I recently got a Sirius satellite radio installed in my car. I adore it and am espcially hooked on the “Chill” and BBC 1 radio stations. I also love the fact that it carries two separate NPR stations. We barely even have NPR in Houston, so that was a big bonus. However, I thought that by installing the Sirius system in my car, my CD hording habit might somehow be stemmed. This habit has sadly proven to be an as-yet-unconquerable urge, I am disappointed to report.
My three most recent acqusitions (to which, this time, I gave a lot of serious thought before purchasing instead of impulse-buying the shelves dry at Cactus) have been:
The Stranglers – Greatest Hits 1977-1990
…mostly because I’ve had the song “Golden Brown” stuck in my head for almost a week straight and because of the classic lines from “Peaches”: walking on the beaches / looking at the peaches. Regardless, it’s some of the best mod rock out there and was way ahead of its time. My next mission is to get La Folie on vinyl, so if any of you out there have an old LP collection…let a sister know.
…seriously, though, listen to the full-length version of “Golden Brown” here. It will blow your fragile little mind.
Mediaeval Baebes – Mirabilis
…okay, so the cover art looks like something out of a cheap airport bookstore romance novel section, but I’ve always been drawn to choral music. I think it has something to do with being raised Church of Christ.
Ben Folds – Songs for Silverman
…after Rocking the Suburbs, I’m a little disappointed with this latest effort. He really seems to be breaking away from the old-school Ben Folds that I fell in love with circa 1994 and moving dangerously close to the dreadful no-man’s-land of Dave Matthews and Coldplay. Yes, he might just be on his way to becoming that boring and that generic. Thankfully, “Landed” and “Gracie” are two of the saving graces on this album that give me hope for the best.
Next up on the list of purchases – if I can possibly find it anywhere in Houston, otherwise I might be laying down the cash to special order it – is Arc En Ciel Pour Dal Toniens by La Caution. Laugh it up, but French hip-hop is strongly influenced by rai these days, thanks to the large northern African population throughout France. The combination makes for some seriously good music. Check out one of my favorite tracks here.
Alright, it’s Friday night. I’m out.