Wolf Parading
by Sean
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Eek! I completely forgot that today was Tuesday... My post will be up in five hours or so. Until then, do have a look at Coke Machine Glow's excellent interview with Spencer Krug of Wolf Parade/Sunset Rubdown. It's honest, insightful and - most surprisingly - funny. I look forward to Part 2.

Since I'm at work and don't have access to my mp3s, I'll also take this opportunity to indulgently mention the albums that are leading the charge for me, this year. Said the Gramophone is all about fresh individual songs, so we don't often follow up and tell you which albums we're finding enduring. The following records are all jockeying, and hard, for my album of the year. (There may yet be more contenders.) As I draft lists in my head, each one has held the top spot:

Broken Social Scene - s/t (Arts & Crafts) [what i said]
Final Fantasy - Has A Good Home (Blocks/Tomlab) [what i said]
Herman Dune - Not on Top (Track and Field) [what i said]
Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy (Jagjaguwar) [what i said] (what OR's Will Sheff said about Tim Hardin)
Robyn - s/t (Konichiwa) [what i said]
Smog - A River Ain't Too Much To Love (Drag City) [what i said]

Others jostling in the rear: Sigur Ros, MIA, Antony & the Johnsons, Damian Marley, Phantom Buffalo, Page France, The Clientele, Jon-Rae and the River, and doubtless many more than I'm forgetting.

(blast from the past: my favourite music of 2004)

addendum: OMG, "new" Bishop Allen song at You Ain't No Picasso!!!!one!1!

Posted by Sean at September 27, 2005 8:21 AM

What? No mention of the new Dissection 'Maha Kali' EP? You need to broaden your music horizons, Sean. To albums that barely constitute music.

Posted by Ash Karreau at September 27, 2005 9:56 AM

The Page France album is great, but I'd probably put Wolf Parade's new one at the top of my list (without having heard the new BSS or Metric yet). It's not as raw as their EP from last year, but I still can't stop listening to it.

(And, a little plug: I'm giving it away at my site this week.)

Posted by matthew at September 27, 2005 12:46 PM

Fifty lashes with a wet noodle.

Posted by Tuwa at September 27, 2005 1:31 PM

i would encourage everyone NOT to buy the wolf parade lp from subpop as it has the most pathetic packaging of any cd i've ever bought. it must have cost no more than ten cents to make. no liner notes, shitty artwork, and not even a plastic cd holder on the inside. just a cardboard sleeve. what a disappointment.

Posted by derek at September 27, 2005 3:08 PM

It may not be the greatest design ever, but the artwork is no worse than anything else, and there are liner notes in there.

Posted by matthew at September 27, 2005 4:42 PM

Thanks for pointing me in the direction of the cokemachineglow interview, it's fucking fantastic! And I'm slightly relieved to hear that even Spencer finds the album version of 'Dear Sons and Daughters...' slightly lacking (I first heard Wolf Parade when you posted Sons and Daughters last year, I don't know that I ever thanked you for that, because they're absolutely one of my favourite bands now. And if they don't venture down into the New Zealandish part of the world any time soon, I'm emigrating.)

Posted by Adele at September 28, 2005 3:28 AM

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