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The Innocence Mission - We Walked in Song

Gosh, the lyrics are amazing on this CD. Simple, but stirring. IM have this amazing capacity for tugging on the strings of the heart, reminding us of beauty and truth, which in turn bring us back to the feet of ultimate Reality.

Damien Rice - O

Damien Rice - 9

Damien Rice has held me up over the past couple of very hard months. Both of these CDs contain love, loss, anger, doubt, and hints at restoration. Gee, I've never struggled with any of that.

[Edit] Funny, I only have the mp3s of all of these tunes, but somehow I still find myself referring to them as CDs.

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So Jason, or anybody else, what Idaho album should I get next?

I think Hearts of Palm and Alas are both fantastic, sort of at the crossroads between Jeff Martin's alt-rockin' / sorta slowcorin' earlier days and his minimalist electronicain' current stuff.

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I picked up Grinderman at the library the other day and love, love, love it. It doesn't look like most of you missed it the first time around, but boy...when that nasty bass line starts in the first tune I just can't stand still.

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This is only a couple years old, but as far as I can tell very few people have heard Mike Farris. He's like a mix of blues, rock, soul, gospel. His album Salvation in Lights is great, and his voice suits his style of music really well.

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Another band that, at least according to last.fm, appears they have hardly any listeners is Blue Mother Tupelo. Their album "Delta Low ~ Mountain High" is really good. They are a husband and wife duo and play pretty much blues and southern rock.

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Lymbyc System's 2007 offering, "Love Your Abuser"... Really nice "laptop artist" stuff that sounds more organic than the norm because the duo actually play their own instruments. Very tasty. Shades of the Benevento Russo Duo with a more ambient twist

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I'm absolutely smitten with Freedy Johnston's second album, Can You Fly ( 5.0/5 ). Like so many of my favorite albums, it took a few listens to sink it. He's able to place nuanced observation into his story-songs, making the characters feel more like fleeting memories of real people than fictional creations in a three-minute folk-rock track. His voice is less polished here than on some of his later releases, but is still tuneful and charming. I think one of the standouts is "the Lucky One." I'm still piecing together the lyrics, but quite a hum-able song.

What's also surprising (in a good way) is the bend-over-backwards praise this album has received, even from crankity cranks like Pitchforkmedia and some of the other trendy sites that

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I'm absolutely smitten with Freedy Johnston's second album, Can You Fly ( 5.0/5 ). Like so many of my favorite albums, it took a few listens to sink it. He's able to place nuanced observation into his story-songs, making the characters feel more like fleeting memories of real people than fictional creations in a three-minute folk-rock track. His voice is less polished here than on some of his later releases, but is still tuneful and charming. I think one of the standouts is "the Lucky One." I'm still piecing together the lyrics, but quite a hum-able song.

What's also surprising (in a good way) is the bend-over-backwards praise this album has received, even from crankity cranks like Pitchforkmedia and some of the other trendy sites that

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I couldn't tell you the number of magnificent "old" musics I discover on a regular basis!

But let's mention just one thing that "blew me away" (as you say in English) lately: "I Put a Spell On You" by Nina Simone (1965). A song everyone knows by anyone else (Screamin' Jay or Creedence Clearwater), but I didn't know that Nina Simone cover. It doesn't last more than 3 minutes. It's an emotional shock, perfect from start to finish, that leaves you with thrills and tears. It's like having Van Morrison and Billie Holiday in one package. The sax parts alone are wonderful.

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I love Can You Fly - and This Perfect World, Never Home and Blue Days, Black Nights (I think that's what it's called) are all worthwhile too. I'm not quite so sold on the debut or Right Between The Promises though.

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Local Michigan act Breathe Owl Breathe has a recording from 2006 that I just discovered, "Canadian Shield."

They describe their music as, "Gentle, lovely folk, nursery rhymes for adults." I think that's a fair assessment.

Well worth the download at emusic, if anyone's interested.

