Arts 45

Published on November 1st, 2005 | by Greg


Broken, Kicking, Boarding (3 New CDs)

We all get sad sometimes. And when we do, we don’t want to listen to the same old sappy radio. We might want something a little more cerebral- say Radiohead- so we can enjoy our depression. Or maybe we just want some emo (say, Cursive), so we can share our pain without actually making anyone else feel bad.

For moods like these, when you’ve just lost your job, girlfriend, or are feeling like maybe other people aren’t understanding… we present three new and upcoming CDs that may help. Please note: this review is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

Annie, DJ Kicks: So, it’s not Chewing Gum (the single from her very popular album Anniemal), it’s still fun! This time, Annie remixes up a whole set of other people’s tunes, with the most interesting CD yet in the DJ Kicks series. Le Tigre, Death From Above 1979, and several lesser-known names contribute a variety of tracks that Annie puts her own spin on. “Rabbit Pushing Moon”, by Toy, is one of the most successful on the disc, along with her take on oldies (Alan Vega’s “Jukebox Babe”), and the infamous “Bongo Song” by Zongamin becoming quite a bit more funky and head-noddable. Not everything works: the La Bionda song “I Wanna Be Your Lover” ends up annoying and the remixes of her own songs don’t add much to the originals. A good CD to kick you out of the blues.

Broken Spindles, Inside/Absent: It won’t cheer you up much, but with “broken” and “absent” in the name of the band and album, what do you expect. No, we’re talking Radiohead-ish territory, with tracks like “Burn My Body” and “Please Don’t Remember This” combining weirdly personal lyrics with impersonal production and instrumentation (synthetics, spare percussion, occasional piano counterpoints). And it’s good stuff, melancholy, strained, but stirring. There are more than a few nice moments, if you can get past the slightly repetitive melodies and skip the awkward introductory track “Inward”. Highlight track: “This is an Introduction”.

Boards of Canada, The Campfire Headphase: Trippy, spacey, folksy, acoustic/electronic chill-out music. Their first two albums were excellent, and though recent bands like M83 and Four Tet have pushed the envelope of this type of sound, the latest Boards of Canada CD ups the ante by adding some guitars, and a few more layers to an already lush production. Never noisy, but never quite fading into the background, songs like “Dayvan Cowboy” and “Oscar See Through Red Eye” bear comparisons to electronica faves such as Moby or Peace Orchestra. Oh, and just so you’re not confused- they’re from Scotland.

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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