Listening Log: February 23rd 2010

Rockville 1994

2/23/10

Album of the Day: Erik Voeks Sandbox

I really don’t know much about this guy, and I would like to thank my friend Randall Paske for introducing me to this wonderful album and providing me with most of the following info–thanks, Randy!

Voeks lived in St. Louis for awhile, which may explain why this album features the late, great Jay Bennett (formerly of Wilco). He still plays music occasionally, but apparently has “gotten out of the Erik Voeks business” and doesn’t really play his own material anymore. After listening to “Sandbox” about four times in the last two days, I have come to the conclusion that this is an absolute tragedy, my friends. These songs are amazingly crafted little slices of power pop, charming as they are whimsical, and insightful without being too pretentious. I say “too” because there is one lyric about “sleeping with Santa Claus” that always helps that big question mark to form over my head. But any reaching as far as lyrics go is instantly forgivable when drenched in melodies as beautifully realized as these. More people need to hear this record, end of story.

Too Pure 2002

Albums to Revisit: mclusky Mclusky Do Dallas

There is definitely something really cool happening on this album, I’m just not sure I have fully grasped it yet. I have almost no problem with Andy Falkous’ new band Future of the Left, as they seem to have trimmed any of the fat left from mclusky’s bone. But there is something cool about mclusky, something enormously Pixies that I am just starting to pick up on. I could definitely see Falko being a Black Francis freak.

Dr. Dog “Passed Away Vol. I” ***1/2
Andrew Connor “Nineteen Now, Always” EP ***
Dr. Dog “Takers and Leavers” EP ****
The Feelies “Time for a Witness” ***1/2
Sweet “Give Us A Wink” **1/2
The dB’s “Stands for Decibels” ***1/2
Throw Me the Stature “Moonbeams” ***
Motion City Soundtrack “Commit This to Memory” ***1/2
The Microphones “The Glow Pt. 2” ****
Mclusky “McLusky Do Dallas” ***
Deerhunter “Weird Era Continued” ***1/2
Erik Voeks “Sandbox” ****1/2

Total Albums Heard=12

***** Classic
**** Amazing
*** Good
** So-So
* Nope

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3 Responses to “Listening Log: February 23rd 2010”

  1. Randall Says:

    Glad you like the Erik Voeks record so much–it’s great stuff! And while he hasn’t been playing much of his own stuff in the past couple of years (instead playing bass with the Gaslights and sometimes Jon Dee Graham), he seems now to be making a cautious return, with a solo gig tonight in KC and some recent recordings made in his old haunt of St. Louis. I am thus cautiously optimistic that we’ll be hearing even more from him soon. Let’s hope!

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