Been listening to Nouvelle Vague lately. Great covers from great songs.
E is still doing what he does best. Another artist that will be forever held up as having recent albums that either aren't as strong or prone to taking new directions as his earlier material. However for an artist to have released 10 albums without any absolute stinkers (admittedly I very rarely return to the recent "trilogy" of Hombre Lobo, End Times and Tomorrow Morning, which are solid but not spectacular) is good going. On first listen the new Eels album "Wonderful, Glorious" is a step back above this trilogy and marks a welcome return of the fuzzier more aggressive side of Souljacker, mixed in with the more reflective style of Blinking Lights. Would like to see them live again, saw them a few years back and thought the way that they reworked old material was superb.
Squarepusher - Stadium Ice, from the album Ufabulum. This track always reminds me of Mario Kart.
I just discovered "Frightened Rabbit." They are kind of like a Scottish version of "The National," if you're into that. My current favorite song of theirs is "The Twist." I have a thing about songs about dancing:
Plus, I'm a MASSIVE Kurt Weill fan, especially "Three Penny Opera" (like, I can sing entire songs in their original German, even though I don't speak alot of German---which is how much I love it).
But I just discovered Nina Simone's 1964 live version of "Pirate Jenny" which I think is probably the best ever recorded version of that song--not to mention one of the best live recordings of pretty much anything, I think. Which is a bit of hyperbole, sure, but it really is very good.
It's the most pitiless and vicious rendering of the song I've ever heard--kind of like punk rock 20 years before that was even a thing:
The sound of lossless formats vs MP3s as I make the decision about whether to re-rip my CD library.
At the moment I'm leaning towards yes but I'm not quite sure how to manage it yet. I've certainly got enough space on my laptop for re-ripping everything I have the CDs for it just then becomes a question of how to manage it. I do like having my entire collection on my iPod (which obviously wont be possible in lossless format - I'm going to have to start culling MP3s as it is) so need a rethink.
Might have separate folders with all my stuff in MP3 and everything I can in lossless, maybe stick over a few of my absolute favourite albums in lossless onto the iPod and live with the lower quality on the move (it has been find for years). Thing is, I'm not sure I'm convinced that iTunes is a piece of software that will cope with me mixing and matching like that (I have found it a pain in the arse enough as is). Ah, the organising of music libraries - definitely comes under first world problems doesn't it?!
I've been thinking about re-ripping too as I ripped most of my collection at 128kps mp3 just because my older mp3 player at the time couldn't hold much. But I just have WAAAAY too many CDs to re-rip them all and most are in boxes at my parent's house anyway.
Honestly, though, re-ripping would mostly be an OCD thing. Maybe it's just because I've listened to shitty headphones for too many years and it's ruined my ears or my ability to discern what sounds good, but I honestly can't tell the difference between 128kbps and a CD. Like, I've switched back and forth on the same song before just to see if I could, but I can't.
I've just ordered some new headphones that are better quality than my current set so I'm probably going to wait until they arrive before making a decision.
So over the last few months No One Can Ever Know by the Twilight Sad has grown into one of my favourite albums of last year. It kind of passed me by through the majority of last year but I've found myself returning to it a lot more than many other albums. The more synth heavy direction really works for them and though others may disagree I think it's easily their best work. Wouldn't have expected them to become the band that Editors could have been if they hadn't gone all shit (again some may not see this as praise, but it is!):
"I was one of those. I meddled with dark powers. I summoned demons. I ate the entire little cheese, including the rind."
~Kvothe, The Wise Man's Fear
Searching for Spy Music had led me to The Bambi Molesters
Despite the band name, they're music are thankfully aren't as creepy. Still not spy music but eh, I still like it
Bah! My blog is fulla bollox! What? Don't believe me?Here! Just look at it!
Second video released for the forthcoming new Bowie album today. First reviews also starting to pop up this week from the press preview playbacks. If this is 'one of the weakest tracks' (The Quietus) then the album looks like it's going to be very good indeed.
(there's a film intro, the song kicks in at 1:58)
This review sums up Endless Boogie perfectly:
Endless Boogie is not high-concept, and as such, their music is easily deconstructed. There’s pop songwriting — then there’s these guys. There’s very little build-up to get to their songs. You’re there. But wait! Time travel is for suckers. You want to extend your time on Earth because it’s all you got. The triple-length jams that roll out of this forge give the illusion that everything’s the same, while robbing you of your time.
It's hard not to admire a group so utterly devoid of pretense. "We're Endless Boogie and we... Well, shit, you already know."
I mentioned in one of my last posts here that I gave up listening to Metric's latest album, Synthetica. I've since gone back and listened to it many times over and have come to the conclusion that I enjoy it muchly. Not my favourite album of theirs, but there's some great stuff on there. Anyhow, I bring this up because I was listening to what is probably my favourite song of theirs:
I think it best sums up what they do; it's a really good example of their sound, what their lyrics are typically like and on top of that is just solid minutes of rocking. Not to get too deep either, but there is something that really resonates with the lyrics for me.
I'm trying to decide if I can be arsed to make a guitar arrangement of this. It is rather pretty.