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Nov. 22nd, 2004 @ 09:07 pm Listening to music
The boy and I are home alone tonight, so I've been spinning some CDs. I've gotten a few recently that haven't gotten the attention they deserve.

The new Finn Brothers CD, Everyone Is Here, is really, really good. I mean, I've got a Crowded House CD, saw them once (at Drew), but I'm not a hardcore fan. This album is just so darn good. Some vocal harmonies, unbelievably catchy melodies, and Mitchell Froom's production is just right.

I then put in the new William Shatner CD, but I had to stop it after a few minutes because the boy started screaming right around when Joe Jackson breaks in on the incredible cover of "Common People". Despite his reaction (he's 14 months old, this will perhaps need to grow on him, or him on it), this is a keeper, it's got Ben Folds all over it, and Shatner is an incredible vocal stylist. I'm not kidding. And his lyrics are actually good.

I then put in The Buggles' The Age of Plastic. Everyone should own this album. It's seen as a new wave masterpiece, but Geoff Downes' keyboards are way too proggy for that, if you listen closely enough. If you haven't heard "Video Killed the Radio Star" you've been in a cave for the last 25 years, and the other songs are fun technopop masterpieces. It's one of those albums that any synth-pop band of the 80s probably owes something to (this and also most prog rock albums, but that's a thesis for another post.) Amazon was selling an import remastered CD so I got it. My cassette is not as good as it used to be (it was one of those cool Island cassettes where the album was on it twice because it was short enough.) Anyway, into the Nomad Zen.

I've also got the new REM album here. I've listened to it once and it sounded fine. It didn't make me want to listen to it again, though. I'm not sure if I know what that means.

"Enjoy Every Sandwich" is the Warren Zevon tribute album. It's cool. The biggest surprise is not that Adam Sandler covered "Werewolves of London" but that he did it true to the original, and even kind of sounds like Warren. I also like the Wallflowers doing "Lawyers, Guns and Money" for some reason.

I will probably get the new U2 album. It sounds good even though they're cheap whores who have sold out to Apple. They've also been putting it all over the place. But kudos to them for doing 3 songs on SNL this week. It was live, too, I could tell.
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From:mineral2
Date:November 22nd, 2004 08:59 pm (UTC)
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I think I am going to get the new u2 album as well. But there are so many artists out there who I have not given the attention they deserve. Lately I've been diverting my spending from collecting movies back to music and I'd like to diversify my collection. Many of the bands I discovered while browsing "that which cannot be mentioned" I noticed you had put up there, but I never got a chance to grab copies before I left Drew. I've been keeping a list of your recommendations as you post about them and am slowly getting to sample the bands.

As for U2 selling out to Apple, there are worse companies they could have sold out to. But, I agree that they've become cheep whores. They used to be a band that stood on principle. At least the music still has the same message of peace.
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From:angryjonny
Date:November 23rd, 2004 07:56 am (UTC)
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I will probably get the new U2 album. It sounds good even though they're cheap whores who have sold out to Apple

Amen to that. I predict a high suck factor on the album but, meh, it's U2 and thus better than 98% of the crap on the radio