Tuesday, February 02, 2010

music of the month - January edition

If you've been playing along at home, I am planning on keeping a running tally of all the new music I purchase in 2010. Here is a recap from January that is a bit frightening if the trend keeps up all year:

Steely Dan - Aja [mp3]
yes steely dan...I won't apologize but I will offer up that I had a credit for a free $5 mp3 album from amazon. let's face it though, this album is a classic. we all know all the songs

Terakaft - Ash Issudar [mp3]
minimal desert blues from 3 former members of Tinariwen. absolutely captivating

Big Star - #1 Record/Radio City [mp3]
another free album credit from amazon. this is one of those (or two of those) albums that I have just never gotten around to buying before.

Solid Gold - Synchronize EP [mp3]
really just a big single for the best band in MPLS in my opinion, but the new songs are enough to tide me over until they release a new album 9hopefully later this year)

Various - dark was the night [cd]
I finally gave in and bought this 2 cd set and was pleasantly surprised. a few big names are a little disapointing-I'm looking at you Arcade Fire-but overall a nice collection

Ann Peebles - Complete Ann Peebles on Hi Records vol. 1 [cd]
was turned on to her stuff after Willie Mitchell passed away. This 2 cd set collects her first four albums for this classic label. they are all great but the second disc with 'straight from the heart' and 'i can't stand the rain' is the real winner.

Spoon - Transference [cd]
Heard 'Written in Reverse' first and was hooked. It may not be as good as Gimme Fiction (my personal fav from these guys) but it is highly recommended.

Seun Kuti & Fela's Egypt 80 [mp3]
son of the Afrobeat king, channels his father. saw a story about him on PBS soundtracks? I think the show was called. couldn't believe how much like his dad he looked and sounded. Wish I would have picked it up when it came out in 2008

I got the next 4 used at Electric Fetus on the last weekend of the month with a coupon that was about to expire. Except for the New Standards, they are all albums I have wanted but have been putting off getting time & time again (still can't believe I had never gotten around to picking up the Velvets lp before)
The New Standards - Rock & Roll [cd]
Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Schmilsson [cd]
Rolling Stones - Beaggar's Banquet [cd]
Velvet Underground & Nico [cd]

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