#MusicMonday, Vol. XVII: of Montreal, The Weakerthans, Sufjan Stevens, Bob Dylan & the Band, Radoiohead, and more (with video)

Shawn Sufjan Stevens, All Delighted People EP (2010)

Last week, Sufjan Stevens released his first collection of new music (not counting the instrumental BQE thing) in quite a while. It's an EP that's an hour long, with two of the eight songs clocking in at more than 10 minutes each. Listen to the EP for free here. And check out some footage of Sufjan performing the title track live below.

[image-1] -- Radiohead, 01 and 10 Playlist: OK Computer (1997), In Rainbows (2007)

Saturday night I stopped in at Brokenmold Entertainment's AV Club art show, which included some of CL photographer Phil Bardi's shots of the May 2008 Radiohead concert at Ford Amphitheatre. It reminded me of a rumor that appeared with the release of In Rainbows, that the album was intended to be a companion piece to OK Computer. The theory is a little weak, based on cryptic hints from Thom Yorke and binary code, but I decided to give it a listen this morning; Radiohead is always good on rainy days. Essentially, you interchange songs from each album in a playlist [see below]. There are certainly some interesting song transitions and lyrical concepts that connect the two, and regardless of whether they were written as such, it's still a great excuse to dust off OK Computer and remember how groundbreaking it truly was.

1. Airbag (OK Computer) 2. 15 Step (In Rainbows) 3. Paranoid Android (OK Computer) 4. Bodysnatchers (In Rainbows) 5. Subterranean Homesick Alien (OK Computer) 6. Nude (In Rainbows) 7. Exit Music (For A Film) (OK Computer) 8. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi (In Rainbows) 9. Let Down (OK Computer) 10. All I Need (In Rainbows) 11. Karma Police (OK Computer) 12. Fitter Happier (OK Computer) 13. Faust Arp (In Rainbows) 14. Electioneering (OK Computer) 15. Reckoner (In Rainbows) 16. Climbing Up The Walls (OK Computer) 17. House Of Cards (In Rainbows) 18. No Surprises (OK Computer) 19. Jigsaw Falling Into Place (In Rainbows) 20. Lucky (OK Computer) 21. Videotape (In Rainbows) 22. The Tourist (OK Computer)

Evan Morningbell, Sincerely, Severely (2010)

I bought this CD at last Friday's show at New World Brewery. And what a show it was. A review is forthcoming, but, suffice to say, as a poor college student, it takes a lot for me to buy an album. This show was worth it. The album has many of the same songs as were performed at the show, and keeps knocking me over with how well produced it is, quality indie rock with hints of Flaming Lips and The Shins, with a whole heaping helping of Spoon and of Montreal. Tasty.

[image-2]NicoleGuiltmaker, The Emerald Coast (2010)

Guiltmaker's brand new EP is finally out! Emerald Coast is an awesome five-track sojourn from reality bringing a new refined depth to Guiltmaker's trademark post-hardcore indie rock sound. The EP's name is derived from the recording location in Pensacola on the lovely Emerald Coast. Since recording started right around the time of the BP oil spill, it is a poignant way to celebrate our beautiful Florida coastline. The song titles tie-into the theme nicely (though I do miss the demo titles - ask the band for more info on that). I really like how the songs work together as a cohesive unit. My favorite track so far is "Voices" with "Shielded Deep" a close second. Jeremy Griffith is the technical genius behind the phenomenal sound quality, having produced, engineered and mixed this EP. You have no excuse not to take a listen since you can download "The Emerald Coast" for free by clicking here. Don't delay, start listening today! Then go see Guiltmaker live next Friday, September 3, at New World Brewery with Liquid Limbs and Slow Claw. [Click here to check out more of my Guiltmaker shots from their May 30 show.]

