Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Music Library: Chris Brokaw, Chris Knox, Chris Morris, Chris Stamey with Yo La Tengo

Chris Brokaw - Red Cities and I Was Born, But.... Brokaw's supertalented. He was the drummer for G.G. Allin and Codeine. He played or plays guitar in Come, Consonant, and The New Year. He was a part of the Boredoms 77 Boadrum project, which incorporated 77 drummers into a Boredoms performance. He's done a bunch of solo albums, but these are the only two I have. Red Cities is an instrumental post-rock thing, and it's quite good. I Was Born, But... is a movie soundtrack, so it also has a lot of instrumental tracks, but these are not as coherent or compelling as the ones on Red Cities. The problem with listening to indie-rock soundtracks: they remind you that they were meant to accompany images that are not before your eyes at the moment.

Chris Knox - Meat. Knox is 1/2 of the kiwi lo-fi psych-rock band Tall Dwarfs (I've already reviewed a solo album by Alex Bathgate, the other member). This is a collection of tracks from some earlier albums. And it's great! It does sound a lot like Paul Westerberg's bedroom recording project Grandpaboy. And some songs end with the sound of a screaming kid, which woke me up with a jolt when I fell asleep last night with my earbuds in and iPod playing. I went running into my son's room, and didn't realize until later that he wasn't the screaming kid who woke me up.

Chris Morris - Blue Jam Series 1 Episodes 1 and 2, plus a few random parody tracks (the fake REM and Pixies songs are great!). Lots of great, dark comedy.

Chris Stamey with Yo La Tengo - V.O.T.E. A limited-release album from 2004 meant to help get out the vote for John Kerry, V.O.T.E. features Stamey, a power-pop guru from North Carolina, reworking some of his own songs and a bunch of covers (including a killer version of Television's "Venus"!) with YLT bringing the rock as his backing band.


x.- 11:34 AM, December 18, 2009  

Chris Brokaw is very talented, indeed. I often think to myself "How is this guy not messing up this song?" when listening to Codeine. Those songs are so painfully slow, it seems amazing they had an actual drummer and not simply a drum machine. Or, for that matter, a metronome.

And, of course, his music with Thalia Zedek in Come and as a solo artist is brilliant. And the scope of genres extremely wide.

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