Music Galore

Jason Singer
Mar 23, 2010

 

November and December are usually reserved for movie talk, because this is when every studio pushes their best films just in time for the Academy Awards.

While this is certainly true in 2008 (think "Slumdog Millionaire," "Changeling," "Milk," "Frost/Nixon," "Gran Torino"), I'd be remiss if I didn't talk about all the great music that has emerged recently. I already covered Paul McCartney's latest offering in my last post, but here's some other music you should check out, too:

"Welcome to Mali," by Amadou & Mariam: The best album of the year according to critics. If you're going to give anything outside of your comfort zone a chance this year, please let it be this. Written by an African husband and wife duo who met at a school for the blind, it's simply sensational. Bluesy guitars, mesmerizing voices, great dance beats, powerful crescendos and a uniqueness that raises it above everything else in 2008. Click here for their song "Ce n'est pas bon."

"Day & Age" by The Killers: I am an unabashed Killers fan. But even critics agree their latest outing, the band's third LP, is their best album yet. Good old-fashioned rock and roll, with a dash of electronica and a pinch of experimentalism. Singer/songwriter Brandow Flowers' is still as sentimental as ever -- he was definitely a Bruce Springsteen fan -- but I think it's incredibly endearing: No band enjoys playing music more than The Killers. Click here for their new song "This is Your Life."

"Sugar Mountain: Live at Canterbury House 1968" by Neil Young: Released as part of the "Archive Series" of rare recordings from the early days of Young's career, this album features songs from two gigs in Ann Arbor, Mich., just before the release of his debut solo album. Very interesting CD. Showcases a goofy, tentative, insightful storyteller who seems both relieved and scared to be away from his band, Buffalo Springfield. Great snapshot of a legend in transition. Click here for the song "Sugar Mountain."

"We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed" by Los Campesinos!: Messy, catchy, beautiful prog-pop. The exclamation point at the end of the band's name says it all. This second LP from the Welsh indie-rockers is full of energy, with so many guitars, violins, glockenspiels and time signatures, you can't yawn or you'll miss something. Click here for the title track "We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed."

Comments

Anonymous

I am so out of touch....What ever happened to Primus, The Cowboy Junkies, Dinosaur Jr., or The Lemonheads.

I am getting old.

Anonymous

Dinosaur Jr. actually just released a great album titled "Beyond," which was there first album in two decades. They're awesome.

Les Claypool (the main singer of Primus) is somewhat of a renaissance man nowadays. He writes novels, movies and occasionally even writes songs for Comedy Central (South Park, Robot Chicken, etc.).

I can honestly say I know nothing about The Cowboy Junkies, even though I used to work as a music critic. Sorry :o( — I guess I'll have to check them out.

As for you being out of touch: I routinely write about music that's significantly off the radar. There's a massive gap between good, critically-acclaimed music and mainstream music, so I do my little part to bridge the gap. Don't feel bad though, most people have never heard of these bands. It's not just you.

I'll listen to The Cowboy Junkies and get back to you.

-Jason

Anonymous

good to have you back Jay, missed you for a couple of days.

beepx22

nice article, hard to believe anyone would write about neil young, especially back in his BSF days. Since you once did music reviews, why not do some of the local bands from time to time?

Anonymous

Guns N' Roses Chinese Democracy CD was the best one in a long time!

Listen to it.

Enjoy it.

Feel it!

Rock n' Roll is here to stay!

Anonymous

Dear Reader,

I would love to cover local bands. Unfortunately, I only recently moved to the city and am not that familiar with the local music scene. Does our second publication — Funcoast — cover local bands?

Is their a thriving music scene?

I will have a story on Saturday about Daniel Work, a Sandusky native who is releasing his first CD next week.

Give me some feedback and maybe we can start doing a segment a local bands.

Thanks,
Jason

Anonymous

You can cover any local band but the Cocobeano's. We are so sick of the Cocobeano's.

Anonymous

LOL. That's pretty funny because someone came up to me earlier this week and told me I HAD to hear the Cocobeano's, because they were the best band ever. I guess I'll have to find out for myself, although I trust your opinion.

Sorry for no blog posting today. Dennis Murray Jr. resigned today, Dave Waddington conceded the mayoral race, and more Marina District mayhem (which frankly, is non-stop).

Consequently, I was busy covering City Hall all day, and unfortunately, that's what they pay for me; not this.

beepx22

They're not bad for a cover band. There will be a load of local hard rock and heavy bands at the underground saturday, with national touring band Straight Line Stitch though

Anonymous

WHAT!!! The Wad conceded......Arrrrgggghhhh.

As I digress, Les Claypool is a great guy and all (a little obsessed with fishing) but Ler Lalonde was my favorite member of Primus and the reason I started and quit playing guitar. I got to see Primus in Cleveland during the "Tales From The Punchbowl Tour". Mike Watt personaly yelled at me from the stage. What he said is a bit to profane to be repeated on this site, but sort of life changing in an apathetic way.

I have found that the Radio Stations no longer play what I want to hear. (the local ones never did) so lately I have been listening to podcast of college lectures on my one hour commute to work and back. The other day I was listening to a physics lecture from UC Berkley on helium decay and realized that I am now old.

you can find the Cowboy Junkies here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B...

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