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Spotlight on: De €1,- cd's in mijn kast

Joy oh joy, vandaag gaan we kijken naar de cd's die ik voor€1,- (het kan ook wat meer geweest zijn) heb gekocht omdat ik de hoesjes leukvond! Ik heb de allerkutste eruitgefilterd, zodat alleen de goede shit overbleef.Voor als je eens zin hebt om wat nieuws te ontdekken.(Alles is geript en geupload door /me, dus gezeik over dekwaliteit kun je hier kwijt =p)


Jullie tour guide voor vandaag: KRAUZER-SAMAAAAAAAAH!


En de donkere grot waar ik met gevaar voor eigen leven eenduik in heb genomen om jullie deze underappreciated (door mij dan wel teverstaan) cd's te brengen.

Melodine — Out of Your Hands

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"I have raved about this FANTASTIC band before.Evan Frankfort is one of the most talented guys around the globe thesedays and all stuff he puts his fingers on is almost magic. His own bandMelodine is magic all through. Its the perfect mix between modernmidwestern AOR rock and powerpop mixed with a unique cool touch.Geeh… I raved about their debut album a few years ago, and well…this is even better. They have developed their sound to an even higherlevel, and I cant point on what it is, but I think its the little moremodern vibe I find even more attractive for my ears. There are tons ofsongs on here that could be hits around the globe if Mr God was fair."Shes Only Human" is a fantastic powerpop tune and "Heavens Coming ToCalifornia" is GREAT modern pop/rock, just to mention two track. Andthere are a helluva lot in the same calibre. And all in this uniquegreat way of being. I can assure you. The next couple of months will bethe MELODINE months here at the melodic net. Both Kaj and Wippo areboth completely freaked out on this album as well, and Im 100% sure youwill be as well when you hear it which is more than a must. Thismonster CD will be released the 18th of August. So be aware… The hypehave just begun… Cuz this is what melodic rock is all about. " Dit is een persoonlijke aanrader, shit wint.

Kula Shaker — K

P8130528"By the mid-’90s, most bands had abandoned the sounds and sensibilitiesof late-’60s psychedelia, which is what makes Kula Shaker’s debutalbum, K, such a weird, bracing listen. The band doesn’t simply revivethe swirling guitar and organ riffs of psychedelia, it embraces themysticism and Eastern spirituality that informed the music. On both"Tattva" and "Govinda," lead singer Crispian Mills has adapted portionsof Sanskrit text for the lyrics, chanting Indian mantras without a hintof embarrassment. Similarly, Kula Shaker are unashamed about theirdevotion to Hendrix, Traffic, and the Beatles, cutting theirtraditionalist tendencies with an onslaught of volume, overdrivenguitars, and catchy melodies — though they have a song called"Grateful When You’re Dead," all of their psychedelic sensibilitiesderive from British rock, not the more experimental Americancounterpart. Kula Shaker may play well — they have a powerful rushthat makes you temporarily forget how classicist their music actuallyis — but they still have trouble coming up with hooks. About half therecord ("Hey Dude," "Tattva," "Govinda," "Grateful When You’re Dead")has strong melodies, while the rest just rides by on the band’sinstrumental skills. Consequently, much of K doesn’t stick around oncethe record is finished, but the singles remain excellent blasts ofcolorful neo-psychedelia."

AriseTherefore — Arise Therefore

Most of the songs find Oldham in an unmerciful mode ofself-examination, as he cast aspersions on his own life as well as thelives of others. What makes ARISE work is that Oldham is also at hismost poetic here, in an almost traditional sense, with lyrics full ofarchaic imagery and language. The music is appropriately stately,achieving just the right mix of tradition and invention. ARISETHEREFORE sounds like nothing else, and succeeds on its own terms.

Asticker appended to the packaging is the only thing identifying this asa Palace album. After this last official release by the "band," WillOldham would become the solo artist he’d already been in everything butname. The mercurial songwriter/performer, fresh from the rocked-uptriumph of VIVA LAST BLUES, reinvents himself yet again on ARISE. Auniformly placid sound is marked by the piano and organ of Gastr DelSol’s David Grubbs and a gloriously cheap-sounding drum machine thatprovides the only rhythm."

