Friday, April 21, 2006

Echo & the Bunnymen

It's not that I'm not an Echo & the Bunnymen fan. Far from it. Seeing them live in 1987 along with New Order was one of the seminal moments of my youth. However, I'll admit that my affections haven't been constant. Far from it. I haven't bought one of their albums since Songs to Learn and Sing (unlike some of my co-contributors, I suspect). So, when their latest album, Siberia, was released late last year I was indifferent at best. However, after reading some positive reviews and hearing some songs from more recent Echo & the Bunnymen albums that sounded pretty good to me, I decided to download Siberia from So far, I really enjoy it, particularly the picks. And, without actually having heard any of the intervening albums in their entirety, I can say with absolute metaphysical certitude that Siberia is Echo & the Bunnymen's best album of new material since Ocean Rain.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006


An LA band led by Miles Tackett playing very heavy funk reminding me of the best of the JBs as well as the Meters. Breakestra released Hit the Floor last year on the Ubiquity label here in California and the album sounds in the same vain as this song Take My Time.

Thursday, April 13, 2006


Goldspot. A band I ran across at Virgin record. It sported a sticker saying "Nic Harcourt's favorite album of 2005" and yes I had never heard of them. Apparently a song of theirs has appeared on "the OC" which I no longer watch so I am behind again. Check them out. The lead singer has the India music angle (lead singer named Siddhartha) combined with influences including REM, The Smiths, Travis, Radiohead. You can listen to four of their songs on myspace. Others are on their website including the song Cusp, which is a great, great song.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006


Envelopes is a Swedish group that sounds a bit like Pavement and the Pixies. Their new album Demon came out last month and is currently offering a free MP3 of one of the singles, Sister In Love.