Posts Tagged ‘Lou Barlow’

Imagination Blind

April 3, 2010


Dinosaur Jr. bringing you Imagination Blind. Here’s Lou Barlow doing an acoustic version, I love it.

This track is the closing track to Dinosaur Jr’s 9th album Farm released in June of 2009 2 years after their 2007 release Beyond. Now whats interesting about this is that Beyond was their first release in 10 years. They hadn’t released an album since 1997’s Hand it Over, and when Beyond came out and I heard it I thought it was great and they would never be able to top it. Well I was wrong, 2 years later they released Farm and I have a tendency to listen to Farm more than Beyond. It’s an awesome album, don’t get me wrong they are both great, but I like Farm more. Especially the album art featured below:

Here’s a quote from Marc Masters (who I agree with wholeheartedly with) at pitchfork about the album:
Beyond, the first album to feature the original Dinosaur Jr. lineup since their 1980s heyday, was so surprisingly good it was tempting to call it a fluke. Tempting, but wrong– two years after its release, it still sounds great, on par with the early, hallowed triumvirate of Dinosaur, You’re Living All Over Me, and Bug. For any cynics still chalking Beyond up to luck, Farm should blast the scales from your jaded eyes. Energetic, confident, and catchy, it’s even more compelling than Beyond.
Read more of his review here.

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Oh The Misfits, how I love you.

October 21, 2009

Halloween is coming up. Although I’m not doing a Halloween show tonight the season is making me in the mood for some Misfits. These guys rock in such an awesomely ghoulish way, who wouldn’t love hearing them on or near Halloween.

Listen in tonight from 8 to 10 pm on KRUI 89.7 fm or online here.

1. The Misfits, Collection (1986), London Dungeon
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2. The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Power of Negative Thinking: B-Sides and Rarities (2008), Why’d You Want Me
(This is a box set encompassing tracks from their entire career.)
3. Mission of Burma, Vs. (Bonus Track on the Remastered album), Forget
Vs. originally came out in 1982
4. Dinosaur Jr., Where You Been? (1993), Start Choppin
These guys are TOURING, and they played last thursday at the Vic in Chicago. Here’s a quote from Miles Raymour I pulled off of The Chicago Reader. (I couldn’t Summarize Lou Barlow any better, even though I do love the Smiths.)

Morrissey may be popularly perceived as the King of Sadness Feelings, but his arch melodrama has always struck me as too closely related to handful-of-Tylenol “suicide attempt” drama queen-ism, which is just another way for somebody to say “Look at me!” Serious aficionados of feeling bad know that Lou Barlow is the true master of alt-rock miserablism. His 90s discography covers all the main flavors of depression, from the heartbroken “I could break down crying at any time” prettiness of Sebadoh’s “Soul and Fire” to the abject “I haven’t left the house or showered in a week” desolation of Sentridoh’s “Choke Chain,” and his frequent detours into hardcore bong-rip punk are a fair stand-in for manic jags. (Let’s not talk about the Folk Implosion.) On his new solo album, Goodnight Unknown (Merge), he sounds more settled and less self-tortured, more expansive and less dependent on minor keys—but he can still write a tuneful, melancholy pop song, and the hushed “I’m Thinking . . . ” is as dark as anything he’s done.