Somefourteen— J-Majesty

"Quite a funky indie rock album right here folks. This album personifiesthe beauty of grunge – pain, sarcasm, funk, the "garage sound," andmelodic hooks. The first track, "Heceta," is an excellently craftedtune and "West Side Hwy," is a sad, slow, touching ditty. This albumhas some odd tracks on it, they may make you flinch at first but Ithink they fit into what the band was trying to create. Sometimes youcan hear remnants of Jimi Hendrix on this album, sometimes you swearMudhoney is playing, it’s a very odd indie album, but it can certainlyhold its own. Another shining moment on this album is the song "Cole."If you adore indie rock and want to be into the next big thing, beforeit is big, pick this album up." 

Zea — TodayI forgot to complain

P8130540"Careless Talk Costs Lives: "Genius indiepop madeby two notepad-doodled Dutch boys that have Autechre soundtrackingRugrats coming in one set of ears and the sweet harmony of Mr Bungleflushing Belle & Seb’s heads down the toilet going out of theother. The respective rosters of Sarah records and Tigerbeat6 line upat opposite ends of the playground and then…BULLDOG!! Snot andhairgrips everywhere."Kerrang: "Like They Might Be Giants jamming with the Ramones or PinkFloyd headlining a punk convention, "Today I Forgot To Complain" isbewildering, enigmatic and always full of s
urprises."LOGO magazine: "Today I Forgot To Complain is one of those records,taking laptop folk first into the realms of Kraftwerk and Devo, theninto the arms of Television, and finally into the middle of the pitalongside Iggy.Singles reviews:Playlouder "Single Of The Week": They sound like They Might Be Giantsafter they’ve fallen on their heads. Superb, and a worthy winner."LOGO magazine: "Zea sound like they’ve been visited by the GaryNuman-obsessed ghost of At The Drive-In. A brightly hued collage ofelectro, glitch-pop and heavily compressed guitars, the image ofStephen Malkmus reborn as an angry wasp trapped under a beer glass isone that won’t abate. Here sits two very good arguments for legalisingdrug use."

Nog een persoonlijke aanrader, en niet alleen omdat de titelzo heerlijk bij mij past; de muziek is namelijk ook erg verfrissend en awesome=3

(Oh, en ze komen uit Nederland, wat de fuck?) 

Super FurryAnimals — Phantom Power


"Sohow does a band like Super Furry Animals follow up such a raucous,all-over-the-place piece of work? Well, according to them, you continuewith the same thing, but this time, tone things down a little. Releasednearly exactly two years after Rings, Phantom Powersounds more understated and warmer than its predecessor, but stillretains
both the ambitious and ridiculously catchy elements that we’vecome to love from this band. If the previous album was the musicalequivalent of throwing trash against the wall to see what stuck, Phantom Power is more like sitting in the back yard and sipping a cold one on a hot, sunny day.Thealbum’s best moments are real knockouts. "The Piccolo Snare" is yetanother Super Furry homage to Brian Wilson, with its lush vocalharmonies, but true to their nature, they turn the song on its ear twothirds of the way through with a terrific, lightly funky coda that fitsperfectly (yes, that’s right, the Super Furry Animals are actuallyshowing restraint!). "Liberty Belle" is Rhys at his most sublime; itinvokes images of 9-11 ("As the ashes fly from New York City/Past thegrimy clouds above New Jersey"), but the song comes off as more of acomment on the state of the world than just a mere tribute to America("Everyone sings along though she’s singing way out of key/From theshores of Galilee/To the runways of Anglesey"). Although thewonderfully upbeat "Venus & Serena" has plenty of tennis imagery("Keep your eye on the ball", "Flushing meadows down the stream"), Rhysturns it into a song about a kid who finds out he was raised by wolvesas an infant. Go figure. "The Undefeated" is a fun rallying cry with acontagious, calypso tinge to it, with its exuberant horns and steeldrums, while "Slow Life" brings the album to a terrific close, as theband blends synth and techno beats with a simple, rock guitar riff andbluesy harmonica, and some strings thrown on top. It’s the kind ofschizophrenic fun we’ve come to expect from the band, but here, it’sless showy and eager to please, as they control themselves enough tomake the jarring, contradicting styles much easier to digest."
  The BiggerLovers — Honey in the Hive

