Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Music Roundup

I just received two CDs I ordered from Amazon. The first was Z, by My Morning Jacket. Eri, Caro, and I listened to Eri's copy of the CD many times during our cross-country road trip and found it to be the perfect soundtrack through the long desert sections of our journey. Inspired by Mr. Jinxy's recent raves about the band, I decided to order my own copy, and it's great. The only drawback is that it's one of those protected CDs that aren't compatible with all computer music systems. Mine plays on the Windows Media Player but won't play on my iTunes. Boo.

Since I'm a sucker for the Amazon super shipping savings thing, I decided to spend an extra $13 to hit the $25 mark and save myself a whopping $5. I picked up Ghosts of the Great Highway, a 2003 release by Sun Kil Moon. This band was another road trip find for me, as Jon and I first heard them on a college radio station while driving down to the Jersey shore a couple of summers ago. Jon bought the CD and recommended it, although unfortunately for me, he is morally opposed to burning albums, so I finally got around to picking myself up a copy. I'm really enjoying it. Both My Morning Jacket and Sun Kil Moon are good, mellow rock bands. And I mean mellow in a bad-ass way, not in a pathetic whiny way like Barf Cab for Cutie or Barfboard Confessional, who I hope someday get in an emo band death match, although they probably wouldn't be able to kill each other and end up collaborating on a wussy song about the ordeal, with which will they will continue to torment me by its incessant playing on alternative radio. Ugh. Speaking of major suckage, do you know what else sucks? That new song by the Killers. I bought their last album, and although I liked a couple of the tracks, I wasn't overwhelmed. But the new song blows. The lyrics are ridiculous:
He doesn't look a thing like Jesus
But he talks like a gentlemen
Like you imagined when you were young

Um, right. Don't think I'll be buying the new album.


brigita said...

"Barf Cab?" Thems fightin words!

eileen said...

Rut roh! I knew I would piss someone off with that comment. I really liked the Postal Service album, but I've never been able to get into DCFC. They're way too emo and not rock enough for my tastes. And the station I listen to, WFNX, overplays them to death. cab for cutie. Barf! (oops, there I go again...)

brigita said...

Just kidding [mostly]...If your whole experience with Death Cab has been via the radio, I can understand...their albums are pretty alright. Their song "The Face That Launched a Thousand Sh!ts" isn't terribly emo... :)

Mister Jinxy said...

Ben Gibbard is such a complete pussy, but "Transatlantacism" is a GREAT record.

Why do we still say "record"? "CD" just doesn't carry the same cachet or gravitas.

I'm so glad you like MMJ and Sun Kil Moon (another band I've been raving about over at SoCO ever since the site's been up, mind you).

Favorite SKM song is "Carry Me Ohio". I can just put that on repeat and listen to it over and over again.

eileen said...

Aha! I thought I remembered reading about SKM over on SoCO back when I was merely a lurker. Pancho Villa is my fave off the album- plus, it gets bonus points for sentimentiality because it's the one I originally heard driving through new jersey that got me into the band.

psorr said...

I highly recommend The National, "Alligator" was one of my top 3 albums of '05. Great lyrics and never wussy despite most of the songs being in the 'mellow' category. As is all too typical, the single that got the most airplay is not one of the better ones on the CD.

eileen said...

thanks for the recommedation- I'll be sure to check them out.