Wednesday, 8 October 2014

#157 – Best of – The Offspring

The Best of The Offspring Best of – The Offspring

Some time in the late nineties and early noughties, I must have liked this band for some reason. This is clear from how I appear to have quite a lot of their albums. I’m buggered if I can remember what the song I liked was though.

Or why.

The Best of has a slightly familiar song but I’m not sure if that is the one I like. It is possible that this is a band that the ex-wife liked or it is possible that someone asked me to get it for them. Either way, I don’t like it.

Filed under: The Offspring Tagged: best of, Compilation, the best of, the offspring

Monday, 6 October 2014

#155 – The Best of – The Beach Boys

The Best of the Beach BoysThe Best of – The Beach Boys

Don’t know how this got into my collection.

I have a snooty contempt for the Beach Boys. Sure they’re a product of their time. That hazy clean living pseudo-America that only seemed to have happened in films or imaginations. But to me they have sinister overtones. That might just be me though.

There’s just something a little creepy about some of their songs. It makes me think of some tripped up psycho-hippie carving up bodies.I’m sure psychologists in the future will debate that statement for many years.

Filed under: Beach Boys Tagged: beach boys, best of, Compilation

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Best ofs – Stegzy’s Music Project

Stegzy We now enter into the muggy world of “Best of” albums. For the next 29 days we will be delving into the mindset of the fan, the music producer and the bands that are too lazy to chuck out another studio album so cobble together a few popular songs on one album as a retention marketing exercise.

Best ofs are an excellent way to become familiar with a genre or an artist’s work. Quite often, when trying to get an idea of what an artist sounded like, I would get their “Best of” and used them to make a judgement on whether or not I obtained their other albums.

As I said, this works well with genres too, so you will see a number of genre focussed best ofs over the next few days. I intend on adding the tracklisting of genre focussed best ofs as quite often these reflect the compiler’s taste rather than being an accurate reflection of the actual genre. Plus I find this kind of thing interesting.

Filed under: Best of, Music Project Tagged: best ofs, compilations, music project

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

#143 – Begin to Hope – Regina Spektor

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I had high hopes when I first heard Regina Spektor. Sadly they fell to earth with a smack after I heard this album.

One or two songs on here are ok. The rest….well I guess I’d need to be a bigger fan. She is kind of cute looking but yeah….that’s not a reason to buy an album really is it.

Filed under: Regina Spektor Tagged: Begin to Hope, Regina Spektor

Monday, 15 September 2014

#135 – Beautiful Freak – Eels

Screen Shot 2014-09-07 at 09.15.26Beautiful Freak – Eels

Just like Blur and Oasis were the sound of the 90s in the UK, Eels, to me, were the sound of the 90s and noughties for the grungy gritty indie yoof types. Ne’er a film or a television programme about teens or early 20 somethings would be broadcast or shown without some Eels writhing about on the soundtrack.

I like this album. There are a number of good tracks that automatically whisk me back to the midwest of America of the time that I never visited due to my opposition to the dictatorship of George Bush.

Filed under: Eels Tagged: beautiful freak, Eels, novocaine for the soul

Sunday, 14 September 2014

#134 – Beautiful Darkness – SoLaRiS

Screen Shot 2014-09-07 at 08.57.39Beautiful Darkness – SoLaRiS

Remember those days way back when, when you may have played with a music keyboard for the first time? When you learnt that you could make sequences and layer and loop? And you made some interesting dance songs?

This is an album of when someone did the same.

A little unfair though. This is a little bit more professional than that. SoLaRiS (the capitalisation is important!) are a band who I stumbled across on the fabulous Jamendo website. I’m very keen on bands who use social media and technological opportunities to promote themselves from the crumby garage band practices to the center of public awareness. Jamendo does that. Much like Peoplesound did in the 90s and noughties.

Beautiful Darkness grows on you like a yeast infection and before you know it you’re looking for other stuff by the band.

Filed under: SoLaRiS Tagged: beautiful darkness, solaris