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  1. Aired this last weekend, that was a great broadcast. Isbell is on an amazing streak right now.
  2. Figured I could dispense with a ranked count of my top ten, but I'm intentionally starting with this one: American Twilight, by Crime and the City Solution I really had no expectations for the first album in 23 years for Simon Bonney's Crime + the City Solution. To be perfectly honest I knew this band, and liked them pretty well, knowing them as "that band' from Wings of Desire and as contemporaries of Nick Cave/The Birthday Party; but my interest was piqued mostly by the fact the one David Eugene Edwards had been invited to join this re-formed unit. That's one way to get me on board.
  3. "I find them [love songs] odious" - Michael Stipe. Oh, he was just being contrary I think, REM eventually began offering up sentimentality with the best of them, right? Who doesn't love a good love song? I was a child in the seventies and we owned a radio, so...yeah. So after three or so decades of top 40, heavy metal, new wave, punk, "indie rock", r&b, hip-hop, country, folk, and now whatever it is I listen to now - I am not surprised how easily the soft rock love songs of the 70's worm through my head, I started compiling a list of them and realized hey! I can still tolerate s
  4. Rest, Jason. This has been simply heartbreaking. Not unexpected to hear from some circles, but certainly unexpected by me. I hesitated to call my friend (who I referenced above) as I did not want to be the person who told him. He and Molina had exchanged letters and packages over the last couple of years. Of course, he'd already heard. I am much more familiar with the man's works nowadays, and continued to hold out hope we would see more of Mr. Jason Molina. But it was not to be. There is a lot out there for anyone who wants to know. I'm not eloquent enough to convince anyone to lis
  5. The younger me would have hated him, just because he wasn't Robert Smith. Or Lou Reed, or Johnny Cash. Whatever. The adult, parent me - well, I'll admit I became a fan after The Social Network. Now I'll watch - or listen- to anything he does. Not bad at all for a kid from Tennessee via the Mickey Mouse Club.
  6. When I chance upon a band with a new album that I begin to like right away, and upon further investigation discover that they've been around for a while and have something like 3 or 5 or 10 albums that came out before this one; I have to fight a feeling of mild panic and anxiety. Does anyone else experience this? Because I'm already pressed for time to listen to the music I know and love. And I've found time to discover this new thing and that's always good. . But now I learn, it's not new. There's a lot more listening to do, and when am I going to that? Hm? I know, not a real problem as
  7. I bought it yesterday after hearing one track at the local record store. Okay, I was inclined to get it anyway but the song (Upstarts) just hit me in the right places. At first blush, one listen in the car, and I love it. A meaty sound and well-crafted songs. Some reviews suggest it lacks a distinct personality. Maybe so, have to suss that out after more listens. But we're talking about a guy who was joined at the hip with one of the great outsized personalities of all-time in rock music, Steven Patrick Morrissey. Why try to out-personality that? He's always let his musicianship do his sp
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    The Wrens

    Coincidentally, a Facebook update today from The Wrens (and they have been fairly regular - and usually quite funny - on Facebook lately so it's not out of the blue): "shy some lyrics, some vocals & some final mixing, Three Types of Reading Ambiguity.Logic done (no, will not be the real title)" I like that they don't seem to put much pressure on themselves to get the next record out. That's healthy, ha! Not that that the long periods of time should lead anyone to think they lack for purpose or intensity. The records alone should prove that is not the case. Also, although I ha
  9. Welcome back! I always look forward to your music-related posts. The last Lanegan album I'd heard was Bubblegum, and I didn't even realize he had a new one. Must check it out. (I did really like his work in The Gutter Twins, too.) Thank you, Jason! One can expect a Lanegan's record to live in the same neighborhoods as those of his friends and collaborators; so fans of Greg Dulli, PJ Harvey, even Nick Cave are probably going to enjoy them. But there are tracks on Blues Funeral that could be New Order or Pet Shop Boys lost tracks...and yet they fit right in beautifully.
  10. Released at the beginning of '12, and for me, was never topped. Not even by my beloved David Eugene Edwards. Lanegan's first record since 2004, Blues Funeral was almost summary of the man's career, from the psych and stoner rock of the Screaming Trees and Queens Of The Stone Age to the electronic treatments of his collaborations with The Soulsavers; and long-carried influences of blues and folk. As good as this record was, in 2012 he still managed to keep a near-perfect record of quality collaborations and one-off projects, including a lovely Karen Dalton cover and three tracks on the Nick C
  11. If this is truly the only Van Halen thread on this forum, it really shouldn't go any further without a from Running With the Devil.
  12. It might have been a little more major 10, 15, or 20 years ago. But I think it's still pretty cool. <snort> Yes, my refined tastes! VH circa 1978 to 1984 - best rock band in America (as in, rawk). [i would like to maybe put Cheap Trick in that slot; but the Trick simply did not lay down a 6-album streak of gold to start their career in the way that Van Halen did.] They were the essence of everything good about rock music. First of all, they had the blues and the boogie. They were not-always-clean fun with a capital F. Sometimes unsettling and sometimes threatening. M
  13. dropping in to add my list. Happy New Year, everyone! 1. Dolorean "The Unfazed" 2. Wilco "The Whole Love" 3. Alela Diane& Wild Divine "AD + WD" 4. Feelies "Here Before" 5. Dengue Fever "Cannibal Courtship" 6. Wild Flag "Wild Flag" 7. David Kilgour + The Heavy Eights "Left By Soft" 8. Daniel Martin Moore "In The Cool Of The Day" 9. REM "Collapse Into Now" 10. Screaming Trees "Last Words" And a few others: Richard Buckner 'Our Blood' Ezra Furman 'Mysterious Power" Centro-matic 'Candidate Waltz" Glossary 'Long Live All of Us" Wooden Wand + the Briarwood Virgins Wussy
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    All of that is true. Which is why I really have no nostalgia about them despite the tone of my last post. The ones I have, I'll keep until I one day have the means to convert to digital. But their impact on music beyond the realm of nostalgia cannot be denied. If in the 80's you were an underground/DIY musician with no real connections or means of otherwise recording and distributing your music... you probably trafficked in cassettes. Punk, experimental, hip-hop. If I remember correctly Option magazine had a section devoted entirely to cassette-only releases. Then there is C-86, yeah?
  15. So far in this thread I have to say that Bandwagonesque is the single best record mentioned. Sounds as glorious today as it did then. Granted, back then it had to fight with Nevermind for time in the tape deck of my Corolla, but it held it's own in every way. ..and a few more also-rans from '91: Screaming Trees, Uncle Anesthesia - still a couple of years out from their biggest commercial success on the Singles soundtrack...UA was their first major label release and although they were on the way to doing so, they hadn't yet stripped out the swirling psychedelic edge that permeated th
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