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Friday, April 28, 2006

album of the week - week 2

This week, my selection comes from relative obscurity to most of you. While I try and listen to all the music I can, I find a growing disdain for almost all mainstream US pop music. Because Pop to me means a lot more than Britney dropping a baby, and Xtina waiving her hand to match what note she's singing.

In this case, it comes in a release from the Dealers of Nordic Music. Now, while this is just a compilation, it's one everyone should check out. Preview it on Itunes.

The disc is called Blueprints #01, and again, its by various artists.

A lot of people ask me just exactly what it is I'm listening to, confusing the word 'techno' with anything that doesn't have a live band behind it. Well, I'm here to tell you that the word 'techno' is a misnomer, and any true electronica fan will correct you, much to their chagrin.

It gets annoying. I don't go out and call James Blunt country because he's a singer/songwriter. He clearly falls under the genre of useless crap. Get it right people!

Anyway, 'album of the week' will soon rest in its permanent home on mondays, but I have a busy weekend ahead of me, and probably will forget unless I post it now. So this is our album of the week for the week of May 1.

Anyway, getting to the music...

I have recently gotten really into what I consider 'party-electronica.' Its music no one can identify, but plays in every club, lounge, and bar in LA. We all know it. Some of you even associate it with a pretentious fuck who wears black dress shoes with jeans. Good for them. But that's not the image I conjur when I listen to this.

Highlights include 'Alone' by Tennis Hero and 'Vu from Upper Story' by Iony. Also, for those of you who have never heard Hird (I know, read it again), I strongly urge you to check him out. He's one of the premiere artists on the DNM label, and makes a strong presence here.

The important thing to note about mixes is how cohesive they are, how well they move from one song to the next, allowing the listener to take a journey with the music. That's why I was such a huge fan of DJ Tiesto's In Search of Sunrise (volume 1). Because it took you somewhere. This album does the same thing, and once you've given it a few listens...well, the untrained ear will say, "great, NEXT."

But to us- the miracle makers, the dreamers of dreams...we'll know we've experienced something unlike our everyday life.

Rating: 8 / 10

Saturday, April 22, 2006

album of the week

In the hopes of what will become a weekly installment, I'd like to introduce this week's 'Scott's Blizzog Album of the Wekk.' These guys are british, they rock, and they also um, rock.

In other news, this album is amazing.

Now for some actual critical analysis...

These guys seamlessly blend the sound of retro-pop with shades of electronica. The music shifts over a variety of sounds, but the jist of it is something close to the Police's Synchronicity. More often than not, I ask myself, "Is that Sting did he do this album 20 years ago?" Ok, so I only asked myself that once. And the drumming- very close to the sound of Stuart Copeland. All in all, its a great album for driving, partying, chilling, and rainy days.

I would also like to cite that this album has yet to do a marjor US release, and will be hard to find in your Best Buys and your ... hmmm... is there even another commercial chain like them? I'll say Taco Bell. But I know it's wrong. Its just that I buzzed in, and Trebek hates having his time wasted.

Anyway, I found it at Virgin, and the US release comes in 2 formats: the original 10 track UK release, and a 10 track + 7 remixes. If you fork over the extra 3 bucks, it will be well worth it. Because while many of the remixes sound like the original tracks when they start, they finish so masterfully and differently than before, you'll be surprised it was the same song.

A soon to be timeless London-Indie-Pop-Electronica, this is a surefire winner.

Rating: 9 / 10