Sunday, July 30, 2006

The Week of July 30, 2006

Cry 'Havoc,' and let slip the shufflelogs of war...

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Blogger Chip Shipley said...

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Blogger M Beran said...

1. The Album Leaf - A Short Story off of An Orchestrated Rise to Fall
I got into the Album Leaf somehow, I'm sure, but I don't remember exactly. I'm a huge fan of post-rock music: Sigur Ros, Mogwai, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, the Notwist, etc... Epic, daunting, grand, majestic and fluid are a few adjectives I'd use to describe these guys. A Short Story isn't exactly short, clocking in just under 20 minutes.

2. Sigur Ros - Untitled #4 off of ( )
Unofficially entitled "njósnavélin" (The Nothing Song), this is my 2nd favourite track on this album. While I know the lyrics are in Hopelandic, Jónsi has said that he wants people to interpret them as they hear. I hear the lyrics to this song as "You sat alone / you saw the light / You sat around the fire alone / you saw the light" and really enjoy it.

3. Rage Against the Machine - Know Your Enemy off of Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium
I think I've said here before that I would have loved to've seen these guys live. I probably would want to be towards the back, so as to not get my nose broken or my skull cracked in the chaos of the crowd, but to just witness the pure energy of the crowd would've been awesome.

4. Muddy Waters & Dizzie Gillespie - Baby Rock & Roll
What a combo! Muddy Waters and Dizzie Gillespie, two masters at their craft teaming up to record an album, and a phenominal album it turned out to be.

5. Jens Lekman - Sky Phenomenon off of Oh You're So Silent Jens
I missed Jens at Pitchfork and I'm pissed. While I had a good reason for missing him (I was buying a condo), I still wish I could've made it in time to've seen him. I heard there were beautiful blonde Swedish band mates with him...

6. Pink Floyd - Another Brick in the Wall, pt. 2 off of The Wall
I can barely listen to this track anymore. It's overplayed and has lost all meaning to me. While a great track - great lyrics, great instumentation, the addition of the childrens' choir - it's just too cliche now. That's really all I can say.

7. Strong Bad - It's Like It Was Meant To Be off of Strong Bad Sings and Other Type Hits
This is such a fun album. I used to be a big HSR fan, specifically Strong Bad's E-Mails. I haven't kept up on them in a long time (since probably a few months after he got Lappy 486), but I enjoy this album nonetheless.

8. Roger Waters - Perfect Sense, Pt. 1 off of Amused to Death
I think I already said that A2D is on par with Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall. Other than that, I don't have much else to say. This is a great track, (even better when performed live, on In the Flesh). I like Roger Waters so much that I bought limited-edition Japanese-import-only versions of all three of his three solo albums. They were only $25 each; not too bad.

9. Snow Patrol - Tiny Little Fractures off of Final Straw
I like these guys. They're not the greatest lyricists, but they have a great sound. I won tickets to a private show, but I couldn't attend due to work. I'm disappointed about that. They're a great band from a great country. I'd have a pint with them any day.

10. Sigur Ros - Fonklagio (The Funk Song) bootleg, Live in Reykjavik
I am so moving to Iceland. Visit their website (www.sigur-ros.co.uk), look at what they're doing right now (free concerts all over the country) and look at the pictures (freaking incredible). ...I guess I'll just have to wait for the DVD to come out. Bugger.

(Two Sigur Ros tracks in 10 songs? I wanna talk to the coders of the shuffle algorithm over at Creative Products...)

12:01 PM  

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