Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Long Time No Post...

Hi, my name's Pete and I'm a lazy sod. No, not really. Well a little bit. I've been sick, antibiotics, etc. etc. and a general malaise due to the illness has spread over me rendering it near impossible for me to log in to Blogger and make a post. I'm feeling much better now (thanks for asking), so I'll get back on to a more regularly scheduled situation. I've been listening to an awful lot of music lately so I'm not quite sure where to start, so how about a few comments first:

I've been meaning to pick up the Boy Least Likely To cd since it was reviewed at Pitchfork. It was a rare time when a Pitchfork review actually made me want to buy something and not strangle the reviewer. I'm a little underwhelmed. It sounds like The Housemartins if they'd grown up in the American South. Maybe it'll grow on me.

I've had a couple of reviews up recently if you're interested:

Faris Nourallah - King Of Swedenj

Buckern & Langford - Sir Dark Invader vs. The Fanglord

Most recently and the subject of today's post is Richmond Fontaine's The Fitzgerald.

This record is unlike other Richmond Fontaine records. While earlier efforts earned the band comparisons to The Replacements, The Fitzgerald is a quiet understated affair that focuses on songwriter Willy Vlautin's intense small town character studies. It's definitely more a folk record than a rock record. The whole band dynamic rarely comes into play except on a few songs. It's very claustrophobic in a lot of ways, not that the instrumentation is dense in a wall of sound way but more like the lighting in a casino bar. It's hard to describe but even the spare voice and guitar numbers feel dense. It's a brooding record and it's quite good if you go in for that kind of thing.

2 songs from The Fitzgerald:

Incident At Conklin Creek

Exit 194B

You can purchase here as an import.


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