I decided to cash in some iTunes gift cards this weekend and scoop up some new musical goodies that I’ve been wanting. Because of everything going on, I’ve sort of neglected a bunch of great records. Here’s what I got:
The Chemical Brothers’ new one, Push the Button. So far, another A+ effort by these guys. They have a bunch of really cool vocal stuff going on with the music, done by a host of special guests. There are also a few tracks with hip hop flavor, in the spirit of the whole Jay-Z remixed with everyone under the sun theme. On that note though, I think the Pavement crossover album is the best.
Lou Barlow’s latest album, Emoh, has blown me away so far. If you liked his album “One Part Lullaby” with Folk Implosion, this one has a similar feel, only it’s acoustic and has a cover of Ratt’s “Round and Round”. Oh yes.
Interpol’s Antics, is yet another unreal album by this band that is just eerie and beautiful and dark and urgent and all sorts of stuff mashed together. Definitely get this and “Turn on the Bright Lights” if you don’t have that one either.
Finally picked up Elliott Smith’s From a Basement On A Hill, his last one that was released posthumously. As always, its very good, but its taken a few listens to grab a hold of me. Not quite as poppy as his last couple, and he was sort of experimenting with some different production techniques. I have to actually read up more about how they did the record. Hopefully most of the production stuff was his choice and not what someone did after he kicked. Still cannot believe that the guy actually stabbed himself in the chest. Can you imagine how hard that is to do!?!? Poor guy. I love his music.