Saturday, December 31, 2011

Collection: Godspeed You! Black Emperor

The List: #263
ALBUM: F♯ A♯ ∞
FORMAT: CD

The List: #330
ALBUM: Slow Riot for New ZerΓΈ Kanada
FORMAT: CD

The List: #317
ALBUM: Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
FORMAT: CD

The List: #737
ALBUM: Yanqui U.X.O.
FORMAT: CD

The List: #394
ALBUM: 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
FORMAT: CD


Collection: Apse

The List: #261
ALBUM: Spirit
FORMAT: CD

Collection: Goo Goo Dolls

The List: #298
ALBUM: Superstar Car Wash
FORMAT: CD

The List: #260
ALBUM: Dizzy Up the Girl
FORMAT: CD

Collection: Robert Plant & Allison Krauss

The List: #257
ALBUM: Raising Sand
FORMAT: CD

Monday, December 19, 2011

Collection Update 12/19

Did some shopping recently. In the last few weeks, I've acquired the two-disc version of the Beach Boys' SMiLE Sessions, U2's 2008 War reissue, and (what I hope to be) an incredibly rare Smashing Pumpkins bootleg, Pumpkin Seeds. I think I might be missing something else, but I doubt it.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

"F--k You!"- An Ode to the Listener (A Lyrical Analysis)

Good news: I finally found a version of "F--k You!" I can enjoy.


It's the one by the clucking chickens in The Muppets.

Seriously though, I can just tell that song is going to be one of  those songs that stays in the back of everybody's minds, though strictly based on what I consider its memetic potential.

I really can't understand how Cee Lo Green has a career; then again, as this post's title may suggest, I'm a Smashing Pumpkins fan, so I suppose I don't have a lot of room to complain about other signers' voices (but I will anyway). Admittedly, his singing has gotten slightly less annoying to me lately; it's gone from "unbearable" to "ignorable," mostly thanks to the rise of the far more annoying Adele (who sings every note like she's drowning, but I digress).
His voice aside, the fact that it is a neo-funk song that charted as high as it did (#2 on the Hot 100) is impressive in its own right; I for one haven't heard about any other hit songs in that style in the year-plus since its debut. Once I was able to listen to it beyond Cee Lo's voice, I was able to appreciate how unique it was/is for its time.

