Scott Creney

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.


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

    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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