Five. Because it’s half of ten.
- Modern Jazz Quintet – Autumn In New York. It’s just around the corner! I’m wary, though. The summer was cool, here. And so I suspect it will be a cold fall and a very cold winter. And that means $$$$$s for heating gas.
- Jimi Hendrix – 51st Anniversary. I like the music, but the words are a little strange.
- Allison Krauss & Union Station – Shield Of Faith. Is it weird that, though an atheist, I like gospel tunes?
- Sigur Ros – (Intro). It’s nearly silent. Not much of an intro.
- Merle Travis – Cannonball Rag. Damn, that dude could play.
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Double-stuffed this week, because there won’t be one next week!
- Smashing Pumpkins – Smiley. From their Peel Sessions. I like.
- Jim Kweskin & The Jug Band – My Gal
- Pavement – Date With Ikea. That’s a great, late, Pavement song. Melodic enough, slack enough.
- Boris – Electric. Grinding, screeching, noisy: Boris.
- Bishop Allen – Rain. Pleasant guitar pop. Probably would fit well on a triple bill with Vampire Weekend and Matt Pond PA.
- NiN – Gave Up. Wow. I haven’t heard this in forever. Classic fast angry NiN, live!
- Beck – Scarecrow. Another one I’d forgotten about. Good stuff.
- Hilkka – Last April. Very post-rock: angular and cyclical with spoken vocals, very Slint / June Of 44. Good, though!
- Elliott Smith – Needle In The Hay. Verses are good, but I do not like the chorus. He had better.
- Wye Oak – The Tower. I resist this album because they traded her guitar for synths, and I loved her guitar. But, these are good songs. Kindof a mid-80s feel.
It’s the five.
- Bears – Everywhere. I’m a sucker for psychedelic indie pop. This isn’t Belew’s band, The Bears. This is a different band, Bears.
- Sidney Bechet – Muskrat Ramble. Not enough swing.
- Jack White – Three Women. I want to hear guitar, not keyboards!
- Sebadoh – Too Pure. Never got into them, but this is a good song.
- Death Cab For Cutie – The New Year. Gah! The melodies! The hooks!
The five that the iPod wants me to hear.
Turn up the old iVictrola, gonna dance the day away…
- Okkervil River – Walking Without Frankie. This is a very different sound from older O.R.. There’s no old-timey folk in here; this is more like The Walkmen.
- Devendra Banhart – Hatchet World. Hmm.
- Nod – Tree Stuff & Lightning. Doin their Nod thing. Sounds like… I dunno… V.U. and Canned Heat shared a big pot of coffee?
- Junior Wells – Sugarfoot Rag. What starts out as a straight bluegrass tune picks up all kinds of Hendrix-style attitude (and Hendrix-style licks) as it progresses. He’s one of those performers who is easily 10x more fun to see live than to hear on an iPod.
- Gentleman Jesse – You Give Me Shivers. Retro pop-punk rock, think Flamin Groovies. It’s a good, fun record.
Who do you sound like?