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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Quick Tuesday Night Reviews #1

A new feature here at --- Quick Tuesday Night Reviews. These will be short (usually 1 or 2 sentence reviews) of a rather completely random selection of songs.

#1 The Minus 5 - "Dear My Inspiration" --- From 2004's IN ROCK. This song clocks in at barely over 2 minutes and has a feeling very much like an updated & amped up 60s pop rock single. To me that's a pretty cool thing. The song has a pretty smart little outro which includes some interesting organ lines. The vocals actually remind me a slight bit of Green Day, although I'm not entirely sure why. Worth checking out if you like poppy retro rock. The Minus 5 is known for their work with Wilco.

#2 The Beach Boys - "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times" - From 1966's classic PET SOUNDS. Pet Sounds is really an album that should be listened to in order and in it's entirity. But this is random tuesday and this is how things have worked out. Just the sort of thing that happens here at Quick Tuesday Night Reviews. Of particular note on this hearing of this classic track is the bass of course played by Brian Wilson. Like pretty much all of the songs on Pet Sounds the song has a very intricate arrangement - all compressed into 3 minutes. Brian Wilson showing how you can make an epic song in 3 minutes as per usual. Really if you haven't heard Pet Sounds you need to remedy this as soon as possible - it's a classic for a reason, just some of the most stunningly beautiful music I've ever heard.

#3 Dungen - "Panda" - From 2004's TA DET LUGNT. This is one of my favorite tracks from an awesome album. Sounds straight out of 1971 but not in a try-hard way. It's all very natural. The lyrics are all in swedish as the band is from Sweden. The song is both rocking (in some major ass kicking ways) and spacy psychedelicia alternatingly and somehow sometimes at the same time. Killer riffs, pounding drums. Just great classic rock being made in the 21st century in Sweden. Wild Times.

#4 The Smashing Pumpkins "Galapogos" - From 1995's MELLON COLLIE... disc 1. While I find the album as a whole quite a bit too much to take in the last few times I've tried to listen to it. I am quite enjoying this track at the moment. Very sweet & gentle - like floating down the river. Hard to believe this album is 10 years old now. In fact it was released October 24th, 1995, so it's almost 10 years to the day. The Smashing Pumpkins have been a band that have become a bit cool to dismiss (amongst the indie crowd) but they did some beautiful stuff and this is quite a nice track.

#5 The Beatles "Obladi Oblada" - This version was taken from ANTHOLOGY 3. Anthology 3 was my favorite of the 3 and still is. While Anthology 2 may have covered The Beatles most prolificly creative period Anthology 3 was the most interesting to me because of the fact that there are more tracks that were not released by the Beatles officially like "What's The New Mary Jane?", "Not Guilty", and "All Things Must Pass" and that many of the versions well known songs (like this one) were significantly different (not just very mildly different as many of the Anthology 2 tracks were) ... while the tracks that really do it for me on this set are the very very different "Helter Skelter" (thick and plodding and rather nothing much like the white album version) and the acoustic versions of "Something" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"... If you are a huge Beatles fan but have yet to hear any of the Anthologies - Anthology 3 would be my recommendation on where to start. Then #2 and then lastly if you are a completist and enjoy the early Beatles period get #1. These are in chronological order. If for some reason you are not a huge Beatles fan, what's wrong with you? But don't start with the Anthologies - Get the original albums first.


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