Red Sticker Collection
Abba’s Greatest Hits
One listen was enough to retire this baby but I was surprised how much I enjoyed some of the songs that I wasn’t aleady sick of.
Not nearly as bad as I would have guessed.
Patsy Cline - Forever and Always
I can’t believe that between the two of us, the best we could do on the Patsy Cline front was this hastily put together ten song compilation. I must remedy that and soon.
The Clientele - A Fading Summer Ep, 2000
The idea of this band is a good one but they always make me sleepy when I listen to them.
Brought Home by Youthlarge
Magnolia Electric Co. - What Comes After the Rules, 2005
I really like some of Jason Molina's stuff, some of it leaves me cold. I like this one. Maybe he’s becoming a better songwriter. Maybe he’s just becoming less obtuse. But whatever, he sounds even more like Will Oldham on this one. On the Palace trajectory this would be Hope.
The Cure - Pornography, 1982
If I had been more into the Cure or Depeche Mode in 9th and 10th grade rather than R.E.M., maybe I would have gotten some more action. I bought Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me when it first came out and was disappointed. I eventually traded it to a friend for his CD of Sports. Staring at the Sea has some good songs but it wasn’t enough to really get me into the band. Years passed and the Cure faded from any sort of importance in my life. But when Youthlarge came home with this CD from work, I was curious to listen to it. It is strange - it is very 1982 in a good way and it makes me nostalgic for high school like I actually listened to this album in 1987. It so seamlessly would have fit into my late 80’s music listening. Instead, it is interesting to fill in the Robert Smith gaps in my mind in 2005.
4 Times 4 is half of 16/ All for Springbrook stand up and lean/ Lean, lean, lean, lean, lean lean/ Lean, lean, lean, lean, lean, lean
Queens of the Stone Age - Lullabies to Paralyze, 2005
While there is nothing as catchy on here as that humongous hit of theirs from a couple summers back, at least there is none of that radio chatter either.
Jamie Lidell - Multiply, 2005
Some of this is boring, some is pretty great. He occasionally borders on the Jamiroquai front. But at his best, he sounds like Marvin Gaye remixed by Amon Tobin and that is a damn good thing.
Andrew Bird - Andrew Bird and the Mysterious Production of Eggs, 2005
Bird used to be in the Squirrel Nut Zippers. But don’t hold that against him. He’s an amazing violinist and a writer of great melodies. File somewhere between a less ambitious Sufjan Stevens and a more edgy Sondre Lerche.
Super Furry Animals - Love Kraft, 2005
There aren’t any kickass moments on this album for me but there also aren’t any “I hate this song” moments either like some of their other records. They’ve already done their take on disco so it makes sense that they finally have put out an entire record of 70’s AM pop.
00100 - Gold and Green, 2005
I can’t fully describe this album other than I wish I was one of these songs. The women from the Boredoms go crazy melodically and beautifully.
Scout Niblett - Kidnapped By Neptune, 2005
Imagine a more fucked up Cat Power circa Myra Lee with a little more sense of melody, energy, and noise and you’ve got this record.
As crazy as Cat Power? Hard to say.
Calla - Collisions, 2005
I really liked their first two records. This one has taken more time for me to get into but it is rewarding after a few listens. And after I saw the kick ass video on New York Noise, I’ve been convinced that I like this record.
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