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Sigur Ros – Takk

28 06 2011

Listened: Wednesday June 7

I love Sigur Ros. I’ll always remember them as one of the important bands of my twenties. That said, I just can’t deal with their music at work. There are very few bands I like who fall into this category. It’s just too emotionally stirring, in an ambiguous way. I have to think too hard about what I want/need/should feel when I’m hearing it, and that distracts me from my work.

That said, Jonsi‘s singing is wonderful, and the soft touches of piano are stirring. I have great memories of hearing the songs from Takk in concert over the years. They bring up so many visual memories for me – the band playing them, the lovely environments I heard them in (The Fillmore, The Warfield, The Paramount, The Greek, The Fox, Coachella), and the visuals at their shows (which are always incredibly well done). I hope Jonsi going solo doesn’t mean they won’t do any more shows!

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Take Them On, On Your Own

28 06 2011

Listened: Monday June 6

Take Them On is more fabulous bluesy rock from BRMC. After their Jesus and Mary Chain-like debut, Take Them On drills farther into a more bluesy sound. I can even hear traces of the more folky gospel sound of the followup, Howl (particularly in And I’m Aching). Howl’s style seemed like a shock at the time, but really, the sound  it embraced is hiding in the shadows of Take Them On.

Both when the album was released in 2003 and now during the project, I’ve found myself singing lyrics like “I don’t feel at home in this generation” and “You’re gonna suffer, you’re gonna make it” like my life depends upon it. BRMC really knows how to end their albums with an exclamation mark as well – Heart + Soul isn’t as good as Salvation, but it closes the album like a slamming door.





Explosions in the Sky – Take Care, Take Care, Take Care

28 06 2011

Listened: Monday June 6

Explosions in the Sky keep improving with every album. Take Care soars with guitars singing praises to my ears. Especially here, it feels like the guitars are almost vocal. I want to sing along to songs like Postcard From 1952.

Woody and I saw Explosions live recently at the Fox Theatre in Oakland. The show was amazing and transporting. Oddly, we saw a bunch of people pass out at the show. Maybe Explosions in the Sky is too much for some people. Or it could be the drugs. Maybe.