i bought a bunch of records on friday. a little ‘my songs for the new record aren’t done so i might as well enjoy other people’s songs’ kinda shopping trip. here be the goods:
de la soul- 3 feet high and rising. this record is out of print. i’ve been looking for it for awhile. i assume it’s out of print ‘cause the band didn’t get clearance for all the samples they used on it. and there are TONS of samples. and getting sued is expensive and not fun. so the label just pulled the record. anyone know if this is true? well, no matter the story… this record is the shit.
the temper trap- conditions. i saw them play on ‘live from abbey road,’ which is a kick-ass show on sundance channel. bands get to go record live sessions AT abbey road, and soak up the magical beatles vibe. the band is australian, so… that rules. the kid’s voice is ethereal and rad, it’s sort of bronski beat… if bronksi beat were a band i liked. and they sound VERY ‘first wave’ type 80’s, which i’m a sucker for.
black rebel motorcycle club- howl. i worship their record ‘baby 81.’ it kills me. my friend travis, who is a fan and played in a band with them before they became BRMC, told me that i had to hear ‘howl.’ so, see… i listen to my friends.
dr. dog- fate. the new dr. dog record just came out. it is crushing my mind. i don’t know what i had against them for so long… but, i am now a changed man. this record is the beginning of me spelunking their back catalog.
court yard hounds- court yard hounds. i love me some dixie chicks. so, in lieu of a new record from them, i’m giving this a shot. it is emily & martie’s side project. i haven’t listened yet, but the artwork inside the record is rad.
rage against the machine- rage against the machine. i have NEVER owned this record. i don’t know why. maybe i had it on cassette? i have their demo tape. but don’t have this. weird. anyway, it’s real, real great. my favorite one, actually and it was time to own it on CD… just in time for CDs to become fossils.
drivin n’ cryin- great american bubble factory. i love drivin n’ cryin. i think kevn kinney is one of the most under valued lyricists of the last 25 years.
the tallest man on earth- the wild hunt. my friend paul is a nerd for music like me. when he recommends a record, i buy it. sometimes it’s great, sometimes it isn’t. but i always buy it. paul loves this record. i saw this kid (the tallest man) do one of vincent moon’s take away shows… and liked it alright. i’m looking forward to checking out the record.
jay-z- the blueprint. i’m late to the jay-z train. but it is a real nice train.
INXS- live baby live (DVD) live INXS at the height of their powers.
the jimi hendrix experience- are you experienced. (VINYL) had to have it.
the english beat- special beat service. ‘save it for later’ is SUCH a great song. and we were watching footage of them at the US festival on VH1 the other night… and they were just total bad asses. dave wakeling, rankin’ roger… they were dressed up all rude boy, sweating and skanking their way through the pretty 80s. (side note) vampire weekend wouldn’t really exist if it wasn’t for the english beat.. and haircut 100. so, you can love them or hate them for that.
the psychedelic furs- mirror moves. richard butler could deliver you your death sentence and it would be sexy… what a voice! …and his LYRICS. ugh. perfect. THE GHOST IN YOU!!!!