If I haven't posted anything in a while its because I'm either too busy or because I can't think of anything.
The new Interpol album I'm liking more with each new listen, it has a nice personality. The guitars are well-informed, there's meta-reverb all over the place, the bass keeps quiet but does its own nice thing. There's some well-placed piano and organ, which I worry about because the way it sneaks in there so well, it makes me feel like the guitar might be more important than I think. The drummer is probably my least favorite member, but the drums sound nice enough.
Its the lyrics though, those sore thumb things like 'You make me want to pick up a guitar / And celebrate the myriad ways that I love you' and 'I can take you places / Do you need a new man? / Wipe the pollen from the faces / Make revision to a dream while you wait in the van', that make you think. Paul Banks, lyricist, writes metaphors like he's busy moving furniture at the same time, all his aggression is focused on getting the COUCH! around the CORNER! up the STAIRS! but at the same time his post-undergrad mind is philosophizing half heartedly about watching 'the pole dance of the stars'. They are adorable clunkers that I can really sympathize with. 8/10
There's this other album out right now, called "Set Yourself on Fire" by a band named Stars who I should hate because if I had to give you a type of music that they are I'd say that they're that effete type of alternative rock. But. They're also the exception, much like the Magnetic Fields. Not in a transcendant way, like S. Merritt, but in a surfing with the stars way like, well to scoot over a genre, like Kanye West. The way they do things, its with such a level of comfortability and quotation there's virtually no (don't listen to track nine) awkwardness and, though a lot of the sounds contained within are indebted to Sarah Records (yeah, bleh, I know), there's also a lot of craft. Craft like 'let's take this song in a new direction after verse two' or 'let's add another melody and push it over the top'. So I like them also and I've listened to their album twice which is quite a bit, considering the genre. 7.5/10.
There's two lyrics on that Stars album that reference music specifically, there's a really good line about how "Tainted Love" is too fast to dance to, and then there's a sucky line about a Velvet Underground cassette. I think when you are old enough to be affected by the Velvet Underground you are too old for them. I remember listening to "Sister Ray" in the backroom and soloing along on a guitar and then Conner came in and switched the CD and I protested 'aw, man, there was only seven minutes left', but I didn't miss it and my fingers wouldn't have been able to keep up. Vanessa doesn't like that song either.
The new Soft Pink Truth album has one good song on it, the first one, but the rest is the kind of cut-it-up-aint-I-swell stuff of the first album and the Matmos stuff. The idea of the album is interesting, but the way its presented it just makes every song seem like a joke and every genre involved is devalued. In a bad way. 2/10.
Dogs Die In Hot Cars - This year's OK Go. 2/10.
Dungen - 6/10. There's a couple pretty good songs, but they all go on for too long. I'll listen to it again maybe sometime if I don't have anything better to listen to,
Which I wont,
Because I have so many progressive rock albums right now. I have to open my mind to things outside of "Fragile" because that's the best thing ever and makes me want to purchase a car just so I can drive to Alberta or someplace far so I can listen to it on repeat and turn it down when I stop at a drive-through to order my 26th burger of the drive. When I get back, everyone will ask me what I ate and I will say "I lost count at 26 burgers" because I was concentrating on some five-four rhythm. The rest of Yes, I'm afraid is either too focused or not focused enough.
Gentle Giant I think I might like a lot, but the two albums I've heard so far I've thought 'oh, so they're an instrumental band', but DUDE, No. They aren't. They've got singing all over the place. It just sinks into the background in a weak way. I like it though. Rush and King Crimson are probably too 'rock' for me. Emerson Lake and Palmer I already like. Caravan I think I'll like. Magma might be too alienating for me, but I'll share it with Grayson. Genesis I think I already liked but might be too boring for me now. The little bit I listened to seemed exciting enough.
I played two different melodicas these past two weekends.