Thursday, January 19, 2006

Wasn't I Rock Scribe at One Time?

Most of the music listening in my life is on my ipod, on constant random. I dump new songs and albums onto it regularly but I never seem to listen to an artist/band/album in one listen. Just set it to random and let fly. For this reason its difficult for me to say what I am listening to at any one time, my life is an algorythm. And I like that so here is a recent recap, MAS-Style.

Lou Barlow Monkey Begun Emoh:
This album is suprisingly good, at least when I hear one track about once every 7.5 days. This song features simple chord progressions, toy piano and sullen vocals, shocker.

Bad Brains I and I Survive Banned in D.C.
HC legends classic reggea left turn, great guitar playing and political a good version of Rage Against the Machine. I much prefer the more Reggea flavored Bad Brains stuff, sometimes their Hard Core stuff is to aggro for my 33 year old years.

Graham Parker Vanity Press Songs of No Consequence
You can have your Elvis Costello, i'll take the perpetually bitter Parker. He now records on Bloodshot records and has released two great albums that could bitch slap EC's last 20 years of input. This rocker features the Figgs on back up band (as does the entire album) and skewers the publicty crazy entertainment press. All my fave elements, jangly guitars, mean spirited lyrics and pretty harmonies.

The Ponys Trouble Trouble Laced With Romance
This album i liked, thought was kind of lame, accusssed of plagerism, rediscovered, now love. In that order. Their new album has so far dissapointed, but who knows maybe I need to have the same kind of metamorphising relationship as I did with this one. Trouble Trouble features everything that makes this band good.

The No Talents I Don't Wanna Grow Up Want Some More!
As today brings another semester of graduate school, I couldn't agree more with this sentiment. French blasts of estrogen punk.

Deadly Snakes I Can't Take It I'm Not Your Soldier.
Canadian rock band produced by Greg Oblivion. Great album of balls out bar punk and roll. Organ player is a lunatic. Always thought of these dudes as Canadian Greenhornes. This track is a great snotty call & response number.

Paul Kelly If I Could Start This Day Again Nothing But A Dream.
I wish Paul Kelly, the Go Betweens and Graham Parker would tour together, "One Aussie, a Kiwi and some english bloke Tour." I don't know why, I just think it would work. This is one melencholoy tune by this long time songwriter. Makes you want to go back to bed. This album is a great little gem released by Mooney's old syndicate SpinArt.

FM Knives 20/20 Useless and Modern
Matt Army turned me on to this outfit. Thanks big guy! Great bratty pop punk. Very Edxploding Hearts. This song never draws the "next button."

Thin Lizzy Whiskey In the Jar Some collection...
Hands down, best Irish Rock and Roll band of all time. Cause of the "Great Phil Lynott Riot at Stooz Records circa 1998" This remake of a traditional Irish folk song is so good little ink need be shed. The lead guitar in this version is melodic perfection.

John Fogerty She's Got Baggage Deja Vue All Over Again
This album rocks. Fogerty is a legend. This track finds JF channelling Joey and Johnny Ramone. No seriously, "Hey Ho Say It Ain't So/She Called Me Up and Than Put Me On Hold" Huge power chords, chanting, downstroked guitars and funny mental patient lyrics. Deja Vue All Over Again was one of the funniest albums of 2005.

John Doe Mama Don't Forever Hasn't Happened Yet.
My wife is his publicist. Its rare I actually like a record/artist she works (sorry hun...) but this album is great and def his best solo album since his first "Meet John Doe" (an album I also love.) This song is very late period arericana X. Soaring girl/boy harmonies strummed guitars and urgent energy. Thanks John for allowing me not to lie to my wife!

Mathew Sweet I Love You Kimi Ga Suki
This tune is from his Japanese fan club album. Was eventually issues here as well. One of his best albums in 15 years! If your an unapologetic fan of his, as I am, this song/album is great pay off! I just read he is doing an album of 60's pop duets with Sussanna Hoffs of the Bangels. I can't wait!

The Byrds Roll Over Bethoven Disc 2 Byrds Box Set
I LOVE the Byrds, love this song. Don't love this version.

Sloan The Rest of My Life A Sides Win
Another tour I would actually leave house for: Sloan and Foutains of Wayne. Sloan would headline because they have a more dynamic stage show. I have all of Sloans albums, but being as they are a great singles band this collection is like free sex with a hooker, just plain fun! These dudes are mega stars in Canada and they have the hooks and choruses to prove it. Check out the bonus DVD that comes with this release. They make GREAT videos.

The Mummies The Ballad of Iron Eyes Cody Never Been Caught
Ah the Mummies, how great were thee. This instrumental keeps the instrumental tradition of song titles you wish had lyrics. I love how on this CD version you can still hear the needle and vinyl noise.

Chris Bell I Am the Cosmos DIY Come Out and Play American Power Pop
This song needs no comments.

MTX Elizabeth or Fight Yesterday Rules
This album confuses me Have Mr. T Experience broken up, changed their name, why didnt Dr. Frank just go solo. This confusion hinders me from enjoying, especially this song.

OK have to stop, willcontinue later!

Chris "Captain Random" Larry