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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.

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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.





Hot Chip – Made In The Dark

28 09 2010

Listened: Thursday September 9

I was introduced to Hot Chip via Made In The Dark by my ex-coworker Mike. I know I said Basement Jaxx were modern disco, but Hot Chip is the next generation of modern, or maybe post-modern.

Ready for the Floor is the quintessential disco song, with calls to come to the dance floor, unashamedly man-on-man advances delivered in harmony (“You’re my number one guy”), and chiming melodies combined with beats that make any reasonable person shake it.

Eighties-Erasure-redux is in full force.





Discovery – LP

28 09 2010

Listened: Wednesday September 8

Kevin Rose recommended LP to me. Well, not to me specifically. The day I started following Kevin on Twitter, he happened to tweet that he thought this album would be “huge”. Very soon after, Amazon had the download on sale cheaply, so I bought it.

I ended up loving LP. Discovery is a band composed of members of both Vampire Weekend and Ra Ra Riot. Basically, LP is the stew that is formed if you mashed those two bands together with an autotuner. It’s got the catchiness of Vampire Weekend, but put through an electronic wire mesh screen.

It’s a little on the heavy irony side, what with the use of so much autotune, but the songs stick in my head really well. I also love the lyric “Sleep on the train to Tokyo, Google yourself when you get home.”  The robo-cover of Michael Jackson’s I Want You Back is a nice touch too.

Overall, despite his good recommendation Kevin hasn’t been right, at least not yet. I don’t think many people have bought this album.





My Bloody Valentine – Loveless

28 09 2010

Listened: Wednesday September 8

Loveless is the only My Bloody Valentine album I own. I have to confess – I can understand the charm of it, but I’m not a huge fan. Saying this is blasphemy if you’re into indie rock.

What always comes to mind when I hear this album is Coachella 2009. I thought it was weird that the day MBV were set to play earplugs were being handed out at the entrance. In all the years I’ve attended the festival, I’ve never seen earplugs being distributed officially. When I checked out MBV that night, I suddenly understood why. It was a sonic blast. I felt like I lost some measurable amount of my hearing before I dug some earplugs out from the bottom of my bag. Later I learned that for many years they have passed out earplugs at every one of their shows.

It was sort of like the one time I saw Sonic Youth in high school; I think I kind of get what they’re trying to do, and I appreciate the art, but it’s not something I’m going to listen to casually. There goes my indie cred…





Starsailor – Love is Here

28 09 2010

Listened: Wednesday September 8

Like Doves’ Lost Souls, I listened to Love is Here for a little while, then moved on. Therefore, I haven’t listened to it for some time. It’s better than I remembered; the songs are very singable, especially their anthemic single, Good Souls. The singer has that British tenor soulful singer voice. It reminds me of James, Keane, or the Verve.

Starsailor was working on their second album with Phil Spector either just before or during the time he got arrested for murder. The association was just a little too much for me. It turned me off buying their next album. I wonder how many other people felt that same effect, at least in America.