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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 28, 2007

Speaking of Booms

Yesterday's trip to the Ballard Boom resulted in a large outflow of cash and a large influx of aural goodness. This should tide me over nicely until my new Shins and CYHSY albums arrive:

Frank Black - Christmass - Ugly name for a disc with such beautiful tunes. I believe this is available only in Indie music stores at the moment. It's a two-disc set, one a CD of live & studio acoustic tracks and one a DVD of a performance in Sacramento.

Damien Jurado - Gathered In Song - Fact: according to Last.FM Jurado is my second favorite artist. I'll buy pretty much anything the man puts out, but that especially holds true when he's re-releasing a tough to find EP and throwing on some demos + bonus tracks. Don't confuse this one with his backing band Gathered In Song which played on 2002's I Break Chairs.

Damien Jurado - This Fabulous Century - Limited to 600 copies, this vinyl-only release is exactly the reason I own a turntable. Features 13 demo tracks recorded in 1998. Drool.

Menomena - Friend and Foe - More Pacific Northwest goodness from the boys at Barsuk. This one is either really great or terrible. Three listens in I'm leaning towards great. Think A.D.D. indie rock a la Fiery Furnaces. Special bonus props for choosing Craig Thompson to do the arse-kickin' art work. Interview with Stereogum and Wet and Rusting [MP3].

The Broken West - I Can't Go On, I'll Go On - Haven't had a chance to dig to deep into this one yet, but it comes highly recommended. MP3's and more at IAF,YAF.

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