Friday, November 21, 2008

seven songs but a bit wonky(belated)

i was going to do seven songs. i really was.
and then i decided to do seven albums instead; i've just rediscovered soulseek after the death of my laptop (and all my music, following having lost many cds in between moves), and i've been having a few field days (wonky internet connection permitting). i also got given a hundred or so new songs by a very nice passing lady, and have been spending blissy days rediscovering early rem and finding out that i have a guilty weakness for the notting hillbillies. oh, and falling in chaotic love with 'hasselhoff', which would definitely have been a seven songs song.

anyhow; the things that have been being listened to in big chunks:

alligator - the national

i was living in 'the annexe' with an extraordinary man (red wine/nick cave on vinyl/living room/ballroom dancing were a regular fixture).the day alligator came out we had a listening party, with about two or three other people. i think we may have listened to it all night (with the odd tindersticks/nick intermission).
i've done drunken blogging before about what various bits of this one mean to me. as the rest of this selection are, it's an incredibly emotive album. there's also the week-hurtling-around-britain-on-the-alligator-tour, which was probably one of the best things
i've ever done. i think i should definitely do more of that sort of thing. diary note to check their next dates..

bryter later - nick drake

sunshiney days, growing veg, hurtling about, not having a job but having a wee bit of money (well, at the start), drinking much coffee, buying many books and vinyl, sitting on the front doorstep with a spliff at two in the morning and (i think - it may be rose-tinted glasses) looking at stars. and having a fair amount of fun.

against the pull of autumn - epic 45

when i first start listening to it, it's for the first track, 'i'm getting too young for all this'. the first time i heard it, it made me think of walking through hyde park at duskish. and then the next time i heard it, i was doing just that, in the rain. it fit perfectly.
i really like the weird scrunchy sound on it. the 'if destroyed still true' refrain takes me right back to being at school, but with kind of extra joyousness. and then i hear the rest of the album, and realise that i adore every song. i think that if you like hood then you'll like epic45. and vice versa. if you don't like either, then, well, you should.

clogs - lantern

one afternoon, i had some seriously bad juju. as you do. i got strokes, hugs, the massagiest massage ever, and this playing in the background. and possibly some wine. it's all a bit fuzzy. but if any album's going to get knots out, it's this one.
2:3:5 always makes me think of lying on a hillside watching shooting stars, even though i've never done such a thing.
again, the followytourybloggy thing applies to this one - i'm crossing my fingers that there's a uk date again soon. very recommended. also a good album for quiet contemplation with a big spliff, a bottle of red, and imagining that you own a rocking chair and velvet curtains.

woman king - iron & wine

there's just a beauty about iron & wine that i can't put my finger on. i think i first heard about them when i heard 'free until they cut me down' on americana 2004 and then again when i did 'all the wine' djtasticness, and i heard stuff from their collaboration-with-calexico album,'in the reins' . that's all i have to say on the matter, apart from 'oooh'.

slumberwall - packhorse gig

with huge thanks to the aforementioned very nice passing lady for this, and with huge thanks to mahalia (of course) for playing it, and whoever recorded it too. i had a little cry when i heard it; this music is *special*. i don't really know what else to say about it.
except thank you again.

uncut americana 2004 - various artists

the hottish (maybe) summer of 2004: i was in love, turned 25, met my boyfriend for packed lunches in graveyards during the week, had pink hair and a big smile....
i fell for this whole compilation instantly.
it's not country. honest. at least, not in the garth brooks sense...

it's struck me that none of these are *new* new. maybe i don't get on with modern things....

actually, that's rubbish. one of my friends really likes my chemical romance and fallout boy. i have spent several red wine-fuelled evenings declaring my liking of them, and may have a guilty download or few that i've been bouncing round my bedroom to.... damn my apparent love of emo combined with musical snobbishness. i'll be listening to the darkness next. what was that i said about not really knowing about anything modern?)


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