September 30, 2007

Music Rotation — 24 Sep

Posted in music at 2:47 pm by berzerkeleyan

For the week:

Rufus Wainwright “Release The Stars” (2007)genre: Modern Torch Song.
Magnet “The Simple Life” (2007)genre: Space Folk. My favorite contemporary musician, Even Johansen, is back. He’s in happier spirits on this album, but his distinct sound still remains. I can’t recommend this artist more.
Ash “Free All Angels” (2001)genre: BritPop.
Mew “And The Glass Handed Kites” (2005)genre: Prog Rock.
Manic Street Preachers “The Holy Bible” (1994)genre: Political Rock.
Marissa Nadler “Songs III: Bird on the Water” (2007)genre: Folk. Beautiful voice. Beautiful album.
Boston “Boston” (1976)genre: Rock.
Hot Chip “The Warning” (2006)genre: Geeky Techno.
Journey “Raised On Radio” (1986)genre: 80’s Pop.
Ryan Adams “Love Is Hell, Pt. 1” (2003)genre: Folk Rock.
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September 23, 2007

Music Rotation — 17 Sep

Posted in music at 12:17 pm by berzerkeleyan

For the week, lots:

Lloyd Cole & The Commotions “Mainstream” (1987)genre: Modern Rock.
Starsailor “Love Is Here” (2002)genre: Emoschlock.
Editors “An End Has A Start” (2007)genre: Neo Wave. After two weeks of heavy listening, I can’t say this album does it for me. It’s got all the sounds I like in a band — morose vocals, propulsive guitars, and spacey synthesizers. But I’m just not feeling the passion.
Elbow “Leaders Of The Free World” (2005)genre: Emoschlock.
Alec R. Costandinos “Romeo & Juliet” (1977)genre: Disco.
Donna Summer “On The Radio” (1979)genre: Disco.
The Beach Boys “Pet Sounds” (1966)genre: 60’s Pop.
Mansun “Little Kix” (2000)genre: BritPop.
“American Gigolo” Soundtrack (1980)genre: Various.
My Morning Jacket “Z” (2005)genre: Cosmic Americana.
David Gray “White Ladder” (2000)genre: Modern Folk.
Terence Trent D’Arby “Wildcard” (2001)genre: Rock/R&B.
Brett Anderson “Brett Anderson” (2007)genre: Emoschlock.
Rufus Wainwright “Release The Stars” (2007)genre: Modern Torch Song. As of this writing, this is currently $8 on Amazon. Wow. Get it while it’s hot!
Richard Ashcroft “Keys To The World” (2006)genre: Emoschlock. I’m clearly getting old, because this album finally hit me this week. My ears are now attuned to what Richard Ashcroft is getting at here.
Khonnor “Handwriting” (2004)genre: Hi-Fi Indie Fuzz.
Neutral Milk Hotel “On Avery Island” (1996)genre: American Indie. I’ve had this in my library for over three years, and finally busted it out this week. Man, what was I thinking?? Verrry Nice.
Elastica “Elastica” (1995)genre: BritPop.
“Trainspotting” Soundtrack (1996)genre: Various.
Death Cab For Cutie “Transatlanticism” (2003)genre: American Indie.

September 16, 2007

Music Rotation — 10 Sep

Posted in music at 8:44 pm by berzerkeleyan

For the week:

Phoenix “Alphabetical” (2004)genre: French Indie Pop.
Pink Floyd “Wish You Were Here” (1975)genre: Prog Rock.
Interpol “Our Love To Admire” (2007)genre: Modern Goth.
The Feeling “Twelve Stops and Home” (2007)genre: Emoschlock. Another week, another four listens of this album. Simply addictive. This album is #21 at Amazon. I had no idea.
Editors “An End Has A Start” (2007)genre: Modern Goth / Neo Wave.
Brett Anderson “Brett Anderson” (2007)genre: Fop Rock.
Serena-Maneesh “Serena-Maneesh” (2006)genre: Shoegazer. In heavy rotation at the moment.
Outkast “Speakerboxx” (2003)genre: Dirty South Hip Hop.
Manic Street Preachers “The Holy Bible” (1994)genre: Nihilistic Rock.
The Veils “The Runaway Found” (2004)genre: Emoschlock.
Phoenix “It’s Never Been Like That” (2006)genre: French Indie Pop.

September 9, 2007

Music Rotation — 3 Sep

Posted in music at 6:36 pm by berzerkeleyan

For the week, a short list:

Joan As Police Woman “Real Life” (2006)genre: Modern Torch Song. I saw JAPW this past week at The Doug Fir. Considering how much I like this album, I was very excited to see them live. Amazingly, only about thirty other people were equally as enthusiastic. The intimacy was the best of any show I’ve ever been to. However, the band was merely okay. There was nothing inspired about their performance. I think the less than stellar attendance must have affected them. Oh well.
Led Zeppelin “Led Zeppelin II” (1969)genre: Rock.
Garbage “Version 2.0” (1998)genre: Angry Grrl. In 1998, there was no album I listened to more than this one. It’s still great.
Phoenix “Alphabetical” (2004)genre: French Alternative Pop.
Tahiti 80 “Wallpaper For the Soul” (2002)genre: French Alternative Pop.
The Subways “Young For Eternity” (2005)genre: British Power Pop.

September 3, 2007

Music Rotation — 27 Aug

Posted in music at 6:56 pm by berzerkeleyan

This week:

Feeder “Comfort In Sound” (2003)genre: Foo Rock.
Muse “Black Holes & Revelations” (2006)genre: Space Metal.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club “B.R.M.C.” (2000)genre: Shoegazer Blues.
Gomez “How We Operate” (2006)genre: BritPop/Emoschlock.
Shed Seven “Going For Gold” (1999)genre: BritPop.
Kent “Isola” (1998)genre: Swedish BritPop.
The Killers “Hot Fuss” (2004)genre: Neo Wave.
Joan As Police Woman “Real Life” (2006)genre: Modern Torch Song. She (and I) will be at the Doug Fir tomorrow night.
Mew “And The Glass Handed Kites” (2005)genre: Modern Prog Rock.