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Weezer – Maladroit

29 09 2010

Listened: Thursday September 9

After the Green Album, I fell out of love with Weezer. Mostly due to attending a Weezer show when I was 22 and being surrounded by asshole teenagers who made the show very unpleasant for everyone around them. I thought “The Blue Album came out when I was 15, how am I still surrounded by high school Weezer fans after all this time?” Also, it seemed to be the “cool kids” at the show versus the nerds, who were the fans originally.

I half-heartedly bought Maladroit, but I hadn’t listened to it much. Now that I’m further away from that time, it sounds a little better to me then it did then. At the time I thought they had gone too far over the RAWK cliff. And they might have, but I can deal with it more now.

Blue, Pinkerton, and Green still have a special place in my heart because of their teenage appeal, but I think the love story stops there.

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Idlewild – Make Another World

29 09 2010

Listened: Thursday September 9

The modern-day sound of Idlewild is like Green Day and REM had a baby. The vocals are REM-like, but the music can be very pop-punk.

I keep expecting Idlewild to fizzle out or release a less than stellar record, since they are growing up and having families now, which can derail bands with naturally youthful sound. However, they keep releasing great music like Make Another World.

There are fewer anthemic ballads on MAW than previous records The Remote Part or Warnings/Promises, but the classic Idlewild sound is still here. It makes me happy they keep exceeding my (admittedly low) expectations!





The Beatles – Magic Mystery Tour

29 09 2010

Listened: Thursday September 9

Even though Magical Mystery Tour is masquerading as a crazy circusy album, I’ve always found some of it to be quite dark. The Fool on the Hill is a beautiful song, but it’s so bizarre – he’s a loner on drugs! Blue Jay Way is also very creepy musically; it makes me think of drug paranoia. Maybe those songs are the scary freakshow part of the circus. I Am The Walrus is definitely the fun house.

I’ve always been annoyed that Flying is such a short song. It’s such an infectious groove, I just want it to keep going.





The Black Keys – Magic Potion

29 09 2010

Listened: Thursday September 9

I haven’t listened extensively to all the Black Keys albums my former co-worker Jim has loaned to me, but I think Magic Potion is my favorite one so far. It’s excellent dirty bluesy rock, obviously very influenced musically by Led Zeppelin, and vocally by Creedence and the like. The propulsive grooves encourage my work to move along!





The Magic Numbers – The Magic Numbers

29 09 2010

Listened: Thursday September 9

The Magic Numbers are yet another band in the tradition of “music sounds very American, but the band is actually British” (see Mojave 3). The band is also known as being “unglamorous” in the British press – the members don’t wear snazzy clothes and they aren’t toned, tanned, and made up, but they aren’t consciously grunging it up either; they’re just regular schlubs.

I See You, You See Me is a brilliant male-female duet. I love when duets work really well. This is also another album that makes me think of sun and Coachella. I remember sitting in a shade tent relaxing as their music wafted to me from the main stage.