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Heartless Bastards – The Mountain

25 10 2010

Listened: Tuesday October 5

I’ve already commented on what a force of nature Erika Wennerstrom is, but on The Mountain, she is quite simply a badass. Fitting that this review follows Ocean Colour Scene, because I’d use the same descriptors I used there for this album: bombastic, testosterone stomp.

Since I wrote my last Heartless Bastards review all those months ago at the beginning of the project, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing them perform. It was everything a rock and roll show should be – loud and fearless. Heartless Bastards, like Led Zeppelin, are the rare band that makes me want to headbang.

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Ocean Colour Scene – Moseley Shoals

25 10 2010

Listened: Tuesday October 5

It’s getting to be a frequent refrain, but Moseley Shoals was another cheap album purchase that sat around unlistened until a couple of years ago. Upon finally listening, though, I loved it. They’re kind of a modern Led Zeppelin in style with their bombastic, testosterone stomp.

I recall listening to this while driving and parking in Northside (Berkeley) for a concert at the Greek. I love it when music sticks to relatively mundane events like that. It always makes me think of Northside at twilight.





Air – Moon Safari

25 10 2010

Listened: Tuesday October 5

I remember seeing huge posters of the album cover in Tower Records when Moon Safari came out. Memories like that make me feel old, because I don’t think today’s teenagers have any experiences like that anymore.

Air were one of the first French loungy-chillout bands I can recall from this time period, and this is when the Astralwerks label really started to hit their stride. They released so much good stuff in the late 90s-early 00s.

Moon Safari still sounds fresh and not dated; it’s a joy to listen to all these years later!





Modest Mouse – The Moon and Antarctica

25 10 2010

Listened: Monday October 4

I think The Moon and Antarctica is Modest Mouse’s Kid A. I remember when it came out how much of a departure it was from The Lonesome Crowded West. The other complication was that I had heard live versions of a bunch of the songs through my friend Audrey and I was used to those versions. This was right at dawn of the MP3/file sharing age, and she had downloaded as much Modest Mouse stuff as she could find.

I didn’t quite get it when I heard this album then, but I’ve definitely come around. I love 3rd Planet’s “eye in the sky that can’t be stopped”, Tiny Cities Made of Ashes’ “I’m gonna hit you in your face I’m gonna punch you in your glasses”, and Wild Packs of Family Dogs’ “A wild pack of family dogs came running through the yard one day.”

This album is full of great lyrics and that unique Modest Mouse guitar sound.