"Catchy power chords and monster hooks blended with harmonies and likable instrumentation are the basic ingredients to power pop success. In its purest form, music from this genre should kick you in the fanny and stick in your head long after the first listen. Remember the first time you heard DAT CD? If you never heard it again, odds are you'd still be able to hum some of the album's more memorable songs eleven years hence. A Philadelphia quartet known as The Bigger Lovers puts this formula to the test on its second release Honey in the Hive.  The disc features the shared vocals of Bret Tobias, Ed Hogarty, and Scott Jefferson along with Pat Berkery on drums. The album was produced by Thom Monahan who has worked with Scud Mountain Boys, Pernice Brothers, and Beachwood Sparks. The Bigger Lovers cites as influences the power pop canon of The Move, Cheap Trick, The Soft Boys, and such, and the harmony vocals on Honey in the Hive are delivered in a falsetto register making the group sound, at times, like a Flaming Lips unplugged session "? particularly on the tracks Make Your Day and Half Richard's. The singers often use a faux brit-pop inflection that works quite well on Don't Know Why, but fizzles on A Simple How Are You. The exceptional tracks (Ivy Grows and Bought Your Ghost) are balanced by the crummy You're in Love Again and the uninventive They Haunt Me Still. The only song featuring piano is the album's final cut Minivan Blues, and if the track sounds at all familiar, try singing Barry Manilow's Can't Smile Without You over it. It fits like a glove.


Honey in the Hive is not a bad album, and the songs become more tolerable with each passing listen. Unfortunately, power pop shouldn't have to grow on you. It's supposed to be audio ear candy that grabs you after the first sampling, not something requiring a sizable investment in time before the listener gets it. This album has some wondrous moments, but they are sadly few and far between. Among other problems,Honey in the Hive is in desperate need of a cadence change as many of the songs share the exact same tempos. There are lots of other groups today doing the same thing much better than The Bigger Lovers."


Liars —They threw us all in a trench and stuck a monument on top


"The Liars are made up of Melbourne born giant Angus Andrew onvocals, Aaron Hemphill from LA on guitar and drum machine, NebraskanPat Nature on bass and synthbox and Ron Albertson on drums.
From the opening track, the curiously titled "Grown Men Don’t FallIn The River, Just Like That", The Liars warn you of what’s to come asAndrew hammers out the prophetic lyric – ‘We’ve got our finger on thepulse of America’. This track, which is known for its appearance onSonic Mook’s Future Rock n Roll compilation, grabs your attention andassaults the ears. The big basslines, groovy loops, distorted vocalsand stop-start guitars continue with the second track, "Mr Your On FireMr" and by the time you’ve adjusted, you’re literally hooked.
"Mr Your On Fire Mr" is possibly the most accessible, tonal, funkytrack on the album, and suitably surreal titles follow, such as "WhyMidnight Walked But Didn’t Ring Her Bell", on this short, chaoticalbum. You can definitely shake your hips all the way through, right tothe last song "This Dust Makes That Mud". This track loops over andover in a turgid compelling perpetual slur lasting longer than theeight tracks that precede it.
Although not a patch on their compelling and exciting liveperformances this driving energetic album is as close as you can getwithout leaving your bedroom."

I assure you, dit klinkt een stuk beter dan dat het is, maarde titel was zo awesome dat het me DECIEVEDE!



2 comments on “Spotlight on: De €1,- cd's in mijn kast

  1. Ghislaine
    21 October 2009

    Wutf?!?! Je hebt een Oldham?!
    Je weet dat dat mijn epische held x duizend sinds de unie is he?!

    en verder; ik hou van cd’s met mooie hoesjes kopen om de hoesjes. Ik vind die ene met ‘today i forgot to complain’ tof:D


  2. Harry d. Busdriver LIVE FROM THE FIRST FLOOR
    21 October 2009

    Oldham? Arise Therefore? Ja, de cover was hax =p Kheb ‘t al een tijd niemeer geluisterd maar ik vond ‘m wel cool geloofik.

    En Today I Forgot to Complain is idd win =p


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