April 30th, 2008

Victor

Anyone can toe the line, except for me 'cause I'm a disco dancer

Here are some thoughts on a few records (read: CDs) that I've obtained recently:

Nellie McKay, Pretty Little Head - This one didn't grab me quite as well as her first, Get Away From Me, but I still liked it quite a bit. "Cupcake" is my favorite song on there, but I also quite like "Yodel," "The Big One," "Real Life," "Food," and "Lali Est Paresseux." I don't know what the latter is about, since it's entirely in French, but I do think it's pretty. I also quite like the liner pictures, which show that Nellie can be just as diverse in appearance as in musical styles.

Pipettes, Your Kisses Are Wasted on Me (EP) - This includes two songs that aren't on the album, but are just as good as the ones that are. As you may recall, I picked up their album a few months ago and really liked it, so I guess it figures that they're apparently breaking up, huh? Actually, if the rumors are true, they've all left except for the one who wasn't a charter member, who's keeping the name with two new girls. Kind of an Argo situation, huh? They did put out one excellent album, which is more than some groups that stay together for years manage to do, but it still saddens me. I mean, they were so cute together!

Colin Meloy Sings Live! - A band that I've gotten into fairly recently that HASN'T broken up yet (at least as far as I know) is the Decemberists, but their leading man does do solo concerts occasionally, and one of them is captured on this simply-titled album. I'm not generally that big on live albums, but I always get them anyway when they're released by artists I like. In this case, I don't think the Decemberists songs Colin plays sound all that different from their album counterparts, but there's some amusing between-song banter, and he sometimes uses the endings of his own songs as segues into covers. He also plays "Dracula's Daughter," which he considers to be the worst song he's ever written. Incidentally, I had a dream last night that I was eating dinner with Colin and revme, and Colin got really drunk. I think secretnthewings was also in the dream at an earlier point. Why do I keep dreaming about LJ-friends I've never met in person?

Visqueen, King Me - This is the first album of theirs that I've heard, and there's a definite similarity between them and the Fastbacks (whose Kim Warnick was the band's bass player when they recorded this album), although I don't think their music has quite the same...I guess I'd say "sing-songy" quality that Kurt Bloch's compositions do. I don't love this album, but it's fun, and I think it has the potential to grow on me. I mean, I didn't like the Fastbacks all that much at first, either. And to end with a trivia connection, Visqueen's lead singer Rachel Flotard did backing vocals on Neko Case's most recent studio album.
  • Current Music
    Colin Meloy: The Gymnast, High Above The Ground (live)
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