2.27.08 | Citified – The Meeting After The Meeting
The Meeting After The Meeting
Lately, I have been really digging the album from Citified. Listening to “The Meeting After The Meeting” is like being in a shoegazer timewarp. Definitely channeling some good old Cure, Echo and the Bunnyman and The Church, this is one the best albums I’ve heard lately in this genre. Hey, the neu 80s are back with a vengeance so it’s no surprise that bands that sound like this are popping up left and right. Still, I think Citified does it really well – they get in a few more modern music knocks as well – I hear some Autumns in the mix, Mark Kozelek, maybe some Kingsbury Manx (interesting that the album was engineered by Jerry Kee). Swirling and nostalgically beautiful, this album is definitely a keeper.
Death To Anders
I’ve been trying to figure out this CD from Death to Anders. From the opening track, I thought at first it was going to be standard indie pop /rock with vocals that reminded me of Sugarplastic, Silver Scooter or maybe Oranger. But then “Ghost Rock” comes smashing in with distortion and strange chords – kinda Sonic Youth meets Possum Dixon and Weezer. The sound is alternately quirky, anthemic and then slightly atonal. The style is all over the map – hoedown countryish to shoegazer ballads to noisy freakouts. There’s another indie band that I can’t remember that sounds very close to this Silverlake band. This is their second album, it’s quite good. Or at least interesting. But I have to admit it’s going to take a few listens…
2.27.08 | NO MORE HOLD STEADY PLEASE
OK am I the only one who is really, really, really tired of the band Hold Steady? I suspect I am, because I continue to hear this completely annoying band being played 24/7 on indie radio. I don’t normally come out and post negative stuff, but hey, I was in a funk the other day.
Here’s my thing: I’ve heard Randy Newman and I don’t care to hear him any more. I just can’t see what anyone sees in this band, they’re absolutely horrible with their trite, stupid catchphrases – and because I know I will attract the wrath of Hold Steady fans around the world, I guess I’ll turn off comments on this post. I think I almost hate them more than Joanna Newsom. Anyhow, sing it along with me: There’s always other bands (there’s always other bands) There’s always other bands (you can’t make me like them). Gahhh
p.s. i don’t even know what picture it is i grabbed and put a big X on… I don’t even know if this is the band members… I don’t even care.