Posts Tagged ‘Radiohead’

Aristocratic for the People: R.E.M. Collapse in the Now

April 4, 2011

Warner Bros. 2011

In the early 1980’s, R.E.M. practically invented indie rock. In a time in which what was heard on the radio chocked up to soulless, metal-hair-brained schlock or limp, tepid balladry, R.E.M’s paranoiac brand of guitar pop offered a much needed shot of adrenaline into the arm of a tired and aimless music industry.

Now it’s 2011, and R.E.M. is just another part of OUR tired and aimless music industry. (more…)

The Top Ten Record Makers of Today

April 5, 2010

As we enter this new decade, it is already apparent that in the rock production world, a changing of the guard is at hand. There is a whole new batch of producers, engineers, songwriters and arrangers that are setting a new standard for music today, and thanks to them, it seems we’ll have many more years of memorable tune-age to expect. This list compiles the people who, in my mind, currently stand out as the ones to watch, for their future potential as much as their already impressive achievements. (more…)

Listening Log: March 2nd 2010

March 4, 2010

Reprise 1970


Album of the Day: Neil Young After the Gold Rush

My writing style is such that I will spontaneously jot down whatever is in my mind at any given time, so I can understand how readers may have heard the phrase “one of my all-time favorite albums” quite a bit from me, in regards to several albums. But, I want my comments about “After the Gold Rush” to stand out significantly, so I will say this—it is EASILY on my list of top 5 albums ever made. On my I-Pod, I look at my individual ratings for the songs on this record, and I see eleven fives in a row. I NEVER see that! There is absolutely no filler here—even the minute-long “’Til the Morning Comes”, which acts as a sort of segue between sides A and B, is a perfect song. Aside from the overall perfection of the songwriting, there is just an amazing feel to this album that fills the room every time it comes on. It’s especially great at work—if the day is sucking horribly and I’m hating life and this record comes on, all of a sudden, the customers become people again. That first line of the opener “Tell Me Why”, “Sailing hardships through broken harbors”, sums up everyone’s day every day. It’s LIFE. “After the Gold Rush” is a very human record which covers pretty much the range of all possible human emotion, all in under 35 minutes and in Neil Young’s shaky-voiced glory. (more…)

Record Geek Heaven’s Top 50 Albums of the Decade (part 1)

January 2, 2010

Note: The original plan was to do a list of 100, but with how whirlwind this last month has been for me, there was just no way to write about that many records. Plus, no one wants to read that much, and in that regard, even 50 is pushing it. So without further adieu, here they are.

50. Brendan BensonThe Alternative to Love (2005)

This enigmatic power-pop songsmith has consistently put out great albums since 1996, and this third in the series is no exception. Though Benson hasn’t really broken through to huge mainstream success, I would bet money you have heard at least two of his songs and don’t even realize it. (more…)

The Top 100 Albums of the Decade (part 2)

November 20, 2009

RCA Records

The Strokes—Is This It

Julian Casablancas has said that he learned how to “sing cool” from Lou Reed. There is definitely a ton of that New York, Velvet Underground-style swagger to the music of The Strokes, but never was it more immediate and more purposeful than on their debut. (more…)

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