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Episode 84: Walking Through Walls

I still don’t know that I’m okay with how this episode ends.  If I take pride in anything with these shows, it’s not copping too much of an attitude.  But sometimes I think people’s preconceptions need challenged.

You see, we all love artists who are influenced by The Smiths and U2, except if that person was in a huge christian rock group.  (I find it fascinating/inconsistent that fans of other decent christian bands like Jars of Clay or Caedmon’s Call won’t give Max a chance.)

Either you like him or you don’t, but one thing’s for certain, he can deliver giant pop hooks when he sets his mind to it.  (And that he employed Frank Lenz and Richard Swift in his solo band, when living in Los Angeles a few years ago, isn’t lost on this Starflyer 59 fan.)  Anyway, don’t just take it from me, here’s an interview Chris Short wrote just before the release of Max’s first record, Stereotype Be.

Okay, I’m off my high horse. Enjoy the show.

    1. “Ain’t That Enough” – Teenage Fanclub (Songs From Northern Britain | Creation | 1997)
    2. “Dear Someone” – Gillian Welch (Time (The Revelator) | Acony | 2001)
    3. “Is She Coming Back Around” The Empty Spaces (Low Noise | Golden Sound | 2011)
    4. “I Need a Place (To Rest My Head)” – Kingdom Phylum (Leviathan | independent | 2006)
    5. “Walking Through Walls (Just To Get To You)” – Kevin Max (Cotes d’ Armor | dPulse | 2011)
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1415312/84radiofreeraytown.mp3″

Radio Free Raytown – Episode #84 (7/15/11)

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Little by little by hook or by crook.

In addition to my concerts that bookend my week, I’ve applied for several jobs, and I’m preparing for a job fair tomorrow.  Just because I don’t have a new episode this week that doesn’t mean I don’t have thoughts on music.

  • The new Radiohead album, The King of Limbs, was released a day early last week.  It’s been fascinating to see younger blogsters try to reassess the band’s career and importance.  Two things are for certain.  One, Radiohead continues to remind us of the distinction between music and artifact, while never scrimping on either.  The other, Phil Selway continues chipping away at his drumming, making it more economical with each release.
  • Arthur Russell is the man.
  • A few weeks ago, Living Social offered a deal to get a $20 credit at Amazon for only $10.  I used it to buy the new Decemberists’ LP, The King is Dead.  It finally arrived this week.  As Colin Meloy has sucessfully focused on pop songs instead of progressive folk rock statements, it’ll probably be one of my favorite albums this year.
  • I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned I am a member of LastFM.  Keep up with my listening habits, if so voyeuristically inclined.
  • I finished mixing my new solo album, An Uneasy Empathy, on Monday.  I’ve listened to it several times in its entirety to ensure it feels how I had intended, and it’s rather ambitious while remaining pastoral and reflective.  If songs could be held, this album would be that warm blanket by a new wave pink fire.  Now, I just need to get it mastered.
  • I just started getting hip to Gillian Welch this week.  (I know, I know, I’m about fourteen years late…)  I downloaded the first five tracks from Revival.  I like it a lot.
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