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A heapin’ helpin’ of Critic’s iPod

Post by Ernest Jasmin on March 31, 2009 at 6:29 pm with No Comments
March 31, 2009 6:29 pm

"Black Hearted Love" PJ Harvey & John Parish


Harvey last teamed up with Parish on 1996′s relentlessly arty "Dance Hall at Louse Point" album, a disc that features on of my favorite PJ cuts, “That Was My Veil.” They seem to have conjured up magic again, starting with the gorgeous lead single.


"The Girl and the Robot" Royksopp feat. Robyn


There’s a decent chance that at least one of this electronic duo’s songs has gotten stuck in your head. "Remind Me" was the soundtrack to that funny commercial where the Geico caveman is on an airport conveyor belt. The duo teams up with fellow Swedish all-star Robyn for this lush, new dance track.


"Weekend Wars" MGMT


Sue me, hipsters! I slept on MGMT when I was making my best of 2008 albums list. I even kept getting them mixed up with STS9 for a while. Stupid acronyms! But I’m definitely on the bandwagon now.


"The Czar" Mastodon


On their new “Crack the Skye” disc, the hippest metal band on the planet is partying like it’s 1974 with sprawling, prog guitar epics that channel King Crimson and, here, Pink Floyd. Personally, my favorite Mastodon songs are hooky but heavy tracks from "Leviathan" and "Remission." But the new album is growing on me in stages.


"Who Medgar Evers Was" Dalek


Lately, I’ve been trying to turn friends on to this trippy, Jersey hip-hop duo, describing its hazy, foreboding beats and politically oriented lyrics as "Public Enemy meets My Bloody Valentine." Not a description that that’s likely to get them played on KUBE, hence their penchant for touring with the Melvins, Isis and other trippy rock label mates from Mike Patton’s Ipecac Records. "Absence" and "Abandoned Language" are unsung masterpieces. This one’s from the new "Gutter Tactics" disc.


"Grandfather Claws" Helms Alee


Lastly, several posts ago I mentioned becoming a fan of this local trio after catching it up at Top of Tacoma. Here’s a sample of the heat they bring on their “Night Terror” CD.

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