That being said, the lyrics are absolutely nothing special, and if it had just been titled and written as "Forget You" or "Screw You" (or anything else non-profane, for that matter), I highly doubt it would've been considered for a single release. It's a break-up song, pure and simple (and poorly-written).
I see you driving ’round town
With the girl I love and I’m like,
F--k you!
I guess the change in my pocket
Wasn’t enough, I’m like,
F--k you!
The singer's ex is apparently a gold digger, leaving him because didn't have enough moolah to fulfill her whims. That, or they've been living together for a while, he's been out of work for some time, too lazy or otherwise unable to find a job, and she couldn't take it anymore. There's no context given for the situation, so it could be shallow or it could be completely justified; so far, I don't have a reason to care.
I said, if I was richer, I’d still be with ya
Ha, now ain’t that some s--t? (ain’t that some s--t?)
And although there’s pain in my chest
I still wish you the best with a…
F--k you!
Again, on the surface, it looks like the woman's just being shallow, but without context, who's to say?
One point that people often cite when I ask about the appeal of this song is the sarcasm; the line "I still wish you the best with a f--k you!" is the only part I can find that uses legitimate sarcasm, through the verbal irony of claiming to "wish [her] the best" with an obscene tell-off.
Yeah I’m sorry I can’t afford a Ferrari,
But that don’t mean I can’t get you there.
I guess he’s an Xbox and I’m more Atari,
But the way you play your game ain’t fair.
 This is definitely the cleverest stanza, the Xbox/Atari comparison specifically. The plea of the first couplet is honest and touching -- assuming, of course, that the speaker has a good personality that he feels should overrule his empty pockets.
I pity the fool that falls in love with you
(Oh s--t she’s a gold digger)
Well
(Just thought you should know ni--a)
The first line implies that the singer feels that the woman had taken advantage of him during their time together, emphasized by the background line "she's a gold digger". The second background line seems to be addressing the woman's new lover, flippantly warning him about her ways.
I’ve got some news for you
Yeah go run and tell your little boyfriend
The second line is obviously directed at the woman, but it's unknown what she is supposed or going to tell her boyfriend. The first line is unclear about who it's directed to, or what exactly the "news" is; it could be telling the man that the woman is a leech, but then the second line and its sudden shift in direction are made even more confusing.
I see you driving ’round town
With the girl I love and I’m like,
F--k you!
I guess the change in my pocket
Wasn’t enough, I’m like,
F--k you!
I said, if I was richer, I’d still be with ya
Ha, now ain’t that some s--t? (ain’t that some s--t?)
And although there’s pain in my chest
I still wish you the best with a…
F--k you!
Back to the chorus, and another shift of direction. It would be forgivable if, at some point, the speaker dedicated a verse to his disdain for the man (hereby referred to as "Joe", to avoid potentially confusing pronouns), but they all focus on his ex, while every "f--k you" is directed at Joe, aside from the occasional "And f--k her too." What does he have against Joe himself? Is he just jealous that Joe can afford to be with the woman? Did the woman specifically leave the speaker because she knew that Joe actually had money? Why are all the verses focusing on why he hates the woman, if most of his anger in the choruses is directed at Joe? Why does the speaker care that she left him anyway, if he knows that she's a gold digger? When OK Go wrote a guy who was unfazed by his constantly cheating woman, at least he offered the excuse that she was "so damn hot"; Cee Lo's character doesn't even give a reason why he's superficially attracted to the woman. If he's so quick to accuse her of being a gold digger and send her off in the way he does, why does he still claim to "love" her?
Now I know, that I had to borrow;
Beg and steal and lie and cheat
Trying to keep ya, trying to please ya.
'Cause being in love with yo' ass ain't cheap.
And this has to do with... what? He never mentions any consequences for these actions or regret for committing them. Granted, they tell the listener how far he went to keep the woman happy and imply how much it took to make her happy, but with all the time he spends singing about how she sucked him dry, he never once stops to think, "Wait a second... I don't need to borrow, beg, steal, lie and cheat anymore! I never have to spend a cent on her again!"
I pity the fool that falls in love with you
(oh s--t she’s a gold digger)
Well
(just thought you should know ni--a)
Ooooooh
I’ve got some news for you
I really hate yo' ass right now
The repetition of this stanza adds nothing (save clarification of what the "news" is); the same can be said for the chorus.
Now baby, baby, baby, why d'you wanna wanna hurt me so bad?
(So bad, so bad, so bad)
I tried to tell my mamma but she told me
"This is one for your dad"
(your dad, your dad, your dad)
Uh! Why? Uh! Why? Uh!
Why lady? Oh! I love you oh!
I still love you. Oooh!
"Why?" That's what I've wanted to know for the last three minutes. Why do you keep insisting you love her? Why exactly did she leave you? Why do you constantly switch from speaking to her to speaking to Joe? Why did you think for a second that briefly mentioning what your mother had to say about the situation would add anything to the song? Why hasn't this song faded away from mainstream attention yet?


OK, so I'm slightly overreacting; it's not like the song is still sitting in the Top 40 or something. But still, the only reason I can imagine that this song became as massive as it did is that the American listening public largely found the idea of an obscenely-titled break-up song to have some legitimate value (artistic or camp, I'm not sure, though I fall into the latter). Certainly not helping matters was the cover version by Gwenyth Paltrow on Glee (and the less I say about that show, the better) and her duet with Green at the 2010 Grammys, both of which helped propel the clean version into the Top 10, meaning that song had found success without glaring empty spaces where the obscenity normally lay. Because, of course, nothing should keep this absolute gem from the airwaves.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Coldplay: Mylo Xyloto (Track-by-Track Review)























Staking the Claim
Quick: you're one of the biggest bands in the world; you've garnered success over the last decade by writing sincere lyrics and making subtle changes to your soft-rock sound so that every album is noticeably different, but still unmistakably you; your last album was a major shift in sound and style that included vivid lyrics and instruments foreign to Western pop music, leaving some to marvel at your brilliance and others to wonder what they just wasted 45 minutes on; what are you going to do next?


