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Heartless Bastards – All This Time

18 05 2010

Listened: Monday May 17

I have to thank my co-worker Jim for turning me on to this band recently. The music is ragged garage rock and Erika Wennerstrom is a force of nature. The album art is also a favorite of mine.

This CD was part of the soundtrack to a crazy house party in the not so distant past. And that worked – really well.

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George Harrison – All Things Must Pass

18 05 2010

Listened: Monday May 17

I remember having this on in the background during college when my Indian-American roommate pointed out the “Hare Rama, Hare Krishna” lyrics in My Sweet Lord, which I don’t think I understood or noticed before then.

She laughed at a white British dude singing that. Poor George can’t catch a break!

Also – sacrilege alert – I think I like George’s version of If Not for You better than Bob Dylan’s original.





U2 – All That You Can’t Leave Behind

18 05 2010

Listened: Monday May 17

It’s like Zooropa and Pop never happened – it’s the old U2 from the Achtung Baby days.

In fact, I would say this album is a grown up version of Achtung Baby. Still singing about love and hope, but from a higher level of understanding.





Just Jack – All Night Cinema

18 05 2010

Listened: Monday May 17

All Night Cinema is Just Jack’s latest. He’s not really known here in the US, but by way of an introduction, he’s like The Streets, but less hard-living and ambitious. He’s a regular guy who has a way with words, storytelling, and catchy hooks.

Goth in the Disco is an amusing portrait of exactly what the title says. What would happen if a goth stumbled into a cool-people disco? And The Day I Died is classical Just Jack – poignant and detail oriented without being sappy or corny at all.





OneEskimO – All Balloons

18 05 2010

Listened: Monday May 17

I saw their album was $1.99 on amazon as a one-day promotion and I knew they would be at Coachella 2010 so I bought it. Funnily enough, they played so early in the day that we didn’t see them after all.

All I know about them is that they are British and I think one of their songs is in a commercial. I wouldn’t be surprised if they find their groove and are huge someday, but I also wouldn’t be surprised if they release a couple albums and fade away either. Only time will tell.





My Morning Jacket – Acoustic Citsuoca Live! at the Startime Pavilion

18 05 2010

Listened: Monday May 17

I confess – I don’t actually own any other MMJ records. Every time I do a test listen of their stuff, I can’t seem to get into a whole album of it.

But somewhere I heard Bermuda Highway and I had to have it. Jim James’ voice is beautiful and even though the line “Don’t let your silly dreams fall in-between the crack of the bed and the wall” seems like it’s been purposely crafted to make English majors swoon, I must admit it worked.





U2 – Achtung Baby

18 05 2010

Listened: Monday May 17

Another appropriately momentous album appearing early in the process. I actually got into U2 before the Beatles – early high school. They were the first band I fell hard for. And to this day I have never been to one of their shows. Someday I should change that.

This album is – for lack of a better phrase – dead sexy. With amazing lyrics.

“I’m only hangin’ on to watch you go down, my love.”

“Love is clockworks, and cold steel, fingers too numb to feel.”

“Who’s gonna ride your wild horses? Who’s gonna drown in your blue sea?”

“One life, you’ve got to do what you should.”