March 25, 2007

Music Rotation — 19 Mar

Posted in music at 7:12 pm by berzerkeleyan

Lots of new music for me this week:

Ryan Adams “Rock N Roll” (2003) — new…
Snow Patrol “Eyes Open” (2006)
Josh Clayton-Felt “Spirit Touches Ground” (2002)
Gene “Revelations” (1999)
Longview “Mercury” (2003)
Air “Pocket Symphony” (2007) — new…
Hem “Rabbit Songs” (2000) — new…
Amusement Parks On Fire “Amusement Parks On Fire” (2004) — new…
The Vines “Highly Evolved” (2002)
Coldplay “Parachutes” (2000)
Joan As Police Woman “Real Life” (2006)
Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins “Rabbit Fur Coat” (2005)
Paul Weller “Stanley Road” (1995) — new…and outstanding!
Elton John “Greatest Hits, Vol. 2” (1986)

March 18, 2007

Music Rotation — 12 Mar

Posted in music at 12:38 pm by berzerkeleyan

For the week:

Eels “Beautiful Freak” (1996)
Zwan “Mary Star Of The Sea” (2003)
Lloyd Cole & The Commotions “Rattlesnakes” (1984)
The Beach Boys “Pet Sounds” (1966)
Stereophonics “Just Enough Education To Perform” (2001)
Serena-Maneesh “Serena-Maneesh” (2006) — the shoegazer movement is alive and well in Norway. Serena Maneesh have clearly tried to emulate the sound that made My Bloody Valentine so magical. Nicely done. This will likely be in heavy rotation soon.
The Veils “The Runaway Found” (2004)
Joan As Police Woman “Real Life” (2006) — this was a blind purchase, after reading a very positive review in Uncut. The first time I put it on, it felt like sitting on a new leather chair. At first, it’s a little stiff. But over time it wraps around you and gets warm and cozy. By the time the last song ended, I didn’t want the album to stop. For those who like modern Torch Song artists like Rufus Wainwright or Antony and the Johnsons, you can’t go wrong here.

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March 11, 2007

Music Rotation — 5 Mar

Posted in music at 12:55 pm by berzerkeleyan

For the week:

Elbow “Leaders Of The Free World” (2005)
Duran Duran “Duran Duran” (1993)
The Cars “The Cars” (1978) — this is a seminal debut album, made by a bunch of über-dweebs who didn’t know they were über-dweebs (save for Benjamin Orr; he was a rock star). Many years ago, an old friend of mine and I agreed that the second half of this album (Side 2 for those who remember LPs and cassettes) is one of the greatest song sequences ever. To this day, I’m still convinced of it.
The Cars “Candy-O” (1979)
808 State “Ex:El” (1991)
The Crystal Method “Vegas” (1997)
Boston “Boston” (1976) — had to listen to this album after reading this.
Embrace “Out Of Nothing” (2004)

March 4, 2007

Music Rotation — 26 Feb

Posted in music at 6:48 pm by berzerkeleyan

For the week:

Pixies “Doolittle” (1989)
Sea and Cake “The Biz” (1995)
Terence Trent D’Arby “Vibrator” (1995)
Tears For Fears “The Hurting” (1983)
“Saturday Night Fever” Soundtrack (1977)
Journey “Frontiers” (1983)
Muse “Black Holes & Revelations” (2006)
Kid Rock “Devil Without A Cause” (1998) — this album finally revealed its charms to me this week. It’s completely inane, but not a bad listen if you feel like letting off some steam.