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Listening Assignments 1.12.11

In Listening Assignments, Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 2:41 pm

1. The Dirty Diamonds – Where Are the Words? – What is this, 1989? New, old, odd, even. Sounds like old birthday candy, saved for just the proper occasion. [from Monster Ballads EP|free!]
2. Greg MacPherson – Visitor – This slow-burner closes Greg’s album of broken dreams and open roads. A song of contemplation, hypnotism by white lines, red brake lights smeared through rain-spackled windglass. Maybe the most important thing about the destination is the journey. [from Mr. Invitation|buy on iTunes or Amazon]

3. Yoyoyo Acapulco – Strange Word Desire – Something is amiss here. Something has gone seriously awry. I’ve taken the wrong path through the woods and ended up in a technicolor clearing. There’s a squirrel playing a ukulele with his eyes closed. He’s singing about Sonny and Cher. A purple deer is playing kazoo. The scene is blurred, as if witnessed through a brutal heat swell. Through the glare, I see the squirrel transform into Chris Isaac and the deer change into Helena Christianson. I wake up, sweating. [from The Pleumeleuc Experience|buy]
4. The Tallest Man on Earth – Pistol Dreams – Somewhere between the melodic pickings of Iron and Wine and Cat Stevens lies Swede Kristian Matsson, the Tallest Man on Earth. Makes me yearn for new classics like The Graduate and Harold and Maude, if only for the soundtrack Matsson could provide. [from Shallow Grave|buy]

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