I should start by saying that I’ll take next week off. That time off will give me an opportunity to plan out the next show. I take suggestions for themes for every tenth episode, so please leave suggestions for episode #20 in the comments portion of this post. I will consider any theme, but refrain from the trite (war, civil rights, abortion) or the absurd (alternative energy, British prime ministers, home schooling). The more creative you are, the better the results will hopefully be.
Anyway, a word about volume.
I don’t master my shows. What I do, however, is try to ensure everything hits the same peaks. I don’t feel compelled to compress everything to a brick-shaped wave file, so you’ll notice that songs like “Everybody’s Talking” in this week’s show seem a little more quiet. But, trust me, they do eventually hit roughly the same high points as the rest of the show.
I guess I should also comment on language. Because I play music that I like and I don’t generally gravitate toward the vulgar, you won’t find too many expletives in these shows. But I don’t buy all my CDs at Wal-Mart. Capiche?
- “Wipe That Sound” – Mouse on Mars (Radical Connector/Thrill Jockey/2004)
- “What Matters More” – Derek Webb (Stockholm Syndrome/INO/2009)
- “Everybody’s Talking” – The Jazz Butcher (Patron Saints of Teenage/Creation/1994)
- “M.O.R.” – Blur (Blur/Virgin/1997)
- “Century” – The Mary Onettes (Islands/Labrador/2009)
Ways to say, “I never really needed you.”
I don’t have any Dashboard Confessional CDs.
Tooth decay? Growing old? Reverb? All 3?
Bands that actually got better over the years.
Difficult albums that fans love to defend.
That record is the where the seeds of the end of Graham Coxon’s run in the band. I think it is Graham Coxon’s record (having the benefit of hindsight) – he was geeked on American Indie Rock, so it is his take on bands like Guided by Voices and Pavement. It wasn’t long after he began to be disenfranchised with the band and Damon Albarn’s movement away from guitar pop to a more electronic direction (see his Gorillaz side project). As we know, Coxon left during the recording of Think Tank.
RE: Derek Webb
What a weird weird song! I got a review copy of this and never listened to it. I’m going to check it out now. Thanks!
You are so right about Blur. Have you heard Coxon’s solo stuff? Crazy junk there. I love it. (I do like some of Damon’s post-blur stuff, but mostly that God Save the Queen record.)
And Derek Webb…I pretty much summed up my thoughts in the podcast, but there are definitely some hooks on his new CD.