Sunday, September 4, 2011

1000 Miles

and then some. not that i really went anywhere (come a long way, come a long way). madison (i do wonder what it would have been like if i'd have gone to college there instead of U of M), la crosse (god's country for sure, i really love those rolling hills), sandstone (it will break your heart to see pictures of the old railroad trestle) and then the minong, trego, haugen, sarona, spooner, rice lake, cumberland trail (and yes there is pie, but almost gone) but the miles brought smiles and i listened to a lot of music in no particular order:

tubeway army-replicas (damn he was good and only 20? yikes)
foster the people-torches (i could listen to pumped up kicks a few more times)
bon iver-bon iver (i'm still not loving it)
peter, bjorn and john-gimme some (first two thirds are top five album of year)
strokes-angles (the farther away from it i get, the more i like it)
radiohead-rsd single (all they really needed to do was release these two songs, there was no need for the king of limbs)
war on drugs-slave ambient (ok, i might be coming around, and to think that they are BETTER without kurt vile?)
washed out-within and without (a memorable melody or two would be nice, but this sure goes down easy)
dale earnhart jr jr-it's a corporate world (GET OFF MY LAWN!!! damn kids)
mates of state-mountaintops (i think this is the point where cute exceeds songs)
tori y mori-causers of this (see washed out)
wye oak-civilians (if i'm not careful, this will end up in my top ten)
tame impala-innerspeaker (i'm more and more convinced that this is an all time classic album)
peter wolf crier-garden of arms (not sure if it's the vocals or what, but i just can't get my arms around these guys)
yeasayer-end blood (just two songs, and they are leftovers, but man, i want another album already)
blitzen trapper-american goldwing (pretty much a miss for me...i'd say it's too country, but that isn't really the problem. they didn't write any interesting songs this time out)
jayhawks-mockingbird time (no one song jumps out at me, but it sure is nice to have old friends move back...who says you can't go home?)
mystery maybe i should get tickets already.


  1. What's the mystery disc? The Drums perhaps? Sounds like some excellent tunes. I'm glad you are coming around on FTP (I still can't get enough of Pumped Up Kicks either) and The Strokes!

  2. FINALLY on Strokes. Couldn't agree more, unfortunately on Bon Iver and BT (although I am bored by Jayhawks, too). And I suspect you're right on the mystery disk, Rhiannon. I won't mention, Chris, the unreliable authority who has already told me he loves it.
    Also: You can do more with a twelve-word record review than Christgau could do with 1200.

  3. i wouldn't want to give anything away, but i wouldn't say you are wrong. i think this disc is much more in alignment with the show we saw. think 80's synths.
    and i don't think the jayhawks disc is gonna change anyone's mind about them (they were a much pop savvier band when mark was gone) but i like the twange being back.