    James White and the Blacks - Off White

  66. Bruce Woolley and The Camera Club, English Garden
    Bruce Woolley and The Camera Club - English Garden

  67. Madness, One Step Beyond…
    Madness - One Step Beyond...

  68. Nina Hagen Band, Unbehagen
    Nina Hagen Band - Unbehagen

  69. Prince Far I, Dub to Africa
    Prince Far I - Dub to Africa

  70. Arachnoid, Arachnoid
    Arachnoïd - Arachnoid

  71. Moondog, A New Sound of a Old Instrument
    Moondog - A New Sound of an Old Instrument

  72. Henry Threadgill, X-75, Vol. 1
    Henry Threadgill - X-75, Vol. 1

  73. Anthony Moore, Flying Doesn't Help
    Anthony Moore - Flying Doesn't Help

  74. Marquis de Sade, Dantzig Twist
    Marquis de Sade - Dantzig Twist

  75. Fela, Unknown Soldier
    Fela Kuti - Unknown Soldier

  76. The A's, The A's
    The A's - The A's

  77. Michael Jackson, Off the Wall
    Michael Jackson - Off the Wall

  78. Sun Ra, Disco 3000
    Sun Ra - Disco 3000

  79. The Last, L.A. Explosion!
    The Last - L.A. Explosion!

  80. Earth & Stone, Kool Roots
    Earth & Stone - Kool Roots

  81. Black Uhuru, Showcase
    Black Uhuru - Showcase

  82. Doll by Doll, Remember
    Doll by Doll - Remember

  83. Yachts, Yachts
    The Yachts - The Yachts

  84. Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Selbstportrait
    Hans-Joachim Roedelius - Selbstportrait

  85. Renaldo & The Loaf, Play Struvé & Sneff
    Renaldo & The Loaf - Play Struvé & Sneff

  86. Art Ensemble of Chicago, Nice Guys
    The Art Ensemble of Chicago - Nice Guys

  87. Magazine, Secondhand Daylight
    Magazine - Secondhand Daylight

  88. Yellow Magic Orchestra, Solid State Survivor
    Yellow Magic Orchestra - Solid State Survivor

  89. The Ruts, The Crack
    The Ruts - The Crack

  90. The Crass, Stations of the Crass
    Crass - Stations of the Crass

  91. The Beat, The Beat
    The Beat - The Beat

  92. The Fall, Live at the Witch Trials
    The Fall - Live at the Witch Trials

  93. Fashion, Product Perfect
    Fashion - Product Perfect

  94. The Nits, Tent
    Nits - Tent

  95. Buzzcocks, A Different Kind of Tension
    Buzzcocks - A Different Kind of Tension

  96. The Slickers, Break Through
    The Slickers - Break Through

  97. Punishment of Luxury, Laughing Academy
    Punishment of Luxury - Laughing Academy

  98. The Raincoats, The Raincoats
    The Raincoats - The Raincoats

  99. Sam Rivers, Paragon
    Sam Rivers - Paragon

  100. Siouxsie and the Banshees, Join Hands
    Siouxsie and the Banshees - Join Hands

  101. Dave Edmunds, Repeat When Necessary
    Dave Edmunds - Repeat When Necessary

  102. The Laughing Dogs, The Laughing Dogs
    The Laughing Dogs - The Laughing Dogs

  103. Cowboys International, The Original Sin
    Cowboys International - The Original Sin

  104. Keith Hudson, Nuh Skin Up Dub
    Keith Hudson - Nuh Skin Up Dub

  105. Andrew Cyrille / Jeanne Lee / Jimmy Lyons, Nuba
    Andrew Cyrille / Jeanne Lee / Jimmy Lyons - Nuba

  106. Judie Tzuke, Welcome to the Cruise
    Judie Tzuke - Welcome to the Cruise

  107. Ma Banlieue Flasque, Ma Banlieue Flasque
    Ma Banlieue Flasque - Ma Banlieue Flasque

  108. Air, Air Lore
    Air - Air Lore

  109. Steel Pulse, Tribute to the Martyrs
    Steel Pulse - Tribute to the Martyrs

  110. Malicorne, Le Bestiaire
    Malicorne - Le Bestiaire

  111. Ian Dury, Do It Yourself
    Ian Dury - Do It Yourself

  112. Fleetwood Mac, Tusk
    Fleetwood Mac - Tusk

  113. Günter Schickert, Überfällig
    Günter Schickert - Überfällig

  114. Plastic People of the Universe, Jak bude po smrti
    Plastic People of the Universe - Jak bude po smrti

  115. Joe Jackson, I'm the Man
    Joe Jackson - I'm the Man

  116. Tom Verlaine, Tom Verlaine
    Tom Verlaine - Tom Verlaine

  117. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Damn the Torpedoes
    Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers - Damn the Torpedoes

