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"Before you know it as the years go by, you're just like other people you have seen, with all those peculiar human ailments. Just another vehicle for temper and vanity and rashness and all the rest. Who wants it? Who needs it? These things occupy the place where a man's soul should be." -- Henderson the Rain King

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Another Trip To The Boom

Today I used one of my gift certificates to pick up three new CDs from the Sonic Boom:

  • Fiery Furnaces - EP - I'm hoping that this will turn out to be as good as Blueberry Boat, but I can already recommend it based on hearing the extended version of "Single Again", "Here Comes the Summer", and the reworked "Tropical Ice-Land". It's also worth checking out the Pitchfork review which is quite funny.
  • Magnolia Electric Company - Trials and Errors - Limited to 10,000 copies, this is a live CD recorded in Brussels in 2003. It features three old songs from Songs:Ohia as well as a bunch of new stuff from Jason Molina. I picked it up after listening to a few of the tracks on one of the listening machines in the store. The songs I heard reminded me a lot of Neil Young, so I figured it would be worth checking out. It looks like Secretly Canadian has a couple of tracks from the CD available as MP3 downloads on their site.
  • Lyrics Born - Later That Day - This was released awhile ago, but I never got around to picking up a copy. I first heard of Lyrics Born from his work with Blackalicious, but he is better known as half of Latyrx. Mostly I bought this for "Callin' Out" which is a fun song that they often feature on KEXP (on the live version he even gives a shout out to his Seattle crew).

Random side note: while looking on the Secretly Canadian site, I saw that Damien Jurado has a new CD scheduled for release on April 5th. Woo Hoo!


Blogger Paul Campbell said...

Jamie, have you checked out Saul Williams' latest yet? It's pretty rockin. You can check out some clips on his site, or you can listen to the live set he did on election day on KEXP. He's the guy that worked with Blackalicious and Zach de la Rocha on Blazing Arrow's "Release". Zach worked with Saul on one of the tracks on Saul's new self-titled album, "Act III Scene 2 (Shakespeare)". Pretty sweet.

4:38 PM

Blogger Jamie said...

Thanks for the heads up. I do in fact have the new Saul Williams and agree that it's quite good, although I have to say I liked his first album Amethyst Rock Star a lot more.

Wasn't Zack DeLaRocha supposed to have a solo album coming out at some point? It seems like it's been in the works for like 5 years now.

3:43 PM


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