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The Phantom Band - Checkmate Savage

Thursday, February 26th, 2009 || fewr

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I don’t find anything particularly great about this album, and yet I find myself coming back to it regularly.

Buy?

Hm… hard to say. Get it if you want background music to get some work done. You’ll find it won’t distract you for a while then when you need a break you suddenly realise there’s a cool guitar solo playing, then it ends and you go back to work.

Fer’s Best Albums of 2008

Saturday, January 24th, 2009 || fewr

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So, this is my list of best albums of 2008 among other stuff. I originally planned to have this done by the 15 of January, but it took much more time than I expected. I hope that you not only don’t find it too tiring, but also have fun clicking links.
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Albums of 2008:

1. Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve Ark 1

Why?: Old mostly unknown psychedelic rock songs updated by Erol Alkan and someone else (can’t remember his name). If you haven’t bought it then all you can do is hope Rough Trade makes more copies.
Best Tracks: Electric Bananas // Aglarsa Anam Aglar // Bubble Burst // Winter in June
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dxf-LeEc0uo

 

 

 

2. Devotchka - A Mad and Faithful Telling

I saw them live and they’re really good. The central theme of the album is God. I shiver when I listen to it for some reason.
Clockwise Witness // Transliterator // Blessing in Disguise // Undone
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvpJdVhTwhg

 

 

3. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes (Album) + Sun Giant (EP)

Appalachian Beach Boys. Get the EP then the album.
Drops in the River (EP) // Mykonos (EP) // White Winter Hymnal (album) // He Doesn’t Know Why (album) // Your Protector (album)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3r197bkkNo

 

 

 

4. Sonny J - Disastro


Really good stuff. Didn’t get the exposure it deserved.
Handsfree (If You Hold My Hand) // Can’t Stop Moving // Enfant Terrible
I love the video btw: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4d4L4hiSHNw

 

 

4. MGMT - Oracular Spectacular

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A bit camp and repetitive, but fun.
Kids // Electric Feel // Time to Pretend
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtUI5MC9tVM

 

 

 

 

 

 


Good albums that almost made it, but are still worth a listen:

 

Welcome Wagon - Welcome to the Welcome Wagon


If you’re still waiting for something by Sufjan Stevens, get this album (he’s producer and arranger). Listen to the covers first, then check out the rest of the stuff.
Half a Person (Smiths) // Jesus (Velvet Underground) // Up on a Mountain // Sold to the Nice Rich Man
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Tzudi_i94E

 

 


Santogold - Santogold

I was expecting M.I.A., instead got something more similar to the Pixies.
Lights Out // L.E.S. Artistes // Say Aha // I’m a Lady
Another great video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwNkuw-YTVo

 

 

Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago

Be patient, it gets better the more you listen to it, and it’s well worth the effort. Still reminds me of Ilkley Moor.
Skinny Love // For Emma // Creature Fear
Skinny Love w Jools Holland: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfAS6nwYc9g

 

 

Ladyhawke - Ladyhawke


Fun, catchy and cheesy.
Paris is Burning // Dusk Til’ Dawn // Back of the Van
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1HDZNR9cY4

 

 

 

El Guincho - Alegranza!


An easy introduction to the Animal Collective/Panda Bear style of music, only this has got Brazillian and African music in it as well. El Guincho sings in Spanish, but it took me dozens of listens to start understanding what he says. One last thing, he never mentions the words “amor” or “corazón.”
Prez Lagarto // Palmitos Park // Kalise // Antillas
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTJYj_uL1NQ

 

 

Mexican Institute of Sound - Piñata

I thought Mexicans were incapable of this level of creativity: the music is interesting (both samples of old stuff, and the stuff he adds), the lyrics are funny, and his videos are worth watching. I’m proud of this album.
Katia, Tania, Paulina y la Kim // Escríbeme Pronto // Belludita // El Micrófono
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fZX_3J_Ykk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cU4W8nWhjU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTBZICp5BFk

 

 

 

 


OK albums: (more…)

Guilty Simpson - Ode To The Ghetto

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008 || nba2ksteve

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Guilty Simpson - Ode To The Ghetto

With production by heavy weights such as Black Milk, Madlib and the late great savant of hip hop J Dilla you just can’t be surprised that this disc will do overtime in your deck. I first discovered Guilty Simpson a few years ago on J Dilla’s “Rough Draft”. I was blown away by his verse on the track “Take Notice” but never took the time to check on this man in spite of the track title demanding i do. Im oblivious what can i say? We’ll he insisted i wake the hell up when he took over other rappers tracks and out balled them on they’re home court.

