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Michael Scrutchin
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PostPosted: 02.20.2006 11:39 pm    Post subject: Music of 2006 Reply with quote

It's only February, but what has caught your fancy so far?



My favorite album of 2006 so far is Rosanne Cash's Black Cadillac (preview album here). It's a bit puzzling why it hasn't garnered much press or online buzz, as it's probably the best overall album I've heard so far this year (and I was relatively unfamiliar with her music before I heard it). Both heartbreaking and inspirational, it's ultimately about resilience and hope in the face of overwhelming loss, and a few of the songs are so powerful that I can't listen to them -- even after hearing them a dozen times -- without tearing up a little bit. The best songs on the album, notably "Black Cadillac" and "I Was Watching You," are positively life-affirming.



I'm also digging Jenny Lewis' Rabbit Fur Coat, Belle and Sebastian's The Life Pursuit, The Gossip's Standing in the Way of Control, and Film School's s/t. Notable releases that I'm not really feeling include Cat Power's The Greatest (though the title track is great) and Arctic Monkey's Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not (though it can be kinda fun in small doses).
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PostPosted: 02.21.2006 12:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Besides Belle & Sebastian and Jenny Lewis (I love that album), I haven't yet purchased any other 2006 releases. I'll just add that I've been hankering to check out all of your other mentions. I'm even interested in the Arctic Monkeys!
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PostPosted: 02.21.2006 1:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

beltmann wrote:
Besides Belle & Sebastian and Jenny Lewis (I love that album), I haven't yet purchased any other 2006 releases. I'll just add that I've been hankering to check out all of your other mentions. I'm even interested in the Arctic Monkeys!




You know, I want to love the Jenny Lewis album, but neither the mediocre songwriting or lyrics even begin to live up to Lewis' lovely voice. Her vocals make the album for me (and the Watson Twins are wonderful backup), but many of the songs themselves have grown old far too quickly. I do, however, love "Rise Up With Fists!" It's a killer track, but the album as a whole doesn't get much better than "pretty good" in my book. Glad you're really digging it, though. I love Jenny Lewis as a singer -- any I haven't even heard any Rilo Kiley yet.



The Arctic Monkeys are OK, but I don't understand the insane buzz about them.
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PostPosted: 02.21.2006 4:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Michael Scrutchin wrote:
You know, I want to love the Jenny Lewis album, but neither the mediocre songwriting or lyrics even begin to live up to Lewis' lovely voice.


I kind of feel that way about a third of the tracks, but I haven't tired of them, at least not yet. Besides, as you said, her voice--along with her sincerity and genuine self-reflection--are the main appeal. She's no Neko Case (who has a once-in-a-generation voice), but there's a very bright future ahead for Jenny Lewis.



"Handle With Care" is a great song, and represents the first time I've been remotely interested in Bright Eyes or Ben Gibbard. (I was already a big M. Ward fan.) I caught Death Cab on ACL the other night, and I remain utterly bored by them. I keep trying, but I guess I just don't hear what everybody else hears.



Michael Scrutchin wrote:
The Arctic Monkeys are OK, but I don't understand the insane buzz about them.


I suspected as much. Never trust the hype, pro or con. I'm still gonna check them out, though.
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PostPosted: 02.27.2006 1:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Michael Scrutchin wrote:
The Arctic Monkeys are OK, but I don't understand the insane buzz about them.




God help me, I'm growing fond of the Arctic Monkeys. It only took a few listens of "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" to finally grab me. I don't know how much staying power they'll have with me, but the album is a lot of fun right now.
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PostPosted: 03.04.2006 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm still completely enamored with the Jenny Lewis album, but I also can't stop listening to Elbow's Leaders of the Free World. Those are my two favorites of the year so far.



I also like, but not love, the new Destroyer, Belle & Sebastian, and Minus 5 albums, in that order.
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PostPosted: 03.11.2006 4:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

neko case's new album is easily her best beltmann. i can't stop listening to it(or the new josh rouse for that matter, it's been leaked already. let me know if you're interested).



ps - it's me, bucky.
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PostPosted: 03.12.2006 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Bucky!



Delivery on my Neko album is delayed, because I went with the free shipping option--and I also had the new Loose Fur in the order, which doesn't come out for another week. Forgot about that. They will ship together. Anyway, I can be patient.



Last night I was at the Riverside for New Pornographers and Belle & Sebastian, and while I was there I visited the box-office. Bought tickets for Neko on March 30, and Jenny Lewis tickets for tomorrow night! (Only $10 for Lewis... that's a steal.)
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PostPosted: 03.12.2006 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i was going to head over for the jenny lewis show tomorrow but have decided on seeing josh rouse in madison in april and neko in mke on the 30th. please let me know how she is. did you have to pay all the extraordinary fees when you bought at the box office. neko is going to cost me about $25 if i buy on the web.



i saw the new pornos w/matt pond pa and dios(malos) a few weeks back in madison. wonderful show. check out matt pond pa if you haven't before. also saw wilco in chapel hill last week. eh. wilco is so calculated now. i think i'm done with wilco live shows.



i have the new loose fur already, it's good.
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PostPosted: 03.12.2006 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jack D Ripper wrote:
did you have to pay all the extraordinary fees when you bought at the box office.


Nope. There were fees, but they were negligible compared to buying tix online.



