Keep Your Baseball Cards — I’m Collecting Music
Look everyone! I’m still alive, and I haven’t completely forgotten about this blog!
Sorry I’ve gone an eternity or two (closer to two at this point) without updating anything. I’ve kind of been busy — papers to write, midterms to prepare for… you know, college stuff. As a result, I haven’t really been in the mood to write much lately. College would be so much better without all that crap, wouldn’t you agree? (And yes, I know that would completely defeat the purpose of college. This does not change the fact that midterms and essays suck ass.)
Anyway, my birthday was a few weeks ago and I turned — gulp — 23. (My youth is all but officially over and I don’t even feel like it’s started yet. Can I get a do-over on this whole “life” thing? No? Well, that sucks.) I got some presents — as of September 27, 2009, I officially became multi-instrumental when I got a bass guitar — and some money to spend. Which means it’s time for another Colin’s Collection post! Yay!
All the albums I’ve recently added to my collection can be found after the jump. Check it out! THAT’S AN ORDER, DAMMIT!
RX Bandits: Mandala
- I looked all over the place for this album all summer long, but I couldn’t find it anywhere. My parents were kind enough to track it down on Amazon and send it to me for my birthday. (Thanks Mom and Dad!)
- The Bandits’ newest album finds the progressive-ska-rockers completely hornless for the first time in their career. Not that this ends up being a detriment to their sound, because the rest of the band is still there and the awesome guitar work remains completely intact.
- I’m pretty sure “Hope Is A Butterfly, No Net Its Captor, She Beats Her Wings And Softly Sings Of Summer Scent And Children’s Laughter (Virus Of Silence)” takes its title from a famous poem, but I can’t remember where I think it comes from and I can’t find such a poem anywhere. I guess that means I’m wrong and the Bandits made the title up, but still… it sounds so familiar.
“March Of The Caterpillar”
Muse: The Resistance
- An interesting variety of tunes on this one. Songs like “Uprising,” “Undisclosed Desires,” and “I Belong To You” continue in the poppier direction of “Supermassive Black Hole” from Black Holes & Revelations, so if you liked that one, you’ll like this. Meanwhile, “United States Of Eurasia” (SIA! SIA! SIA! SIA!) is a big theatrical orchestra-driven Queen-like epic, while “Unnatural Selection” sounds like Queens Of The Stone Age covering Muse’s own “New Born” and is made of pure awesome. And then there’s the “Exogenesis Symphony,” which I played in full on my show a couple weeks ago.
- With “Uprising,” “Undisclosed Desires,” “United States Of Eurasia,” and “Unnatural Selection,” I’m pretty sure Muse has set the new world record for the most song titles that begin with the letter U on a single album. I have no idea who previously held this record, but something tells me it was Prince. Call it a hunch.
- Saw these guys opening for U2 on 9/29/09 at FedEx Field and they sounded great. I just wish the stupid “claw” design of U2’s 360 Tour stage didn’t almost completely block my view of them! Also, they need to go on a headlining tour of the US some time. That would be pretty sweet.
- Quite an interesting career path these guys have taken. They started off as “melodic hardcore” (that’s Wikipedia talking right there), then started getting a little more experimental with their later albums, and on The Alchemy Index they tinkered with cold electronics and acoustic folk-rock. Their newest album Beggars is a pretty solid collection of straight-up alternative rock tunes.
- The physical release of Beggars comes with a link to a website where you can download five bonus tracks, including two B-sides, two remixes, and a cover of the Beatles’ “Helter Skelter.”
- Fun fact: the first I heard of these guys was in Madden NFL ’04 — their song “All That’s Left” is featured on that game’s soundtrack.
Phoenix: It’s Never Been Like That
- I haven’t been able to stop listening to “1901,” the hit single from their new album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix and the new Cadillac jingle (just as I was starting to be able to listen to Led Zeppelin’s “Rock And Roll” without thinking of those freaking cars).
- I also haven’t been able to find Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix anywhere just yet — or at least not now that I’m interested in getting it. Figures, huh?
- Phoenix have been popping up all over the place lately now that they’re starting to hit it big here in the States. They’ve performed on every late-night show on American television except for Carson Daly’s show and Jay Leno’s new show. You can also hear “1901” and “Lisztomania” in several film trailers and TV shows. Talk about a meteoric rise to fame — even though Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is actually their fourth album.
Grizzly Bear: Veckatimest
- That’s right, I finally decided to grab a copy of the album that spawned my favorite song of the summer and one of the songs in my last Picks Of The Week post, “Two Weeks.” I still can’t stop listening to that one, and it’s been nearly two months since the first time I heard it.
- Grizzly Bear, as I’m sure everyone knows by now, will have a song called “Slow Life” featured on the soundtrack to the new Twilight movie, which comes out next week and basically features a who’s who of current indie and alternative stars. The soundtrack also includes songs from Death Cab For Cutie, the Killers, Muse, OK Go, Bon Iver, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and some guy named Thom Yorke.
- These guys recently earned themselves the adulation of none other than fellow Brooklyn native Jay-Z. Who knew Hova was so into this kind of music? Then again, he did say he gave Radiohead fifty bucks for In Rainbows, so I guess it’s not too surprising.
“Ready, Able” (live on The Late Show with David Letterman 7/16/09)
Well, that about covers it for now. I’ve still got my eye on a few albums that I haven’t found anywhere just yet, including two Cave In albums and the new Fall Of Troy album In The Unlikely Event, which just came out last week. See you next time my lazy ass gets around to updating this blog!