Post by know ID yuh on Jul 26, 2011 23:09:40 GMT -5
By the way, I fully intend on writing a paragraph or two about each of the albums selected when I listen to them five times. I've always felt that is the median when it comes to forming an opinion for me. That is because as mentioned several times, sometimes I get really busy at work and don't pay attention to what I am listening to. I'm sure I can form a better opinion with two isolated listens, but I listen to most of my music at work.
With that said, cbats, I've listened to the Slint album four times, so I'll review it soon. Drew, I've listened to the CS album three times, so I'll review it soon after. Brad, I fully intend on listening to your album at least twice on Grooveshark, but streaming albums while at work isn't really an option, for reasons too boring and complicated to explain. I might review the Self album quicker, just because I really liked it after the first listen, and I don't usually have a strong opinion on an album that quick.
Agreed with Lumpy earlier, I was expecting whiney vocals, and didn't get what you guys were saying about it being whiney.
Lowest of the Low's Shakespeare My Butt...LOVED IT! A perfect example of early 90's CanRock. A nice blend of Blue Rodeo's Outskirts, The Watchmen's McLaren Furnace Room and Moxy Fruvous' Bargainville, even though the belt sander albums came out shortly after Shakespeare My Butt.
The booze soaked lyrics and music made me want to pack my car, hit the open prarie roads in seach of every great small town dive bar between Calgary and Winnipeg. According to Wikipedia they are planning a 20th anniversary Candian tour so I will be keeping my peepers open for word on that.
Stand out tracks for me were, "So Long Bernie", "Eternal Fatalist" and "Bleed a Little While Tonight".
I wouldn't be surprised if you are picturing me peeling a carrot with a staple gun.
Post by Horned Gramma on Jul 27, 2011 11:25:45 GMT -5
I've been thinking a lot about Barenaked Ladies this week as I listened to first the Lowest of the Low album and then as I listened to Rheostatic's Whale Music -- which by the way, B-rad, I fucking love. I listened to it two times in a row yesterday; I really do love that record.
Going back to my comments regarding Shakespeare, My Butt, and how it made me nostalgic for what are now seen as 'typical' indicators 90's music: Whale Music this week was a VERY interesting companion to Shakespeare My Butt. This isn't just 'typical' 90's music, it is typical CANADIAN 90's music. Listening to Whale Music felt almost exactly like listening to Gordon, right down to the silly-ish spoken word outro. They jump from soul-scouring, uber earnest ballads to little goofs and back; I can't tell if I'm picking up on similar vocal nuances or Canadian accents, but the effect is the same.
It's like how in U.S. America at the time everyone was trying reeeal hard to sound like R.E.M. and then a couple years later how everyone in England was trying reeeeal hard to sound like Blur. The thing is, I find it hard to believe that Gordon was that influential that quickly (Gordon and Whale Music were released in the same year) so now I'm looking for Gordon's antecedent. There was a very distinct, very particular thing going on with CanCon rock in the early 90's; I don't understand it yet because it only made its way down to U.S. America in small, infrequent doses. And I imagine you Canadians can't put your finger on it because it was just the music of the time. Many of the watermarks are the same, but Canadian music and U.S. American music evolved in very different ways, almost certainly because of CanCon laws.
I've got some research to do. Some of you Canoodlians might be able to help me by suggesting names of Canadian bands that might be a branch or two lower on the tree, geneologically speaking.