Monday, January 26, 2015

Music Library FINAL Catch-Up: As and Bs

I've been debating with myself about whether I should even bother to run through these last albums, but I figure the benefit would be that I would feel like I brought this project to final closure and could write about whatever music or whatever else I want afterwards. The real question is whether there's any point to maintaining a blog anymore, but I'm nowhere near qualified to answer that.


A.R. & Machines - Die Grune Reise (1971). Neat-o krautrock.

AC/DC - '74 Jailbreak (1974), T.N.T. (Australian Edition, 1975), Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (Australian Edition, 1976), Let There Be Rock (Australian Edition, 1977). The Aussie versions are only slightly different from the American ones, but the differences in the flow is fun.

Akron/Family - Sub Verses (2013). I have really lost interest in these guys.

Tony Allen - Jealousy (1975) and Progress (1977). These are basically Fela Kuti albums, and they are as great as Fela Kuti albums tend to be.

Ass Ponys - Mr. Superlove (1990), Grim (1993), The Known Universe (1996), Some Stupid With A Flare Gun (2000), Lohio (2001). Chuck Cleaver's pre-Wussy band is so very great. All of these, along with the other Ass Ponys album Electric Rock Music, which I reviewed elsewhere, are well worth searching out.

Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires - Total Destruction To Your Mind 12" (2012). Good, but the Swamp Dogg original cannot be improved upon.

Ginger Baker - Ginger Baker's Air Force (1970), Ginger Baker's Air Force 2 (1970), Stratavarious (1972). White rock-oriented Britons playing afrobeat and jazz. Actually, better than that sounds, although it never approaches essential.

Band of Susans - The Word and The Flesh (1991) and Now EP (1992). I replaced a poor rip of the former with a good one and picked up the latter, which is excellent. Such an excellent band.

Beach Boys - Surfin' Safari (1962), Little Deuce Coupe (Mono and Stereo) (1963), Surfer Girl (Mono and Stereo) (1963), Surfin' U.S.A. (Mono and Stereo) (1963), All Summer Long (1964), Shut Down, Vol. 2 (1964), Beach Boys' Party! (Mono and Stereo) (1965), Summer Days (And Summer Nights) (Mono and Stereo) (1965), Today! (Mono and Stereo) (1965), Pet Sounds (Mono and Stereo) (1966), Smiley Smile (Mono and Stereo) (1967), The Live Box (1965-67), Landlocked (soniclovenoize reconstruction) (1970), Carl and The Passions - So Tough (1971), Holland (1973), Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of The Beach Boys (1963-88). As a huge Beach Boys fan, I figured I should spend some money on the pre-Pet Sounds albums (I previously had only compilations) and went hog-wild. The soniclovenoize recreation album is the first of a number that I picked up from this fascinating blog.

Beatles - Get Back (soniclovenoize reconstruction) (1969) and The Black Album (reconstruction from Boyhood) (1970-91). These are two fun non-Beatles Beatles albums.

Bee Control - Bee Control 7" (2011). Cool punk band with one of the Pelican guitarists on the excellent Past/Futures label.

Bee Vs. Moth - Shelter In Place (2014) and 10th Anniversary (2003-2014). Austin's greatest instrumental avant-rock band. Shelter In Place is pure fun!

The Bevis Frond - Superseeder (1995). Heavy, heavy, heavy man.

Andrew Bird - Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of... (2014). A collection of Bird playing Handsome Family songs. I like the originals better, I'm afraid.

Boris - Asobi Seksu x Boris Split 7" (2012), Präparat (2013), and Noise (2014). Noise is all over the place, much like Boris has been for the last decade, but after the J-pop of the last round of albums, this one seems a little more schizo than most. Präparat has plenty of juicy doom metal, though.

Brinsley Schwarz - Brinsley Schwarz (1970), Despite It All (1970), Silver Pistol (1972), Nervous On The Road (1972), Please Don't Ever Change (1973), The New Favourites Of Brinsley Schwarz (1974), It's All Over Now (1974), Surrender To The Rhythm (compilation, 1970-74), Fifteen Thoughts Of Brinsley Schwarz (1970-75), Cruel To Be Kind (live, 1970-75), Hen's Teeth (compilation, 1968-75). I went way overboard in catching up with this band, which I unfortunately don't generally like. I mean, they have their moments, but then they have their other moments and the second ones are much less enjoyable. But when Nick Lowe is on, he is really on.

Richard Buckner - Surrounded (2013). Buckner never really changes that much, even with the odd electronic elements on this album, but he is still the greatest 4 a.m.-half drunk-far from home songwriter in the world.


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