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Glasvegas – Glasvegas

13 07 2010

Listened: Wednesday July 7

Young Scottish men with heavy accents singing like 60s girl groups over rock music. This describes Glasvegas to a tee, and that might sound weird, but it’s awesome. I defy you to not sing along. Especially to a line like “Here we fuckin’ go-o-o-o-ooooo”.

Glasvegas are on my top 5 biggest Coachella disappointments list – they were one of the bands I wanted to see in 2009, but the singer was deathly ill and they canceled. Bad luck becauseI really wanted to see how the album translated to the live show. Unfortunately, they aren’t touring at this point, so I can’t find out!

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The Postal Service – Give Up

13 07 2010

Listened: Wednesday July 7

Give Up is another classic “driving to Coachella” jam we would always put on in the early years. Hearing it never fails to take me away to flying down Interstate 5 through miles and miles of farmland, shooting the shit with my friends, on the way to a weekend of fun.

It’s also a really touching album backed with unexpected music. It’s sometimes difficult for real emotion to come through a structure of so much computer-generated music, but The Postal Service succeed effortlessly. I actually prefer these songs to alter ego band Death Cab for Cutie, who play much more traditional “rock” music. The electronic music makes it complete, I guess. I wish they would release a second album, but it sounds like it was never intended to happen and won’t happen. Bummer.





Smashing Pumpkins – Gish

13 07 2010

Listened: Wednesday July 7

I like early Smashing Pumpkins, before Billy’s ego got out of control and when other people were actually playing the instruments and helping to write the music. Gish has palpable life in it – unlike some of the later works. Sure there are some great songs in the later SP canon, but no tight albums like this one.

Highlights include Crush (so beautiful and dreamy), Bury Me (sweet guitar work), and I really enjoy the obvious Fleetwood Mac homage of Day Dream. Well done.





Brassy – Gettin Wise

13 07 2010

Listened: Wednesday July 7

Gettin’ Wise is more twisted cheerleader rap (and I mean that in the best way possible) from Brassy. I prefer their debut to this album, but this still gets me going. “Bring it down to the sound of the druuuuuuuums”. Good work music.





The White Stripes – Get Behind Me Satan

13 07 2010

Listened: Wednesday July 7

I love Get Behind Me Satan and also hate it, because after I listen to it I can’t get “I’ve been thinkin’ about my doorbell, when you gonna ring it, when you gonna ring it??” out of my head. And “Little ghost, little ghost, One I’m scared of the most, Can you scare me up a little bit of love?” sticks in there pretty good too. Jack White, get outta my braaaaaain!





The Futureheads – The Futureheads

13 07 2010

Listened: Wednesday July 7

I have wonderful memories of The Futureheads album that come to mind every time I hear it. One of the early years we went to Coachella, we got horribly stuck in the parking lot on the way out after the show had ended. Earlier in the day we had forgotten our CDs back at the hotel, so the only CD we had was the one already in the car’s CD player – The Futureheads. It played over and over again as we were stuck in traffic for hours (not an exaggeration). It made the time a bit more bearable.

This album is very catchy in the first place, but due to hearing it so many times back-to-back, for the rest of the festival we kept breaking into rounds of  “Le garage, le garage-rage…” I also fell in love with their version of “Hounds of Love” – it’s brilliantly done.

Now whenever I hear this album, I’m transported back to being young and having fun. I don’t even care about the fact that we were tired and pissed off at being stuck in traffic – all I remember is the great times and the infectious spirit.





Jónsi – Go

13 07 2010

Listened: Thursday July 8

“Omigod – he’s singing in English!” That was the first thing I said as soon as I put Go on. It was so weird to hear someone I had always heard singing in Icelandic busting out his English skills.

This album is really uplifting, catchy, and pretty. Much less romantic and arty sounding than Sigur Ros – you can actually sing along with it.

Jonsi did a great job at Coachella this year. He was in the top 3 performances I saw. He and the band were totally into it and they were  entertaining to watch. Plus Jonsi had his fashion diva going on.

Looking forward to more!