November 26, 2006

Musical Rotation — 20 Nov

Posted in music at 7:18 pm by berzerkeleyan

For the week:

Mew “And The Glass Handed Kites” (2005)
Damien Rice “9” (2006)
Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins “Rabbit Fur Coat” (2005) — I bought this on a lark after reading a review in Uncut. No regrets. Equal parts country, folk, and gospel, it’s an Americana smörgåsbord. A very pleasant listen.
The Killers “Sam’s Town” (2006)
Razorlight “Razorlight” (2006) — the immediate winner of my recent purchases. There’s nothing fancy here, just lots of simple, catchy, melodic British Pop. I daresay this might be better than their first, which is an outstanding CD in its own right.
Mansun “Attack Of The Grey Lantern [UK]” (1996)
Kasabian “Empire” (2006)
The Band “Music From Big Pink” (1967)
Richard Ashcroft “Keys To The World” (2006)
Smashing Pumpkins “Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness” (1995)
Nick Drake “Pink Moon” (1972)
Turin Brakes “JackInABox” (2005)
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November 19, 2006

Musical Rotation — 13 Nov

Posted in music at 6:05 pm by berzerkeleyan

For the week:

Mindy Smith “One Moment More” (2004)
Muse “Absolution” (2003)
Shedseven “Going For Gold: Greatest Hits” (1997)
Brendan Benson “The Alternative to Love” (2005)
Travis “The Man Who” (1999) — I miss this band. They don’t get their due as being one of the pioneers of Schlock Rock. It’s always “Coldplay this,” and “Coldplay that.” Without Travis, there would be no Coldplay, no Keane, no Snow Patrol, no Elbow. Their next album isn’t slated for release until early next year, and I can’t wait.
Turin Brakes “Jackinabox” (2005) — “Jackinabox” has supplanted “Ether Song” as my favorite Turin Brakes album. This one sounds as if it was effortless for them to make. It causes you to relax all the more as you listen to it. The second I start my next vacation, this will be the first album I play.
Nickel Creek “Why Should the Fire Die?” (2005) — what’s this? Nickel Creek already has a Greatest Hits album? I hate bands that come out with a Greatest Hit albums after just a couple of successful singles. What’s up with that?? Some of my favorite bands have done just such a thing, including this one, I guess.
UPDATE:
turns out, Nickel Creek is indeed on hiatus, which is a nice way of saying that they’re breaking up. A real shame.
Josh Rouse “1972” (2003)
Built to Spill “Keep It Like a Secret” (1999)

November 12, 2006

Musical Rotation — 6 Nov

Posted in music at 11:14 pm by berzerkeleyan

For the week:

Damien Rice “O” (2003) — his new one comes out on Tue. I’ve already pre-ordered it.
The Brian Jonestown Massacre “Their Satanic Majesties’ Second Request” (1996)
Ian Brown “Solarized” (2004)
‘Til Tuesday “Voices Carry” (1985) — one thing I’ve always wanted to know about this album…the cover…the person on the right…is that a guy or a gal? To this day I still can’t figure it out, and I occasionally find myself losing sleep at night because of it.
Duran Duran “Seven and the Ragged Tiger” (1983) — a quick trip to Wikipedia shows that this album is about the band and its managers’ pursuit of success. Huh. And all this time I thought it was about schizophrenia. Shows you how much this once-obsessed fan knows.
Smashing Pumpkins “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness” (1995)
Terence Trent D’Arby’s “Wildcard” (2001) — I’ve written it before, and I’ll write it again: Lenny Kravitz is a charlatan compared to my man Terence.
The Beatles “Help!” (1965)
The Beatles “Rubber Soul” (1965)
Kiss “Love Gun” (1977) — oh yes, snigger away at seeing this just underneath what is considered one of the top five albums of all time. Despite what you may or may not think, this band deserves its place among the greats. Especially with such lyrical classics as “Love Gun” and “Christine Sixteen.” What genius!
Pet Shop Boys “Please” (1986)
The Divine Comedy “A Secret History…The Best Of The Divine Comedy (1999)
Keane “Under the Iron Sea” (2006)

November 5, 2006

Musical Rotation — 30 Oct

Posted in music at 8:52 pm by berzerkeleyan

Not too much music this week. Did a lot of business traveling, instead.

The Raconteurs “Broken Boy Soldiers” (2006)
The Brian Jonestown Massacre “Bravery, Repetition, & Noise” (2001)
“Staying Alive” Soundtrack (1983)
Third Eye Blind “Out of the Vein” (2003)
Muse “Black Holes & Revelations” (2006) — one of my favorite bands since the heyday of Britpop, I thought I’d wear this album out days after getting it. It is, without question, a very good album. But for whatever reason, I’m not compelled to play it incessantly. It’s probably my mood as of late. Instead of rockin’ out to high-energy music, I’m gravitating towards mellower fare. I’m sure I’ll snap out of it soon enough. Then this album will get the attention it deserves.