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by Sean
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Received a copy of the Jay-Z Construction Set in the mail today. Will update you when my Black Album / Astral Weeks bootleg is complete.

Prompted by this ilm thread, have been relistening (quite a lot) to the new Destroyer record. The horrible thin fakeness that came through on my speakers is dampened when listening on headphones, and there's room to appreciate the lyrics and indeed the music. It's coming across as quite a beautiful album, as well as a funny, mad one. Some of the arrangements are complicatedly lovely - layer upon layer of synthesized sounds, each flat enough to lie smoothly over the other.

Have also discovered Frog Eyes. No idea how I missed The Golden River, but it's great disjointed indie rock, with a fiery-eyed Bowie at the head (the vocals are also extremely reminiscent of Montreal's Wolf Parade). I'm really wishing the Destroyer/Frog Eyes tour was passing through the city.

i = super excited about the upcoming Jolie Holland record, and you should be too. Her debut was gorgeous, and from the sound of "Old Fashion Morphine", Escondida will be another linen-soft sliver of dusty bluegrass. hooray!

now then

Pipas - "No Suspires Mas". Discovered via the fantastic Anti-Hit List, who recommended the light and easy "Jean C". Indie pop rather terrifies me at this point - I get so many freakin' indie pop records in the mail to review, and so many of them are damnedly uninspired. Thank god, then, that a band like Pipas comes along, recording music so effortlessly great that a sunny day comes climbing through the window, even in the depths of winter. Sure to be a hit for anyone who enjoys kids like The Lucksmiths, or even a beachcombing Belle & Sebastian or Isobel Campbell. While I can't understand this song, I still come very close to singing along. It's the way that I wanted to feel at the party after high-school graduation. It's the sound of golden, twinkling stars.

CocoRosie - "Terrible Angels". Touch and Go never ceases to impress me with its ear for idiosyncratic talents. Rachel's, Dirty Three, !!!, Nina Nastasia, Enon, Black Heart Procession, TV on the Radio, and now CocoRosie. They're like Rosie Thomas crossed with Jandek, which is an analogy almost impossible to comprehend. Pink and black women's voices, doubletracked and gentle, bleeding over the scrape and snip of metal, decapitated samples. Devendra Banhart's bluesy twin sisters, caught in an AM radio. I can't decide if it's beautiful of creepy or both - but it's as compelling as anything I've heard this year. (more here.)

Still looking for heads-ups on the best of the new mp3-blog crop. If you've got a site that you think I might like, please do make yourself known!

Posted by Sean at March 16, 2004 1:55 AM

I'm doing some periodic mp3's, along with random other stuff (movies, dvd reviews, sports, personal junk etc). Check it out if ya like...

Posted by mr gilbert at March 16, 2004 3:30 AM

Damn. You beat me to the Coco Rosie post. I was really impressed when they opened for TVOTR the other night - though it was TOTALLY wrong for the crowd/venue.

Posted by Keith at March 16, 2004 7:17 AM

here's a nice new mp3 blog - quite diverse.


Posted by gabriel at March 16, 2004 12:30 PM

CocoRosie is a little too much like Devendra for my comfort (being a big fan of Devendra). thanks for the links....by the way Calexico doing "alone again or" is available on the Touch-n-Go website.

Posted by scandal face at March 16, 2004 2:50 PM

Scoot through the "Musicblog Revolution" collection IF YOU DARE! MWAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAH!

Posted by forksclovetofu at March 16, 2004 8:54 PM

Thanks for all the music-blog-a-linkin'. And glad the Cocorosie meets your (group) approval, even if it's too much of a good thing for Mr Face. I'd be v. excited to see them live, myself. What were they like? Cat Power-style, sittin' on stools, or something more burlesque?

Posted by Sean at March 16, 2004 11:43 PM

just kinda sat there and sang - very quiet, lullabyesque.

The crowd rather obviously was NOT into it.

no energy and whatnot,.

Posted by Keith at March 17, 2004 8:34 AM

Eh. I'd say that Cocorosie sounds like what Devendra Banhart would sound like if he was interesting, catchy, or had a good voice. Or played in a totally different genre.

Posted by Matthew at March 17, 2004 5:13 PM

Frog Eyes = awesome!

Destroyer = awesome!

Frog Eyes are fuckin' great live, by the way.

Posted by Eppy at March 17, 2004 5:28 PM

Mine is in French. We're many wrting on it, there's a radio and a few mp3. Soon a new version with more mp3s...

Posted by Chryde at March 18, 2004 4:16 AM

Matthew: if you don't think that Devendra is at the very least interesting you must not be listening to the same Devendra.
it is not about conventionally "catchy" tunes in the same way cy twomlby is not about conventionally "beautiful" paintings. and what is a good voice really....i feel like i am talking to my grandparents. just forget it.

Posted by scandal face III at March 19, 2004 10:56 PM

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