Well, the Leafs are losing in the second period and that doesn’t look like it’s going to be changing any time soon, RAW hasn’t started yet and supper isn’t quite ready so it’s time to ramble on for a bit. I thought that since music is a fairly frequent topic around here that I’d take a minute and tell you about the last few CD’s that I’ve picked up.
Fountains Of Wayne, “Welcome Interstate Managers.”
I haven’t had a chance to give this one the full attention it deserves yet but what I’ve heard so far I’m very impressed with which doesn’t really surprise me since they are who they are. There’s just something about those guys, the way they write songs, the way they structure their music, the way they say things that just makes you have to like them. Besides, this album has Stacy’s Mom on it and that song is just cool as all hell.
*Jesus H Christ, the Islanders just got themselves another goal.*
Motion City Soundtrack, “I Am The Movie.”
If you own a copy of Punk-O-Rama 8 you’ll know who these guys are and just in case you can’t place the name, they’re the ones who do the song “Don’t Call It A Comeback” which I believe is on CD 1. I first got hooked on these guys when the radio station I do my show for got an advanced copy of this album and I just happened to find it one day. Thanks Epitaph! I’ve heard this album described by somebody as “catchy as hell” and I’d say that’s a pretty accurate assessment. A couple of the standout tracks on the CD are “don’t Call It A Comeback” which I mentioned before and my personal favourite, “Capital H.” That song just makes you wanna get up and move around and you’ll be singing that chorus for days and days.
Weird Al, “Poodle Hat.”
What can I say, it’s Weird Al! It’s also a really solid album both musicly and comedicly if the Al style of parody is your thing. If it’s not, it should be. Even the tracks on this album that I’m not particularly fond of I can think of something nice to say about. In most cases it would be “wow, he put a lot of work into his arangements and harmonies here and the band is fantastic.” One example of this is “Genius In France” which goes on way too long and makes the same point far too many times. It’s one of those situations where you realize that the song should have ended about 3 minutes earlier but the way the music is laid out makes you not really mind that so much. On the other end of the spectrum we have songs like “A Complicated Song,” which is an absolutely hilarious spoof on “complicated” by Avril somethingorother, and “EBay,” a takeoff on “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys. When somebody can make A BSB’s song enjoyable, you know he’s good. By the way Matt, I want my CD back. And I mean my Al CD, before any of you get any crazy ideas in your heads.
Frenzal Rhomb, “Sans Souci.”
Ok, so I don’t actually have this one yet, but it’s just a walk to the store away from being mine. I listened to this one before I bought it through a friend who has it and really enjoyed it. that and the fact that I just plain like Frenzal Rhomb was enough to get me to buy it. It’s put out by Fat Wreck Chords, one of the best punk labels going. Just
check out the site and the names they have signed
and you’ll know why I say that. It’s hard to pick one track from this disc that I’d call a standout and if you listen to it you’ll know why. And if you don’t listen to it, the reason is simply because it’s Frenzal Rhomb and the whole thing is just good in it’s own way. You’ve just gotta love Australian punk people who don’t hold anything back lyricly.
Dave Brubeck, “One Alone, Solo Piano.”
Surprised ya with that one, didn’t I? I’m kind of all over the musical map and when it comes to jazz Dave is one of my favourites. This album is just what it claims to be. It’s a guy playing a piano, and doing it very well if I do say so myself. It’s amazing background music other than the fact that listening to him play has a tendency to grab your attention away from whatever it is you’re supposed to be doing. I’m thinking it would make some fine mood music too although I haven’t tested this theory out yet.
I’ll end with some CD’s I’ve had my eye on but haven’t gotten around to picking up yet.
Finger Eleven, “Finger Eleven.”
Sam Roberts, “We Were Born In A Flame.”
The White Stripes, pretty much anything they’ve done since I don’t have any of it yet.
Nofx, “War On Errorism.”
Bad Religeon, loads of it since I’ve shamefully only got 1 of their albums.
Gordon Lightfoot, “Complete Greatest Hits.”
Make fun of me if you wish,
but it won’t change the fact that Lightfoot has done some great stuff and music wouldn’t be the same without him.
Ok, RAW is starting, I’m getting hungry and this post is getting long so that about covers it for now. Feel free to
let me know about your favourites.
But no electronica or boy bands, please. If you don’t want to go down the email route you can always just click the comments link at the end of this article and leave it there, I’ll check the board out for your feedback, I promise!
Until next time, keep on rockin in the world that’s as free as big government and large corporations will allow it to be.