Jens Lekman/Fruit Bats
High-End Compassion in Low-End Times
Jens Lekman: An Argument With Myself (Secretly Canadian)
I really like this choirboy manque, which part of me says isn't the point and another says is too. I like how gentle he is, how decent he is, how observant he is, how funny he is. The first three songs on this EP are strong, the fourth misty, the fifth sweet and slight, but all know melody and all fill out a portrait of a young man your daughter should only bring home to mother. He's so talented and caring that when he spends the entirety of the title cut berating himself‑-laughingly, to an adapted Congolese beat, as he obsesses on a romance gone awry while walking the streets because he doesn't have enough cab money to go cry in bed‑-it's clearly a temporary setback. Most likable is "A Promise," to a Chilean friend trapped in the toils of Sweden's deteriorating healthcare system. Gothenburg’s gotten meaner and he knows it. A
Fruit Bats: Tripper (Sub Pop)
Less dynamic and more ruminative than The Ruminant Band, here are 10 songs and a poky instrumental for country hippies manque and other shaggy folk down on the little luck they ever had. All are lost, some more than others, but each is observed and distinct. Eric Johnson's falsetto cuts extreme empathy with moderate unction until he starts ruminating for real with the instrumental, which lasts two minutes and goes on forever. Then he seeks purity for four. There's another song too. A MINUS
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I prefer One Nation Under a Groove simply because of one song...P.E Squad (The Doo-DooChasers)It's definitely in my top ten, for the title cut, The Doo-Doo Chasers and the great guitar workouts on the bonus 7" that came with it. Xgau said something about valuing 5 songs on Pure Mania or Road to Ruin more than The Doo-Doo Chasers, but I come down on the other side of that equation. However, if you replace The Vibrators or The Ramones with Wire, the answer is different.
Tonights 1978 listening:
Motor Booty Affair and Easter.
Both fine albums, just not top 10.
Tomorrow brings another poast, could we posssibly have 3 straight with a full A or better. Road Shows Vol. 2 anyone..
Kind of a forced-smile subject around these parts.(Jules and the Polar Bears) Local boy in a city obsessed with local boys. Talented. Makes half-good records that everyone has to pretend are better. I grew up in a town where it would be great if anything wider than the county board admitted we existed. I have a mildly fraught relationship with Boston hubris.
And who the hell ever said to keep yer pants on?? Dan (the Brit in the band) always says "it ain't a Cut-Connie party til the pants come down."
We'd love to see some EW'ers at our shows...masturbating or otherwise! Come to Seattle, please. I promise to keep my pants on. Love your record.
One day, LCC will start our own operation that will work differently...we've discussed it at length...and furthermore, we will eventually do a tour of only small towns...like high school auditoriums...in order to bring the party back to poor neglected main street USA.
we'll look forward to seeing you in Cleavage, Ohio!
Just wish I could download some extra hours in the day somewhere too.
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1. Mike Mantler- Movies
2. Keith Jarrett- Bop Be
3. David Murray- Live at the Lower Manhattan Ocean Club
4. Sonny Rollins- Don't Stop the Carnival
5. Jack DeJohnette- New Directions
6. Miles Davis - Water Babies
7. Tommy Flanagan- Something Borrowed, Something Blue
8. Sun Ra- Languidity
Should have acquired Movies (and the Steve Reich 18 Musicians thing) years ago. Both of those are now accomplished. Same with the Rollins/Carnival (two duplicates with the Silver City box), and DeJohnette/New Directions. All seem to be contenders.
The Miles was recorded in the late '60s so I'm skipping that for now. David Murray I can't find, and it looks like the Jarrett has release date issues. The Tommy Flanagan is very good but not great. Piano trio including two on electric which is not my thing but he makes work quite nicely. Thelonica voters might want to check it out. Glad to have it but very doubtful for votes. I played Sun Ra to and from work today. EDIT: As much Silent Way as Agharta to me, so needs to be considered also.
More Songs About Buildings and Food screaming up the charts even as we speak.
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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.
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