Odds and Ends 005
Pazz & Jop Comments 2011
St. Vincent: Strange Mercy (4AD)
Adele and Gaga watch your backs, lest she take art-rock pop ("Cheerleader," "Dilettante," "Cruel") ***
The Weeknd: House of Balloons (XO download)
If coming leaves your penis feeling that bad, fella, remember that they're not called narcotics for nothing ("Wicked Games," "House of Balloons/Glass Table Girls") ***
Adele: 21 (XL/Columbia)
Part of me likes how many albums this proud white-soul normal has sold, but the part that likes fast ones wins ("Rolling in the Deep," "Rumour Has It") **
Drake: Take Care (Cash Money/Universal Republic)
Musical docudrama proves conclusively that having too much money is bad for you, so how come no one gets the point? ("Make Me Proud," "Headlines") **
Girls: Record 3: Father, Son, Holy Ghost (True Panther/Fantasy Trashcan)
Phil Spector overstated his feelings too, and look where it got him ("Honey Bunny," "Magic") **
Wye Oak: Civilian (Merge)
Rising into exultation, fading into doubt ("Holy Holy," "Civilian") **
Fleet Foxes: Helplessness Blues (Sub Pop)
Darker and more socially conscious than their escapist admirers or their ideological detractors are equipped to notice ("Helplessness Blues," "Someone You Admire") *
The Black Keys: El Camino (Nonesuch)
With advice from Master of All Soundscapes Danger Mouse, they construct a loud blooze-rawk one, complete with song outlines ("Lonely Boy," "Run Right Back") *
Oh, and then the spell was cast
And here we are in heaven
For you are mine
Otis took the group under his wing, helping them sign to Modern records and changing their name from the Creolettes to the Peaches and gave the singer her stage name reversing Jamesetta into Etta James. James recorded the version, which she was allowed to co-author, in 1954, and the song was released in early 1955 as "Dance With Me, Henry." Originally the name of the song was "Roll With Me, Henry" but was changed to avoid censorship due to the subtle title. In February of that year, the song reached number one on the Hot Rhythm & Blues Tracks chart. Its success gave the group an opening spot on Little Richard's national tour.
Whoops. I think I accidentally thumbed you down Joey. :(
"Senator" was one of my favorites of the year.
There's several others on there too that I love. I'm completely biased, but MT was one of my favorites of the year. I believe I had a lively discussion with some other EW'ers off line about how Malkmus might be considered the Dylan of this generation. ::ducks and runs:::
Catching up to previous threads-hope this comes out as it's meant- -to Allen B. -who I don't know personally-best of luck to you and your family and every other family in the world facing surgery -even that prck who cut me off the other day-and to Bob Christgau who obviously has too many innings on his throwing arm.
And let me get this straight The Onion's music guy ripped Tuneyard because they are trendy (like in their African musical influences). Is that the jist? Hard to follow not having heard Tuneyard or read the article. I know -I'm not with it.
James recorded the version, which she was allowed to co-author, in 1954, and the song was released in early 1955 as "Dance With Me, Henry." Originally the name of the song was "Roll With Me, Henry" but was changed to avoid censorship due to the subtle title.
Sadly, the one time I got a chance to see her she was deep into her rockin'-out phase and I remember it as a not-very-satisfying show
Yeah, the one time I saw her she sat on a stool through the entire show. However I was with my wife and "At Last" was our wedding song so major memories regardless.
EW P&J will be up 1/31OK cool, just curious, how many people voted in our poll?
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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.