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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Today I have an EP.  It's good.  It's also going to be my last post until Monday.

Before I get to it though I want to strongly recommend that you get out and see Control if it's playing anywhere remotely near you.  Ian Curtis' rapid rise and fall is probably one of the most tragic events to ever transpire in music history, and everyone needs to see why things unfolded the way they did.  Also, I think it's important that any avid music listener take a moment to ponder about some of the narrative parts that mention how Ian had an issue with fans, their greediness and the way none of them seemed to care about how much passion he poured into what he did on stage and in the studio.  It hit me right in the stomach.

I like to think that I'm the kind of music lover that takes the time to appreciate each and every detail of all that is sent to me, but with so much that comes my way I know that isn't true.  I gobble up anything that I can find, and then ask for more as I wait impatiently to see if the artists that I've mentioned previously have managed to make anything of themselves.  It's honestly an incredibly vicious cycle that I'll probably never get out of.

So, what I want to say is thanks to any of the artists that have taken the time to actually make a piece of music.  And no, I don't mean the ones that necessarily made something I liked.  I mean them ALL.  Seriously, thanks for doing what you do.  Happy Thanksgiving.  Enjoy the EP.

:Raveonettes - Aly, Walk With Me:  By the sound of this it would appear that Sharin Foo and Sun Rose Wagner have decided to add a dash of glamour and atmosphere to their sound.  Personally, I think that it's a great addition.  They've always been more inclined to go with quick-to-the-point kind of arrangements, so the extra effort to allow things to develop is a welcomed change.  You can count me as more than a little excited to get my hands on the upcoming Lust, Lust, Lust.

:Airiel - Thinktank Despite the fact that I get a stack of music magazines delivered to my house on a regular basis I rarely ever pull anything from them and post about it.  However, the recent issue of Magnet featured an interesting little piece on these guys and their shoegaze sound, and it inspired me to check them out further.  Clearly, it wasn't a waste of time, as here I am proud to be jumping on the bandwagon.  The Battle Of Sealand has been out for a few months, so it shouldn't be too hard to find if you want to climb aboard.

:The Whitsundays - Sorry James:  I'm not sure that I will ever get tired of retro-pop, especially when the level of nostalgia is as high as it is here.  The press release that came with the gem said the band took a number of cues from Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent, but since I don't know much about them I'm just going to note their influences as anything that was good in the 60s.  Friendly Fire Recordings will be releasing the band's self titled effort on January 22.  Mark your calendars!

:King Of Prussia - Misadventures Of The Campaign Kids Kindercore Records sort of slipped off the radar for awhile, but earlier this year they made a quick and triumphant return with Ruby Isle.  Now they have this clever group with whom they are planning to release an album titled Save The Scene in late January.  I don't think they would be coming out of nowhere to push the act if they weren't pretty good, so it probably isn't too bad of an idea to make note of when the disc should be available at your local record store.

:The Futureheads - Broke Up The Time:  I don't think that I actually heard all of this band's sophomore effort, but based solely on what I did come across it sounds as if they've gone back to the more garage pop punk-enthused days of their debut.  In my opinion, that's a better fit since it allows them to simply rock out and put their buckets of energy to good use.  The band won't release their next disc until some time in April, so I guess we'll have to wait and see if it's full of power packed songs like this one.

- John Laird -

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