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Old 09-30-2009, 11:35 AM   #1981 (permalink)
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I've been putting off getting into these guys for a while now. For those that don't know this is the side project of bassist Chris Wood, of Medeski, Martin, and wood, and his brother Oliver wood on slide Dobro. and acoustic guitar. The end product of the collaboration is a soulful blues that shows off elements of Van morrison and G Love and special Sauce, but really has a special endearing vibe all its own. Fantastic album, possibly my favorite acquisition so far this year.

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Old 09-30-2009, 12:52 PM   #1982 (permalink)
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Yeah, I'll start to feel bad for downloading a ton of music online but when I buy tickets for shows and am completely fucked out the ass by live nation service charges suddenly a download here and there doesn't seem so terrible.
Oh, it isn't at all. I'm not condemning downloading just lowering my quantity for a while. I've probably spent over $100 on shows this month and that's just limiting it to shows that I feel I need to attend.
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Old 09-30-2009, 03:26 PM   #1983 (permalink)
 
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I gave these two albums a spin today, haven't listened to them in a while



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Old 09-30-2009, 04:35 PM   #1984 (permalink)
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Old 09-30-2009, 05:59 PM   #1985 (permalink)
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Old 10-01-2009, 03:17 PM   #1986 (permalink)
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Alfie - Do You Imagine Things? (2003)



Yes, this is a corker, I have it on CD-R burned by a mate years ago - one side is this album and the other is 'Hard Day's Night' which is quite appropriate really. Everyone is grovelling at the altar of Bartles remasters at the moment, having spent more than two decades gagging for them and bemoaning the lack of McLennon-like inspiration in their guitar pop. The thing is Alfie were on their doorstep all along, from Mancland UK, you can trace their evolution over three (or is it four?) unrecognised albums from folky Rubbered Sole stuff to THIS, which is basically Electric Light Orchestra but without the stupid perms and disco vibe. ELO you might say were made up of Beatles-generation 60's pop alumni who really wanted to push the chart-friendly formula as far as it could go, that's the spirit this band were continuing. Progressive pop, there are a few recent groups carrying the torch, Field Music and The Week That Was being two. And these guys i came across recently

Alfie have got the almost inhuman harmonies, the slightly progressive bent with an ear for a tune, the occasional tasteful horn section, bla di blah. It's all very entertaining. The album is only eleven tracks too so it doesn't outstay it's welcome.
They are a classic example of those post-Britpop/turn of the millenium bands who had a few fans at the time but just got completely swept under the rug and split up in relative anonymity... but unlike say, Shack, Alfie deserve recognition - if only for this record. Also they've retained the caustic northern wit of their forefathers, which is just the icing on the cake really, EAT SOME

Somebody here probably remembers this song from die album, it was their 'hit'
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Old 10-01-2009, 03:24 PM   #1987 (permalink)
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Yeah, I just don't really have as much time as before that I could use getting into new albums. Plus there's tons of cool stuff I'm rediscovering as a result, which is always cool.

The Future Sound Of London - Lifeforms


^ I bloody love this album. A lot more subtle than just about everything else they've done, but it's still packed with some great, dark ambient atmospherics, terrific beats - just an all-round keeper this.

Global Communication - 76:14


^ Wasn't so keen on this at first, but I was doing some work earlier with this in the background, and god damn did it click! Amazing album - kinda neo-classical, dark ambient stuff and another terrific album.

edit: PS - Alfie are awesome
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Old 10-01-2009, 04:10 PM   #1988 (permalink)
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The sheer craziness that is Anaal Nathrakh



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Old 10-01-2009, 09:09 PM   #1989 (permalink)
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I found my copy of Siamese Dream.... I am VERY much digging that!!!
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Old 10-02-2009, 08:55 AM   #1990 (permalink)
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Crazy! I'm digging Gish this morning. It's their best in my opinion. The whole Shoegaze/Metal thing that the Pumpkins have going on really works here. The first four tracks are really some of the Pumpkins best ever.
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