November 2, 2008

Music Rotation — 27 Oct

Posted in music at 2:56 pm by berzerkeleyan

For the week:

Queensrÿche “Operation: Mindcrime II” (2006)genre: Metal.
Josh Rouse “Country Mouse, City House” (2007)genre: Easy Lis’nin’.
Anika Moa “In Swings The Tide” (2007)genre: Pop.
Liam Finn “I’ll Be Lightning” (2007)genre: Indie Pop. I saw Liam Finn live a few weeks ago and was not impressed; two-piece outfits never produce enough texture live. Despite the experience, I went with a friend’s recommendation and gave this a listen. Really, really good album. He’s definitely inherited his father’s voice and ear for melody.
The Black Keys “Attack & Release” (2008)genre: Southern Indie Rock.
Brian Wilson “Smile” (2004)genre: Pop.
The Veils “The Runaway Found” (2004)genre: Emoschlock. It looks like they’ve reissued this album. This is great news for those of you who missed it the first go around.
Gene “Revelations” (1999)genre: Britpop.
Queensrÿche “Operation: Mindcrime” (1988)genre: Metal.
Serena-Maneesh “S-M Backwards” (2008)genre: Shoegazer.
Snow Patrol “A Hundred Million Suns” (2008)genre: Emoschlock. $4 digital download at Amazon! I’ve only given this one listen. But this has the potential to be SP’s best album yet. With Coldplay’s recent stumble, this might catapult SP past them as World’s Most Dominant Band. And though it wouldn’t be undeserved, it worries me. Holding that title tends to negatively affect most bands.
The Verve “Forth” (2008)genre: Britpop.


  1. Fridge said,

    Agreed on Snow Patrol. I liked the ‘Eyes Open’ more than you, I think, and I’m loving this one.

    Greate Gene album to dust off, too. Love that one.

    How do you get all these cheap-o downloads? By the time I dl’d it, “a hundred million suns” was 9 bucks.

  2. I think the cheap downloads on Amazon are only available during the first week of an album’s release. I’m digging this new one a lot. But it still has a little ways to go before it supplants “Final Straw” as my favorite.

    Gene…”Revelations” and “Drawn to the Deep End” are two of the all-time best. They never became a superband, and that’s just fine with me.

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