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Posts made in April 25th, 2011

IF BY YES


It’s not a wonder If By Yes got David Byrne to record with them.  The band crosses torch songs with late-1980s experimental oddrock and fusion jazz.  But it’s also, clearly, the sum of its parts.  Songwriter and NYC-underground stalwart Petra Haden, one of my favorite singers alive today, teamed up with Yuka Honda, a cofounder of rhythmic alt-rock band Cibo Matto,  over five years ago and began writing the songs that would eventually come together as their debut album, “Salt on Sea Glass.”

I know I tend towards the hyperbolic in my reviews–I just love music that much–but this truly is one of the best albums I’ve heard this year.  It keeps you guessing, with no two songs sounding the same, but at the same time the transitions feel natural.  Joined by guitarist Hirotaka “Shimmy” Shimizu and drummer Yuko Araki, both from the Japanese band Cornelius, you can hear every one of the nine years they spent crafting this album in each and every tune.  The music is carefully crafted, beautiful, moving . . . Transcendent.  See, now there’s a word I don’t use often.  In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever used it in a review.  That’s how great this album is.  It inspired me to dig deep into my vocab-bag.

Get the whole thing for just ten bucks–trust me, it’s well worth your money, and it’s like nothing you’ve heard before.

Check out this song, for example: Three As Four
http://player.groovebat.com/player.swf

Oh, and their video? Supercool:

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MOON KNIGHT!

LEE/KIRBY CREATIONS IN THE FIRST 100 ISSUES OF THE FANTASTIC 4!

The first 100 issues is arguably the most creative run on a comic of all time. Here’s why:

Agatha Harkness (#94) Awesome Android (#15)

Blastaar (#62)

Black Panther (#52)

Diablo (#30)

Dr. Doom(#5)

Dragon Man (#35)

Frightful Four (#36)

Galactus (#48)

Hate Monger (#21)

Impossible Man (#11)

The Inhumans (#44)

Mad Thinker (#15)

Medusa (#37)

The Microverse (#76)

Molecule Man (#20)

Mole Man (#1)

Psycho Man (#77)

Puppet Master (#8)

Rama Tut (Kang) (#19)

The Red Ghost (#13)

Ronan The Accuser (#65)

Silver Surfer (#48)

Skrulls (#2)

Sub Mariner (1st Silver Age)(#4)

Super Skrull (#18)

Adam Warlock (#67)

The Watcher (#13)

Yancy Street and the YS Gang (#20)

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