Thursday, July 11, 2013

Music Library: Magazine, Magnetic Fields, Mahler, J. Mascis, Mastodon, Mclusky, Meat Puppets, Mekons, Melvins, MF Doom, Microphones


More catch-up.

Magazine - The Correct Use Of Soap (1980). Top-notch post-punk.

The Magnetic Fields - Realism (2010) and Love At The Bottom Of The Sea (2012). The former is the last and least of the Magnetic Fields' no-synth albums. The latter is a welcome return to full instrumentation.

Mahler - Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection" (Georg Solti and Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 1984), Symphony No. 5 (Pierre Boulez and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, 1997), and Symphony No. 6 (Pierre Boulez and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, 1995). One thing that was clear from reading Alex Ross's The Rest Is Noise is that I don't have the background to review this stuff. Sure like it, though.

J. Mascis - Several Shades Of Why (2011). Mascis makes a hell of a folkie, too.

Mastodon - The Hunter (2011). They remain awesome. A little less prog, a little more mainstream-ization of metal.

Mclusky - My Pain And Sadness Is More Sad And Painful Than Yours (2000). Besides having one of the best album names in history, Mclusky's first LP is super-fun and creative right out of the gate.

Meat Puppets - Live In Montana (rec. 1984). The Pups at the peak of their psych-meets-ZZ Top weirdness.

Mekons - Ancient And Modern (2011). The Mekons going deeper into American folk music.

Melvins - Sugar Daddy Live (2011), Freak Puke (2012), and Everybody Loves Sausages (2013). They're Melvins albums. They're chaotic, loud, and brilliant. The former is a live album which never fails to be fascinating. There's a sense that anything could happen with these guys. The second features the Melvins Lite three-piece line-up and it's fantastic. The last one is an all covers album with a number of guest vocalists and musicians. My favorite is the noisy and triumphant cover of "Station To Station" with JG Thirwell.

MF Doom - Live From Planet X (2005). Problem with most live albums is that they add nothing to the material. This is one of those.

The Microphones - The Glow Pt. 2 (2001). An unsung Elephant Six release that has many of the trappings of In The Aeroplane Over The Sea without lyrics not quite plumbing the same depths.


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