Why, a paper-thin concept album influenced by electro-pop, of course! Coldplay's fifth album, Mylo Xyloto, is apparently the story of people (specifically two lovers) trying to survive in a hostile world (a completely original concept, of course), but good luck trying to glean that from the lyrics. The Dickens-inspired imagery from Viva La Vida is nowhere to be found on Mylo Xyloto; generic characters with no clear motivations abound, and the state of their world is never outlined, leaving the listeners who care to wonder why they should. In another jarring move, the uncommon instruments (and most of the interesting guitar work, for that matter) have been replaced by too much of producer Brian Eno's "enoxification" (an almost clever term, rendered unnecessary with the realization that Genesis coined one eerily similar nearly forty years ago).


Start Panning
Mylo Xyloto- A pointless, forgettable collection of pretty sounds. The only reason it was separated from the second track is because bands today think people would flip out at having to listen to an intro section that runs longer than ten seconds. 6/10 
Hurts Like Heaven- This is Coldplay as produced by Owl City: obnoxiously poppy with nothing substantive to say. Lyrics that might've potentially carried some meaning or poignancy are lost in the lack of subtlety that would've made them work on an earlier album, not to mention that Chris Martin's voice can barely be made out under the instruments, and the fact of the song's tempo (around 176, with the melody in the verses being mostly 16th notes) doesn't help any. At a normal four-minute length, it blazes by before it can become memorable. 6/10 
Paradise- Few things ruin a concept album for me like repeated themes and lyrics being revealed by the release of the first single (which I know this is not, but it uses the lyric "Every tear, a waterfall," which is an obvious reference to the lead single); it happened last year with A Thousand Suns, and it's happening here. It's like starting a Sherlock Holmes story with the arrest of the bad guy, it takes the fun out of finding these things for myself. The song tries to introduce one of the characters in its love story, but it does a pretty poor job of giving me any reason to connect with her. Who exactly is she? Why did she "expect the world"? I don't know, and apparently all Coldplay thinks I need to know is that she wants 'MORE!'. And here, we've officially hit Disney-knockoff territory. The string-based hook is great, and the melody is nice, but it gets buried in the choruses, which are otherwise the most enjoyable sections. 6/10 
Charlie Brown- .... Seriously? What assumptions am I supposed to make about that? Does the song have anything to do with Charlie Brown, or Peanuts in general? Is it supposed to suggest that the character is wishy-washy, or that he has a beagle who thinks he's a WWI flying ace? Here again, nothing concrete is offered about the character; vague, generic lyrics about wanting to stand out from an unspecified crowd. An unfortunately poor choice for the first track with music I legitimately enjoyed. Ignoring some Chipmunk background vocals at the beginning and bridge, the music is quite pretty; the guitar hook borders on anthemic, and almost makes up for the lyrics. 7/10
Us Against the World- Finally, a chance to sit back and breathe. Mainly an acoustic-guitar-and-vocals song, some organs are brought in near the end and gently swell, and drop out to let Martin finish what he started. It has the least memorable melody so far, but it stands out with Martin mostly singing in his lower register, lending the song a mellow atmosphere. The lyrics are unclear (though, by this point I've come to expect it) and don't really feel like they move the story forward or say anything significant about the characters, but for once the fact is forgivable. 6/10 
M.M.I.X.- Even more unnecessary than the opening track. Without anything remotely melodic to save it, it's just an uninteresting collage of windy sounds, until the last six seconds when it starts building up to the intro of "Teardrop". 3/10 
Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall- If the previous songs had been more like this, I would've enjoyed them a lot more. The echoing instrumentation creates a great atmosphere, the lyrics finally offer some kind of characterization, and both elements work with the melody and drumming to make the song sound as passionate and grand as its metaphoric title. 9/10 
Major Minus- The sporadic grungy guitar riffs feel like a missed opportunity; they hint at the possibility of an actually hard-rocking song, but instead shift back into the expected atmospheric territory. This one appears to be at least partly from the perspective of a villain, but it's as vague and cliche as any of the other tracks. The band feels the need evoke thoughts of Captain Hook in the lyric "Hear the crocodiles tickin' round the world"; are they saying that the villains are pirates, or is it just a general metaphor with no clear explanation? I'm beginning to think that writing in character isn't Martin's strong suit. 6/10 
UFO- Follows the pattern of "Us Against the World" by being nothing but acoustic guitars and singing until the middle, when this time strings are brought in. I would've thought that having some acoustic tracks would be a good break between sets of over-"enoxified" tracks, but it's actually annoying having to switch like this, especially when the acoustic tracks are as forgettable and out-of-place as these two. Thankfully, "UFO" is both short and lyrically spare, so the vague sentimentality here actually works, unlike longer songs that don't further the story or provide insight to the world or characters. 6/10 
Princess of China- I'm not crazy about Rihanna's songs, but she is definitely one of my favorite voices in pop music today. Unfortunately, she doesn't really get a chance to show off in this song; the one element Coldplay chooses to hold back on, and it's what would've been one of the best things about the album. The song goes through several sections that range from "loud, fuzzy and annoying" to stripped-down and pretty, and everything in between. It's a course of ideas that don't really work for me as a whole. 5/10 
Up In Flames- Any drama this song might've had is completely undermined by the unnecessary drumming; having such a basic beat looped in the background ruins the effect of just the piano and vocals. The only time it works is after the strings and guitar are brought in, but everything before that point would've been better off without it. 5/10 
A Hopeful Transmission- Reminds me of one of the instrumentals on I-Empire. It's pretty, and this time actually works really well as a transition into the next track. 7/10 
Don't Let It Break Your Heart- The melody is buried under the instrumentation (and the lyrics can barely be made out), there's no hook I can remember after listening to it five times in a row, and it's way too loud; I'm sure it's a crowd-pleaser when played live, but this isn't live. 5/10 
Up With the Birds- This is another that I wish the rest of the album had been more like; it opens with piano and vocals over a single held synth note that eventually fades out, and is replaced with a swell of synth and organ work that surrounds the vocals in a way reminiscent of "The Escapist" from Viva La Vida. From that point, guitars are brought in, and finish the second half of the song with a tenderness that was even missing from the acoustic numbers. 8/10


