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The Budos Band - III
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Hell yes. Can't wait for this one. 
Last January, Jehnny Beth decided to road-test her whirling skirmish of a band Savages’ new material in the United States, “where life is harder in some kinds of ways,” she tells SPIN over the phone. “People are much more understanding of the line between life and death because they’ve lost relatives who can’t afford health care.” For nine nights at various venues in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn, Beth growled and moaned into the microphone whi...
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A loose musical reference but worth sharing in our community.  We've been reading this book to our 2 year daughter, Kate, at night.  I found out recently that Neil Gaiman wrote this poem at the request of Tori Amos, for her daughter.  Anyway, if any of you have nieces the book would make a great gift...6 or 7 bucks on Amazon I think.  The poem is pretty inspiring and the message is important...for girls and for their parents.
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Courtney Barnett - The Double EP - A Sea of Split Peas
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sometimes i sit, sometimes i drink. luv courtney.
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RSD. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear (acoustic ) / I've Never Been a Woman
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i would seriously screw my stylus on this one. 
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The guy at my record store told me it was his favorite album so far this year so I took a chance. Glad I did. Swedish band that reminds me a little of Flaming Lips. Psychedelic pop. 
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I feel like writing tonight, and +Cory Leonard requested a review of this album.  So here goes...

Supplies:

• 1 Blazing hot August morning
• 1 itchy mouth
• 1 hung-over semi-hard-on
• 1 ocean of hot, half metabolized brown liquor in your stomach
• 1 two-week old inexplicable, looming dread*
• 1 1968Cadilaac DeVille (any color, author recommends Primer White)
• 1 intellect
• 1 ego
• 1 moment of clarity (subject to availability)
• $60
• the desert
• marbles
• ¼ ground beef
• salt, pepper

*preferably an old, abiding one that you were dammed sure true love was going to eradicate this time around.

Aside from the lyric sheet and album artwork, Father John Misty’s I Love You, Honeybear also includes an eight-panel booklet titled “Exercises for Listening” that include what to do with the above supplies as well as instructions on how to listen to each of the eleven songs on the album.  They vary between being humorous and insightful and although they aren’t terribly important in reviewing the music, they do add to the list of reasons why I love this album…and a list of supplies made for an easy intro to my review.  If you start listening to this album, it’s worth picking up a copy for these instructions.  

I first listened to this album while Rachel and I were en route to NYC for a long weekend to see Alt-J and a couple Broadway plays.  Neither of us had ever been to NYC so we decided to take the train from Charlottesville and not deal with traffic, parking, etc....  It was a 6-hour ride, so plenty of time to hang out together, watch a movie, read, drink some wine, none of these things, or all of these things.  It was our weekend together; we could do whatever the fuck we wanted to do.  After a few hours of talking and planning the weekend we picked up our books and I threw in the new Thom Yorke to complement my book…after a few songs I definitely wasn’t feeling it at all so I switched over to Father John Misty.  I had no idea what to expect, it was just in queue to check out.  I continued reading my post-apocalyptic zombie novel, Day by Day Armageddon (which as a side note was pretty great).  Lyrics kept snatching my attention away from the book…

“Mascara, blood, ash and cum on the Rorschach sheets where we make love…”

Huh?

“I wanna take you in the kitchen, lift up your wedding dress someone was probably murdered in.”

“What’s going on for, uh, what are you doing with your whole life, how about forever?”

“She says “Like, literally music is the air she breathes” And the malaprops make me wanna fucking scream.  I wonder fi she even knows what that word means.  Well, it’s “literally” not that.”

“You’ll only ever be the girl who just almost died in my house.”

I was about halfway through the album at this point and had stopped reading my book.  It was easy to glean from the lyrics above that this album could be just a bunch of songs about crappy relationships or (hopefully) maybe a concept album of some sort?  I started reading about the artist and reviews of the album on my phone along with a few quotes from Josh Tillman.  It turns out that the album is a collection of songs about Josh’s experiences while falling in love with his wife.  And the album concluded with a song about the moment he first met her in a store, “I Went to the Store One Day.”  Interesting.  I could tell from the music and lyrics that this was not an album of lovey dovey love songs, it actually sounded like the opposite of that…quite a bit of turmoil, fear, uncertainty…stuff that makes a good album.  I liked this quote from Tillman, “My ambition, aside from making an indulgent, soulful, and epic sound worthy of the subject matter, was to address the sensuality of fear, the terrifying force of love, the unutterable pleasures of true intimacy, and the destruction of emotional and intellectual prisons in my own voice. Blammo.”
  
The songs.  Every song is a great song…no skippers.  A few songs are amazing right off the bat: Chateau Lobby #4 (In C for Two Virgins), The Night Josh Tillman Came to our Apt.,  The Ideal Husband, Bored in the USA, and Holy Shit… that’s nearly half of them.  The rest took me a few more listens to pick up whatever subtle sarcasm and inspired cynicism makes them special.   Then, finally ending up in love with almost every line of every song.  The album hasn’t left my regular rotation since that train ride.  

In Bored in the USA, which perfectly articulates the tedium and irrationality of first-world problems, but not in a finger-pointing “You’re so stupid to worry about these things” kind of way but maybe in a “the first world manufactured these problems and now you have to deal with them, jerk” kind of way…anyway, half way through the song it trails into a despondent list “They gave me useless education, and a sub-prime loan, on a craftsman home, keep my prescriptions filled…  “ then between each item in that list he inserts a manufactured laugh track.  It’s weird, but lifts you out of the moment a bit to appreciate the song and laugh at the composition, I mean who would think to do that?  I’d like to think that he had the Letterman audience take care of the laugh track on the live version I posted here.   Turning away from the piano after singing  “And by tomorrow be replaced by children?” to show the piano continue to play itself is also a nice touch.

Musically, the indie rock pop melodies are catchy and fun to sing along with on most of the songs.  Some orchestral accompaniment on a few songs complements the “big” feeling this album has already but the power of this album really comes from the subject matter and the lyrics.  The ballads evoke the right feelings and move along with the vocals.  With the exception of True Affection there really isn’t much repetition within songs, lyric-wise.

Three times I turned to Rachel on the train and said varying versions of “This is good, this is really good…you need to listen to this, here…put on my headphones.”   

You too.  Put on your headphones.  Do it.
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Great review...I think you really captured it. I listen to this album on repeat several days a week and I never get tired of it. I really have to fight the urge to belt out the song while I'm sitting at my desk at work.
I'm very excited to see him next Sunday, the 21st. I think it will be an outstanding show. 
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Tori Amos - Under the Pink
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It's a great album. I haven't enjoyed on vinyl as yet.. definitely one to look out for. 
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RSD. Foo Fighters - Songs from the Laundry Room 
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RSD Release. Violent Femmes - Happy New Year. "All instruments and lead vocals recorded live together in one room, in one take, on New Year's Eve. 
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John C. LOVING this!!! I have to share - I am so happy you get to play it
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