Monday, May 03, 2010

Music Library: Living Colour, Liz Phair, Lo Fidelity Allstars, London Classical Players, London Symphony Orchestra, Longwave, Loose Fur

(No photo today.  Did you know that it's hard to find a picture of Liz Phair that doesn't look like it came out of Maxim?)

Living Colour - Vivid (1988). Ouch!  This has not aged well at all.  In fact, I couldn't make it through a single cut other than "Cult of Personality."  As it turns out, the world really didn't need a watered-down Fishbone with no sense of humor.

Liz Phair - Exile In Guyville (1993).  Supposedly a track-for-track response to Exile On Main Street (although I don't really hear it), Liz Phair's lo-fi debut still packs a surprising punch all these years later.  I don't much care for the power-pop version of Liz Phair, nor the straight-up pop version, but this'll definitely do.

Lo Fidelity Allstars - "Battleflag."  Electronica single.  No idea how I ended up with it or why.

London Classical Players - Handel: Water Music (1996).  Wow, that sure is pretty!  OK, I'm out of things to say about this.

London Symphony Orchestra - Handel: Messiah (1966).  This should be classified as Christmas music instead of classical.  But it brought a little frosty Xmas cheer on the warm April day when I listened to it.

Longwave - "There's A Fire."  That's a rock song, all right.

Loose Fur - Live at the Double Door 5-14-2000, Loose Fur (2003), and Born Again In The USA (2005).  A trio of Jeff Tweedy, Jim O'Rourke, and Glenn Kotche, Loose Fur is a good-to-great side project with a terrible name and even worse album art.  The bootleg predates Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, which is often considered the first real collaboration between Tweedy and O'Rourke (and, it should be noted, Kotche wasn't a member of Wilco until the beginning of the YHF recordings).  The music on the two albums is best when, like YHF, it turns Tweedy's rather simple folk songs into avant-noise pleasures.  There are parts that don't work but the overall effect is a success.  And the second album is slightly better than the first, but together they seem of a piece.


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