Friday, March 21, 2008

Yeah, the tedious half of Hercules & Love Affair is beginning to bug me. Vampire Weekend and Hot Chip, skepticized (word?) by myself and consensus respectively, remain solvent as ever.

Here's my 2008 goody bag so far:

Be Your Own Pet - Get Awkward (import version, please)
Hot Chip - Made in the Dark
Dizzee Rascal - Maths & English (why not?)
R.E.M. - Accelerate (back in the saddle again)
Vampire Weekend (natch)
The Breeders - Mountain Battles
Akrobatik - Absolute Value
Kylie Minogue - X
Erykah Badu - New Amerykah: 4th World War
The Magnetic Fields - Distortion
Lil' Wayne - The Leak (if "Lollipop" is any indication, I'll stick with these I believe)
Hercules & Love Affair
The-Dream - Love/Hate
Why? - Alopecia
Los Campesinos! - Hold On Now, Youngster (thank you, Maytharz)

relative disappointments in order from mildest on down:

The Mountain Goats - Heretic Pride: diminishing returns, but more on that when my review of Tuesday's Webster Hall gig goes up on LAS.

Mike Doughty - Golden Delicious: Justin and Al are right, this is a little better than that first knee-jerk had me think. A little better.

Del the Funky Homosapien - Eleventh Hour: Sad to say, believe the hype. One of my favorite rappers finally succumbs the margins.

We Are Scientists - Brain Thrust Mastery: I'm pretty unaccustomed to agreeing with Ian Cohen, so I won't quite. This is a few points north of a 5.3, but rarely as high as "After Hours" or "Impatience" throughout. With Love and Squalor's "filler" improved with time. I don't suspect that will be the case here. And the Hot Hot Heat analogy only works if you skip right from Make Up the Breakdown to Happiness Ltd. Classic chicken/egg scenario: did the drummer leave because the new songs weren't all that? Or did his departure shock out the other dudes' songwriting?


Blogger Gigi said...

Why is everyone hating on Mike Doughty's new album? Its sweet, and you don't have to think about it too much

12:53 PM, March 21, 2008  
Blogger kiss out the jams said...

It certainly has its moments! "Like a Luminous Girl" is one of my favorite songs of the year so far, and "Wednesday" and "I Got the Drop on You" I like a lot. The real in-your-face poppy ones at the beginning I'm mixed about; they're catchy, but something about the gloss doesn't suit him very naturally.

1:00 PM, March 21, 2008  
Blogger Ian said...

.....Los Campesinos?

10:08 PM, March 21, 2008  
Blogger kiss out the jams said...

Ah fuck me. Campesinos should be in there. Let me do a proper edit.

10:48 PM, March 21, 2008  

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