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Friday, April 15, 2011 

Music Diary #5 (last Friday)

Thursday, April 7

This is going to a lot shorter than the rest of the week so far. I had a bunch of work to do, so I listened to music sporadically throughout the day at the office, and then in the evening I went out to dinner with friends and spent the rest of the night watching Dollhouse. A fun evening, but not very exciting from a musical perspective.

Timber Timbre - Timber Timbre (11:50 AM)

After the show the night before, I wanted to hear these songs again (yes, the way I am used to them). Because I saw Timber Timbre live before I heard the record, at first it was a bit of a disappointment (not as loud, wild, spooky, stark as what I'd seen), but I find that often happens with recorded work when you know the material live beforehand. Since then, my affection for Timber Timbre has grown by leaps and bounds - I think I underrated it in 2009, and I'd say it's just about perfect, an opinion that this listen only confirms.

Clinic - Clinic (2:50 PM)

This brief (25 minutes!) EP compilation was the first time I'd heard of Clinic, via the NME at the time. I found downloads of "I.P.C. Subeditors Dictate Our Youth" and "Porno" (still one of my favourite Clinic songs, maybe my favourite one if not for "Distortions"), and while I liked them, I'd never heard or seen this until I got it in the same order as Bombscare. I'm wary of overromanticizing Clinic's garage-y roots (I hate it when people claim that Internal Wrangler is their only good album, and still think that Walking With Thee/Winchester Cathedral is their best work), but this is very good. I'm glad I finally rounded out my collection.

Low & Spring Heel Jack - Bombscare EP (3:15 PM)

Trying not to overplay this one, but given that I'd already gotten familiar with even C'mon by the time it arrived, I'm loving having more Low to absorb.

Low - One More Reason to Forget (3:25)

We got in early, so we're leaving early, and I'm trying to finish one more document before I go, so I just grab something that's close to Bombscare on my iPod. This live album is stellar, and not just because of the gorgeous version of the 17-minute "Do You Know How to Waltz?" The opening combination of "Be There" and "Venus" might be the best versions of those two songs I've ever heard, and the juxtaposition of the two is just perfect.

Next: I might do the weekend all in on go, both because I'm busy this weekend, and because I didn't do much listening, or at least not much interesting listening.

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