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Six Great Music Things From The First Half Of 2011 That I Haven’t Already Written About

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by Scott Creney

Destroyer – Kaputt
What a weird album. What a doomed and beautiful (potentially) bottomless work. Dan Bejar knows something, but he isn’t telling. And I haven’t figured it out yet.


Tearist – Living: 2009-Present
I like the shittiness of this live recording. It sounds like a seventh-generation cassette dub, and the production isn’t any worse than early Guided By Voices or Tall Dwarfs. Someone already wrote a review, but if you ask me it sounds like Lene Lovich and Kate Bush wrestling OMD into the future, or something.

Micachu & The Shapes – Chopped & Screwed (Live at King’s Palace)
Someone already reviewed this one as well. This album blows my mind every time I listen to it. As sonically interesting as Loveless, as moving as early John Cale, you have to hear this.

The Book Of Mormon – Soundtrack
Here in America, a musical that features lyrics like “Fuck you God in the mouth, ass, and cunt” won all kinds of awards this year. The Book Of Mormon is a lot more heartfelt, funny and sweet than that line suggests. This album is the best-selling Broadway musical soundtrack album in four decades. And oh yeah, it was written by the guys from South Park.

Warpaint – Live at Glastonbury 25/6/11
No, I didn’t go to Glastonbury. Are you kidding? In 2011, you can just watch it on your computer. Last year’s Warpaint album left me cold — too murky, didn’t like the production, not enough hooks. But this performance has me pulling the album out again and thinking I must have missed something. It’s that good.

And that bass player has the coolest shirt in rock’n’roll.

David Foster Wallace – The Pale King
This one’s a book, but DFW’s command of the English language, the endlessly lyrical way he could construct a sentence, qualifies as music in my world. This release puts a whole new perspective on Wallace’s tragic suicide. Contrary to initial reports, he still had so much left to give. As human and vulnerable as his non-fiction, and as daring and inventive as the best of his fiction, this is the best thing he ever wrote.

9 Responses to Six Great Music Things From The First Half Of 2011 That I Haven’t Already Written About

  1. Darragh July 19, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Great list Sean. Totally agree on Destroyer. Album of the year, thus far.

  2. Scott Creney July 19, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Thanks David.

  3. Scott Creney July 19, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Oh yeah. When ET asked all of us to write one of these, we were supposed to include our favorite bit of music writing. I don’t know about favorite, but here’s an interesting article that appeared in New York Magazine last week (by Pitchfork contributor Nituh Abebe) about narcissism in current pop music.

    http://nymag.com/arts/popmusic/features/narcissism-2011-7/

  4. Conan Neutron July 20, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Also:
    Police Teeth – Awesomer Than the Devil
    Virgin Islands – Ernie Chambers V. God
    Helms Alee – Weatherhead

  5. hannah golightly July 20, 2011 at 9:28 am

    If you follow that link to the article about pop… the writer says:

    “The antisocial grumbling of nineties alt-rock never climbed very high (a single from Color Me Badd was nearly twice as likely to chart as one from Nirvana)”

    Am I on glue?? Or didn’t Nirvana knock Michael Jackson off the top of the billboard charts?

  6. hannah golightly July 20, 2011 at 9:36 am

    That other article should have been entitled ‘What happens to a generation when they grow up with a zillion messages a day telling them they are flawed and it can be cured by buying *this* product’… I don’t blame them for their narcissism and that boosting self-esteem is high on their lyrical agenda.

  7. Darragh July 20, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Hah, did you call me David, Scott?

  8. Everett True July 20, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Don’t you mean Sean, David? (Man, this is gonna confuse the hell out of me, if all the Collapse Board contributors start referring to each other using code names.)

  9. Nate M July 22, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Huh? I didn’t see that bass player wearing the “Don’t Trust Whitey” shirt

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