Thursday, February 19, 2009

Half-assed

I've been trying to write a full-on post about these things but rather than post nothing I'm posting this: two stellar albums, a couple really solid ones and then one killer new show.

M. Ward "Hold Time"
Easily the the best album I've heard this year, possibly longer. I'm a believer in vintage equipment and the sounds they produce. So is Matt. Guest appearances by Zoe Deschanel, Lucinda Williams and a nifty little cover of Buddy Holly's "Rave On." What else you want?

Glasvegas "Glasvegas"
A stellar major-label debut by the Glaswegian group. I read somewhere that they sounded like a cross between the Raveonettes and Jesus and Mary Chain but I think there's a little Joe Strummer in there as well. All black leather and stand-up drummers and wayfarers and mouths full of lager. Check out "Daddy's Gone":
Daddy's Gone

Franz Ferdinand "Tonight"
Another winner from the boys. It's been out for a few weeks at least but is definitely worth whatever you pay for music.

Animal Collective "Merriweather Post Pavilion"
I love it so far but need a good day on the beach I feel like to give it the solid listen it deserves. It's definitely a slow-burner.

East Bound and Down - HBO

I heard Danny McBride say that he always thought southerners were played as caricatures and so he wrote a show for himself. And it is hi-lar-i-ous. It reminds me a lot of my own high school baseball coach who once played pro ball only to flame out and end up back teaching high school. Loads of foul language, a killer mullet and a jet ski. It's set and filmed in North Carolina.
Here's the opening setup:

4 Comments:

Blogger biggy said...

That character is apparently based on John Rocker. There was an article about in the AJC.

6:20 PM  
Blogger Howard said...

Clearly there's some Rocker in that opening. But once he gets home he really is my high school coach, Coach Tompkins.

8:26 PM  
Blogger minus five said...

Awesome. New music for me to pirate/download. i just listened to m. ward's newest today. i freakin' love that guy.

10:19 PM  
Blogger NP said...

Nice choices Howard. I'm going to see Anathallo in NYC tonight. Based on these picks, you might dig it.

www.myspace.com/anathallo

Noah
http://blackraptor.wordpress.com

10:08 PM  

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