Mystery Hours - The New Pornographers - Mass Romantic (CD, Album)

Read Full Post ». Things are starting to settle down now…]. I often fantasize about finding a woman who would find my iPod and fall in love with my music— finding that we shared a lot of the same tastes, discovering new favorites, talking about my experiences around the songs …and hopefully providing me with new tracks I can add to the mix and wrap new memories around.

Getting married and starting a family certainly changed a lot of the sort of music I ran across since I was no longer going out to parties and being exposed to new music, or going to see as many live shows.

One of the best of these shows was The Wild Thornberries, and I remember watching a Wild Thornberries movie where this Paul Simon song came on… and just choked me with emotion as I sat there curled up with my Mystery Hours - The New Pornographers - Mass Romantic (CD. When my father-in-law suddenly passed away it was pretty devastating. I went and bought the CD and discovered a new favorite, this cover of a Tom Waits song that is much more fun and upbeat… and just as gorgeous.

Back when we had to bathe the kids, we used to turn on the radio to listen to while the kids played in the bath and we attempted to get them clean. My son was about 3 or so when this song by ZZ Top came on the radio. As for post-mitzvah projects, the closest thing to the original incarnation is probably Jenny Omnichord. I highly recommend C ities of Gifts and Ghosts.

Next up : Posted by Jay at PM No comments:. Labels: indiemusicTop Monday, December 7, English Roundabout by XTC. From the album English Settlement Geffen, [listen here]. Maybe it's the raspy voice.

Next track is "Stranger Tonight". This one has all the pieces. The vocals sound nice and the guitar sounds great. I really like this track. Track 6 is "Wasteland". Again a slow starting song. This one is more operatic as I feel like an orchestra could be playing this one with an opera singer performing the vocals. There are some unique sound effects in this one that add, again, to some of the darkness I hear when I listen to this one.

The underlying vocals just give the feel of discomfort. It's not a relaxing track by any means. Track 7 is "Bedouin". My immediate thought when listening to this track is that it could just as easily be a Led Zeppelin song. High praise that others may or may not agree with. Just feels like a 70's rocker to me! The final track on this album is called "Exodus".

This one starts off a bit "spacey" with some keyboard effects of some kind. Reminds me of ELO. It gets cooking and has the total metal mixed with classic rock feel to it. Some nice guitar solos as well showing off the strengths of this band. NIce conclusion to a mix of emotions experienced while listening.

Great record here. Don't listen to it while going to sleep as it may elicit some nightmares. But, it really is a cool, psychedelic, classic rock, metal album. Lots of different pieces here which bring this Album) together nicely. Looking forward to next March. Thanks Brett! Day 51 - Interpol - Marauders. Today's record is Marauders by Interpol. This one came out recently. I really like all of their albums and have been told I do a great version of the opening of the track " The Heinrich Manuever " when I should out "How are things on the West coast?

Had the opportunity to see these guys with my wife a few years back in a packed house at First Avenue. What a great show. They really have put out a lot of good music. So catchy. They've got this English feel to them although they are from NYC. I have this version of Marauders. Great opening track. This is pretty typical Interpol stuff and the vocals are just wonderful on this one.

Track 2 is "The Rover". This one opens with a great beat and really gets going. Another great track. Tracks 3 through 5 on Side A are just standard Interpol tracks I love what these guys do! Side A closes out with "Interlude 1", which is a minute of eerie, scary music. They can't be the Beatles! No one, no matter how hard they try, can be the Beatles. I don't even like the White Album.

Challengers needed, say, at least two numbers that simply rocked and were 3 minutes long, and I think I could have gone for it. Exchange "Go Places" for something more like "Use It" and "Failsafe" for something more like "The Laws Have Changed" and the album would have been one of this year's best releases.

Instead the album feels like the New Pornographers want to be some other band besides the New Pornographers, leaving a strange aftertaste in my mouth. The one major consolation prize we have with this album is more Dan Bejar, which of course makes me incredibly happy see post on "Myriad Harbour". Subtle hooks and drawn-out climaxes are great when used in moderation, but when you're as great of a band as the New Pornographers, striking a balance is critical, and on Challengersthe band has failed to recognize that simple fact.

I feel the need to add a disclaimer here: for most bands Challengers would be a masterpiece. For the New Pornographers it's a disappointment. Sorry kids. Some totally sucked. This is the most obvious debt, a cover of an earlier hit by Buck Owens. Lennon sounds quite impassioned about willfully losing the love of his life.

Everything about this just sounds lazy. Why Album) they cover this? This song almost sends me screaming into the Stones camp. The bad pseudo-tympani tom hits on the chorus are extremely low-rent Phil Spector. The oboe-like keyboard is a lovely treat, and the man chorus in the second verse is strange and surreal—as is the indeterminate soundscape that closes the piece. This is the kind of gem I was hoping to find with this experiment. The last 30 seconds is deliriously deranged.

I have no idea what skiffle actually sounds like: a bit rockabilly, a bit country and western, a bit British, maybe? Nice Paul vocal; George does a Bill Haley-ish solo. And help me understand? They should Mystery Hours - The New Pornographers - Mass Romantic (CD gone all-out a cappella for kicks.

You can almost hear every side of the Beatles pulling at each other here, and it works. This sounds a bit like early R. The rest of this one-chord wonder is just as glorious, with a monstrously distorted guitar, droning organ, disproportionately loud handclaps, and a fine performance from Ringo. A passable melody by Beatles standards, but these lyrics are dreadful.

Every night? There, I said it. The guitar intro alone is sublime; Mystery Hours - The New Pornographers - Mass Romantic (CD rest of the song is flawless.

Ah yes, this one. The Wurlitzer gives it a rollicking Ray Charles feel; nice backing vocals and guitar solo. A slight bossa nova feel to the rhythm, clumsy handclaps in the bridge, but great melody and harmonies on the verse. Once is enough.

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