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Old 10-25-2008, 01:38 PM   #21 (permalink)
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You should check out Dome , the band put together by Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis while Wire were on hiatus. A lot like Wire but more electronic.

Also Colin Newman's solo albums from around the same time are well worth getting as well.
I will, I only ever got their first three, because band reunions frighten me. Is Wire/Wir's 80's output worthwhile?
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Old 10-25-2008, 01:42 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I've only ever heard one album after they reformed and that was Manscape.

Loads of Wire fans hate it , I was just indifferent to it.
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Old 10-26-2008, 01:17 PM   #23 (permalink)
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It's Sonic Youth doing a bunch of Fall covers for a John Peel show. It was released as a semi offical / bootleg.

They're not very good and do neither band any justice , and when Smith found out they were going to record it he apologised saying he was sorry if he was responsible in any way for Sonic Youth existing

If you want to hear it it's pretty easy to find a download of it off google.
I heard it before i ever heard the Fall and it put me off ever listening to them for about a year, he has a point

Great thread by the way, some brilliant albums.
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Old 10-27-2008, 02:17 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Would you prefer this to be a music journal instead Brad?
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Old 10-27-2008, 03:29 PM   #25 (permalink)
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That could work, I'm planning on doing a similar thread for albums I bought in 2008 around Christmas, and I'll probably get to doing a list for 2007, 2005, and 2004, although they'll only be 10-15 albums in length since I didn't get as many albums for those years.
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Old 10-27-2008, 03:37 PM   #26 (permalink)
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It's a good thread and deserves better coverage. Moved.
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Old 10-27-2008, 03:51 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Neutral Milk Hotel
"On Avery Island"(1996)

Is there any song on the planet more fun to sing along to than "Song Against Sex"? Is there any activity more fun than asking sixteen year old scene girls to hang out, and take them racing through the center of town in your 1991 Oldsmobile going 60mph blasting this album and screaming along as she looks at you completely horrified, destroying any possible chance of hooking up?

The answer is no.

Jeff Mangum's first album has a terrific cover, one of those covers that completely visually explains the sounds hidden inside. A black and white photograph of a carnival, painted over in some places, the band's name scawled on the top. "Avery Island" is often described as a surreal carnival, and that's the best way to put it. There's lots of variety in the rides, some are slow, spooky, and let you gaze at the beauty surrounding you, some are quick, fun, and leave you confused and sick at the end.

Most people are more familiar with Mangum's follow up, "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea", and I'll admit, I prefer his second album much more. But that's not to say this isn't brilliant. The same dreamlike surreal lyrics are here, the memorable melodies, and Mangum's fetish for marching band-like horn sections, are all contained, albeit in a much messier less coherent way. The best way to describe it is, "Aeroplane" is better as an album-but "Avery Island" has better single songs. You have "Song Againt Sex", "Where You'll Find Me Now", and the unmatchable, "Naomi". "Naomi" has always been my favorite song from this album, and in fact it was someone commenting that it sounded like a Pixies song around the time I got this album that made me go and buy "Surfer Rosa".

By no means do I think someone unfamiliar with Neutral Milk Hotel should get this album-get "Aeroplane". However, if you love Aeroplane as I do, this is a fantastic, and more fun Neutral Milk Hotel album, even if it isn't as emotionally heart wrenching. And although I've made this mistake this entire review, it's good to think of this album as not a predessecor of wonderful things to come, but just a great album on its own merits, because that's what it is.
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Thanks! I actually wrote a review for album #24 while you moved it, and it said it has to be approved. So that should be on its way momentarily.
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Old 10-27-2008, 06:05 PM   #29 (permalink)
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I was so mad when my copy of Avery Island was stolen 9 years ago. I have since replaced and I am still very happy with it.
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Is there any song on the planet more fun to sing along to than "Song Against Sex"? Is there any activity more fun than asking sixteen year old scene girls to hang out, and take them racing through the center of town in your 1991 Oldsmobile going 60mph blasting this album and screaming along as she looks at you completely horrified, destroying any possible chance of hooking up?

The answer is no.
Haha, brilliant. It's little things like this that make these threads great.
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