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Old 12-09-2006, 01:07 AM   #1
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1st Interference Album Roundtable

You love a record.

You've loved it for a long time.
It means something to you. You listen to it over and over. It's great. It's yours. It's your "gem" of an album.

Why don't more people know about this album?

Are they fucking dumb? They have poor taste?

Maybe they never heard it. Maybe they never heard it through your ears.

It's time to preach.

Well, the 1st ever "Album Roundtable" will give you your pulpit.

It's easy.

Pick your album. Shouldn't be hard, as you probably listened to it last week.

Listen to it again this week.

Then write about it.

Why do you love it?

Why should I love it?

Then, over the next week, do the following things:

1. write about your album in this thread. Leave your email at the end of your rant.

2. upload it to send space or the like (MP3 format please.) Try and pick a service that will let your link live for 2+ weeks.

3. email that link to me by next Friday:

brau1@yahoo.com

subject: album roundtable

On Saturday I'll collect all the reviews and links, and forward them to everyone who participated.

Hopefully, you'll get 20+ album reviews and links to those albums.

The more who participate, the more albums you'll get to hear. There's no theme. Pick an new record, an old record, and R&B
record, a jazz record, a classic rock record, and indie pop record. whatever.

Ain't the internet grand?
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Old 12-09-2006, 01:20 AM   #2
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Hey mods, can I get a week long stickie?
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My pick is “Might Joe Moon” by Grant Lee Buffalo.




I first heard Grant Lee Buffalo whilst in college in 1994. MTV had a show on
Sunday nights called “120 Minutes.” It was the latest and greatest in everything
“alternative.” “Mockingbirds” was a video in pretty regular rotation. The video
was strange, band members running through the woods with bear and bird
costumes on, but the song was this haunting ballad with a beautiful falsetto
chorus that just took my imagination. Strings, piano, a giant bass drum,
intertwined with acoustic guitar and the deep voice of Grant Lee Philips.

It sounded so “American.” Completely at odds with the bouncy Brit-pop I was in
love with, yet I tracked down the album due to it’s lead single.

It’s probably the most “American” rock record I’ve ever heard. I mean, look at
the song titles:

Lone Star Song
Mockingbirds
It's The Life
Sing Along
Mighty Joe Moon
Demon Called Deception
Lady Godiva And Me
Drag
Last Days Of Tecumseh
Happiness
Honey Don't Think
Side By Side
Rock Of Ages

Lyrics name drop everything from John Wayne Gacey to Jackie Wilson to Evil
Kinevil (and that’s just one song.) It’s a perfect companion for a drive through
green mountains. Rustic tales of day gone by and thing to come, love song,
and tributes to mythic legends.

The music is just as American. Lilting country ballads. Folksy/Bluegrass banjos.
Screaming electric guitars & pounding drums Slide guitars and pianos. Dylan
is in the house. So is Neil Young. Woody Gutherie. Johnny Cash.

It’s countrified/Americana/swaggering rock music. It’s perfect American road
music. The soundtrack for views out a window at 65mph while the sun gets ready
to set.

I love this record.
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yay I've wanted to hear stuff by them for a while.

is the VU's self-titled from '69 too popular/well-known around here? no one I talk to knows it too well (even people who listen to "old" music strangely). but I don't want to do something everyone has.
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My pick is "KID A" by radiohead

I'll write more about later
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yay I've wanted to hear stuff by them for a while.

is the VU's self-titled from '69 too popular/well-known around here? no one I talk to knows it too well (even people who listen to "old" music strangely). but I don't want to do something everyone has.
I think that would qualify.
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^^maybe we should disallow commentary on others' choices at least for the time being, for the sake of the thread.

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My pick is "KID A" by radiohead

I'll write more about later
Whatever you feel like sharing.

But it was a #1 album on the Billboard charts.
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^^maybe we should disallow commentary on others' choices at least for the time being, for the sake of the thread.

too late.

But a good idea nonetheless.

We can all comment next Saturday.

As we listen to many new, great albums we may have never heard before.
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Whatever you feel like sharing.

But it was a #1 album on the Billboard charts.
Does it have to be an overlooked album or can it be anything?
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Does it have to be an overlooked album or can it be anything?
It can be anything.

But the person who uploads "The Joshua Tree" adds nothing to the idea.
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It can be anything.

But the person who uploads "The Joshua Tree" adds nothing to the idea.
Alright, gotcha.

My entry is going to be The New Radical's eponymous album The New Radicals

expect a writeup soon.
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Cool. I'll play.