  118. ZZ Top, Degüello
    ZZ Top - Degüello

  119. Vortex, Les Cycles de Thanatos
    Vortex - Les cycles de Thanatos

  120. Bill Nelson's Red Noise, Sound-on-Sound
    Bill Nelson's Red Noise - Sound-On-Sound

  121. Zé Ramalho, A Peleja do Diabo com o Dono do Céu
    Zé Ramalho - A Peleja do Diabo com o Dono do Céu

  122. Fischer-Z, Word Salad
    Fischer-Z - Word Salad

  123. Honeyelk, Stoyz Vi Dozeveloy
    Honeyelk - Stoyz Vi Dozeveloy

  124. Naná Vasconcelos, Saudades
    Naná Vasconcelos - Saudades

  125. The Romantics, The Romantics
    The Romantics - The Romantics

  126. Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, Bustin' Loose
    Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers - Bustin' Loose

  127. Mikey Dread, Dread at the Controls
    Mikey Dread - Dread at the Controls

  128. Joni Mitchell, Mingus
    Joni Mitchell - Mingus

  129. Dennis Brown, Words of Wisdom
    Dennis Brown - Words of Wisdom

  130. Pelle Miljoona, Viimeinen syksy
    Pelle Miljoona - Viimeinen syksy

  131. The Dickies, Dawn of the Dickies
    The Dickies - Dawn of the Dickies

  132. Old and New Dreams, Old and New Dreams
    Old and New Dreams - Old and New Dreams (2)

  133. Thomas Leer & Robert Rental, The Bridge
    Thomas Leer and Robert Rental - The Bridge

  134. Codona, Codona
    Codona - Codona

  135. Adam and the Ants, Dirk Wears White Sox
    Adam and the Ants - Dirk Wears White Sox

  136. Culture, International Herb
    Culture - International Herb

  137. John Stewart, Bombs Away Dream Babies
    John Stewart - Bombs Away Dream Babies

    9 comments.

waiting

Posted on September 24th, 2008 by Scraps.
Categories: Albums, Music.

This weblog continues to be crippled by my desire to write longer pieces, and reluctance to post more offhand, trivial observations than I already do. But offhand, trivial observations are perhaps better than no observations at all -- especially given the way my memory works*.

Last week I acquired the first second Fun Boy Three album, Waiting. I'd had it on vinyl back in the day, but hardly ever listened to it; probably not at all after the first few tries. I wanted more Specials, and it wasn't, obviously.

I'm liking it a lot, now. The best songs have the eerie mood and sonic weight of "Ghost Town". What I thought was plodding at the time is actually graceful and controlled. These first few times revisiting the album, nothing is irritating and almost all of it is engaging.

Inspired by this, I acquired the first Colourfield album too. It's . . . kinda plain and ordinary. Maybe I'll like it in twenty years.

1 comment.

like to read

Posted on August 15th, 2008 by Scraps.
Categories: Albums, Elsewhere, Music.

Champion commenter Ethan is writing an intriguing weblog called Like To Listen To, where he's writing a thoughtful paragraph or two about everything he's listening to. For someone like me -- long on enthusiasm, short on attention span -- it's a great approach, and I'm thinking of adopting it in some form.*

He also has excellent, wide-ranging taste. Just in the last couple days, he's written about:

Brian Eno, Another Green World (1975)
Kylie Minogue, Fever (2001)
Jr. and His Soulettes, Psychodelic Sounds (1971)
Donna Summer, Once Upon a Time (1977)
Boards of Canada, Twoism (1995)
Roxy Music, Roxy Music (1972)
Angelo Badalamenti, Soundtrack from Twin Peaks (1990)
Animal Collective, Sung Tongs (2004)
Fairport Convention, Unhalfbricking (1969)
kd lang, Hymns of the 49th Parallel (2004)
Portishead, Dummy (1994)
Lee Hazlewood, A House Safe for Tigers (1975)
Solid Eye, Electromagnetic Field and Stream of Consciousness (1994)
The Knife, The Knife (2001)

Check it out.

2 comments.

happy returns

Posted on August 10th, 2008 by Scraps.
Categories: Albums, Music.