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Hellwood - Chainsaw of Life

A collaboration between Jim White and Johnny Dowd. If you're already familiar with those two, you can probably guess what this sounds like. I've only listened to it one time through so far, but I already like it quite a bit. Nothing immediately jaw-dropping, but it's as accessible musically (or not, heh... depending on your taste) as any of their solo albums and I'm going to enjoy catching all the lyrics on repeated listenings.

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Just picked up Japancakes 2007 instrumental, post-rock tribute to My Bloody Valentine's Loveless. I was never a huge fan of that seminal shoegaze album and maybe that's why i like this so much. Japancakes take the best elements of those classic tunes, tone down the noise, up the ambience and pedal steel and really drive the thing home. What a captivating and heartfelt little project!

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Just picked up Japancakes 2007 instrumental, post-rock tribute to My Bloody Valentine's Loveless. I was never a huge fan of that seminal shoegaze album and maybe that's why i like this so much. Japancakes take the best elements of those classic tunes, tone down the noise, up the ambience and pedal steel and really drive the thing home. What a captivating and heartfelt little project!

One of my fav albums at the moment. Incredible. I am a huge shoegaze fan and Loveless is a bit of a no touch but Japancakes have done such a different sounding album that it stands the test of a big MBV fan. I hate covers that are just copies this is far from that. Worth a listen.

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Just picked up Japancakes 2007 instrumental, post-rock tribute to My Bloody Valentine's Loveless. I was never a huge fan of that seminal shoegaze album and maybe that's why i like this so much. Japancakes take the best elements of those classic tunes, tone down the noise, up the ambience and pedal steel and really drive the thing home. What a captivating and heartfelt little project!

One of my fav albums at the moment. Incredible. I am a huge shoegaze fan and Loveless is a bit of a no touch but Japancakes have done such a different sounding album that it stands the test of a big MBV fan. I hate covers that are just copies this is far from that. Worth a listen.

cool. This is one of my favorites at the moment too and it's a bit embarrassing that it's been out for two years and i'm just getting around to discovering it. Anyone who enjoys wistful, post-rock

will love this album... and the reinterpretations depart so widely from the source material that even MBV fans can enjoy them without the distinct aroma of the "fanboy cover" syndrome

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Just picked up Japancakes 2007 instrumental, post-rock tribute to My Bloody Valentine's Loveless. I was never a huge fan of that seminal shoegaze album and maybe that's why i like this so much. Japancakes take the best elements of those classic tunes, tone down the noise, up the ambience and pedal steel and really drive the thing home. What a captivating and heartfelt little project!

FWIW, here's my review.

The simple answer, however, is this: Japancakes' Loveless is an honest, loving interpretation of My Bloody Valentine's album that, at best, holds it own against the classic and even perhaps offers some new insights into the eleven songs and, at worst, is relatively harmless and nowhere near as offensive as skeptical MBV fanboys might think (or hope).

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Great review, Jason. It's a rainy, rainy day where I am, and this is the ideal soundtrack.

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Due to the shoegaze revival that is on at the moment (thanks Ulrich Schnauss, Maps, The Field, Deerhunter, Daniel Land, Engineers etc etc etc), I not only am digging out my original shoegaze stuff like MBV, Slowdive, Chapterhouse, but I am discovering stuff that I missed along the way. Realising that the pool called shoegaze is as deep and wide as you want it to be. Have now discovered bands like Yo La Tengo, Gravenhurst, The Besnard Lakes, Asobi Seksu, Tresspassers William, Mazzy Star, Luna, Galaxie 500, Casino vs Japan, Seefeel, Bowery Electric and Acetone. All can be debated on as to whether they are strictly shoegaze but becoming roots and branches is important here. Taking the influence somewhere else entirely. Now where are my shoes?

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Oh man... that list of bands you just threw out makes me want to dig through my collection now. I haven't listened to Bowery Electric in ages.

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Oh man... that list of bands you just threw out makes me want to dig through my collection now. I haven't listened to Bowery Electric in ages.

Just listened to their track Fear of Flying. Immense. Dig that collection now!!! :D

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