Jul 12, 2020
dearsongs -
81
more 2/3 minute psych pop gems from these prolific folks. Not my favorite album from them, but they are one of my favorites. Always loved "Back to the Stone" & "Impossible Sky"
Jul 7, 2020
dearsongs -
88
The best of county/folk/rock sounds. An amazing voice that I think has actually gotten more amazing with age. This and "Knock Knock" are so perfectly weird.
Jul 7, 2020
dearsongs -
76
The sound of cigarettes and hard booze. Quality punk rock record.

Front man Spencer Moody left the voicemail that was eventually turned into the song "Call to Dial-a-Song" on Modest Mouse's Sad Sappy Sucker album.
Jul 7, 2020
dearsongs -
75
If you ever got into The Rapture's" Echoes" record then you'd probably like this EP along with HHH's debut album "Make Up The Breakdown". I didn't follow the dance punk sound much past the early 00's (did anyone?), but this was definitively one I listened to quite a bit.
Jul 3, 2020
dearsongs -
73
This reminds me a bit of "Cows on Hourglass Pond"... I like the bookend tracks, less crazy about the middle two. Just a tiny bit of Panda on here, mostly the Avey show. Dig the cover. This is a nice surprise, even if I'm overall just lukewarm bout it.
Jul 3, 2020
dearsongs -
76
4 cover tunes from FJM. Always been a big fan of LC's" One of Us Cannot Be Wrong", so hearing a full band fleshed out version is nice. FJM certainly seems to really go for it on that one, plus the arrangement is beautifully done. Overall this isn't anything mind blowing, but its something to hold you over until we hopefully get a new original lp from the misty man.

I gotta be honest, I miss his interviews and social media presence. I can respect his decision to step back from the ... read more
Jun 30, 2020
dearsongs -
68
Rémora & Umami are strong tracks. I think Klô Pelgag would benefit from higher production values, and her vocals don't move me the way some of her peers do. For me, the album occasionally brings to mind a more theatrical Beirut... Not my favorite, but still a mostly interesting listen.
Jun 25, 2020*
dearsongs -
89
*How fitting that I score this and mention "Let's Move To The Country", and the following day BC announces a new album with a reworked version of said song!

*****

How sweet and charming is "Let's Move To The Country"? Of course by the end of the album its all gone bad.

Especially strong B-side. Even the songs that are kinda strange still work (No Dancing, Teenage Spaceship)

Great Great album, deserves more praise.
Jun 24, 2020
dearsongs -
84
Well, everyone's allowed a past
They don't care to mention
America
Jun 24, 2020
dearsongs -
NR
Kind of surprised no one has scored this!
Jun 23, 2020
dearsongs -
76
I've always had a soft spot for this EP. Two longer, sound collage like songs. The marching-band sounds on the title track are a trip, even if you're sober. Trip Dude Delay is pretty meditative, until its not.

Saw these guys open for GYBE in 2003, good show!
Jun 21, 2020
dearsongs -
60
Just too vocally hushed for me (something about this vocal style kind of annoys me), the more upbeat moments are enjoyable but not consistent enough.
Jun 21, 2020
dearsongs -
77
Juan Wauters' fun little lo-fi indie-folk-garage-band. These songs aren't necessarily "good" (think Daniel Johnston maybe?) but they are all so short that they don't overstay their welcome. Maybe this should have been the hipster soundtrack to the pandemic 'cause its songs about staying home. Really like Cold Lips & Your Name Is On My Bones.

If your into lo-fi indie stuff with strong melody, then you might like this alright.
Jun 19, 2020
dearsongs -
83
Tonight's The Night was actually recorded in '73, Homegrown in '75. The story goes that Neil played these albums for some friends in '75 after which deciding to drop Tonight's The Night while holding back Homegrown for another 45 years.

Not as heavy/drunk/in the ditch as Tonight's The Night or On the Beach, Homegrown strangely plays lighter. Still though, the album is born out of an ending relationship with the mother of his first child and is very personal country rock. 7 tracks on here that ... read more
Jun 19, 2020*
dearsongs -
73
soul/funk/gospel sounds. A few stand out tracks, and the whole thing flows nicely. "Wildfires" is a real nice cut and while you can say it feels appropriate in today's climate, its really been this way for decades/centuries.

This really should be on the front page.
Jun 16, 2020
dearsongs -
82
Out of the gate, those first 3 tracks are excellent and more accessible than much of Xiu Xiu's previous work.

Some of this is pretty disturbing, and more "performance art" than music, "Support Our Troops" being a prime example.

Released the year after we began the invasion of Iraq, the yellow ribbons were in full affect in those days. Make sure to read all the US politicians who supported that war ... read more
Jun 16, 2020
dearsongs -
88
I mean, its always been right up my alley. Enough noise to fill your favorite corner dive bar, or a packed 60k person arena. Country folk, garage rock, blues. Several spectacularly simple sweet songs. The sentiments are what sets it apart.
Jun 7, 2020
dearsongs -
73
This guy is a total weirdo, take a look at his insta sometime and you'll see what I mean. Still though, I really dig his music and this is a nice little EP. I especially like "Mi Guitarra", but I also love a good mariachi song so.
Jun 4, 2020
dearsongs -
84
Worth more than all the simple "super-group" write-ups, imo. Muzz is an apt name for the bands sound. Its all very very pretty, and I'm glad Paul Banks doesn't feel like he needs to have a suit on for this one. Musically warmer than interpol, but P. Banks voice is unmistakable. Some real standout tracks on here, but its very digestible from start to finish. Barrick & Kaufman bring a lot to the table.

Good to Great debut, although I'm not sure if we will hear more from Muzz in ... read more
Jun 4, 2020
dearsongs -
80
Franks daughter opens up with a Stones song (As Tears Go By), sings some Beatles tunes, one from Dylan (It Ain't Me Babe), along with some of her own takes on Lee Hazlewood songs, of course. Produced by Lee, which is totally obvious from the albums sound.

Everyone knows "These Boots Are Made For Walking", but the rest ain't half bad either. I def prefer "Country My Way" or the "Nancy & Lee" album, but this one hits the spot too. If you ever find yourself deep ... read more
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