Monday, September 21, 2020

Beck: Colors (2017)

I used to like Beck. I also use to like the Blogger interface, but I hate it now. 

Friday, May 15, 2020

Pere Ubu: Datapanik In The Year Zero

I can not overstate just how awesome and groundbreaking this record is. It's phenomenal.

From Discogs:

An early anthology containing several tracks from the band's first four singles--except for "Untitled", an early version of "The Modern Dance" that was previously unreleased. (As for the songs not on this compilation, "The Modern Dance" and "Street Waves" were included on the "Modern Dance" album, while "Final Solution" and "My Dark Ages" wouldn't be reissued until 1980.) "Heart of Darkness" is edited for time.

The brief ascription fro Allmusic says this about Pere Ubu:

Influential art punk band whose experimental sound harnessed self-destructing melodies, scattershot rhythms, and industrial-strength dissonance.

Friday, May 08, 2020

Pennies From Heaven: The Original Motion Picture Sound Track (1981)

I have been working from home for eight weeks during this COVID-19 pandemic. I neglected this blog, which is OK because no one reads it anyway.

Curiously, the album jacket breaks the word soundtrack into two words. I have seen both, but I think that soundtrack is used more frequently. I have not seen this film. About this sound tracks, Allm usic says only this:
Original recordings from the '20s and '30s by Bing Crosby, Helen Kane, Fred Astaire, Rudy Vallée, and others formed the soundtrack to this Steve Martin/Bernadette Peters film. A collection of timeless show tunes, this album is sadly out of print.
It's fairly enjoyable. That's all I will say.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Leonard Cohen: Thanks for the Dacne (2019)

This is a sad record. This is nowhere near my favourite Leonard Cohen record, but I am delighted to have it. But, let's get to the crazy part of this record, and that's the price. I saw it in Toronto for $41.99, $42.99, $43.99, and more. Why? I mean, it's plain black. It doesn't even have a download code. That's way above the price on Discogs. Luckily, a local record store had a buy two, get one free sale, which made it affordable. It's great to hear Leonard's voice one more time.

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Payola$ [Payolas]: No Stranger to Danger (1982)

Eyes of a Stranger was a huge hit, at least in Canada. I still like that song. This is a very good record. You should check out the whole record, f you don;t know it.

Monday, February 03, 2020

Mr. Partridge [Andy Partridge]: Take Away / The Lure of Salvage (1980)

Take Away / The Lure of Salvage is a solo LP by Andy Partridge from XTC. To be fair, the Wikipedia relates that Partridge did not consider this to be a solo effort, because it consists of dub remixes of XTC tracks. The record is described as minimal, dub, and experimental. Wikipedia adds this: "Virgin rejected his request to issue it under the XTC banner as it would have counted toward their record contract." The back of the record says this:

"This used to be some XTC records. It is now a collection of tracks that have been electronically processed/shattered and layered with other sounds or lyrical pieces. All initial sound by XTC."

 I really like this record.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Graham Parker And The Shot: Steady Nerves (1985)

This record is credited to Graham Parker and the Shot. I will have to mention that GP referred to this record as his worst record, saying that it was "bloody terrible." Maybe that's why I haven't listened to this in ages.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Graham Parker and the Rumour: High Times - The Best of Graham Parker and the Rumour (1979)

Again, Discogs breaks up Graham Parker releases into a bunch of useless categories. Please, get a uniform entry for Graham Parker and aggregate all of his work under that entry! Here we have Graham Parker and the Rumour, which is different from Graham Parker and the Shot, Graham Parker and the Fact, Graham Parker and the Latest Clowns, Graham Parker and the Small Clubs, Graham Parker and the Twang Three, and Graham Parker! All are listed under different headings!

Anyway, this collection was released in 1979 in Australia, Japan, and New Zealand, and in 1980 in Canada. Bizarrely, they have separate entries in Discogs. Parker is massively underrated. He should have been much bigger.

Friday, January 24, 2020

The Parachute Club: The Parachute Club (1983)

This is a record I probably should not own. It was either free or a very cheap find, and I am not even certain that I have ever listened to it.

Despite the fact that this was a very popular record in Canada, it was never released on CD. It was released here on cassette and vinyl. It also had vinyl releases in Greece, Italy, and Yugoslavia.

The video has some recognizable Toronto scenes.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Panda Bear: Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper (2015)

Panda Bear is really Noah Benjamin Lennox, who is also a member of Animal Collective. This is his fifth record.
The lyrical themes of the album center around personal growth, although Lennox wanted to discuss issues on a larger scale because he wanted to avoid "self-obsession or narcissism". The drum programming on Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper was influenced by 1990s hip-hop. Specifically, Lennox cited Dust Brothers, Q-Tip, A Tribe Called Quest, Pete Rock, DJ Premier, 9th Wonder, and J Dilla as influences.

The opening track, "Sequential Circuits", is a neo-psychedelia song that was described as "swirling" and "a[s] pure as a babbling brook". "Tropic of Cancer" contains a harp sample from the Nutcracker suite and its lyrics concern the death of Panda Bear's father. His vocal harmonies on the song were compared to those of The Beach Boys. [source]
The set is pressed on two 150g records. I like this record.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Pan American: Cloud Room, Glass Room (2013)

I have quite a few releases from Kranky, but most are on CD. These include Labradford, Windy and Carl, and others. It's a really great record label, and I think I would like anything they released. This record from Pan American is simply sublime.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Robert Palmer: Heavy Nova (1988)

Confession time: I am not sure that I have played this record more than once or twice, and certainly not in years. I'm not even sure that I have committed the songs to memory, beyond Simply Irresistible. This is perhaps odd, because this was Palmer's most successful record. I think, by 1988, I was listening to far different music.

Wikpedia notes: "The name Heavy Nova derives from Palmer's love of both heavy metal and bossa nova rhythms." I had no idea.

After this record, I disconnected from Palmer, and really only paid attention when I heard of his premature death in 2003. Apparently, there were five studio albums that followed Heavy Nova, along with some live releases, and some compilations. I had no idea, and I have never heard any of it. By the way, I do not own any Robert Palmer music on CD.