Friday, November 21, 2008

What You May Have Missed in '08

Well gang, the feedback of late has been enough to keep 'ol LTME with it's head above water, despite the sizeable brick tied to it's ankles. Alas we are soon to close out a second year, in year in which we can all agree we learned a great deal about ourselves, the world around us and the world of music.

With so much goin' in the kitchen these days, it's best to wind back, relax, pour a glass of that which we like so much, cuddle in close to that special someone and spin a few records for old times sack. Won't be long 'til Grandfather time rises up and does away with the years that's been: 2008.

I give you now, The Best of the Rest - A Look at the Albums You Likely Missed.

The Music Tapes - Music Tapes for Clouds and Tornadoes

Bizarre and brillant in the same scope. At times borders on errily unlistenable yet completely riviting...I know, that's like impossible right. Experimental is a weak word to descibe the finely minced sounds that and pureed into a smooth yet sharp treat. I suggest this album only to those with a strong musical sensability and the patience to try something over and over and over until it works. To help nudge you in the right direction the man in charge here used to be in a little band known as Neutral Milk Hotel. I'm just sayin'.

Tobacco - Fucked Up Friends
Sounds a lot like this...

School of Seven Bells - Alpinism

I just like it because I like maountains and stuff. But if you must know, it's also the band for that dude that left Secret Machines (which at the time sucked, but now, eh, not so bad!). Somehow more epic in scope that SM, less percussion, more harmony, female vocals etc. For folks who like SM but need a variation, this is worth a sit down.

A few more...

The Avett Brothers - The Gleam II

Rodrigo and Gabriella - Live in Japan

Women - Women

Listen to this, you'll be glad you did Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Dig Lazarus Dig!!!

And finally I give you Charlotte's own:

Benji Hughes, a southern version of LCD Soundsystem, meets opera, meets beer, lot's of beer.

This man is a dance party in the fleshy fleshy. Take a listen for yourself, it's extreme, it's love, it's A Love Extreme!

Grab the song: Why do These Parties Always End the Same Way?

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