5. Liz Phair, Exile in Guyville (1993 on Matador records), 6’1″
6. Secret Shine, Untouched (1993), Sun Warmed Water
7. No Age, Eraser (A single off of Sub pop, released in 2008), Eraser
8. Jona Lewie, The Best of Jona Lewie (2002), The Baby She’s on the Street
(This track came out in 1978, and its just so much fun.)
9. Spizzenergi, Where’s Captain Kirk? the Very Best of Spizz (2002), Where’s Captain Kirk (the single came out in 1979)
10. Lene Lovich, Lucky Number: The Best of (2004), Say When
11. Depeche Mode, The Best of Depeche Mode, People are People (single came out in 1984)
(as you can tell from the last three albums I’m a sucker for best of albums.)
12. Elvis Costello, This Year’s Model (1978), Radio Radio
13. Siouxsie & The Banshees, Twice upon a Time- The Singles, Cities in Dust (single was released in 1985)
14. The Gun Club, Fire of Love (1981), Ghost on the Highway
This album is brilliant. When I first heard this I never heard anything like it. Allmusic has them sited as a “tribal psychobilly blues” band. Check them out.
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15. Radio Birdman, The Essential Radio Birdman (1974-1978), Aloha Steve and Danno
16. The Replacements, All Shook Down (1990), My Little Problem
17. Husker Du, New Day Rising (1985), Plans I Make
18. Polvo, In Prism (2009), D.C. Trails
19. Pixies, Come on Pilgrim (1987), The Holiday Song
20. The Magnetic Fields, 69 Love Songs (1999), I Can’t Touch You Anymore
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21. Mazzy Star, So Tonight That I Might See (1993), Blue Light
22. Modest Mouse, Good News for People Who Love Bad News (2004 and also nominated for a Grammy), The World at Large
23. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Tender Prey (1988), The Mercy Seat (Johnny Cash covered this tune.)
24. Portishead, Dummy (1994), Roads
25. The Swell Maps, A Trip to Marineville (1979, and re-released in 1989), Vertical Slum
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26. Tom Waits, Bone Machine (1992, and won a Grammy that year), Goin’ Out West

I love you.

September 23, 2009

This show is all about love and sweet sounds. Why? Because, I’m in a sappy mood (due to the dream-boat/newly-acquired-fiance featured in the image below). Join me tonight on KRUI 89.7fm or online here.

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1. Yo La Tengo, I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One (1997), Autumn Sweater
2. The American Analog Set, The Golden Band (1999), I Must Soon Quit The Scene
3. Belle & Sebastian, The Boy With The Arab Strap (1998), It Could Have Been a Brilliant Career
4. Beck, Guero (2005), Girl
5. R.E.M., Reckoning (1984), Harborcoat
6. Air Formation, Air Formation (2000), It Falls Away
7. Black Tambourine, Complete Recordings (2002 off of Slumberland), Can’t Explain
8. Beat Happening, Crashing through (2002), Cast a Shadow
9. Jane’s Addiction, Up from the Catacombs: The Best of Jane’s Addiction, Classic Girl (Originally on Ritual de lo Habitual released in 1990)
10. Built to Spill, Time Trap Sampler (included live tracks between 1994-2006, promo only), Car (Live Album Version)
11. Tears for Fears, 20th Century Masters, Sowing the Seeds of Love (This song released in 1989, The song reached #5 in the UK, #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and #1 on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart.)
12. Sugar, File Under: Easy Listening (1994), Your Favorite Thing
13. PJ Harvey, Dry (1992), Oh My Lover
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14. The Jesus and Mary Chain, Stoned & Dethroned (1994), Never Saw It Coming
15. TV On the Radio, Dear Science (2008), Love Dog
16. Sebadoh, Smash Your Head on the Punk Rock (Sebadoh’s Sub Pop Debut released in 1992), Brand New Love
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17. The Kinks, Kwyet Kinks, A Well Respected Man (Song was released in 1965)
18. Lou Reed, The Bells (1979), Looking for Love
19. Bob Dylan, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, Girl From the North Country (Request for David, Sam, and their little one on the way.)
20. Pavement, Wowee Zowee (1994), We Dance
21. The Tell-Tale Hearts, A Matter of Time: The Best of Ray Brandes, It’s Just a Matter of Time
22. Lyres, 12 Classic 45s, I Really Want You Right Now
23. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (1992), Feeling of Love
24. Mercury Rev, Deserter’s Songs (1998), Opus 40
25. Nouvelle Vague, Nouvelle Vague, Love Will Tear Us Apart
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26. Lou Barlow, Goodnight Unknown, Take Advantage (Justin from Standing on the Verge brought this soon to be released track in, and it was GREAT!)
27. Ugly Casanova, Sharpen Your Teeth (2002), Hotcha Girls
28. The Moldy Peaches, The Moldy Peaches (2001), Anyone Else But You