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Recent Music Purchases [Aug. 1st, 2003|11:14 am]
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Over the last few months, I've bought a fair amount of new music. About half of it was based on recommendations from Amazon (damn you and your evil ways to make me spend money....), and the other half was buying music I've got on mp3 and liked enough to buy a copy of. Alas I now need to buy another new cd rack!

Now, in roughly order of purchase, here goes a quick rundown of them:

  • Fiona Apple - When The Pawn and Tidal. Somewhere between Tori Amos and Sarah McLachlan, but not in the Beth Orton direction, a bit dark but very good. Bought one, liked it and bought another :-)
  • Heather Nova - Siren. Lighter than Sarah McLachlan, and a little easier than Fiona Apple, but with less depth. Will buy more of her stuff soon
  • Starsailor - Love Is Here. Suprisingly dark, but almost all the songs are as good as the singles
  • Avril Lavigne - Let go. Good, honest nu-punk fun. It may not be Indie, but that's no reason to hate it, hey sax? ;-)
  • Carina Round - The First Blood Mystery. Dark and bruding, bit darker than Fiona Apple. Good listen
  • Letters to Cleo - Wholesale Meats & Fishes. Heard these guys on my sister's 10 Things soundtrack, and liked them, so bought an album. Pretty good stuff, maybe the best way to describe is as Avril would've been a few years back.
  • Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes. Easier to listen to than Boys for Pele, but you probably know if you like Tori or not...
  • Pink - Missundaztood. Jumps around the genre's more than Avril, more pop and R&B, good listen if you're not being too musically snotty ;-)
  • Zero 7 - Simple Things. Right up there with Air's Moon Safari, a great electronic-esque chillout album. Should've bought it before
  • Katy Carr - Screwing Lies. Somewhere between Carina Round, Tori and something a bit folky. Works well. She even gives her email address in the cd sleve, how cool is that?
  • Four Star Mary - Thrown To The Wolves and Welcome Home. Both excellent albums, from the band you've heard many times on Buffy. This band should be much bigger!
  • Ocean Colour Scene - Moselly Shoals. I know, I should've bought it far before now. Excellent excellent album, go find your copy and listen to it again now!
  • Almost Famous Soundtrack. Just as good as it should be, given the movie. If you haven't seen the movie, smile sweetly at dom, as his housemate has it on dvd :-)
  • Sum 41 - Half Hour Of Power. More angsty than Blink 182, but good fun to listen to
  • Nickelback - Silver Side Up. Less mainstream than the current album sounds (haven't heard it all though), which is possibly a good thing.
  • Primal Scream - Screamadelica. Another classic I needed to buy
  • Travis - Good Feeling. I own most of the singles from this album, and it was on offer so I thought I'd get it. Not quite as good as The Man Who, but still quite a good listen, again more indie like

And possibly a few others I've also bought... Great thing about the internet is, I didn't spend more than a tenner on any of them, and most came in around six quid. Ah, the joys of shopping around :-)

Also to recommend, and to be bought by me soon:

  • Norah Jones - Come Away With Me. Do I even need to tell you about this one?
  • John Mayer - Room For Squares. It's grown on me, easy to listen to, but with some depth there
  • Tatu - tAtu - Really good album, they're not just a one hit wonder. Needs good bass to do the album justice...

And that concludes our music post. If you want to listen to any of these, give me a shout and I'll lend you the cd or something next time we meet

[User Picture]From: coalescent
2003-08-01 03:26 am (UTC)
It may not be Indie, but that's no reason to hate it, hey sax?

No. The fact that it sucks is a reason to hate it. :-p

Ocean Colour Scene - Moseley Shoals.

...Is not as good as Marching Already. Well, that's my opinion, anyway.
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From: gagravarr
2003-08-01 03:47 am (UTC)
Is not as good as Marching Already.

I haven't heard that one. I'll have to look out for it

How did you like all the tapes I sent you? I think a fair few of the above featured in there
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[User Picture]From: coalescent
2003-08-01 05:29 am (UTC)
Marching Already is the album after Moseley Shoals. Has 'Hundred Mile High City', aka 'the music at the start of Lock Stock.

As to the tapes, well, I'm back in MD land now, but I really liked either Heather Nova or Fiona Apple (it wasn't clear which side was which...), and Nickelback was a guilty pleasure. Although I'm tempted to give you a slap for sending me Busted. :-p

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From: gagravarr
2003-08-01 06:20 am (UTC)
either Heather Nova or Fiona Apple (it wasn't clear which side was which...)

Really? That's kinda pesky... Used the same labeling scheme on all the tapes, so can't you use one where you know which is which as a key?

Although I'm tempted to give you a slap for sending me Busted

Huh? Didn't send any Busted to you

Now, Avril, yes, sent you that. Chris Rea, also guilty. (Though both of those were labeled differently.... do you know which?). Busted, no. I don't have any of their stuff...
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[User Picture]From: coalescent
2003-08-01 06:28 am (UTC)
so can't you use one where you know which is which as a key?

Probably (although not right now, since in an act of charity I've lent the tapes to a similarly advanced-media-deprived friend for a couple of weeks.)

Huh? Didn't send any Busted to you

I could've sworn that tape came from you. Must have been someone else, though.

Chris Rea


I must not have listened to that one...

(Did notice the Avril, but can't remember which tape it was on.)
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From: gagravarr
2003-08-01 06:32 am (UTC)
Can't remember what I labled those two as. That was the real chalenge, picking labels for them that were close enough to be believable at first listen, but not so close that you wouldn't listen

Seems like I got it right at least once :-)
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