Porter Wagoner - Wagonmaster, 2007
I've got to admit that I didn't know much about about Wagoner before SHR brought this home. Wagoner is a veteran of country music and is most well known for his records with Dolly Parton in the 60's and 70's. He recorded this album at the age of 80. It is damn good. His voice is weathered yet awesome. This album came out last June. Wagoner died a few months later. This was his first album since 2000 and only his second since the late 80's. Good stuff.
Wagoner on Letterman promoting this album.
LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver, 2007
This man makes me want to shake my booty in a hipster ironical kind of way. The first track reminds me of the early 70's Brian Eno trying to remake Thriller. And the rest of the album is just as fun.
Eno meets Jackson
Iron and Wine - The Shepherd's Dog, 2007
Sam Beam continues with more full band fun. I like everything he does. Sparse. Fuller sound. Everything. There's more interesting stuff going on here when listening to it on headphones than I thought there would be.
Beirut - The Flying Club Cup, 2007
I like Beirut. Even better than the first album. This one is a bit less Neutral Milk Hotely and a bit more Frenchie. Maybe that doesn't sound as good but the melodies and instrumentation are even stronger than the first album.
Josh Ritter - The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter, 2007
I found his last album to be a bit boring. And this one isn't perfect. But there are some damn good songs on here. He's better when he tries to be a bit more Bob Dylan and the Band like rather than Bob Dylan as the main show. But then sometimes he also sounds like Julian Lennon Valotte era. And you know what, it kind of works. About half of this album I dig, a fourth is okay, and a fourth is a snoozefest.
Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam, 2007
I like everything these guys put out but I do believe that I prefer both their last album and the Panda Bear album to this one. Not that this isn't good. Just not as good.
Thao & and the Get Down, Stay Down - We Brave Bee Stings and All, 2008
A very pleasant surprise. I really like this album. A lot. One of my favorites of the year so far. Imagine a Vietnamese - American channeling Cat Power but with catchier melodies and you begin to imagine Thao.
Thao Live - Wow, I've got to go see her.
No Age - Weirdo Rippers, 2007
Keep your Yaysayers and Vampire Weekends and give me some god damn indie rock that would have actually excited me when I was 22. I can't say that I'm in love with this collection of EP's but there are some great moments. And their new album is supposed to be really good as well. There are some loud ass melodic blasts of fun here. And even some Polvo like guitar licks for the Jamies out there. Granted, there are some straight up atmospheric noise bits here that sound all that much sweeter once the noisy melodies kick in.
Maybe I'm like Stone Groove who only likes new bands that remind him of his gloried past and I can't find it in my heart to dig on the bands that are brand new sounding. Ah, fuck that. I've talked myself out of that one. No Age!
The Blues Control is No. 1!
A Noiseboy collection. 15 songs all flowing into each other in one track. You've got your noise, you've got your ass shaking jamz, you've got your soul sides, you've got your African pop, you've got your Japanese freakouts, you've got your indie rock superstars, you've got your psychedelic hotshots, you've got it all. But don't try to load this sucker onto your iPod as anything other than one track. You've got to respect the Noiseboy for refusing to kowtow to today's iPod shufflin' world. Listen to the whole fucking thing or don't bother, dig?
Perhaps my favorite of the Noiseboy mixes in my collection. This is an amazing mix of Nuggets II type stuff - psychedelic garage stuff from around the world from the late 60's and early 70's. Apparently, this is just the tip of the iceberg of what he has in his collection so I humbly request more. Please.
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