The Daily Haul
Partly influenced by graffitiMylo Xyloto is a colorful collage of experiences; unfortunately, Coldplay apparently forgot that pop music is not a visual medium. Mylo Xyloto fails as a concept album because nothing about its world is established concretely, the characters are barely half-baked, and the supposed story is almost non-existent (something that can be explained away, though not forgiven in my book, by the little fact that the album was intended to be a soundtrack). Musically, the band swaps their trademark drama and subtlety, which might've saved several of these songs, for over-produced atmospheres and unearned sentimentality. 
OVERALL RATING: 61%

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Another collection update

Got my Blink-182 CD in the mail today! Neighborhoods deluxe edition, with four bonus tracks, a Neighborhoods t-shirt, and a glow-in-the-dark bunny!

I might try to do a Prospector review of it, but I don't have the time at the moment; I'm already working on a review of the Seinfeld finale, and I've got a lot on my plate in terms of college assignments, but I'll do what I can.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

Current project 9/12

Along with the album reviews I'll be doing on Blip, I'll also be making updates about my "List" there, one artist at a time, starting with Radiohead. I'll only be doing this with artists whose main discographies I own fully or near-fully (barring a few reasonable exceptions, of course). In some cases where a band's discography is fairly short and I've heard the album that's missing from my collection, I'll go ahead and comment as well as I can.

Something I should mention is that these aren't going to be in-depth reviews of each album; just my rating, possibly the rating of each song as well, and a few comments on the album overall.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Three cheers for foresight!

