Tuesday, November 29, 2005

It's starting to feel more and more like winter where i am, just that overwhelming darkness at 8 am...bloody pitch black....

So my refuge from the cloudy skies are the fantastic sounds of the Bees' Sunshine Hit Me. So warm and dreamy, it's like a little summer capsule for me crawl inside.

Also, I really like "off the record" by My Morning Jacket.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

She's a devil in disguise

As i sit here avoiding the last 20 minutes of work my essay needs to be completed, my mind wanders to the Flying Burrito Brothers! Not just a great name, but a great band, led by Gram Parsons no less! A mix of soul music and country, Parsons called it 'cosmic soul', but to most it will sound just like country. If you're interested check out a couple tracks: "Christine's Tune (A.K.A. Devil in Disguise)", "Hot Burrito no.2" (which is surprisingly spiritual), and "Wild Horses", which they didn't write (it was Keef and Mick) but they were the first to record.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

I keep forgetting to post on them, but i've stumbled across yet another fantsatic Swedish band. What is it about those Scandinavians? Mando Diao and the Blue Van! (not to mention the Hives and many others). Anyway, this band is called Dungen, and before you get visions of some local grindcore metal outfit, let me assure you they are rocking. They play psychedelic rock mixed with 60s folk and the results are explosive. Super fuzzed out guitar rock mixed with a nice helping of the surreal thanks to big walls of harmonies and lashings of hammond organs.

Here's there rather handsome looking album cover for their 2004 release.


It's getting close to the end of the year and i've been thinking about my favourite records from this past year. Last year i did a sort of top 10 albums of the year, naming N.E.R.D.'s "Fly Or Die" the number 1 (yes you read that correctly). I've been listening to what i think are the best albums of 2005, but before i start compiling the final list, there's a couple more releases to consider. Pharrell, for example, has a solo album coming out in Dec. The first single, with Gwen Stefani, is pretty much rubbish, but i have faith that the man will have some killer album tracks. Untill then, i'm enjoying listening to what will no doubt be among the top 10, Supergrass' "Road to Rouen". It sounds good anytime.

To recap last year's list:

10) the Beastie Boys - To the 5 Buroughs
9) Air - Talkie Walkie
8) Gwen Stefani - Love, Angel, Music, Baby
7) the Vines - Winning Days
6) the Thievery Corporation - the Outernational Sound
5) the Thrills - Let's Bottle Bohemia
4) DJ Nu-Mark - Hands On
3) Razorlight - Up All Night
2) the Black Keys - Rubber Factory/ the Datsuns - Outta Sight/Outta Mind (tie)
1) N.E.R.D. - Fly Or Die

Looking at this list again, i like alot of the choices,but man did i get sick of Gwen's disc. It didn't help the airplay that her singles got. Who needs to be bombarded by Hollaback girl like that? Also that Beastie Boys Disc i doubt i've listened to since '04. The rest are all still albums i really enjoy listening to.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Os Mutantes!

So officially the coolest band of all time is Os Mutantes, a Brazillian band from the 60s. They combined Brazillian pop, with 60s orchestral pop, garage rock and a touch of psychadelia. What a brilliant combination! Fans of the bees may be familiar with their song "A Minha Menina" which they covered, and not that much differently from the original. Check out this weird and wonderful band if you can, cause they're certainly unique and bloody good.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Wednesday afternoon relaxation.

In a search for a new means of relaxation, i've stumbled across a pretty awesome combo: A cup of tea and listening to the Kinks. The kinks began their career as a bunch of rowdy british invasioners, but eventually Ray Davies love of melodic pop-songwriting took them into a different direction. As far as tea goes, it features in many Kinks songs, such as "Afternoon Tea" and "Have a Cup of Tea". The two go very well together.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

number 5

Here's my own five:
5 songs worth checking out (decided on a whim)

The Coral - A Warning to the Curious
The Coral get even spookier on their new album, while retaining their wonderful sense of studio exploration. This song is especially creepy, with reverb-drenched guitars and the hypnotic "if i never had you..." chorus.

Louis XIV - Marc
A timeout from their big glam rock (which is also worth attention) Marc is a pretty ballad in the vein of late 60s Harrison or eary 70s Bowie. Surprisingly beautiful considering their songs are usually about picking up/servicing young girls.

The Soundtrack of our Lives - Believe I've Found
With a super 60s pink floydian riff and a kickass wall of guitars, this swedish band open their new record with a bang.

Supergrass - Coffee in the Pot
Oh those supergrass boys! A ridiculous almost-vaudevillian sounding track. Complete with old-timey "hey!"s.

Spoon - That's the Way we get by
i can't stop listening to this song. It's just so fucking right on! Download it right now, any explanation from me would only sour the joy of it.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Brian Jones and others

Here's Brian Jones. Not only was he one of the founding members of the most overrated (but still fucking awesome) bands of all-time (the rolling stones), but he was the original shawn kemp. Like the NBA superstar, Brian fathered numerous children with various mothers throughout the U.K. even before he was in a famous rock band! He's also famous for being very paranoid, taking way too many drugs, and supposedly drowning in his own swimming pool.

I like Brian because he had a sweet '70s retard' haircut, played a firebird and was just really weird in general.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

The British Invasion

Nothing gets me going the way some good ol' british invasion music does. Young English Lads doing there best black r and b singer imitations over jangly guitars and crashing drums. I just love it.

I especially like the Who's "Anyway, anyhow, anywhere". I'm not sure why. It had rediculous falsetto harmonies and a goofy call and response verse section. Still, something about Daltry singing "Nothing gets in my way, not even locked doors" is pretty awesome.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Everybody knows this is nowhere

Last night i travelled down to Regina to catch Matt Mays and El Torpedo. I missed them here, as i was playing a show that night as well. It was well worth the trip, as they rocked the Distrikt with a great set of southern/country rock. Even though the organ was too quiet and the pedal steel was absent, the set was great. Matt Mays' voice was every bit as strong as it is on the album and his guitars sounded awesome, especially his main axe, a Gretsch featured on the left there.

In an effort to spend less money, i made a trip to the library and took out a few things including this Donovan greatest hits album. Damn, it's real good. I love his folky pseudo-psychadelia. It's good cold weather music as it has a really warm studio sound to the arrangements. Listening to this cd makes me feel like i'm in a Wes Anderson movie.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

A long post revisited...in pictures!

I've talked about it on here before, and now i present visual evidence. On the left is Eric Clapton circa 1968 with Cream. Note that sweet painted SG he's using. On the right we have a modern shot, with EC rocking his now trademark short hair and glasses. As i said before, i'm not asking for Keith Richardsesque fashion, just maybe some kind of glimpse into how cool EC used to be.

One final pic, this is EC with a firebird in the Cream days. Scroll down a couple posts to compare it to another EC with a firebird.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005


A cd that i've been enjoying recently is this Hank Williams greatest hits. It's pretty easy to see where Elvis' style of singing came from. As my friend Ryan Boldt would say, "he was the first rock n roller".

I rather like this pic. He looks like he really doesn't want to be there. I also like the lighting and his huge hat.

If you haven't heard any Hank Williams i suggest you do so. It's pretty dang cool.