Friday, June 30, 2006

Recent Yard Sale Finds

TLC- CrazySexyCool Been wanting this for awhile.
Cranberries- Everybody Else is Doing It So Why Can't We?
Beck- Mellow Gold
7 Year Bitch- Gato Negro
US3- Hand on the Torch

what is it, 1994 or something??

Bad Brains- Quickness and I Against I
Quicksand- Slip
Agnostic Front- Cause for Alarm

A buck apiece...

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Father's Day Toons

Julie got me some gift certificates, fifty bucks apiece, to Buch Speiler
and Riverwalk Records.

Riverwalk (all vinyl):

Miles Davis: Workin', Steamin', Kind of Blue, 'Round about Midnight,
Sketches of Spain

Coltrane: A Love Supreme, Giant Steps

Cannonball Adderly: Somethin' Else. I think this is possibly the best
trad jazz album ever.

Joe Jackson: I'm the Man. Dollar bin.

Buch Spieler



Dixie Chicks: Taking the Long Way. Good melodies and songwriting. I'm
finding this to stick in my head often,

Fastball: All the pain Money Can Buy. Great Pop stuff, nothing deep or
heavy but just what you're looking for sometimes.

The Essential Leonard Cohen. Gotta have him around.

vinyl, used and need cleaning

Elvis Costello: This Year's Model

Lou Reed: Rock n' Roll Animal. Killer album from someone I once wrote off.

Pinhead: Where Are You? Seminal early '80's Burlington, VT group.

The Knack: Get the Knack. My Sharona.

Asleep at the Wheel: The Wheel. My buddy Ren's uncle Leroy Preston was
a founding member. This is a prime one from when he was still in the group.

New stuff

In the past couple of months I went on a little bit of a
tunes buying spree, and I've settled on a couple of platters that really
stand out and brighten a day. I picked up Neko Cases' last three albums
(Blacklisted, Tigers Have Spoken (Live), Fox Confessor Brings the Flood)
and while the two studio albums are great in their 'chamber-country'
way, this woman has such an amazing voice and writes such great songs
that you'd like to hear her in a little more traditional setting. Well,
the live album does that, and is in constant rotation. Case's originals
are great, especially the opener and the title track, and she chooses
some great cover material from Loretta Lynn, Buffy St. Marie, and
others. Buy it.
The other standout (of over twenty albums) is "The Trials Posthumous of"
the Minus Five. I've mentioned this one before, but it's pretty amazing.
There's one hoppin' punker on track two, but the bulk of the album
consists of expertly done modern Beatles pop. Somehow the the whole
record is tied together with a gun theme that I haven't really digested,
but the individual tracks are stellar, hooky little nuggets. How else
could I find myself dancing with my sixteen-week old daughter, singing
happily to her "Your mama knew it/ now I know it too/ all you really
need is/ cigarettes, coffee and booze..."
Go get these records.