Archive for September, 2009

Lists, Bitches

Posted in 1 on September 30, 2009 by Legalize

So, the dreaded P4k has this thingy going on with Haagen Dazs where you tell them your 5 essential records of the ’00s.  You can win some Haagen Dazs or something if you participate.  Here are mine in no particular order:
Queens of the Stoneage -

Wilco -

Dandy Warhols -

Arcade Fire -

LCD Soundsystem -

Speaking of LCD Soundsystem, James Murphy, or someone purporting to be James Murphy has left the following on Facebook:

record: march. tour: after.

If this is true, it’s certain to make a lot of aging hipsters happy (including this one).

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Trouble Finds Me at No. 5

Posted in 1 on September 24, 2009 by Legalize

America is watching and listening.  Positions 1 through 5 of my 2009 top 20 list appear to be rock solid.  Barring a tremendous late entry by A Place to Bury Strangers or the Black Angels, it’s all over except for the crying ….

…. Except for position No. 5.  Will it be:

Band of Skulls “Baby Darling Dollface Honey”

Band of Skulls Baby Darling Dollface Honey - Contestant for the 2009 Black Mountain Award

Above: Contestant for the 2009 Black Mountain Award

Or

The Horrors “Primary Colours”

Above: If Joy Division and My Bloody Valentine had goth babies

Above: If Joy Division and My Bloody Valentine had goth babies

??

The Horrors sounded smashing with the windows rolled up in the car today due to oppressive rain. Right now I anticipate more trouble from this record, i.e. will it invade the seemingly snug surroundings of my ever so smug top 4? If I were my top 4, who for sake of their own protection shall remain nameless, I’d be sweating. Knowing my proclivity for both Joy Division and My Bloody Valentine, the 4 better not hope I hear additional notes of the Jesus and Mary Chain on up-coming shitty days. And let’s face it, there will be more than 1 dreary day between now and my arbitrary cut-off date of December 15.

On the other hand, the Band of Skulls, being a contestant for the 2009 Black Mountain Award have quite a bit going for them. While 2008’s would-have-been winner, er, Black Mountain, didn’t quite crack my top 10, the BOS have too much range to be left out.

Xmas in October

Posted in 1, Music nerdery on September 22, 2009 by Legalize

Easy like Xmas morning

WordPress’ New Blog of the Year (2009)!

Posted in Reviews on September 19, 2009 by Legalize

Welcome to Kentucky Fried Freedom.  This is a simple log blog with a simple purpose: entertaining my various musings about my very interesting musings about new music.  Like you, I get new music regularly.  I get recommendations from friends, other blogs, the dreaded P4K and from online radio.  Other than suing the shit out of evil-doers, planning a marriage (mine) and laughing at fuckwits modern conservatism, finding new music to listen to and talk about is the central purpose of my life.

I also enjoy the “strike through” tag and find it quite hilarious.

I will be experimenting with how this blogging thing works and will try to make it a workable thing.  So be patient while I acquire mad HTML skills.

There are three criteria I find useful in assessing the value of a long-player:

  • Sound.  What does it sound like.  Does it sound good?  If so, I’m likely with ya.
  • Songs.  Are the songs good?  Am I listening to Built to Spill over here or are you sticking me with fucking Death Cab for Cutie?
  • Lyrics.  What are you talking about, dude?  I don’t really care that much.  Again, if you’re giving my Built to Spill you can sing Google directions.  If I have to listen to Death Cab, Bob Dylan isn’t going to help me much.

The first 2009 release up for discussion is “A Brief History of Love” by the Group, The Big Pink:

Above: cheeky album cover

Above: cheeky album cover

The Big Pink are Brits, which should become plainly obvious to the listener right from the gitty up.  Like you, I wondered to myself upon hearing the group’s single “Domino,” “just how British are these guys, any way?  I mean, are they like, Oasis British, Spacemen 3 British or just plain old Spiritualized British.”  The answer, me droogies, is that they are Oasisalizedmen 3.1 British.  Yes, they’re simply that British.

British is a good thing.  Aside from the group’s membership: 2 cheeky bastards, everything about “A Brief History of Love” is BIG.  I mean, the title alone should give you an idea of just how big.  Yet there’s is a sound wholly compatible with headphones.

For instance, the opening track, “Crystal Visions” (big, right?) introduces you to a standard little post-recession electro-indie pop jangle reminiscent of a textbook Oasis opener.  But wait.  What’s next?  Big guitars.  And the big guitars don’t stop.  Nor do they pin you to the floor.  The electro jangle remains present and does not permit itself to be buried.  And that’s what this record is about in a nutshell: poppy niceties competing head to head with a big, clean, powerful sound.  You might doubt the cleanliness with “Too Young to Love,” the record’s second track.  You might wonder if you’re about to enter into a strobe-lit, over-head-projector ink-drippy psych fest, complete with Spacemen 3 drone and heroin served in chilled glasses.  Nope.  Still jangly as hell – just louder.  Don’t worry, listener; you’ll be ok.

The drone doesn’t last long enough to freak you out.  The Big Pink have to get to what they’re all about, after all (besides the whole Oasisalizedmen 3.1 thing I led with), the third track, “Dominos.”

As soon as I love her it’s been too long, and I really love breaking your heart …. These girls fall like Dominos.

I know what you’re thinking.  And you’re right.  It just sounds so goddamn hot.  The whole fucking thing does.  The Big Pink aren’t breaking new ground.  You’re gonna get your “Bitter Sweet Symphony” fix on “Love in Vain”.  You’re gonna get your late 90s synth with a hint of Lou Reed on “Velvet”.  Embrace the Pink.  Expect it to sound exactly like what you expect it to sound like – loud, trippy and ultimately like candy that won’t rot your teeth.  “These arms are mine – don’t care who they hold.  You call out my name for the love you need.  But you won’t find in me.”

Big.

Sound: A

Songs: B

Lyrics: B

In short, do yourself a favor.

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Posted in Reviews on September 12, 2009 by Legalize

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