Standard Fare/Allo Darlin'
Standard Fare: Out of Sight, Out of Town (Melodic)
Tighter and/or tougher‑-the guys sharper and bigger, the gal exploiting her nasality to cut through. But unless you care that the objects of Emma Kupa's lust have become more explicitly female, which she herself makes very little of, what really differentiates this from 2010's The Noyelle Beat is that Kupa's now an old pal even if you didn't think about her once since then. Which she suspects maybe you didn't, because right beneath her forthright specificity lurks an edge of anxiety that portends trouble down the road‑-trouble that may be your fault. Kupa gets around not because she has a taste for the orgiastic like fellow janglers Los Campesinos! but because relationships go awry. She really wishes they wouldn't, or at least that's what she thinks. But partner by partner, she's still figuring it out. A MINUS
Allo Darlin': Europe (Slumberland)
The magic of the debut wasn't just that thing that happens with young bands when everything is new and bliss is just around the corner. It's that Elizabeth Morris recognized this illusion as an illusion and entered wholeheartedly into its ebullience anyway. But now the Old World's cold weather and cramped spaces are getting her down‑-her most irresistible new song, taken solo with ukulele, recalls a blistering summer day down under when they found a Go-Betweens tape in the car. Though her tempos have slowed half a turn, reducing the twee factor if that was a problem for you, her melodies are still very much there and her lyrics are sharp throughout. But she's no longer at all confident that talent will out or love endures‑-her "This is life, this is livin'" is more resigned than celebratory, copping to her suspicion that a great night in bed will never be repeated. So let me assure her that at least she hasn't "already met all the people that'll mean something." Some of them haven't even been born yet. And I don't mean the kids I bet she's not sure she'll ever have. A MINUS
Got it. Thanks.
EDIT: Just found the Standard Fare at Deep Discount DVDs for $16.99. Get 'em while they last.
Now if you'll excuse me I have to mix these two bands with the new Lee Ranaldo and enjoy a busy, productive day. Already got all our nullification projects taken care of sometime back.
If you can live without an actual disc and are willing to compromise a bit on sound quality, both discs are available for mp3 download at eMusic for $6.49.
I downloaded Allo Darlin' a few weeks ago because I was impatient and wanted to hear it immediately. I downloaded Standard Fare because I did not find a domestic release scheduled. I usually prefer to pay a little more to put my hands on an actual disc and liner notes, but I am not dogmatic.
From this plus my comments about college rap and blues I think it is completely obvious how my tastes are positioned vis a vis this blog -- overlapping dramatically with Christgau's, but shaded noticeably toward the feminine and/or androgynous, the soulful, the political, and the unapologetically literate.
'Some of them haven't even been born yet.'
This is true. The older I get, the more I realise I won't have enough time, to meet all these great people!
(Damn, I wanted, to add Out of Sight, Out of Town to my year-end list, but it's 2011! Yes, I'm that finicky!)
Cam: I tried to find Just Tell Me What To Eat at my local bookstore but it was out of stock. The clerk offered to order the hard cover for me and then mentioned a paperback version is out in July. So, are you aware of any added content (bonus tracks if you will) in the paperback? It sounds like a great book and lord knows my metabolism ain't what it used to be.
Ordered Standard Fare from Amazon UK because I also wanted to pre-order the My Bloody Valentine reissues that are allegedly coming out next week (I'll believe it when I see 'em). After the conversion the cost was around $17 for the SF, right around Jeff C's price.
So, are you aware of any added content (bonus tracks if you will) in the paperback?
The paperback won't likely be out until September. Nothing new. New is always free on the Web site.
The new Santigold album is a masterpiece !
Great beats from start to finish, and only one song is over 4 minutes long.
But disgraceful as it may seems,
I'm a little turned off by her similarity to you-know-who (and o.t.h.e.r. artists),
guess she's never had much personality anyway.
about the blogger
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.