Everybody Knows It Hurts to Grow Up

For more than a year, some of my friends and former coworkers have been sharing music. The idea is that we’re supposed to review/rate what’s shared with us, then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Ben Folds – Rockin’ the Suburbs (2001)

I’m sure that Ben himself wouldn’t really care at all about this, but I used to listen to more of Ben Folds Five and his solo stuff. I don’t now because I feel like he casually swears quite a bit. It would be one thing if there was some emotion behind it (at least I could credit him with passion), but it seems like he does it because he can – because he’s not in junior high any more – which I don’t really care for.

I don’t know. Maybe I was overly sensitive as a teenage. This album isn’t that bad, but my general impression of him is that he’s just kind of flippant about his language. Moving on… Continue reading

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I was Lost ’til I Heard the Drums

For more than a year, some of my friends and former coworkers have been sharing music. The idea is that we’re supposed to review/rate what’s shared with us, then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

I decided to share a musical movie soundtrack this week because of a few factors. My wife and I were talking about Glee and its influence in TV as a musical show. And Permanent Revolution almost felt like a soundtrack to a musical theatre documentary. And we watched (and were disappointed in) the new Annie movie. That actually got us talking about what a good musical was. Obviously it has to have good music (not just one or two songs, but 10 or so), but for me (having acted in a few musicals) it’s not just about the singing. It also has to have good choreography. We were trying to figure out what the best musical movie was. But before I talk about what I shared, let me get into what my friends shared.

The Who – Tommy (1969)

The Who is a band that I’ve only ever heard radio hits from, but I’ve liked everything I’ve heard (there are some bands that I don’t even like their hits). I don’t know why I’ve never bothered to look into them more. It’s a shame. Continue reading

Into the Half Light

For more than a year, some of my friends and former coworkers have been sharing music. The idea is that we’re supposed to review/rate what’s shared with us, then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

The Aristocrats – The Aristocrats (2011)

Apparently the band got their name from a somewhat dirty jokes, and that shows in some of their song titles.

Spencer wasn’t kidding when he said this was an instrumental hard rock album with jazz influences. I can’t think of a better way to describe it. Except maybe instrumental prog.

Instrumental albums all seem to have the same upsides and downsides. The main downside is that everything blends together. A potential upside (if done well – otherwise it’s another manifestation of that main downside) is that they have to be musically interesting to be more than background soundtrack to whatever else you’re doing while you listen to them. Continue reading

Sleeping Very Soundly on a Saturday Morning

For more than a year, some of my friends and former coworkers have been sharing music. The idea is that we’re supposed to review/rate what’s shared with us, then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

I have this list of albums I want to share, plus I have a couple of notes at the bottom for some other things. Like when, a year ago, we decided to share a cover we though was better than the original. I started thinking through covers I liked and made a list. And even though I shared one, I have a bunch of others that I don’t know when I’m going to share them. So I’m going to do that this week. But first:

Steely Dan – Aja (1977)

I’ve only been a radio Steely Dan listener. Not because I haven’t liked what I heard, I’m just kinda lazy and haven’t sought out more. Well, here we go. Continue reading

Never Forget that You’re Good to Go

For more than a year, some of my friends and former coworkers have been sharing music. The idea is that we’re supposed to review/rate what’s shared with us, then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

This week I’m sharing an album from a one-hit wonder from the ’90s, except I’m not sharing the album their hit came from. But first, let me tell you about what everyone else shared:

Smash Mouth – Astro Lounge (1999)

Try to forget for a moment about All Star and Smash Mouth’s Radio Disney qualities. These guys are great musicians. Their first album was very much ska, but this is an amazingly different blend of synth-pop, surf rock and funk. With a little Mediterranean guitar thrown in I Just Wanna See. Or Latin in Satellite. No, I don’t love Greg Camp’s kinda whiney gravely voice, but it fits. And they have some great harmonies, too. Continue reading