Y U NO REVIEW: FEBRUARY ’12

This is a series of short spiels discussing albums that I’ve failed to review for the past month or so. Sorry I didn’t get to them. I would have liked to, but I’m just one man. I can’t review everything. Here are the albums and artists mentioned in this video:

FRANKIE ROSE- INTERSTELLAR
BUSDRIVER- BEAUS$EUROS
AIR- LE VOYAGE DANS LA LUNE
JMSN- SELF-TITLED
XIU XIU- ALWAYS
BJ THE CHICAGO KID- PINEAPPLE NOW-LATERS
DIE ANTWOORD- TEN$ION
VAN HALEN- A DIFFERENT KIND OF TRUTH
YOUNG MAGIC- MELT
DR. DOG- BE THE VOID
HOSPITALITY- SELF-TITLED
ROBERT GLASPER- BLACK RADIO
ISLANDS- A SLEEP & A FORGETTING
THE TWILIGHT SAD- NO ONE CAN EVER KNOW
LAMBCHOP- MR. M
PEPE DELUXE- QUEEN OF THE WAVE
FUN.- SOME NIGHTS
NAPALM DEATH- UTILITARIAN

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Opeth- Heritage

Ah, the new Opeth record. Was I expecting to like this? No. Was I hoping I’d like this? Yes! A big, fat “yes,” actually.

I’ve never been an Opeth fan. Their melodic and almost overproduced take on death metal–and progressive metal, generally–just doesn’t have anything I look for in music.

I was surprised by the classic progressive rock direction the band took this album in, though. The syncopated guitars, drums, and organs are a serious treat to listen to on a lotta these tracks. The acoustic interludes in these songs transition into louder moments really gracefully, too. The production ain’t bad, but I’m still being held back by one major snag: the vocals.

Yes, the vocals just do nothing whatsoever for me. They just don’t portray any personality to me. Opeth has always had some decent death growls, but the cleaner vocals don’t hook me at all.

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blogTV Playlist: 12-20-10

I had a great time at the blogTV this past Monday, y’all. You keep making it fun for me to do this stuff, seriously. Thanks for picking up the TPOBPAH 7”s, too. They’re in the mail. HEY! HEY! HEY! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

1. Rocketship- Hey, Hey Girl
2. Motorhead- Whorehouse Blues
3. PVT- Crimson Swan
4. Juan Luis Guerra- La Bilirrubina
5. Aphex Twin- Xtal
6. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart- The One
7. The Decemberists- The Mariner’s Revenge Song
8. Mooncake- Zaris
9. Fiction- Big Things
10. Braids- Lemonade
11. 80kidz- Miss Mars
12. Roisin Murphy- Night of the Dancing Flame
13. Ween- It’s Gonna Be a Long night
14. Catch 22- Sick and Sad
15. The Thermals- Back to Gray
16. We Are Losers- The Narcissist
17. Dry the River- Shaker Hymns
18. Swan Lake- All Fires
19. Small Town Crooks- Montego
20. Gossip Culture- Horses Run Wild

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Last Night’s blogTV Playlist

So, last night’s blogTV session was awesome. We unloaded all 11 Crystal Stilts 7”s, Cal Chuchesta came by to be a jerk, and you guys sent along some awesome songs. Kilgorin helped me out with getting most of it together. I might have missed a few tracks, but this is what I recall playing and reviewing:

1. Deathspell Omega – Devouring Famine (Suggested by Kilgorin)
2. Swans – Beautiful Child (Suggested by ModestFloyd)
3. Atlantian Kodex – Disciples of the Iron Crown (Suggested by nothings)
4. Weezer – Tragic Girl (Suggested by Jonzz)
5. Anamanaguchi – My Skateboard Will Go On (Suggested by PokeFanJake)
6. Autechre – Fold4, Wrap5 (Suggested by idiotrus92)
7. Gogol Bordello – Santa Marinella (Suggested by Dima210)
8. Herb Alpert – Spanish Flea (Suggested by hey0you0guy)
9. Deerhoof – The Merry Barracks (Suggested by huggins)
10. Cloud Cult – Transistor Radio (Suggested by Aaron)
11. Handsome Boy Modeling School – The Truth (Suggested by dpow90)
12. Vuvr- Passion (Suggested by iggnsthe)
13. The Constructus Corporation – Jellyfish (Suggested by kdito)
14. Elliott Smith – Suicide Machine (Suggested by chaosisme)
15. Headlights – It Isn’t Easy To Live That Wellt (Suggested by fix3db)
16. Subtle – Sinking Pinks (Suggested by FranklinDelanoBluth)
17. Real Estate – Out Of Tune (Suggested by lionsinflowers)
18. Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Pharell, Thom Yorke – U.S. Placers (Suggested by SportsMusings)

Oh, yeah! We played a little bit of this and this, too.
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