what i'm listening to – september 2009

September 22, 2009 under Music

I know this blog exists, but you wouldn’t believe it based on the frequency of my posts. I can honestly say that I haven’t been this busy in a very long time. That’s a good thing! Although it’s not such a good thing if you faithfully followed this blog ‘o mine (perhaps by subscribing to the RSS feed) and have seen the rate of new posts drop off like Kanye West’s respectability (wow, topical!).

There’s a lot of exciting tech, sports and life topics I’m hoping to write about, but until I get the chance (again, not a bad thing), we’ll all have to make-do merely knowing what kind of music I’m listening to lately.

Future of the LeftTravels With Myself and Another
Like a more-accomplished mclusky, Travels With Myself and Another is an energetic and entertaining scuzz-rock record.

Manic Street PreachersJournal for Plague Lovers
With lyrics entirely provided by notes left behind by Richey Edwards, Journal for Plague Lovers makes it look like the Manics have been reinvigorated with a sense of urgency.

MewNo More Stories…
Even more grandiose than …And the Glass Handed Kite and much peppier and hopeful.

Modest MouseNo One’s First and You’re Next
Holding me over until we see a new Modest Mouse full-length.

MuseThe Resistance
Operatic, classical and rocking.

NOFXCoaster
The anti-Bush sentiments are no longer required, so they boys have settled back into their old ways, with a couple of mature tricks (Example: “My Orphan Year”).

Pearl JamBackspacer
Best PJ album since Yield.

Yo La TengoPopular Songs
Combines all of YLT’s best fuzz-pop, drone, twee elements into a single cohesive album. My easy fave is “More Stars Than There Are In Heaven”.

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what i'm listening to – june 2009

June 29, 2009 under Music

The Pens surprised every one (including me) and won the Cup. Iran’s citizens had their election stolen from them. A bunch of celebrities died. At the end of the month, I’ll be attending two weddings. Combined with a heavy workload at work, I’ve done absolutely nothing with this website o’ mine in the past few months. Yet somehow, I always find time for tunes. Here’s what I’ve been listening to lately while I try to figure out what to do next with ChrisBellini.com:

AlexisonfireOld Crows / Young Cardinals
Yes, I like “that screaming band”. You hear screaming – I hear another texture in the wall of noise. And I don’t shun noise. This time around, though, the screaming has been toned way down with Dallas and Wade sharing much more of the vocal duties. Lotsa mid-tempo numbers too, but it all sounds great to me.

Dinosaur Jr.Farm
Album number two for the re-united J, Murph and Lou (yes, I rhymed that on purpose – I’m lame). Their ninth album takes all of Dinosaur Jr’s best traits – noise, J’s solos and more noise – and puts them together in a nice package. Even Lou’s songs, which are traditionally mellow and introspective, are rockers. It’s good to see them in fine form.

Sonic YouthThe Eternal
Contrary to many reviews, this album does not hark back to EVOL, Sister or Daydream Nation. Finely tuned out-of-tune guitars aside, this album chugs along (thanks to Mark Ibold?) with the energy of a band not showing their age.

Think About LifeFamily
I don’t want to say that Think About Life are Canada’s version TV on the Radio, because you’d only agree with that after the initial listen. Repeated listens will reveal their upbeat nature and put you in a good frame of mind.

Winter GlovesAbout A Girl
Catchy electro-rock that leaves me anticipating a new album.

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what i’m listening to – november 2008

November 16, 2008 under what i'm listening to

This could’ve been a list with 5 entries, but the release date for the Nicene Creedence Edition of Pavement‘s Brighten the Corners has been pushed back to December 9th.

  • The Cure4:13 Dream
    Put Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me and Wish in a blender, and then add a dash of Disintegration and that’s what 4:13 Dream tastes like to me.
  • DeerhoofOffend Maggie
    I listen to Deerhoof when working. While I typically prefer vocal-less music when concentrating, I love Deerhoof for times when I’m brainstorming or doing some redundant coding – the sort of code that won’t burn a lot of brain cells. Offend Maggie is probably about as accessible as Deerhoof gets.
  • DeerhunterMicrocastle
    Deerhunter’s previous album, Cryptograms, received so much critical praise, it should’ve been a masterpiece. The Pitchfork review made it out to be the greatest thing ever recorded. Which re-enforces my belief in Pitchfork’s reviews; they’re seemingly written by recent BA graduates trying to write up a storm to justify their degrees, so take them with a grain of salt. It suffices to say, I didn’t “get” Cryptograms; I found it good, but hardly a masterpiece. Microcastle, though, is truly an excellent album.
  • Her Space HolidayXOXO, Panda And The New Kid Revival
    I liked Her Space Holiday’s three previous somber synth albums, but this one is totally different. Gone are the laptops and keyboards, which have been replaced by traditional instruments in an almost campfire sing-a-long style. And it works! “Sleepy Tigers” even ended up in a recent Sun-Rype commercial.

Next month, I’ll post my annual list of favourite albums from the past year.

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what i’m listening to – october 2008

October 3, 2008 under Music, what i'm listening to

With all the goings-on of the seasons’ change, elections, and the collapse of financial markets, here’s the albums I’ve been listening to lately:

Bloc PartyIntimacy
Rave-inspired, this time around, it would seem.

Mercury RevSnowflake Midnight
Classic Mercury Rev lushness, with the added touch of IDM elements.

MogwaiThe Hawk Is Howling
This album will do a number on your body; it will send shivers up and down your spine, and melt your face.

TV on the RadioDear Science
Brilliant and versatile; a successful merger of all the best from Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes and Return to Cookie Mountain,

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what i’m listening to – august 2008

August 15, 2008 under Music, what i'm listening to

Here’s some albums I’ve been listening to lately:

Broken Social Scene Presents: Brendan CanningSomething For All Of Us…
It sounds like Broken Social Scene. I think that’s all that needs to be said.

SpiritualizedSongs in A & E
Trade in the blue microdot for Valium. This a laid-back album about telling the Grim Reaper to shove his scythe up his ass sideways, accompanied by the sounds of a Baptist church revival somewhere in Louisiana in the background.

The NotwistThe Devil, You + Me
This is a great album to listen to while coding, thinking, or thinking about coding.

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what i'm listening to – july 2008

July 22, 2008 under Music, what i'm listening to

Here’s some albums I’ve been listening to lately:

The Hold SteadyStay Positive
I’ve never been disappointed by the Hold Steady’s previous albums and the trend continues. Stay Positive is chock full of the sordid tales from Craig Finn that we’ve come to know and love.

No AgeNouns
If Jack White was weened on Sonic Youth instead of the blues, the White Stripes would be No Age.

The VerveA Storm in Heaven
In anticipation of their new album, titled Forth, coming out next month, I’ve gone back to the Verve’s beginnings.

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