I can stop buying CDs any time I want, dammit.

Purchased today at HMV’s huge sale:

  • The Sounds — Living In America
  • Talking Heads — Speaking In Tongues
  • Klezmer: A Rough Guide
  • Patsy Cline compilation
  • Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys compilation

YOW! Am I ECLECTIC yet?

All good CDs, but I need to rave a bit more about href="http://www.the-sounds.com/">The Sounds. This
Swedish quintet — Ivarsson, Anderberg, Nilsson, Bengtsson,
Rodriguez? — cranks out rough-edged indie power-pop with just enough
new-wave FM synth mixed in to make you wonder if Blondie’s back
on the scene again. If that’s your thing — and I know you people! –
then I’d encourage checking these guys out. I’m not sure how much
radio traffic the first single, Living In America, is getting, but
this is worth checking out — there’s video and audio available
on New Line
Records
‘ website.

And don’t get me wrong, despite how Maja Ivarsson sounds (and
href="http://www.the-sounds.com/jpg/soundshiss.jpg">looks!)
like Debbie Harry, The Sounds aren’t any Blondie clones. The influence
is there, but they’ve got their own sound and style which recalls
new-wave without leaving the current power-pop world.

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