Posts that anticipate dismissive responses inevitably sound either disingenuously self-congratulatory ("I know this isn't going to be very popular") or defensive. One well-worn tactic is to dismiss their motives before they can dismiss yours. For example: Say you find yourself liking a new album by a great artist perceived as being in a long decline. People have cried wolf on this artist's comeback in the past, maybe even with every album; in truth few of the later albums by the artist are actually bad, it's just hard to imagine them inspiring anyone. If you're honest* with yourself though, you'll admit it's a failure of imagination on your part; not that you aren't entitled to your ho-hum reaction, but that someone else's professed enthusiasm is likely genuine, and you can consider it misguided without considering it insincere, or motivated by a mere need to provide copy and please an audience or an editor.

But you, now, find yourself sincerely enthusiastic about the new album. And you know, for you have seen it with each of the last several ho-hum but praised albums by the declining artist, that to profess enthusiasm is to invite derision and dismissal from the jaded set, some of whom gave the album a passing listen, a rare few of whom even wanted to like it, but all of whom know why you profess to like it*.

Your motives are presumably less in doubt when not being paid, nor speaking to a large audience. You may not be a hack; you may only be deluded, or your standards may be shot. Possibly they were never there; aren't you on record defending Mighty Like a Rose?

I hope I am only defensive, at any rate, and not self-congratulatory. The last R.E.M. album I thought was good was 1998's Up -- which took some time to grow on me but is possibly my favorite now -- and of course many folks would push the date back to 1992's Automatic for the People. The last Elvis Costello album I thought was good was 1994's Brutal Youth, and of course many folks would push the date back to 1986, citing (insanely) Blood and Chocolate or (correctly) King of America.

Costello's Momofuku and R.E.M.'s Accelerate were released three weeks apart this April. Each of them is inspired, energetic, consistent, memorable, not just potential growers but instantly ingratiating. Each of them will have me not waiting a few months to pick up the next one.

Accelerate sounds better after the first several plays. It's performed with passion, as though R.E.M. were eager to make people forget Around the Sun; Stipe in particular is at the top of his game. But if Momofuku doesn't rock out like Accelerate, it's still played with conviction; Costello sings like he's living inside the words, and it's been a while since I've heard this level of commitment -- and humor -- from him. Both albums have songs that stick immediately, and lines that jump out; both of them even have two of their strongest songs at the end ("Horse to Water" and "I'm Gonna DJ" on Accelerate, "Pardon Me Madam, My Name Is Eve" and "Go Away" on Momofuku), which is one of the most reliable signs of an album that's going to last.

In short, if you're an old fan of either who hasn't come around in a while, I think you should give these a try.

11 comments.

preliminary unfair opinion

Posted on July 1st, 2008 by Scraps.
Categories: Albums, Music.

I've listened to the Fleet Foxes album twice now, and it's a solid "eh" so far, compounded with a degree of "what the hell is the hype about?" that I'm trying to resist. It's well arranged, and that's definitely a virtue with me, and keeps me paying attention through the ordinary riffs and chord changes and complete lack of anything resembling a hook, but it's neither original nor an interesting variation on Americana/folk with simple harmonies, and there was nothing that jumped out the second time round.

Unfortunately, the only time the lyrics caught my attention was when they awkwardly broke lines on prepositions and conjunctions; I'll pay more attention the next time through. The singing is serviceable. The rhythms are okay. The attention to detail is admirable.

Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
fig. 1 - admirable detail

Albums like this have grown on me before, so I'm not giving up. But there isn't much to hang my ears on yet.

1 comment.

new sloan, sloan tonight

Posted on June 20th, 2008 by Scraps.
Categories: Albums, Live Music, Music.

I don't read many album reviews, so I don't know if it's been generally noted how clearly "Down in the Basement" is Sloan writing a Dylan song.

Going to see Sloan at Bowery tonight (Hey Bill!). First time I'll have seen them since Between the Bridges, and the first time Velma and I will have seen them together.

1 comment.

a moment extracted from the crush of work

Posted on May 16th, 2008 by Scraps.
Categories: Albums, Music.

I don't have a hell of a lot to say about it, but I'm among the many (it seems) who think the new Portishead album is terrific. I'm only a moderate fan of their old work -- like but not love -- so the departure from their old sound doesn't bother me. And I think the extent of the departure has been exaggerated. Still, it doesn't surprise me that a lot of old fans are down on it -- see the reviews at Rate Your Music, for example* -- and I'd expect that you, Donald, might not go for it.

1 comment.

today's work headphone music

Posted on April 1st, 2008 by Scraps.
Categories: Albums, Music.

