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Just Jack – The Outer Marker

1 12 2010

Listened: Monday November 8

I love Just Jack. Even this, his first album, makes abundantly clear his poetic skills and way with a groove. As I said before, he’s like an alternate universe version of The Streets, more regularly poetic and poignant. “Do you count the flakes when it snows?” is a great kind of zen question. I think he could really be popular here if people knew more about him.

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Shirehorses – Our Kid Eh

1 12 2010

Listened: Monday November 8

Our Kid Eh is one of two parody albums I bought when I went to Britain in 2001, per recommendation from my friend James. The two guys in Shirehorses were radio deejays at the time and I guess this was a side project. Food/fat people and vulgarity loom large as subject matter for the new lyrics, but this isn’t really that surprising.

A bunch of the songs I’m not familiar enough with to really get the joke (Manic Street Preachers, Robbie Williams) and some of the songs beat a joke to death (Bellow – parody of Yellow by Coldplay and Horny, a parody of a song I don’t know), but a few of the songs are legitimately catchy. I’ve had If You Tolerate This Piss stuck in my head for hours. No Big Sizes (Radiohead), the two Travis parodies (Fucking Around and Why Is It Always Dairy Lea), I Feel Like Shite (Supergrass), and Country Spouse (Blur) are also really catchy parodies.

The Beastie Boys parody (Pardon? by the Indecipherable Boys) helped me understand why the Beastie Boys are so popular – the words don’t matter!





Do Make Say Think – Other Truths

1 12 2010

Listened: Monday November 8

Do Make Say Think is another awesome band Woody introduced me to. Their powerful modern instrumentals are very engaging and beautiful. Other Truths is very good work or chill music. The soundscapes and jams just keep washing over me and propelling me on to the next thing. If you enjoy Roots of Orchis or Modest Mouse, you should check DMST out!