Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Music Library: Vienna Philharmonic, Viktor Vaughn, Kurt Vile, Violent Femmes, Vlach Quartet, Volcano Suns, Voxtrot, Vulgar Boatmen

Continuing with short reviews in a rush to finish this thing out.

Vienna Philharmonic - Mahler: Symphony No. 4 (1988). Mahler-iffic!

Viktor Vaughn - Vaudeville Villain (2003) and Venomous Villain (2004). Another of MF DOOM's personae, the Vaughn (taken from Victor Von Doom, Doctor Doom's real-name-as-destiny) moniker means that DOOM raps but the production is by others. Excellent stuff, even if it doesn't have DOOM's own unassailable beats.

Kurt Vile - Constant Hitmaker (2008), Childish Prodigy (2009), The Hunchback EP (2009), Square Shells EP (2010), Smoke Rings For My Halo (2011), and Wakin On A Pretty Daze (2013). With Fahey-like acoustic guitar chops and a Neil Young-ish ability to crank out pleasing solos, Vile is a fun, but slight, listen. I tend to think of him as the hipster Jack Johnson, actually. Also, Kurt Vile is his real name.

Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes (1982), Hallowed Ground (1984), Why Do Birds Sing? (1991), and "Crazy." Do I really even need to discuss these guys? Sorry for the smarmy Dennis Miller in the video below.

Vlach Quartet - Beethoven: String Quartets, Op. 18, Nos. 3 and 4. Beethoven-iffic?

Volcano Suns - The Bright Orange Years (1985), All Night Lotus Party (1986), Bumper Crop (1987), Farced (1988), and Thing Of Beauty (1989). Peter Prescott's super-fun post-Mission of Burma band.

Voxtrot - Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, and Wives EP (2006), Biggest Fan EP (2006), and Voxtrot (2007). Brit-flavored indie-pop from Austin.

Vulgar Boatmen - You and Your Sister (1989) and Please Panic (1992). Ultra-tasteful folk-punk from Florida.


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