Replacement's Please To Meet Me & first disc of Nine Inch Nails Ghosts this morning. Used to think Please was Replacement's second best after Let It Be, but didn't sound all that great today, thinking Tim may have surpassed it in staying power.
Delta Spirit's '08 release and new Kings of Leon during commute. Loving Trash Can and Street Walker off of Delta Spirit, definitely see those songs making the year end mixes. 3rd listen on Only By The Night...it's definitely stronger, more focused overall than Because of the Times, but still not that into it.
Grizzly Bear's Vekatimest tonight for very first time. Clearly one of those super dense, multi-layered beasts that's going to take five-plus listens to get a handle on, but first impression not that great...I like fluidity, their style is very clunky, Pet Sounds influence vocals crossed with that choppy, momentum-killing Big Star/Teenage Fanclub sense of rhythm. Main thoughts going through my head at moment are I may end up liking this one, possibly a lot, but Grizzly Bear very well may be the wimpiest band in the history of rock. Simon and Garfunkel, Scritti Politti, Beirut, Death Cab for Cutie, Kenny Loggins, Brian Wilson, Solo McCartney, Architecture in Helsinki, Eric Carmen, Fleet Foxes, Keane, Belle & Sebastian, Animal Collective...I don't think any of these milquetoasts can claim an album as testosterone deprived as Vekatimest.
LOVE IT! McQ-you did it! keep it going man. I'm linking you on my site. I thought I would check back to get more info about the best of 2008-and it seems like you're keeping up with the blog. Nice work.
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