[image-3] – Sons of Hippies, A-Morph; Mother Winslow, Mother Winslow; and My Little Trotsky, My Little Trotsky (all 2010)

This weekend, I trekked to my mama's casa in Clearwater and around my Seminole Heights hood to the juicy jams of local talents -- new releases by Sons of Hippies, My Little Trotsky and Mother Winslow, which has a CD release party next Friday, August 27, at New World. SoH never ceases to impress with their ingenuity. On A-Morph, the former duo-now-trio offers us more upbeat, vibrant material than ever, fortified by dynamic percussion and recording tricks that both move the soul and get the keyster shaking. MLT's self-titled = sweet harmonies, layered pop and brilliant lyrics. I especially love the tune "Tender Mercy." Mother Winslow, heck, I've gone on about these guys a lot already. If you like fuzzy garage rock with a sense of melody and humor, this is a must-spin.

Steve Bob Dylan & the Band, The Basement Tapes (recorded 1967)

Forget for a moment that this album is essentially a lie put forth by Robbie Robertson. Passionate readings of delightfully nonsensical songs carry the day. Nothing has ever sounded like this and I doubt anything ever will.

[image-4]Zee Avi, Zee Avi (2009)

I discovered this whimsical gem of an album several months ago and find I never grow tired of Avi's soulfully soft voice that sings lullaby-like tales about the bittersweetness and darkness of love and relationships. Within the melancholy lyrical mode, the 20-something, Malaysian-born singer-songwriter sprinkles in a tragic optimism that shines through like stars in a night sky as Avi blends jazzy tonalities with her acoustic guitar and ukulele playing. With all the paradise-infused, mellow surf musicalities of a Jack Johnson album, Avi is Nora Jones meets Madeleine Peyroux in her ability to seduce listeners with her "chanteuse," nightclub singer-like voice. The album has a very unadulterated vibe and the authenticity of Avi's singer-songwriter talents flows effortlessly throughout.

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Scott The Weakerthans, Reconstruction Site (2003)

John K. Sampson's eloquent, compelling pop-rock paeans to history, life in Winnipeg and listening to your cat when your cat is trying to tell you to snap out of your depression never get old. Equal parts melancholy, fun and infectious, these tunes very nearly equal those on the Canadian foursome's high-water mark, Left & Leaving, which turns ten years old this month.

Leilani of Montreal, False Priest (out Sept. 14 on Polyvinyl)

A good friend who's also an of Montreal freak heard a few tracks off this album and concluded it wasn't up to par. But he was wrong, utterly and completely. Though it doesn't have the masterful ADD-manic ferocity of Skeletal Lamping, it is definitely high-quality solid material, synthtastic and groovy and full of Kevin Barnes' usual too-clever-for-his-own-good lyricism, the sort that makes you snort out loud ...

Jeff The Murderdolls, Women and Children Last (out Aug. 31 on Roadrunner Records)

Although The Murderdolls consider Women and Children Last their debut album, it's actually the band's second release. But, the fact that there's been more than eight years between the two CDs does make it seem like a debut. The album is classic horror metal rock. Think Alice Cooper mixed with a little Rob Zombie and a dash of GWAR, and you'll start to get the idea. The CD is being released with some bonus tracks and there is even a live DVD available. I'll be posting a review soon.

Joe Jackson, I'm The Man (1979)

To refer to Joe Jackson's sophomore effort as a "new wave classic" is to sell it short. It's like referring to the Mona Lisa as a pretty nice painting. Jackson's wit and venom were at an all-time high at the dawning of the 1980's and this album helped launch him as the quintessential "angry young man" that he and Elvis Costello were often referred as at the time. Infectious, hook-laden and catchy as hell, I'm The Man has only gotten better with age. Still waiting for a solid punk band to tackle the title track that's always begged for a faithful cover version ... but it would be hard to find anyone who could match Jackson and his fine band in the areas of cynicism, humor and rocket fuel.

Taylor The Return of the Native (Audiobook on CD, 1985)

"...If velvet could speak, it would sound like Rickman." — Sandy Bauers, Sacramento Bee, February 14, 1999 ... I can't put it more perfectly than that. This recording qualifies as music.


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