Saturday, March 17, 2007

New Music and a Friday Shuffle

Neon Bible: Arcade Fire: I was never able to get into Arcade Fire's earlier release, Funeral, but because the title of their new one refers to John Kennedy Toole's first novel, which I thought was funny, I thought I'd give it a try (I also like the cover). I don't know that I've liked a rock album so much on first listen since Green Day's American Idiot, which Neon Bible is frankly reminiscent of. I like that they've added orchestral arrangements and I like the way the songs feel as if they are all meant to be together on this one album. You can download individual tunes, but, again like American Idiot, Neon Bible is better experienced as a whole.

Friday Shuffle
  1. Blue Alert: Madeleine Peyroux from Half the Perfect World
  2. That Teenage Feeling: Neko Case from Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
  3. Church House Steps: Ben Harper & The Blind Boys of Alabama from There Will Be A Light
  4. Something Heavy: Shemekia Copeland from The Soul Truth
  5. Lonely Avenue: Taj Mahal from Phantom Blues
  6. Soap Star Joe: Liz Phair from Exile in Guyville: Still her best album
  7. Raining: Carly Simon from Clouds in My Coffee
  8. Black Wind Blowing: Billy Bragg and Wilco from Mermaid Avenue, Vol. 2
  9. Whip the Blankets: Neko Case and Her Boyfriends from Furnace Room Lullaby
  10. I've Got Dreams to Remember: Otis Redding from The Very Best of Otis Redding, Vol. 1


Kristina said...

I'm (impatiently!) waiting for Neon Bible from the library. Glad to hear you like it!

P.S. Whip-Smart was great, but Guyville will always be tops. It's a shame that her career has gone down with each album (at least it seems that way to me).

Katya said...

It seems that way to me too. You know, I've never listened to Whip-Smart though -- I'll have to check it out.

And I hope you like Neon Bible when you hear it.

Kristina said...

Whip-Smart is lots of fun! I'm sure you'll enjoy it :)