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Tuesday, February 17, 2009 

Tuesday's gray

Feel good hits of the 13th-16th of February 2008 (special omnibus "every song that got stuck in my head while I was in New York City, in order" edition; there are contextual reasons for most of them):

The Cure - "Friday I'm in Love"
Spoon - "Don't You Evah"
Matt & Kim - "I'll Take Us Home"
Steve Reich - "Music for 18 Musicians"*
The Twilight Sad - "Last Year's Rain Didn't Fall Quite So Hard"
Talking Heads - "This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)"
Al Green - "Tired of Being Alone"
Galaxie 500 - "Ceremony"
Shellac - "Prayer to God"
Los Campesinos! - "Ways to Make It Through the Wall"
The Cure - "Gone!"
Vampire Weekend - "A-Punk"
U2 - "Some Days Are Better Than Others"
Matt & Kim - "I Wanna"
Los Campesinos! - "All Your Kayfabe Friends"
Los Campesinos! - "Sweet Dreams, Sweet Cheeks"
Divisible - "Living With a Ghost"

*(I think this was the disc/composition Tal was playing - if not, then whatever Reich piece it was. Incredible music, in any case.)

got to feel that Prayer To God. heavy stuff.

1000 Hurts is one of those albums I don't listen to that often (partly because of packaging), but every time I do I remember how much I adore it.

I never thought of that album as being badly packaged. But I do find it very hard to be in the same room as the Los Campesinos artwork.

From an aesthetic standpoint it's great, I mean on practical grounds... it's a pain in the ass to get the CD out of there.

I like the second LC! album cover a lot more than the first, I admit (and the EP more than either).

Wow, we are honored to be in such good company. Thanks Ian!

-Shola from Divisible

Well, that was unexpected! I'm really enjoying the album thus far, I'll probably post something specific about it in the next little while. When does it actually come out, Shola?

I prefer the artwork for the second LC! album too. Bought the special edition with the DVD, which I haven't watched yet - at the moment, all it's doing is being awkward to fit into my CD rack (that, and the limited editions of Spiritualized's Songs In A&E and Radiohead's Hail To The Thief)...

I don't have 1000 Hurts - heard it once and, 'Prayer To God' aside, wasn't hugely impressed. Bit of an At Action Park man myself, and Excellent Italian Greyhound is great too. Perhaps 1000 Hurts just needed more time?

Maybe, but then again I'm not a huge fan of either At Action Park nor the new one (I need to listen to both again, admittedly), so maybe it's just a divide the way some people are fans of Fugazi's The Argument and some people are a fan of the earlier stuff.

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