You do best ofs, singles collections etc?
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fuck yeah i'm in!
should it be 'never loved elvis' by the wonder stuff or 'cold water flat' by revolver?...
well, for this round, tis the stuffies.
how many listening parties on this very website has 'never loved elvis' been suggested and passed by? frightening. nevertheless, an opportunity to spread the love (as the band said).
so my introduction to the wonder stuff was also via 120 minutes - the fantastic video for 'caught in my shadow' - the band busking in the british street, their fans pogo-ing joyfully along to the ridiculously melodic tune. convinced my best friend to buy the record (he had a better job) on a very strong recommendation, then 'borrowed' the thing for an extended period of time...
ahhh... sweet memories...
anyway, a fantastic romp through lovable brit-pop territory, before that meant shite to anyone. the entire record felt instantly familiar to me. i felt like i knew the next chord, the next lyric, the next SONG before it happened. a glorious mix of high energy barn burners, sarcastic ballads, cartoon pop songs, with flourishes of violins, accordians, mandolins...
oh yeah, and miles hunt has one of the BEST voices you’ll ever hear, anywhere. He spits and gargles and croooooons his way through this in a way nobody else could hope to. Just amazing.
really, just a fantastic album. a gem that sounds as good soft as it does asskickingly loud. Excellence in songwriting, lyrics, production…a desert island album. Here’s a link…

http://download.y s i .com/706D0BE32B1C3BBD

Song by song…
1. Mission Drive – always reminded me of ‘streets’ for some strange reason…. A repetitive guitar line that patiently unfolds… mandolins, then violins, vocals about an argument… then it ERUPTS! Glorious! Martin Gilkes was a demon on the drums! A fantastic opener, one of the best album openers EVER. Maybe that’s why I think of streets. Top song. TOP SONG.
2. Play – a frantic, dark, and lovely tune. The stuffies get heavy and sinister. ‘I used to think drinking brought shame, but a bottle of wine I would drain…’. Hypnotic fiddle line over fantastic rock music. Intense, beautiful.
3. False Start – sample of a bigger tune, a bit of an interlude. Strange, but lots of cool violin.
4. Welcome to the Cheap Seats – the best irish rock tune since the Pogues. The talents of Christy McColl are liberally employed, and Martin Bell’s infectious accordion hook saves the world! Fun lyrics, great production. One of my favorite stuffies songs.
5. The Size of a Cow – the big tune off this album. It’s ridiculous pop music. Beyond cartoon. But those lyrics are deadly. He’s ‘learning all his problems to the size of a cow’ (that cow’s a girl, btw). Also includes the line ‘me I’d like to think / that life is like a drink / and I’m hoping that it tastes like bourbon’. Deadly lyrics…
6. Sleep Alone – this is the ballad. The video was unbearably bad. But the song is lovely. Great harmonica and mandolin bits, and I love the intro – ‘listen, call immediately! Time is running out! We all need to do something crazy before we die…’ I still sit at home twitching my fingers, playing the songs of my favorite singers….
7. Donation – a condemnation of corrupt religious bodies. FANTASTIC! This is their ‘Bullet’. Don’t look for guitar fireworks here, though. 5 and a half minutes of brooding intensity, insidious melodies, scathing lyrics. ‘its ugly and it’s rot, separate those who have and have not’ and ‘empty your pockets – patronize, sympathize with the poor’. Wah guitars and violins weave an intense, angry tapestry…
8. Inertia – a release from the last song, straight up, frivolous pop. MORE VIOLINS!!! Peppy rhythm, Hammond organs, more wah guitars. Who the fuck cares what this is about after that last song?!
9. Maybe – their ‘political’ song. Lovely tune, references to Mike Stipe and such. The story of a young man feeling the press to change the world, recognizing his limits, what he can and cannot do. More lush instrumentation. One of my faves, Dylanesque…
10. Grotesque – another short tune in the mode of ‘False Start’. One of the best characterizations of a self-destructive relationship I’ve ever heard. He keeps it mercifully short (wishes all those relationships were similarly short-lived).
11. Here Comes Everyone – HOLY SHIT!!! One of dudeman’s favorite songs of all time…wistful romanticism – violins cascade around meticulously crafted guitar lines, frantic drumming, and my favorite lyrics – ‘live fast die young / leave a good looking corpse / I’m only joking, of course / he’s gonna ride out of here / on a big white horse / like some poetic whore’…
12. Caught In My Shadow –the song that prompted me to buy the album. Great pop tune, fun mandolin line, GREAT video (find it on youtube and watch it!). Fun song, like ‘Inertia’, just a pop song. In their words, it won’t hurt anybody
13. 38 Line Poem – the closer, starts calm, then rips open. More violin, more super cool wah guitars. The Wonder Stuff’s statement on why this shit all matters, and, more importantly, why The Wonder Stuff matters.

So that’s it. One of my favorite albums of ALL TIME. Everyone should hear this. I hope you enjoy one percent as much as I do. I make music, it’s part of my life. This album, as much as ‘The Joshua Tree’ or ‘Achtung, Baby!’, is part of the reason why.
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Whoa, thanks dudeman.

To keep moderators happy, please don't post links.

Simply make a link, and send it to me.

For everyone:

I'll distribute these next Friday 12/15.

So make a link that will live throught that date.
Send Space is better than YSI, cause the links stay active for a month. YSI links die afer 1 week.

PS- Don't forget to put your email at the end of your post. This way I can send you everything next Friday.
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