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Music

I haven’t been to the record store since January. I decided to go to the Soundgarden with Lily this morning.

This is what I picked up:

  • Dennis Wilson’s Pacific Ocean Blue (remaster double disc)
  • Elliot Smith’s x/o
  • K-Swift’s Jump Off Vol. 10
Music. Yummy.

James – Hey Ma – A [Sorta] Review

I am not one to review records. For the most part. I do like reviewing local bands. It’s fun. And I like supporting the good cause.

But I have to break my stride. Well, I am not really going to review this new (and stellar) James record. I just want to make you aware of it.

James – the best jam band you never knew they were. Of course they aren’t potheads, and the word edit is part of their music vocab. So really they aren’t a jam band. But they do create their music out of extensive jams. So in that aspect they are really the true meaning of the words: jam band. Anyways, I digress. Let’s actually talk about music…

Somehow in the late 1990s and the 2000s James lost their way. They experimented with electronic music. Andy left. And when he left, the trumpet left. Larry left. When he left, the joy of guitar left. They became a band that was too underdeveloped and bored. Of course there were hidden gems during those years. Most notably on 1999’s Millionaires and 2001’s Please To Me You which the later maybe garnished one or two repeat plays in my library. But instead of talking of the past, let’s get to the present.

Hey Ma. It was released Monday. And I am telling you, this is a keeper. They brought back Andy. They brought back Larry. And it’s evident. They are back in the game again. Who knows what will happen in the United States. They were always overlooked. America’s loss. Of course, they are larger than life in the UK and rightfully so.

Bubbles – The opener track builds up to a great crescendo filled with yearning and hope complete with Larry’s wonderfully gentle guitar playing. Oh yeah, and Andy’s trumpet comes in and gives one goosebumps. Absolute beauty.

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Oh My Heart – It sounds like vintage poppy James, but I can’t really pinpoint the era it’s from. So I guess it’s really just new vintage if that makes sense. Tim’s vocals are amazing. Totally on the verge of melodramatics but still bitterly honest.

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Whiteboy – Again, it’s the trumpet that does it for me. And nice synths in the bridge. Eno rubbed off. What’s not to love. Oh and someone remind me again why Larry Gott isn’t recognized as one of the best guitarists of our time?

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I Wanna Go Home – The contrast to their pop songs are always the mellow creepers. Not creepy, but creeping. Slow buildups that take you home. They are masters of creepers. Their caboose tracks, much like U2’s are always held in a special place in my heart.

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Listening To…

Parts & Labor – groundswell
June Of 44 – Four Great Points
Mike Doughty – Golden Delicious
2Pac – All Eyez On Me
Calexico – Live at The Backyard, Austin TX ’05
Elvis Presley – From Elvis In Memphis
Laurie Anderson – Bright Red
Maroon 5 – It Won’t Be Soon Before Long
Prince – Musicology
Sebastian Steinberg – Homesick Orchestra’s Scarlet Fever
The Seldon Plan – The Collective Now
Steve Perry – Street Talk
Talking Heads – Little Creatures
Yo La Tengo – Is Murdering The Classics

On a sidenote, I want to say that Al wrote a pretty accurate review of Mike Doughty’s new record. It’s not that I don’t like his new record. (Thank you WTMD for playing a Golden Delicious track every quarter hour and almost killing it for me.) But there are some seriously good pop gems on here. It’s going to take a few more records for Mike to stretch it again. I know it’s in him and look forward to it. Here’s a favorite of mine – “Like A Luminous Girl”

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And Yo La Tengo’s newerish record is hot. There’s nothing more cute that the girl who calls in (or is perhaps a child of a Yo La Tengo member) and sings along to Route 66.

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