I took my computer in to Best Buy the other day for some diagnostics; the main problem was that I couldn't get on to the iTunes store. My hard drive failed a couple of their tests, so they recommended a replacement, which mean that all of my programs and files, including my iTunes library, would be forever lost. Thankfully, however, I had my external hard drive from which I could restore my old files.


You'd think so, wouldn't you?




Turns out, for some yet-un-discerned-but-I-don't-have-the-energy-to-worry-anyway reason, my EHD isn't letting me restore any of my files! It could be for a reason as basic as the username, but right now I'm just worried about making this thing usable. In any case, this means that my iTunes library is limited to storing the 300-some purchased songs from my account that I managed to transfer, and the three CDs I just posted about earlier today. Most of the albums I'd purchased through iTunes were later re-purchased on CD, and the files from said CDs replaced the purchased files, so a vast number of my iTunes purchases are unfortunately absent from my computer.


But, there is good news.


I remembered to bring my CD wallet!!! Thirty-two of my favorite albums, including and limited to:

I-Empire- Angels & Airwaves
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band- The Beatles
Enema of the State- Blink-182
Bone Palace Ballet: Grand Coda- Chiodos
Blue Sky Noise- Circa Survive
Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends- Coldplay
For All of This- The Early November
From Under the Cork Tree (Limited Edition)- Fall Out Boy
Infinity on High- Fall Out Boy
Dookie- Green Day
Nimrod- Green Day
Warning- Green Day
American Idiot- Green Day
Clarity- Jimmy Eat World
Bleed American- Jimmy Eat World
Futures- Jimmy Eat World
Meteora- Linkin Park
Everything In Transit- Jack's Mannequin
The Black Parade- My Chemical Romance
Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys- My Chemical Romance
Nickel Creek- Nickel Creek
A Fever You Can't Sweat Out- Panic! at the Disco
Pretty. Odd.- Panic at the Disco
Ten- Pearl Jam
The Bends- Radiohead
MMHMM- Relient K
Five Score and Seven Years Ago- Relient K
Forget and Not Slow Down- Relient K
Weezer- Weezer
Pinkerton- Weezer
Maladroit- Weezer
Ocean Avenue- Yellowcard

This will definitely be enough to get me by until my parents can bring some out to me.

Collection Update

Lasted about a month and a half... Thankfully, my four-hour-per-week on-campus job that I get paid for once a month isn't exactly going to be providing me with the means to return to my old habit of compulsive CD purchases, so I made this one good.

At Best Buy, I saw the first copy of Nirvana's With the Lights Out box set that I've ever seen in-store, so I nabbed it. Flipping through the rest of the CDs, I found Coldplay's "Every Teardrop is a Waterfall" single for $2.99, so I snapped it right up. Then, on the way out, a friend asked me to check the $5 bin for any Sinatra; it didn't have anything by Ol' Blue-Eyes, but I did find Pearl Jam's Live on Two Legs. Also something I've never seen in stores, and being out of stock on their own site, I couldn't pass it up.



Well, I could've.... but don't you know me better by now?

Friday, July 22, 2011

My Plan: The List

So, what is the plan I mentioned in my final collection update? I started a playlist of every full-length, EP, live album and single release (minimum two tracks) I own digitally or on CD, shuffled it by album, and I'm going through it one-by-one, giving each song its own rating, and rating the album based on the average of those ratings.  I'm doing this so I have something to focus on to keep me from buying CDs.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Collection: Fleet Foxes

The List: #179
ALBUM: Sun Giant EP
FORMAT: CD
RATING: 94%

The List: #295
ALBUM: Fleet Foxes
FORMAT: CD

The List: #284
ALBUM: Helplessness Blues
FORMAT: CD

Monday, July 18, 2011

Collection: Phil Collins

Why does everybody hate this guy?

