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.

Also got a couple Bone paperbacks and the Sandman: Endless Nights hardcover. Yay for discounted comic books.

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.

Big-ass Brainwashed year-end poll. From Lonetreepoint.

np – The Flaming Lips / Ego Tripping At The Gates Of Hell

By : Frank Yang at 11:03 am
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  1. Five Seventeen says:

    Hey Frank,

    Well I picked up one thing — A bass equalizer (I think it’ll help when it comes to recording), ear plugs, and Jim Guthrie’s newest CD. Will I see you tomorrow night?

    Bring people.