Saturday, December 27th, 2003
Boxing's Been Good To Me
Yesterday’s orgy of Boxing Day consumerism yielded the following, complete with brief one-listen impressions:
The Flaming Lips / Ego Tripping At The Gates Of Hell – A lot of new songs, though nothing immediately stands out. The Postal Service remix of “Do You Realize” is nice.
Bruce Springsteen / The Essential Bruce Springsteen – I had thought I knew more songs by The Boss, but I don’t.
Ryan Adams / Love Is Hell Pt 2 – Not as immediate as part 1, and the ode to Beth Orton is sorta weak. Will take some more listens.
Doves / Lost Sides – Sort of a gyp – of the dozen songs, seven are the bonus tracks on the domestic versions of Lost Souls and The Last Broadcast. Surely they had more b-sides they could have added?
Centro-Matic / Love You Just The Same – I took a flyer on this one – never heard a note by them, but the reviews make it sound like something I’d like. First impression is that that reasoning is correct.
Rilo Kiley / Take Offs And Landings – Not nearly as strong as Execution, but still tuneful and Jenny Lewis’ voice is always a treat.
Ride / Waves – A revelation. The BBC-recorded versions of the old Ride tunes are often drastically different from the album versions – fewer shoegazey effects, more thundering rock. In a good way. Essential pick-up for Ride fans.
Johnny Cash / The Essential Johnny Cash – Hardly complete, but far better than my other Cash comp. I will have to start tackling the American Recordings stuff soon.
And I finished Knights Of The Old Republic. Sigh. Damn fine game. Maybe I should play it again and go all Dark Side. That might be more fun.
np – The Flaming Lips / Ego Tripping At The Gates Of Hell