Jack D Ripper wrote:
check out matt pond pa if you haven't before.


I heard a bunch of Matt Pond PA mp3s last year, and found them rather unimpressive. When I saw them open for Guster in Chicago, I hoped my opinion would improve, but no dice. Didn't hear anything that would inspire me to dig deeper.



Jack D Ripper wrote:
wilco is so calculated now.


I'm not really sure what you mean, but I know I disagree; after all, U2 is calculated, not Wilco. The band is certainly different these days, but I still feel that Wilco live is the best show going right now. Two of my five favorite shows ever are my two most recent Wilco shows.



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i have the new loose fur already, it's good.


I've heard 3-4 tracks, and like them. I usually resist downloading early or checking out advance leaks... there's something about being patient and tearing open the plastic on release day that I still find appealing.
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PostPosted: 04.27.2006 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Michael Scrutchin wrote:
God help me, I'm growing fond of the Arctic Monkeys. It only took a few listens of "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" to finally grab me. I don't know how much staying power they'll have with me, but the album is a lot of fun right now.




It's hard to articulate how much I detest the Arctic Monkeys. You cannot escape them here. Since one of the kids has fallen prey to the 'buzz', I'm not even free in my own home. I must seek solace in Bauhaus or Public Image. Or possibly Richard Thompson. He could show those idiots in the Arctic Monkey what a guitar's for.
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PostPosted: 04.28.2006 1:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

beltmann wrote:
I'm still completely enamored with the Jenny Lewis album, but I also can't stop listening to Elbow's Leaders of the Free World. Those are my two favorites of the year so far.


Both of these albums have had staying power for me, but both have been supplanted as my favorite by Neko Case. That album just keeps growing in stature--unlike Jenny Lewis, whose lyrics are sometimes iffy, Neko is a real songwriter, and her voice is simply majestic. I can honestly say that I adore every single track on Fox Confessor Brings the Flood.



Right now I'm eagerly anticipating the Raconteurs and the new Guster.
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PostPosted: 12.13.2006 12:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, it's that time again? I bought 35 albums this year and I feel like I haven?t had nearly enough time to digest those, let alone all the worthy stuff I haven?t gotten around to yet. Anyway, here?s what I listened to the most in 2006, in rank order:



1. Neko Case, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood

2. M. Ward ? Post-War

3. The Hold Steady ? Boys and Girls in America

4. Decemberists ? The Crane Wife

5. Golden Smog ? Another Fine Day

6. Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins ? Rabbit Fur Coat

7. Yo La Tengo ? I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass

8. Califone, Roots & Crowns

9. Bob Dylan ? Modern Times

10. Elbow ? Leaders of the Free World


11. Raconteurs ? Broken Boy Soldier

12. Guster ? Ganging Up On the Sun

13. Paul Simon ? Surprise

14. Belle & Sebastian ? The Life Pursuit

15. Calexico ? Garden Ruin

16. Rosanne Cash ? Black Cadillac

17. Loose Fur ? Born Again in the USA

18. Dixie Chicks ? Taking the Long Way

19. The Format ? Dog Problems

20. Camera Obscura ? Let?s Get Out of This Country

21. Glenn Kotche ? Mobile

22. Sonic Youth ? Rather Ripped

23. Riviera ? Capital

24. Neil Young ? Living With War

25. Gob Iron ? Death Songs for the Living

26. Snow Patrol ? Eyes Wide Open

27. Destroyer ? Destroyer?s Rubies

28. Dr. Dog ? Takers and Leavers EP

29. Flaming Lips ? At War With the Mystics

30. Arctic Monkeys ? Whatever People Say I Am, That?s What I?m Not

31. Northern Room ? The Last Embrace EP

32. Pearl Jam ? Self-titled

33. Minus 5 ? Self-titled / The Gun Album

34. The Weepies ? Say I Am You

35. Jay Bennett ? The Magnificent Defeat



Best Live Releases: My Morning Jacket ? Okonokos; Jeff Tweedy ? Sunken Treasure: Live In the Pacific Northwest.



EDIT: Forgot about Beck. I'd place The Information somewhere near the middle of the list.
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PostPosted: 12.13.2006 3:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My lack of familiarity with the majority of those titles shows how little I am acquainted with today's music scene.



I did, however, pick up a few of those: Neko Case, the Decemberists, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and The Flaming Lips. I pretty much agree with your ranking of them.



I also really enjoyed the latest Regina Spektor album this year.



Other than that, not much to add. I really should try to get into the Music of 2007 more than I had anticipated to.
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PostPosted: 12.13.2006 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

beltmann wrote:
Well, it's that time again? I bought 35 albums this year and I feel like I haven?t had nearly enough time to digest those, let alone all the worthy stuff I haven?t gotten around to yet.




Nice list. Many of those would be on mine, and there are a few I haven't heard yet. Have you heard Drive-By Truckers' A Blessing and a Curse? It was released this past year and it served as my introduction to the band, who I now dig immensely. They're a killer hard southern rock band (some call 'em alt-country, but I don't think that's accurate) and they seem to appeal to a lot of the same people who like Son Volt, Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, Whiskeytown, and My Morning Jacket. A Blessing and a Curse isn't the best Drive-By Truckers album, but it's certainly one of my favorite albums of 2006.
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