Vinyl is not included on the List
ALBUM: Face Value
FORMAT: Vinyl

Collection: Blink-182

The List: #304
ALBUM: Dude Ranch
FORMAT: CD

The List: #146
ALBUM: Enema of the State
FORMAT: CD

The List: #339
ALBUM: Take Off Your Pants and Jacket
FORMAT: CD

The List: #250
ALBUM: Neighborhoods
FORMAT: CD

Final collection update for a while

I haven't posted in a bit, despite having bought a bunch of pretty sweet pieces.

While on a trip to Pittsburgh, I stopped by a record store to browse for some CDs that I couldn't find anywhere else; I think I made off like a thief, nabbing Radiohead's Com Lag (2plus2isfive) EP, and three singles by the Foos: Generator, Low, and Times Like These.


At Best Buy last week, I bought In Your Honor by the Foos and the Sun Giant EP by Fleet Foxes, on the recommendation of an employee.

And on Friday, I decided to kill my music purchasing for a while, and went out with a filled hole in my collection: Radiohead's Amnesiac.  I've been unsure about buying this for a while, since it seems to be the most-hated Radiohead album since Pablo Honey, but for what I have in mind to keep myself from buying, having it felt essential.  Oh, I also picked up a (hopefully rare) 2-track EP by Pearl Jam featuring Neil Young, the Merkinball EP, released as a companion to the Neil Young feat. Pearl Jam album Mirrorball.  Strangely, despite not having a title track, it's considered a single.

I'll get to my plan in another post; right now, I'm going to update the artist pages which need it.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Collection: Beach Boys

The List: #669 & #670
ALBUM: Today & Summer Days (and Summer Nights!!!)
FORMAT: CD

The List: #65
ALBUM: Pet Sounds
FORMAT: CD
RATING: 84%

The List: #256
ALBUM: The SMiLE Sessions
FORMAT: CD

Update 7/3

Went to Best Buy, and couldn't resist picking up some goodies.

Found Death Cab's Open Door EP, Radiohead's The King of Limbs, and I kicked off my Beach Boys set with what's probably their most acclaimed album, 1966's Pet Sounds.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Collection update. June 29th

As you all might expect, I've been doing some buying lately.  While garage-saling and secondhanding in Illinois, I picked up an American copy of the Hard Day's Night soundtrack and Pink Floyd's debut The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, both on vinyl, and Pearl Jam's "Not For You" single on CD.

And today, I went to my favorite record store and bought a trio of Coheed and Cambria albums (only two are sequential, but from what I can tell so far, the story isn't really in the lyrics anyway).  In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth is OK, but I don't really see what's supposed to be "prog(ressive)" about the music.  It sounds just a step or so above modern rock, with the only major difference being the subject matter of the lyrics.

Collection: Coheed and Cambria

The List: #74
ALBUM: In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
FORMAT: CD/DVD

The List: #323
ALBUM: Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Vol. 1: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
FORMAT: CD

The List: #147
ALBUM: Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume 2: No World For Tomorrow
FORMAT: CD

The List: #228
ALBUM: Year of the Black Rainbow
FORMAT: CD

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Collection: The Cure

The List: #392
ALBUM: Disintegration
FORMAT: CD

The List: #590
ALBUM: Pictures of You (Single)
FORMAT: CD

The List: #591
ALBUM: Mint Car
FORMAT: CD

The List: #542
ALBUM: Friday I'm in Love (Single)
FORMAT: CD

The List: #543
ALBUM: High (Single)
FORMAT: CD

The List: #123
ALBUM: Wild Mood Swings
FORMAT: CD

Collection: Eddie Vedder

The List: #292
ALBUM: Into the Wild
FORMAT: CD
  
The List: #205
ALBUM: Ukulele Songs
FORMAT: CD

Collection: Wings

The List: #245
ALBUM: Band on the Run (2010 Re-release)
FORMAT: 2 CD, 1 DVD
RATING: 96% (Main album, US version) / Deluxe Edition: 93%

Collection update 6/2:

I've bought a lot of stuff over the last week or so, but I haven't done an update.  First off, I bought the great Appeal to Reason by Rise Against, who I already added to my artist list.  I've also bought a pair of Foo Fighters albums, The Colour and Shape and One By One, and their Five Songs and a Cover EP, and I believe I've added all of them to the Foo's list.

