Odds and Ends 021
Pazz & Jop comments 2012
Animal Collective: Centipede Hz (Domino)
All too theoretically fun-loving communards nice up the hilarity, whereupon their base tells them to stop being such goofs already ("Moonjock," "Applesauce") ***
El-P: Cancer4Cure (Fat Possum)
Loathing this fearsome gets kitschy fast unless it cops to caricature or abjures surreal overstatment‑-which latter his least austere album does sometimes ("The Jig Is Up," "Drones Over Bklyn") ***
Hot Chip: In Our Heads (Domino)
Possibly the world's most thoughtful and loving dance band‑-virtues that, tragically as usual, often aren't as exciting as one might hope ("How Do You Do," "Don't Deny Your Heart") **
Cat Power: Sun (Matador)
Chanteuse realizes she can say no to peace without giving love the fish-eye, lowering her tristesse quotient beaucoup ("Peace and Love," "3,6,9") **
Future: Pluto (Epic)
The truth is, his Auto-Tuned flow has more future in it than his intermittently interplanetary rhymes ("Turn on the Lights," "Permanent Scar") **
Tame Impala: Lonerism (Modular)
You have to respect a nuevo-psychedelic sage whose message to the world is "Nothing ever changes/No matter how long you do your hair/It looks the same to everyone else"‑-well, at least I do ("Apocalypse Dreams," "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards") **
Purity Ring: Shrines (4AD)
Displaced soprano asks musical question: is this home or exile? ("Ungirthed," "Lofticries") *
Andy Stott: Luxury Problems (Modern Love)
Electronics more human than sopranos! ("Sleepless," "Luxury Problems") *
"agnostic bums and stoner tables"
Well that has got me ready for work this morning. Sounds very Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band.
Testing , testing ....Nick’s new fὖcking system.
Anyway, just wanted to post some thoughts on more records I’m just getting around to for the first time. yes i'm lame. I don't know where this leaves my #11 Dylan Hicks, hope he doesn’t get pissed off.
todd- agnostic bums and stoner tables ( i like the production on this a lot. if you don't like the production here then you probably didn't like it on The Woods, and the words don't suck either)
patterson hood - heat lightning rumbles in the distance (heat lightning can't rumble only thunder can rumble, especially in the distance...i still love this album, its subdued but I worry his neverending well of stories will dry up one hot arid summer day soon. i’m a pessimist I guess.)
jason isbell & the 400 unit- live from alabama (Hot cha cha! great live versions of his best songs and DBT classics...i'm late again)
lee ranaldo- between the time and tides (just gorgeous guitar rock. makes me miss SY even more than i previously realized. Xtina As I Knew Her = best quine-like guitar work i've heard in a long time)
Not sure where all of these will fit into the scheme of my list just thought I’d ruminate out loud for a minute.
Will Rigby, *Paradoxaholic*
Very strong, consistent album of rockin' poppin' tunes in which the pervasive element is humor -- some fun-ny, some sick, sick, sick.
Greg Teta posted "what's wrong with amazon btw?"
Here in the UK at least it's their massive tax avoidance.
Not unique, of course, Starbucks are much the same and I do my best to avoid both if I can.
This isn't helped by the loss of HMV as now there's very few places where you can actually buy music face to face.
From spin one, it was very clear to me that Swans was music by and for sadists.
Not that there's anything wrong with that.
You guys can punch each other in the ears all you want.
Just do it over there.
Way, way, way over there.
PS: And I agree, nobody looks a whit more ridiculous in whips and chains and leather when they're a bloated sagging bag of dewlaps.
"Old Testament meets Andrei Tarkovsky by way of Bela Tarr"
Decherre-amyrigby.com- contact them and offer to pay for overseas shipping-what's wrong
with amazon btw?
Funny thing is that after going away for a romantic weekend in gorgeous peacefulVermont - where the birds fly high and the fir trees sway in the wind, where the snow covers the land with a feeling of calm and quiet - we'll probably be graced on Tuesday with reviews of death grips and public enemy. Ah, the life of a rock critic.
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Starting in 1967, Robert Christgau has covered popular music for The Village Voice, Esquire, Blender, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and many other publications. He teaches in New York University's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, maintains a comprehensive website at robertchristgau.com, and has published five books based on his journalism. He has written for MSN Music since 2006.