blog 2009/11/05 - oh if you only knew!
Hey folks, another quick update. My life has been crazy busy, but I had to just drop some goodness on your inbox.
Andrea Belfi - Knots IV: Knots is a 2008 mini album of 4 brooding jazz soundworks that is chewy, textured, and goes down smooth. For your less-than-adventurous sensibilities I pulled out the one track that has an candy-coated beat in the back for your ease-of-comprehension, but oh the album is quite sweet. Recommended for fans of Luigi Archetti & Bo Wiget, and the fabulous Supersilent & Arve Henriksen album.
Beck - All Tomorrow's Parties: Beck is full of good ideas. Covering a great song? Good. Covering a great album? Best.
Beck - Femme Fatale: Beck's Record Club is him with other people, recording an entire album. These are from his great stab at Velvet Underground.
Beck - Venus In Furs: The whole thing doesn't work as a whole, but there are tracks that just work divinely. Given the tight recording framework of this project, it's a stellar effort and a fascinating endeavour you should all keep an ear to the ground for.,
Bosque Brown - Went Walking: Cat Power eat yr heart out.
Doomtree - Flex: Ahh this reminds me of the early days of Mush Records. A little bit amateur, a whole lot of good.
Horse Feathers - Burden: I kind of grew up with Kill Rock Stars, so just instinctively check out bands that come out on this imprint.
Horse Feathers - Working Poor: I hadn't heard this band before, but their 2008 album House With No Home has a few sweet tracks of on-the-prairie style folk architecture. Recommended.
J.Period & K'Naan - Don't Think Twice (Messengers Remix): K'Naan kind of outdid himself here. His mixtape new "The Messengers" gives tribute to Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, and Bob Dylan in suave style.
J.Period & K'Naan - Stir It Up (Messengers Remix): Dropping his verses over the originals, or covering them in his own way, he also weaves a spoken narrative of the importance of the trio's music on his own life. Very satisfying, and highly recommended.
Laura Gibson - Spirited: A bit of simple folk goodness from the 2009 album Beasts Of Seasons.
Marina & The Diamonds - I Am Not A Robot (Unplugged): How can you not go wrong with this band? You've probably heard the single, but hear it again stripped down to the gears and wires.
Marina & The Diamonds - The Outsider: so good.
The Blueflowers - Watercolor Ghost Town: A fun twang-pop chanter. Reminds me of those first crossovers in to twee territory from the 90s.
The Twilight Sad - I Became a Prostitute: Twilight Sad are back and in proper form indeed. Forget the Night Ahead is new for 2009 and a delight to listen to.
The Twilight Sad - That Birthday Present: The old standards of structure
Thom Yorke - All For The Best: Radiohead has been enjoying their singles-releasing habits as of late, but Yorke had been doing that for quite some time. This comes from a split 7" he recently released with Mark Mulcahy, which is worth buying just for the great cover art.
Thom Yorke - Atoms For Peace (Four Tet Remix): And to give some context, this comes from the 2007 release of Eraser remixes. You can definitely hear how this venture has influenced the 2009 progress.
THIS WEEK'S TRACKS
Andrea Belfi - Knots IV
Beck - All Tomorrow's Parties
Beck - Femme Fatale
Beck - Venus In Furs
Bosque Brown - Went Walking
Doomtree - Flex
Horse Feathers - Burden
Horse Feathers - Working Poor
J.Period & K'Naan - Don't Think Twice (Messengers Remix)
J.Period & K'Naan - Stir It Up (Messengers Remix)
Laura Gibson - Spirited
Marina & The Diamonds - I Am Not A Robot (Unplugged)
Marina & The Diamonds - The Outsider
The Blueflowers - Watercolor Ghost Town
The Twilight Sad - I Became a Prostitute
The Twilight Sad - That Birthday Present
Thom Yorke - All For The Best
Thom Yorke - Atoms For Peace (Four Tet Remix)
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