The album open’s up with an appropriately epic intro. In “The American Dream” he lets you know his views of life and crime as a necessity as apposed to something to be glorified “lost in the life where the young fool sped, never shoulda taught him that a gun shoots lead, and crack could get his brother and sister a new bed, addicted to the game and thangs screw feds”. At first listen his style and flow can seem off-putting, even boring. His voice will grow on you and it becomes a talent all its own. His slow deliberate style begins to serve a purpose and makes him distinguished among all the clones floating around with a myspace and record deal. Monotone works for him. No need for theatrics, he stays in a comfort zone that still is fun and creative. That’s a balance most rappers cant achieve.

His first single “Get Bitchs” is a headscratcher. Solid track yes but its probably the wackest beat and the least impressive in lyrics. I guess they hoped it would just sell on its jeezy-esque title alone. If they wanted a certified banger to move units day one “The Future” would have done it and done it well. Madlib comes with the hard ass beat that is reminiscent of EL-P when hes not trying to take it to the next level of weird and acceptable. I  didn’t know he had this type of beat in him. As for Guilty this is definitely his beacon of light. “I got a cousin who plays for the utah jazz, but i dont have to run the 2 to shoot ya’ll ass, peace to ronnie brewer, on the mike im the manure, got a ruger for the coward trying to hate on the computer”. He shares the track with M.E.D. who just bores you into a “rap or gtfo” mindstate then guilty says move over lil nigga, i know your on my label but your draggin’ this shit down, your lucky this beat is hot, let me end this with a bang. Then he proceeds to do just that with dramatic flair and gusto.

Best track on the album with a beat made of butter is “The Real Me”. With a gorgeous soundscape and flippin’ baseline it damn near brings a tear to my eye. “Mama got bills, papa got ghost, my new father figures poppin’ that toast, on the corner where the dope men boast, arguin’ who got the most, barely got a pot for roast starvin’, but always got pots for coke, when your broke the hood got jokes, alot of brothers doin’ good got smoked, many blood stains paint the ave, makes you wonder what choice we have” Guilty compliments it perfectly as if he knows what Black Milk wanted outta him in this production. Guilty goes nice on this track with a hook that would make 50 and Jay Z jealous. “Since you don’t know, Its guilty you feel me, my foes wanna kill me i can feel it, one day you gotta go, and i know but the doe got me dreamin’ of filthy ima get it, just pop in the disc and your gettin the real me, im the realest”.

“Kill ‘Em” bangs stupid hard if you have a system, shit even with stock in your whip. This is the ode to keepin’ it gutter. “I blow a blunt eat good and blow another blunt, im dumb high i dont even know the fuckin’ month”. “You boys bluffin’ you aint holdin’, 45 horse for the horse they road in”. Other stand outs are “Pigs”,”Ode to the Ghetto”,”Run”,”Yikes” and “My Moment”. Dilla showed me that not only is Detroit hip hop not dead, he took it on his back and proved its not just Eminem over here. While Dilla rests in peace he left his legacy in guys like Guilty, Elzhi and his obvious protege Black Milk. They are carrying the torch with pride and respect for those before them. Guilty is just the man to carry the torch to the mainstream. Hopefully his dillagence (gotta love the word play) wont fall on deaf ears.

Production: 8.9
Rhymes: 8.7
Overall: 8.8

TV on the Radio - Dear Science

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008 || fewr

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TV on the Radio ~ Dear Science

AmazonRough Trade - Emusic

Sigh. The more I listen to this album, the less I like it. It’s not uninspired, boring or anything like that, it’s problem is that it’s just average. Or maybe the problem is that it reminds me of better albums: Twin Cinema by the New Pornographers, Return to the Sea by the Islands or something by Bloc Party, or maybe I’ve listened to so many great albums this year (Sonny J, Bon Iver, MGMT, Fleet Foxes, etc) that my expectations were too high.
I think I read in a review that this work isn’t catchy enough to make them mtv cool (U2, etc), and it’s not quirky enough to make them indie idols… from this definition some could say that this is their strength (uniqueness), but I’d rather say they’re just mediocre (I haven’t listened to any of their other albums though).
Tracks I like: Halfway Home, Crying, Golden Age, DLZ, Shout Me Out (this last one is my most favourite).

