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My Week in Music (12-15 to 12-21)

December 21, 2009

This week Phoenix continued to dominate my ear-time. I was able to get two of their newer albums, United (2000) and Alphabetical (2004), so that definitely helped Phoenix stay in most of my playlists. The two albums are their older ones, with United showcasing their love for the dance music of the 80s. There is a sense of their personal sound, but it is buried within the dance beats. Alphabetical I found to be a letdown. ‘Run Run Run’ got me really excited to hear the rest of the album, but upon hearing it I found it to be a bit dull. The sounds bleed together after the single (‘Run Run Run’) and it wasn’t as entertaining a listen as their other albums.

Sufjan Stevens finds his way up there with his fantastic holiday albums. I recently got a hold of the 8th volume: Songs for Christmas, Vol VIII: Astral Inter Planet Space Captain Christmas Infinity Voyage (2008) , which wasn’t released to the general public, and I have to say it: It’s really good. Nothing like familiar Christmas tunes redone with computers to help me get more into this holiday.

Neutral Milk Hotel was an interesting listen for me, mostly because the word ‘milk’ is in the bands name. Funnily enough, the music is really good also. Something that you can hear all up-and-coming indie bands trying to sound like. Muse, Radiohead, and Mew are all bands I really enjoy listening to, so to see them on here is no surprise. Relient K‘s new album Forget and Not Slow Down (2009) is a return to good form after what I consider a misstep for the band (Five Score and Seven Years Ago [2007] ). And finally is Animal Collective with their album Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009). One of the better albums that came out earlier in the year, although it did take me a few listens to appreciate.

So there it is. How was your week? Dominated by holiday cheer?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Clifton permalink
    December 22, 2009 1:56 PM

    love NMH. Do you only listen to Aeroplane like most or have you delved into On Avery Island as well?

  2. December 22, 2009 4:58 PM

    I only have Aeroplane. Is the other one a good choice?

  3. Clifton permalink
    December 22, 2009 9:07 PM

    its before they had an established line up. it was the first effort to take songs from their numerous demo cassettes and make an official release. its got hints of lofi ska and a little more dancy raw energy than Aeroplane which is more of an arranged, carefully chaotic album.

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