Friday, January 26, 2007

2007 : Now Playing

Son Volt - The Search
Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
Dungen - Tio Bitar
Kings of Leon - Because of The Times
The High Llamas - Can Cladders
Ted Leo & the Pharmacists - Living With the Living
Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha
Lucinda Williams - West
Earlies - The Enemy Chorus

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Teri Falini - The Room

'The Room', the follow-up to her angsty debut 'Sun Under Me', shows a level of songwriting that continues to grow which in my opinion was only alluded to on her debut. Listen to the tracks 'Cut' & 'Broken Man' from her debut for confirmation. While 'The Room' is more of a 'downer' record, there's something about it that draws me in and forces me to hit play again. Some great tracks here from the 'trippy' opener, 'Tangerine', the hooky 'Undressed', the tribal-esqe title track 'The Room' and my current favorite song of 2007, the epic 'My Father'. It's refreshing to listen to a female artist who's unlike anything I've heard. PJ Harvey comes to mind, the singer from Concrete Blonde perhaps. Still, you're nowhere in the ballpark.
Highly recommended (Amazon review)

  • Undressed

  • My Father

  • The Room
  • Friday, January 19, 2007

    The Shins - Wincing The Night Away

    Once indie, now headed for the mainstream The Shins have created something quite unique. Taking their time in James Mercer's basement studio with help from Joe Chiccarelli, Wincing the Night Away might be the best Shins record to date.

  • Phantom Limb
  • Thursday, January 04, 2007

    Top 25 Records of 2006

    01. Robert Pollard - from a compound eye
    02. Drive-by Truckers - a blessing and a curse
    03. Sparklehorse - dreamt of light years in the belly of the mtn
    04. M.Ward - post-war
    05. Calexico - garden ruin
    06. Benoit Pioulard - precis
    07. The Keene Brothers - blues & boogie shoes
    08. Minus 5 - gun album
    09. Deadstring Brothers - starving winter report
    10. Frank Black - fastman raiderman
    11. Bob Dylan - modern times
    12. Norman & Nancy Blake - back home in sulphur springs
    13. Loose Fur - born again in the usa
    14. The Hold Steady - boys & girls in america
    15. Howe Gelb - 'sno-angel like you
    16. Robert Pollard - normal happiness
    17. Richard Buckner - meadow
    18. Scott Biram - graveyard shift
    19. Pernice Brothers - live a little
    20. Tim Easton - ammunition
    21. Gob Iron - death songs of the living
    22. Midlake - the trials of van occupanther
    23. Neko Case - fox confessor brings the flood
    24. Destroyer - rubies
    25. The Flaming Lips - at war with the mystics