With the Beatles
My dad picked this one thinking it was their first, because the cover has the same photo as the U.S.-only Meet the Beatles.
Bob Dlyan – Desire
Overcome by a raging desire to listen to "Hurricane", soundtrack to one of the finest uses of pop music in cinema history: the slow-motion, entering-the-pool-hall scene in Dazed and Confused. The rest of the album's OK but a little overrated, I think because it followed Blood On the Tracks, and there was still a strong residual "Dylan is back!" feeling in the air when it came out. Other killer track: "One More Cup Of Coffee".
Eluvium – Life Through Bombardment
Listened to almost the entire seven-LP set Saturday evening while brewing up a batch of chocolate oatmeal stout. Missed it by the last side of record seven.
Incidentally, I think the Grammys are stupid and I generally look down on anyone who complains about not winning/getting nominated for one, but in this case I took exception. How does this set not get nominated for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package? Because they can't afford to send out a bunch of free ones, that's how. And probably because it's vinyl only. Still, highway robbery, man.
Envy – Insomniac Doze
Finally watched the Transfovista DVD in its entirety. Pretty exhausting.
Isis – Panopticon
Odd though this may sound, one of my favourite records for reading a book. Can't really explain why.
M83 – Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts
Mono – You Are There
Mono's a frustrating act, because I like their sound, but you really don't need more than one of their albums, two tops. I have like five or so. Totally unnecessary. And yet they've got a new one out and I kind of want it. It's a triple live set with an orchestra. Hard to resist.
Willie Nelson – Country Willie
Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me
Completely impenetrable. I've started listening to it a half dozen times, finished it maybe once, still can't get a handle on it. Sprawling. Absolutely the least background album I've heard in a long time. Demands attention. Demands work.
R.E.M. – Up
The Rolling Stones Now!, Out Of Our Heads, December's Children (And Everybody's)
I've really been into these early Stones records lately. Remarkable hit-to-miss ratio.
Space Needle – Voyager
Zola Jesus – The Spoils
She's got a new EP just out and it's mind-bendingly awesome. Go buy it and tell all your friendss that you're way more neo-goth than they are. Seriously, it's fantastic.