  • Motorhead, Ace of Spades
  • Pinback, Autumn of the Seraphs
  • Aterciopelados, Caribe Atomico

All solid toe-tapping albums. The Pinback has moved back into my near-daily rotation, and retains its grip on my Favorite Album of 2007 spot. I only stopped listening to it for a while out of fear of overplaying it. I say again, if you have a taste for lots of catchy, intricate parts strung together into hypnotically memorable songs, combining great musical instincts with an obsessive attention to detail, you should check out Autumn of the Seraphs. It's hard to compare Rob Crow's distinctive songwriting styles with anyone else, but if you imagine a somewhat cooler, more rounded and smooth-sounding Spoon, you wouldn't be far off from Pinback. It's also one of those albums that is gratifyingly, almost frustratingly consistent: nothing to skip, no letdowns, but also nothing so clearly outstanding from the rest that it would be the obvious choice to play for someone. Which also means it may not be immediately arresting, but if you keep playing it, it creeps into your nervous system and makes a home there. (Like Spoon.)

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another strangely obsessive project

Posted on February 18th, 2008 by Scraps.
Categories: 70s Survival, Albums, Music.

It's probably obvious by now, but the Seventies Survival Project is dead. I've just found too many missing songs to continue in the spirit I originally intended. It's too bad, because it was fun.

But in the spirit of Pointless Obsession, I've decided -- don't ask why -- to really, really know 1990. To that end I am putting all my 1990 albums on my mp3 player, and investigating all the important ones I don't know, and even ones I dismissed at the time. I am using RateYourMusic's top albums of 1990 and esoteric albums of 1990 as my main references. This is especially useful in two ways: there's a lot of hiphop I don't know, and RateYourMusic is over-represented with metalheads. Of all the areas I have been largely ignorant of in recent years, those are the two I have been most interested in recently. Prog and folky stuff are also pretty well represented.

On the other hand, country hardly shows up there, and the annual Village Voice critics poll is unlikely to be much help there either. Anyone know a reliable source of best country albums by year? Modern jazz doesn't fare too well, either (though jazz dominates the RateYourMusic charts well into the 1960s).

I'm also deliberately trying to know as little as possible about the albums before I listen to them. Album titles and covers are often a giveaway, of course, but I'm not reading about albums before I listen to them.

Very preliminary listening reports:

Megadeth's Rust in Peace, despite the stupid title, is a fantastic album. I keep listening to it in headphones three times in a row, and none of it has palled. That one's a purchase.

Bathory's Hammerheart is not bad, but kinda silly. I mean, even for metal. Viking concept metal is just hard to take seriously, and much of it drags. Hugely influential, apparently.

Brand Nubian's One for All is very very groovy. I don't know why I'd never listened to it before, since I've known for a long time that I like most of the Native Tongues-related stuff. Another definite purchase.

Ice Cube's AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, despite the dumb title and the standard tiresome braggadocio, has monstrous beats. Probable purchase.

Mike Oldfield's Amarok sounds like a meandering mess.

6 comments.

another one for 2007

Posted on January 14th, 2008 by Scraps.
Categories: Albums, Music.

M.I.A.'s Kala sounds amazing. Great beats, great sonic textures, big clear production. I'm still getting my head around the songs, but it's consistently engaging, with a large number of arresting passages, and I'm confident this is going to end up in my top ten.

I wouldn't have heard of this album were it not for those awful hipsters (specifically, Pitchfork's best-of-the-year lists solicited from indie musicians). Thank you, hipsters!

2 comments.

taking for granted

Posted on December 13th, 2007 by Scraps.
Categories: Albums, Music.

I enjoy Radiohead, but they've never been a special favorite. I like some of their albums more than others, but I don't know their stuff inside and out. I admire their adventurousness, and I find it interesting that a large fanbase has so far followed them where they wanted to go. I think of them as a great band, more objectively than subjectively. I didn't like Hail to the Thief at all, and while I didn't give up on them -- almost everyone has an occasional bad album in them -- they slipped lower on my priority list, and while everything I heard about In Rainbows made it sound interesting, I hadn't got round to it and didn't really intend to anytime soon -- didn't even have it on my shortlist of potential Best of 2007 albums I needed to track down.

Which is a longwinded way of saying, I heard it in a bar last week and was blown away.

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eponymous hiphop?

Posted on December 10th, 2007 by Scraps.
Categories: Albums, Lists, Music.

