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crumb – Romance is a Slowdance

23 02 2011

Listened: Wednesday January 26

Listening to crumb took me back to high school. I saw them at least twice, once at Cubberly Community Center in Palo Alto (which seemed like a really long trip to make to see a show as a high schooler) and once at BFD 3 when they played the small local band stage. I still have the drumstick I caught at the end of their set. I learned later that friends I didn’t know then but know now were at the Cubberly show, and there were probably only 50-75 people there. Clearly we were meant to meet again.

This album is a little 90s, but I’ve listened to it multiple times now and it’s even better than I remember it. There’s headbangy righteousness and well-crafted screaming.  It’s the perfect album for high school music nerds and maybe also for nostalgic 32 year old music nerds!

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Rodrigo y Gabriela – Rodrigo y Gabriela

23 02 2011

Listened: Wednesday January 26

Rodrigo and Gabriela are some of the few rightful badasses in music today. They tour like crazy, and they wail metal and hard rock licks on acoustic guitars. I think their cover of Stairway to Heaven is one of the best that has ever been done.

This album reminds me of listening to my dad’s Ottmar Liebert tape when I was a kid. It’s got a similar vibe, but somehow I don’t think Ottmar was raised on metal!