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Neko Case March 10, 2007

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Neko Case will be in town in about a month and I have my ticket.

I picked “Fox Confessor Brings the Flood” as the top album of 2006, and in preparation for the concert I have been listening to it again over the last few days. I was right.

Every song on the album is stellar. Her voice is magnificent.

Do your self a favor. Buy her albums. Go see her shows. While your at it, get The New Pornographers albums too (she’s part of that group too, in case you were not aware). She is a musical treasure.


Instrumental Rock – Does it work? February 28, 2007

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Recently, I downloaded albums from eMusic by Mogwai (“Happy Songs for Happy People”) and Explosions in the Sky (“All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone”). I saw that they were rated highly (85 and 78 respectively on Metacritic.com.), so I thought I’d give them a try. I hadn’t realized that they were instrumental.

I’m not sure if I even like the concept. The lyrics of rock songs are such an important element, that I am not sure if they are dispensable.

I am going to listen to the Explosions in the Sky album a few more times and write a mini-review to see if I can answer the question of whether a rock instrumental album makes sense. Hmmm……

Anticipated upcoming releases February 25, 2007

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Dates from Metacritic.com :

Arcade Fire – “Neon Bible” (March 6): Their CD “Funeral” was something very different than anything I had heard before. Will the follow-up take their sound even further? NPR has an Arcade Fire concert recorded live in New York on February 17, 2007.

Love of Diagrams – “Mosaic” (April 10): The 4-song Love of Diagrams EP shows great promise. The upcoming full-length CD is intriguing for how the promise might be fulfilled.

Arctic Monkeys – “Favourite Worst Nightmare” (April 24): I LOVED their first album “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not”. Can they do it again?

Other that are due in 2007: The New Pornographers, Art Brut, Hot Hot Heat, British Sea Power and Gnarls Barkley.