Sunday, January 23, 2011

Music Library: Meters, MF Doom, MGMT, Mice Parade

The Meters - A Message From The Meters (recorded 1969-71).  Although this may cause irreparable damage to your view of not just me but perhaps your entire relationship with music, I cannot fail to inform you that the Meters are quite funky.

MF Doom - Operation: Doomsday (1999), MF (with MF Grimm, 2000), Mmm...Food (2004), and Live From Planet X (2005).  So there's Danger Doom, DOOM, King Geedorah, KMD, Madvillain, and later Viktor Vaughn, but here's MF Doom himself.  Should I file these all together under any particular name (say, DOOM or MF Doom) or keep Daniel Dumile spread out through my library?  I don't know, but if you have an opinion, please share it.  It seems a little confusing to hit Doom at so many different stages of his career in so many different places in the library, but, then again, maybe that's by design.  So these albums spread from Doom's relatively rough first solo album under this identity to an EP collaboration with MF Grimm that's fairly contemporaneous with the first album to Mmm...Food and Live From Planet X, both of which feature Doom at the height of his powers.  Well, the former is significantly better than the latter.

MGMT - Oracular Spectacular (2007). Pretty good rock album that managed to fall upwards on its release into some now-embarrassing (or so I hope) hyperbolic prose from the critics on the strength of being fairly inoffensive.  Unfortunately, while I find it likable enough, I can't remember anything about it some five minutes after it ends.

Mice Parade - Mice Parade (2007). Now this is more memorable.  Mice Parade is a post-rock band that's been around for a while, and their output is quite varied, apparently.  This album reminds me of Gastr del Sol's last album Camoufleur, which has a similar mix of folk, jazz, noise, and big rock.  I suspect that Mice Parade, like Gastr del Sol, cannot be judged based on any single album.


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