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.

Edith Piaf – Montréal, Monument National, 1948

19 10 2010

Listened: Monday October 4

Montréal, Monument National, 1948 is a phantom album. iTunes recognizes it, yes, but I can’t locate the real album cover in Google images, or a store selling it, even Amazon Canada.

This album was given to me by Pierre, my first boyfriend, who is from Montréal. At the time, I was taking a semester of French in college, and I used to be able to understand more of the lyrics and her commentary. But one semester didn’t stick for long!

Oddly, Tabitha Soren was taking the same small French class. I felt kind of dumb when I finally realized who she was because of a comment someone else made (I learned later from the Daily Cal that she was teaching a journalism seminar at Cal and was going to move to France with her family for a while afterward, so that’s why she was in the class). I’m usually the first person to recognize anyone of any notability, but I didn’t put two and two together. “Somewhat-older-than-the-average-student-redheaded-chick-named-Tabitha” should have made me take notice right off the bat. She put on absolutely no airs at all, so I wasn’t telegraphed by her behavior that she was anyone special either.

Bob Dylan – Modern Times

18 10 2010

Listened: Friday October 1

I was surprised when I loved Modern Times. It’s not really like Bob’s earlier albums, either vocally or musically. The music sounds quite old-fashioned in a good way, and Bob sounds like he’s got a frog in his throat. The songs really stick in my head though – I sing them for hours afterwards.

A little disturbing when he notes that he was “thinkin’ bout Alicia Keys”. What exactly were you thinking about regarding a hottie 40 years your junior, Bob?


Kraftwerk – The Mix

15 10 2010

Listened: Friday October 1

I really love Kraftwerk. I don’t even recall how I first discovered their music. They might have played it back in the day on Live 105 very occasionally. They also were name-checked really often in Rolling Stone due to their wide ranging influence on ambient, dance, and hip-hop artists. It’s rather odd to consider how influential they were. They’re one of the weirdest bands that has ever existed.

Another strange thing about them is how good their live show is. I wouldn’t really expect it from their music. I love that their visuals are very similar to their music: simple and retro-computery, without being cheesy.  I’ve seen them at Coachella 2004 and 2008, and both times they were awesome. The first time was especially memorable, as it was the end of our first day ever at Coachella and we were overwhelmed and giddy. Kraftwerk was a fabulous end to the day.

I appreciate that the live show helped me learn what a bunch of the lyrics are – for example I had no idea that it was place-names of radioactive events that they were chanting in “Radioactivity”.  The accents plus the vocodering made it difficult to understand.

It’s a crime this is the only album of theirs I have. I need to acquire more.

Frightened Rabbit – The Midnight Organ Fight

15 10 2010

Listened: Friday October 1

Frightened Rabbit sing very emotionally twisted songs with a thick Scottish accent. Singing with strong Scottish accents seems to be a thing lately (see also Glasvegas, The Futureheads).

I think “Midnight Organ Fight” means sex. Which is fitting because it seems every song on this album is about sex, probably sex the protagonist shouldn’t be having.

Great anthemic lines include “You’re the shit and I’m knee-deep in it” and “It takes more than fucking someone you don’t know to keep yourself warm.”

This seems like the perfect college album, which I mean in the best way possible.

Röyksopp – Melody A.M.

1 10 2010

Listened: Monday September 13

I love Melody A.M. It’s the epitome of well-made chill-out music. Eple is one of my favorite songs ever. Remind Me is pretty good too; the vocals are done by fellow Norwegian Erlend Øye, which of course works well.

In parts it’s almost jazzy, in other parts it’s very electronic and sampley. When I put it on, I just get lost in the soundscapes. The album is over before I know it. This music would be great for a party soundtrack, romance, or relaxing after a long day. It just fits.