Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Seinfeld's Children Where Platinum Diapers

Jerry Seinfeld is playing a show at the Hammerstein Ballroom this fall. Isn't that exciting? Yes, is the answer. The fact that he is playing such a high profile show in New York suggests that the new material he's been working on for the last few years has reached a point beyond tiny surprise shows at clubs. I was ready to buy tickets. I had my debit card out. Then I saw that the cheap seats were going for the bargain price of $100!!!!!?!?!?!!! GET OUT!

I'll wait for the HBO special Jerry.

A classic to hold you over.

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Upcoming Albums You Should Like

In the Internet age we're getting a rush of albums way earlier than is to be expected. As such I have pulled the wheat from the chaff and have my recommendations and theories about some albums that will rub lovingly against your ear drums this fall.

Black Lips - Good Bad Not Evil No surprise here one of my most anticipated albums of the coming months does not disappoint. Thank god. I'd spent so much time talking these guys up in the past few months that anything less than a one band new garage rock moment was going to leave me looking pretty foolish. One of the top 10 garage rock albums this decade, no question. The high light of the album is track three, "Veni Vidi Vici". Yes a modern garage rock band has used that reference again this decade. (Can these guys seem less self aware?) It's a ballad of sorts and sure to incite slow ass sing-alongs from all corners of the indie community.

M.I.A - Kala I had curbed my expectations for the follow up to an innovative rap classic coming out on a major label. This sort of skepticism has proved ludicrous and is probably bad for my over all disposition. The high light of this album is the penultimate track "Paper Planes" a smooth verse beat leads to a great hum along chorus complete with guns cocking and cash registers erm.. caching-ing.

Sunset Rubdown - Random Spirit Lover This comes as a surprise. I found Shut Up I'm Dreaming to be somewhere below the Postal Service and the Raconteurs as a side project worth paying attention to. Sure there was good songs but the middle of the album was mucky and I couldn't groove much passed the killer opener over the long haul. Not so with this one that seems bludgeon you with a boat load of melody and musical fireworks in an incredibly manageable period of time. The high light is once again the killer opener "The Mending of the Gown". It twists you in all the ways you liked about the last album but seems to do it in a punchier less obstructive way. If that makes any sense.

Albums I am currently indifferent to include Animal Collective's Strawberry Jam and The Go! Team's Proof of Youth. The albums I'm still dying for are Jens Lekman's Night Falls Over Kortedala(which has apparently leaked) and Les Savy Fav's Let's Stay Friends. As far as albums I'm excited but skeptical about Kanye West's Graduation should cause no shortage of hair pulling over the next couple of weeks.

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10 Best Album Titles

As a compliment to yesterdays top 5 Best Self Titled Albums, I have made a list of the top 10 album titles of all time. No need for explanation, these titles should speak for themselves.

10. Mastered By The Guy At The Exchange - Max Tundra
9. Supreme Clientele - Ghostface Killa
8. Nilson Schmilson - Harry Nilson
7. ...And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out - Yo La Tengo
6. Raw Power - Iggy and the Stooges
5. Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! - Devo
4. Slanted and Enchanted - Pavement
3. Is This It - The Strokes
2. It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back - Public Enemy
1. Human Amusements At Hourly Rates - Guided By Voices

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