It was only when I began actively compiling Eponymous Albums That Aren't Debut Albums -- now up to 86 items -- that I became aware that there seems to be a much lower percentage of eponymous albums in hiphop than elsewhere. Does that seem true to anyone else?

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eponymous update

Posted on December 6th, 2007 by Scraps.
Categories: Albums, Lists, Music.

The list of eponymous albums that aren't debut albums is up to fifty. A surprising number of them are from musicians who actually had an eponymous debut, but chose to repeat the title.

17 comments.

eponymous but not first

Posted on December 5th, 2007 by Scraps.
Categories: Albums, Lists, Music.

Over at the useful and fun website Rate Your Music, I have begun a list of eponymous albums that aren't debut albums. I've seeded the list with twenty albums, and am takin suggestions for more (I have to add them myself). I'm only interested in standard albums of new material: not compilations, box sets, etc.

11 comments.

c'mon already

Posted on November 29th, 2007 by Scraps.
Categories: Albums, Music.

Now that Pylon's fine debut album Gyrate has been re-released yet again, can we please get a cd reissue of their fantastic second album, Chomp?

4 comments.

puzzled regrets

Posted on November 19th, 2007 by Scraps.
Categories: Albums, Music.

Why, when I was nineteen years old and obsessed with the strange avant-funk of the first, eponymous, 1983 Golden Palominos album, did no one tell me that I really needed to hear Miles Davis's On the Corner?

4 comments.

another contender

Posted on November 8th, 2007 by Scraps.
Categories: Albums, Music.

Richard at the Existence Machine was right: I love Person Pitch, the 2007 solo album from Animal Collective co-leader Panda Bear. It's sonically beautiful, and it keeps opening up the louder I turn it; as with Feels, the tunes are memorable, and there are long hypnotic riffs, and it's alternately goofy and sublime. I see that Richard is also a little tired of people making Beach Boys comparisons, and says "The comparison is more conceptual, I think, than anything else. People are more reminded of the Beach Boys than really claiming that Animal Collective actually sound like them." That's probably true, and it's true of Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes, too, but there's still something in the sound that brings the comparison to people's ears before they start analyzing the music, I think. I hear the Incredible String Band in Animal Collective and Panda Bear's music as well, and that's also probably more a conceptual similarity than really sounding like them. As far as sound goes, has anyone compared this to Popul Vuh? The long meditative riffs with the echoey, otherworldly production sound more like Florian Fricke than Brian Wilson. I also hear the big hollow early Magnetic Fields sound in places, particularly on "Ponytail".

4 comments.

another candidate times two

Posted on October 16th, 2007 by Scraps.
Categories: Albums, Music.

I wrote, briefly, several years ago, a quick reaction to hearing Cafe Tacuba for the first time:

Wow. Listened to this twice on headphones yesterday. Very occasionally, no more often than once a year (probably less), I hear an album for the first time that I immediately know is going to be one of my very favorites, an album I return to with pleasure for years. It's a warm feeling, mixed excitement and gratitude. It's usually with an artist I've never heard before.

I only found out a few days ago that there was a new Cafe Tacuba album due, their first in four years, and of course now I have it. "Of course" because I didn't think of them when I was ruminating the other day about who my favorite rock band was now that Sleater-Kinney have broken up, and the new album reminds me that there's no doubt that it's Cafe Tacuba. Sino, the new one, isn't their best -- that would be 1994's sprawling Re, one of the ten best albums of the 1990s -- but it's good enough to be almost certainly a top five album for me this year. It's not as experimental or as big as their last couple of albums; they've stripped the instrumentation back down to the basics, and the songs are rock songs. In a way, it reaches back to their earliest work in its straightforwardness and simplicity. The big difference is these days there is no part of the rock palette they don't try, and they're good at everything they do. There are modern rock influences in their sound -- a few years ago Pitchfork, flailing for a comparison, called them "Mexico's Radiohead" -- but they like the arena rock sound too; in fact, what I hear most in Sino is Who's Next (and Velma hears U2).

I've only listened to the album a half dozen times, so I haven't learned it yet; but I feel compelled to note it now because Cafe Tacuba remain unjustifiably off the radar of great rocknroll. I don't say "inexplicably", because it's perfectly explicable: their songs are entirely in Spanish, and they make no concessions to the American market. (They don't have to; they are huge in Mexico.) But I urge you, if you want a complete picture of what is going on in the world of rock music, you owe it to yourself to try them. Start with Re; it's consistently great, it's all over the stylistic map, and you'll know whether you need to hear more.

They're playing Hammerstein in November, and Velma and I plan to see them live for the first time. Excited!

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