Wednesday, May 25, 2005

CDs We Don't Own, But You Should

Casey Dorrell

A run-down of the more interesting new releases of this week:

Belle & Sebastian - Push Barman to Open Old Wounds
Belle & Sebastian - Push Barman To Open Old WoundsThis one I will be buying on thursday. It's not a greatest hits, rather it is a full collection of all the Jeepster singles and EPs. It's out via the ever-excellent Matador label. No new material but the 25 track, double CD is fairly priced and has all the songs everyone was too cheap to buy the first time around. While I'm on the subject of Belle & Sebastian, check out the front page to their website. Clearly it was designed by gap.

Gorillaz - Demon Days
Gorillaz - Demon DaysI haven't heard anything other than the single ("Feel Good Inc.") off this one yet. I wonder if it will be followed up by a b-sides and two remixes like the debut? Damon Albam (Blur) is joined by De La Soul, Ike Turner, Deborah Harry (Blondie), Shaun Ryder (Happy Mondays) and the London Community Gospel Choir, MF Doom, and, of course, Dennis Hopper. Jamie Hewlett (Tank Girl) is still drawing, but Dan the Automator is gone (replaced with Danger Mouse). If I'm not castrated for having a CD stolen last time I worked, this one will be going in the store player.

Stephen Malkmus - Face the Truth
Stephen Malkmus - Face the TruthTwo Matador offerings on one day. With a record label Matador's size, this is a bit unusual. I've heard absolutely nothing from the album yet, though I'm downloading a song now. Village Voice compares some of it to the Pavement album, Wowee Zowee, and Simon and Garfield . . . and INXS. I guess they've got their bases covered. I do plan on buying this, but do I buy the special edition pavement albums (the regular editions of which I already own) first?

Sleater-Kinney - The Woods
Ooooh, preeeettyI've always grouped Bikini Kill and Sleater Kinney together for some reason. Politically it makes some sense, but they don't sound very similar. With the current state of Le Tigre, I'm happy that Sleater Kinney is still around making great music. Apparently the store where I work will not be carrying it and has, furthermore, stopped carrying Sleater-Kinney all together. At least they're getting Malkmus I guess. Amazon's blurb includes the following line: "The results are startling and far and away the most collaborative, experimental and risky in the band's seven-record career." Also, check out the album cover - I'm a sucker for good graphic design.

At the Drive-In - Anthology: This Station Is Non-Operational
Geoff already told you about this one. He did it here. Also there you will find the first, and probably most amusing, photo-edit on Mocking Music.

Other May 24th Albums Of Note:
Violent Femmes - Freak Magnet (Remaster)
Violent Femmes - Viva Wisconsin (Remaster)
X-Ray Spex - Germ Free Adolescents: Anthology (Remaster/Rerelease)
The Get-Up Kids - Live @ Granada
Son Volt - A Retrospective: 1995-2000
Alkaline Trio - Crimson
Johnny Cash - The Original Sun Albums: Complete Collection

Stephen Malkmus - Baby, C'mon (From Face the Truth)
Sleater Kinney - Entertain (From Woods)
Sleater Kinney - Entire Woods Album (Stream)
Johnny Cash - Flushed From the Bathroom of Your Heart
Alkaline Trio - Time to Waste (Quicktime Video Stream)
Jay Farrar (Of Son Volt) - All Of Your Might
Belle & Sebastian - Seeing Other People

Comments on "CDs We Don't Own, But You Should"


Blogger Casey Dorrell said ... (25/5/05 12:24 am) : 

moe's wish is our command apparently


Blogger Geoff Trainor said ... (25/5/05 12:26 am) : 



Blogger Laura said ... (25/5/05 9:11 pm) : 

That's the couple of albums I want as well...too bad I'm all out of cash now. I loled at the Belle and Sebastian front page. Either they're making a clever joke, or...I don't know what they're thinking.

Did you notice the Get Up Kids link? The html code failed, apparently. What a nice way to remember them by ;)


Blogger mfd said ... (26/5/05 12:31 am) : 

The X-Ray Spex album is not really a new release, they just "remastered" the same anthology they released earlier and removed the 2nd disc from the package. I bought the 2CD release (same cover design) used in Vancouver 3 years ago. It isn't "remastered" but it has all 16 album tracks, 10 Demo Tracks, and 11 Live Tracks. This is, more or less, everything they ever recorded (i think), but has lots of repeats (album, live, and demo recordings of "Identity" for example.)

Anyhoo, buy anything you can find by this band. The first punk band fronted by a female non-caucasian singer, possibly the first punk band to feature a saxaphone.


Blogger Casey Dorrell said ... (26/5/05 12:46 am) : 

Yeah, I know of them - mostly for the former, first female fronted punk band, reason. That's why I put them on the list. I've never seen them physically for sale though. Maybe ebay.

Yeah, I blame the link problem on Geoff.. it wasn't like that earlier.. weird anyhow. I didn't know the get up kids were dead until yesterday actually. Never really got into them too much - always confused them with jets to brazil.


Blogger Geoff Trainor said ... (26/5/05 2:14 pm) : 

I take no responsibility for any such "failures" in html coding. I only add -sm to all the pictures. I swear.


Anonymous mOe said ... (26/5/05 2:34 pm) : 

i have to give a woo to gorillaz and sleater-kinney.
i've heard a lot of good things about belle & sebastian, have yet to get off my lazy ass and check them out.

*insert snarky comments about castrating and stolen cd's here with a roll of the eyes*


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