Here are two albums that I prefer and that are (or maybe aren’t) similar to TV on the Radio’s Dear Science: Electrelane’s No Shouts, No Calls; and Pete and the Pirate’s Little Death.

Electrelane ~ No Shouts, No Calls


Amazon - Rough Trade - Emusic

I don’t think I’ve told many about my love for this album. I found out about it sometime towards the end of last year and I even considered it as my album of 2007. Even though these women sound a bit too amateurish at times and the tracks might be a bit to samey for some, I reckon they still manage to keep things interesting throughout the whole album.
This was released sometime last year, so with some luck you could find it in the bargain bin of your local record shop.

To the east
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJZa77-ayPs
This should have been the opening track of the album. I think this is a good introduction to what’s to come later since the rest of the songs are pretty much the same. If you don’t instantly get hooked then don’t bother listening to the rest of the album.

Five
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFpFvZ5kKnI
(listen to the music, don’t pay attention to the horrid video)
Instrumental. At times it seems like it’ll never ever end, but that’s not too bad since the guitar is hypnotising especially combined with the organ as in here. The football stadium chants in the background are weird and feel out of place, but don’t bother me too much.

Cut and Run
I find it amusing that my most favourite track in the album is the track that doesn’t fit with the rest. I really love the banjo in here, and the lyrics are perfect to sing along; finally, as some of you know sad songs get extra points in Fernando’s scale.

Pete and the Pirates ~ Little Death

Amazon - Rough Trade - Emusic

I got this about a week ago, so I haven’t spent much time with; however, upon first impression I can tell that it’s good. My most favourite instrument here is the guitar. The album is very surf-ey in some parts. The tracks I like the most are the following: Knots, Mr. Understanding (best track), Bright Lights, Moving (second best). I apologise for not writing about them in detail, but since I recently got this I still need time to get a better feel of the overall album.
I’d love to see these people playing live.

bric-à-brac

Max Richter ~ 24 Postcards in Full Colour

Amazon - Rough Trade - Emusic

Apparently this started as a project where the author composed music to be used as ringtones. At first I didn’t think I’d use any of these as a ringtone, but then I realised I’m the man in between reading the FT and the Economist, and eating a whole ice cream in one bite; therefore, maybe having this as ringtone along with wakey wakey rise and shine tells a lot about who I am. Btw, I like this album, but sometimes wish the tracks were longer (about 5-6 mins would be good).

Future
Next album of the month will be either Pete and the Pirates ~ Little Death, Turning Down Water for Air by James Yuill, the self titled album by Eugene McGuinness, or Alegranza by El Guincho (unless I find something better).

Psalm 42:9-11

Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve Ark 1

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008 || fewr

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After spending a miserable august* I decided to rest during september. I am now ready to start doing stuff again. My projects are to join the lion’s club, take some first aid training, and polish my cv among other stuff.  Here are my albums for august (better late than never) and for september.
* I thank growth group meetings, the occasional visits of lovely Action people, randomly meeting Mark who shared my misery [sorry Mark, didn’t have time to text you to go for lunch], and the distinctive weekend  for preventing me from losing my mental sanity
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SEPTEMBER

 Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve ~Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve Ark 1

Rough Trade (I don’t think they’ll print many copies of this, get it asap). Psychedelic? Yes, Weird? Definitely, Krautrock? I don’t even know what that is. Apparently, two people (Richard Norris & Arol Alkan) have been releasing some remixes of old songs under the name Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve. This is a compilation of their best stuff. This album is really really good, but it might be a bit hard to find. I got it off rough trade before leaving the uk, and it’s probably the only place that has got it as far as I know (not available at amazon, emusic, etc, though maybe an indie record store at picadilly in mancunian lands might have a copy). This album seems to be so obscure that there are no youtube links or much info about it anywhere (it doesn’t even credit the original sources in the booklet). The only thing I’ve found is a link to a gmex live show here: http://www.archive.org/details/BeyondTheWIzardsSleeveBeyondTheWizardsSleeveLiveAtTheGMex_ManchesterJuly2007
According to their myspace ( http://www.myspace.com/beyondthewizardssleeve ) they’ve got a live show in manchester this coming 29 of november. I’d love to attend, but I most likely won’t be there that day so meh. (more…)

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