Archive for October, 2005

October 26, 2005

A look into how I think about and appreciate music.

Are there any albums that you liked more over time because you’d get hooked on some of the songs individually? What I mean is, 10,000 Hz Legend by Air was a disappointment. On my first listens, I was only really into “Radian” and “Don’t Be Light”. But, over time I grew to love “Electronic Performers”. And, now I’m really into “Lucky And Unhappy”. Slowly I’m appreciating the entire album.

Have you ever had a song stuck in your head and when you finally listen to it the song sounds even better than you remembered? I recently had that experience with “Scarecrow” from the recent Beck album. Great song.

Sometimes an album takes the right moment for it to hit me. Bjork’s Vespertine is the key example for me. The first few times I listened to it, I wasn’t all that thrilled. One warm morning I put the CD on. I was completely alone in the house. I had the windows open, and it was quiet and still outside. The music hit me like few pieces have ever. I teared up a lot during it. And, it wasn’t out of sadness. Bjork so clearly found this beautiful love and it was all right there in her music. I was single at the time, and it filled me with hope. Other than Automatic For The People it’s my favorite album.

One of the things I most love about music is that one moment in a great song that makes the song great. Here are but six examples:
–There’s a moment 4:30 minutes into “Yr City’s A Sucker” by LCD Soundystem where James Murphy multitracks a wailing vocal.
–The moment 2:15 minutes into “To Hell With Poverty” by Gang Of Four where the song stops and stutters into staccato notes.
–The part 1:35 minutes into “40 Versions” by Wire where the words “Niagara Falls” sounds more sinister then I ever thought they could.
–The disco break about 2:33 minutes into “Greatest Hit” by Annie, especially the little breathing you can hear Annie doing in the background.
–There’s a part of “The Private Psychedelic Reel” by the Chemical Brothers about 3:35 into it where the song literally swallows itself.
–Clinic getting all Beach Boys on you on “2nd Foot Stomp” about 1:26 minutes in.

October 16, 2005

I am obsessed with this album!!!

The new Ladytron album is one of those rare albums where once I heard it for the first time, I started the CD at the beginning again. It’s that good. It is a true pleasure in my life to witness a music group grow as artists and display such confidence. On their third album, this is an electronic group previously pigeonholed into a subgenre (electroclash) and rising well above that subgenre into being simply excellent music. Production is an important aspect in electronic music, and the album sounds incredible. But, most importantly, the songwriting is top notch. It is a very rich, full sounding album. “Blue Jeans 2.0” from the Softcore Jukebox comp is a good blueprint for the sound of Witching Hour. It’s Ladytron goes widescreen. Huge, gothic, beautiful, menacing and lush. Words can’t say enough. It’s one of those rare albums I look forward to listening to again and again.

It’s honestly one of the greatest albums I’ve ever heard.

October 14, 2005

Music is tied to weather.

Having my iPod, with its inherant instant indulgence, proves once and for all that during weather like this the music I listen to changes. Why, hello Siouxsie & The Banshees, Radiohead, R.E.M., Tori Amos, Wire, etc. It’s been awhile! How are things?