Also I have opinions on music

And what would my posts be without me going on about more music
I’ve bought, anyhow?

So I was down in Montreal last weekend — maybe I’ll write about that
later, as it was interesting in many, many ways — and amongst other
things stopped into the HMV there to pick up some things that I can’t
easily find here in Ottawa.

Immediately before the HMV, we stopped in Urban Outfitters where
Candice bought herself a cute t-shirt
with bugs on it.
They were playing old White Stripes, so when I got to HMV I decided I
should buy some old White Stripes, and since there were two albums
prior to White Blood Cells Candice and I each bought one —
I got their eponymous debut album, and she got De Stijl.

Now, you may remember that I was raving previously
about how on Elephant the family White slipped into some solid blues
playing amongst their power pop. Now I see that White Blood Cells was
really the exception of the four — I’d almost consider their debut album
as representative of modern (Jon Spencer et al) blues as I would of
“Fell In Love With A Girl”-style indie rock, and De Stijl isn’t
far off. If you enjoyed “Ball and a Biscuit” on Elephant, check
out the early stuff. You’ll enjoy it.

Also bought the Raveonettes’ Chain Gang Of Love, a great followup
to their previous album Whip It On — you can hear just enough
Jesus and Mary Chain and Cramps in there to make it interesting but
it is distinctively (all Bb, all less than three minutes, no more than
three chords) Raveonette. Must pick up new Holly Golightly (yay!) soon.

Unfortunately this month’s Magnet magazine, their 10th
Anniversary issue, features a bunch of lists of influential recordings
from the magazine’s lifetime, office favorites, oft-overlooked
recordings that shouldn’t be, and so forth, and now I want to hear
them all.

One response to “Also I have opinions on music”

  1. De Stijl is easily, in my opinion, their best album. The first one is okay, but De Stijl is hardcore blues wonder. It and Elephant play over and over on my portable.