Along with those, I've bought the 3-disc special edition of Band on the Run by Wings, Eddie Vedder's sophomore solo effort Ukulele Songs, Death Cab for Cutie's Codes and Keys, The White Stripes's De Stijl, U2's Zooropa, and a promo copy of The Cure's Wild Mood Swings.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Collection: Daft Punk

The List: #595
ALBUM: Homework
FORMAT: CD

The List: #481
ALBUM: Discovery
FORMAT: CD

The List: #139
ALBUM: Tron: Legacy Soundtrack
FORMAT: CD

The List: #435
ALBUM: Random Access Memories
FORMAT: CD

My 100th post!!!

And, guess what, it's a collection update!

Grabbed the Tron: Legacy soundtrack by Daft Punk at Wal-Mart.  I almost bought Gremlins while I was there, but I decided not to.

I haven't listened to it yet, but I remember loving it while watching the movie.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Collection: The Frames

The List: #163
ALBUM: Burn the Maps
FORMAT: CD

My 98th post! (Now with rollover text!)

And, guess what, it's a collection update!

I nabbed a couple of Pearl Jams yesterday, including (and limited to) Riot Act and Backspacer.  After listening to most of Riot Act, I realized something: much like I've stopped hoping that Weezer will put out another Pinkerton, I've got to stop going in to every Pearl Jam CD expecting more songs like "Once" and "Even Flow". It's almost like they became a different band after Ten; I'd have to listen to their other albums more closely to name specific differences.

Also, my physical copy of I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody's Business's Gold Rush came in the mail on Thursday.  It felt great having it and the photo book I bought with it, knowing that I'd directly helped them fund the recording.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Another update

To celebrate my $150 savings (by downloading a free trial of Office instead of buying the thing from Wal-Mart), I bought a $9 copy of Coldplay's X&Y. I haven't gotten all the way through it yet, but the first half's pretty great.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Collection Update 5/6

It's going to be 5/7 by the time I actually get this posted, but I doubt anybody cares.

Picked up a few goodies tonight, including and limited to: The Frames' Burn the Maps, the reissue of Chiodos's All's Well that Ends Well, and Green Day's Dookie.

I already have (had) a copy of Dookie, but it, among about 20 other CDs, was stolen from my car, and I haven't gotten around to replacing most of them yet, including Dookie. At my favorite local record store, I found a copy of it that has two rare features: a brown CD tray, and back art that still has the Ernie hand puppet.

That's right, Dookie was originally released with a hand puppet of Sesame Street's Ernie front and center:


Either to avoid legal action or outcry from parents who might've mistaken Dookie for a childrens' album, Ernie was airbrushed out of later printings.  How much later, I can't say, but I think it's safe to assume that it was around a year or less...   I don't think that  any of the copies were recalled, so all the ones that had been released are still out there...  Released in February '94, certified platinum in August of the same.... it's probably less than a million, but there's no way to know for sure.  And if there is, I'd sure like to know about it.  In any case, it's nothing short of hard-to-find.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Collection: Foo Fighters

The List: #297
ALBUM: Foo Fighters
FORMAT: CD

The List: #175
ALBUM: The Colour and the Shape (Re-issue)
FORMAT: CD

The List: #262
ALBUM: There Is Nothing Left to Lose
FORMAT: CD

The List: #82
ALBUM: Generator (Single)
FORMAT: CD
RATING: 87.5%

The List: #133
ALBUM: One By One
FORMAT: CD

The List: #6
ALBUM: Times Like These (Single)
FORMAT: CD
RATING: 80%

The List: #37
ALBUM: Low (Single)
FORMAT: CD
RATING: 87%

The List: #13
ALBUM: In Your Honor
FORMAT: CD

The List: #189
ALBUM: Five Songs and a Cover EP
FORMAT: CD

The List: #338
ALBUM: Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
FORMAT: CD

The List: #199
ALBUM: Wasting Light
FORMAT: CD