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Saturday, February 03, 2007

What I've Been Listening To

Cold War Kids - Robbers and Cowards (Esp. Hang Me Out to Dry) Percussion-heavy suburban rock with piano; White Stripes with more instruments. While they sometimes swing too much into American-Beautyesque moaning about the bleak mundanity of the middle-class life, generally strong lyrics and catchy music. Gomez - How We Operate (Esp. How We Operate) Blues-heavy British rock. The title song is great, but I'm lukewarm on the rest of the effort. Their previous In Our Gun is better. The Hold Steady - Boys and Girls in America Christian-influenced bar band. Their lead singer follows in the great tradition of the great lyric writers who can't sing. This album got a lot of press late last year, for good reason. Neko Case - The Fox Confessor Brings the Flood Independent alternative folk/country; great vocalist; creative lyrics. This is on the edge of what I usually listen to, but I'm glad I gave it a shot. Tokyo Police Club - Lessons In Crime (Esp. Citizens of Tomorrow) Energetic, electronics-infused rock; frequent clapping; bizarre lyrics. My only complaint is that the album is criminally short at 17 minutes. Sample lyrics:

See the ruins of the old world below That's what our ancestors left us But our robot masters will know How to clean this mess up And build a better world

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