I've got a Heavy Metal mouth that hurls obscenity...
Elliott Smith - Kings Crossing - I was extremely wary of posting this song when I first got it, mainly because the album didn't seem to be leaked all over everywhere the way most of the leaked stuff I post is. So, what makes me post it now? Because I haven't stopped listening to it since I first heard it. Because the song pulls you in slowly, with tence, atmospheric strumming, and then that ragtime piano, and suddnly, Elliott is there, pulling you close by the collar, breath soaked in booze. Because he's trying to tell you, to tell me something, and for gotssakes, it must be listened to! This song feels important somehow in a way few songs manage to. It's an old live song, but being released in this context, and with this performance, it takes on new heights of urgency. When Elliott trails off, singing "don't let me be carried away..." you can feel him reaching, feel the grasping for something else - something to save him. Do what you can folks, Donate to the Elliott Smith fund for Abused Children if you can afford to. It's a good cause, and they need every penny. You were only gonna spend it on drinks and cd's anyway, right?
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Rhythym of Black Lines - One Red Eye - 2004: The return of Prog? First, we had the Fiery Furnaces schizophrenic prog-opus diving between a thousand ideas, and now Rhythym of Black Lines come along, with Human Hand, Animal Band to play the genre the way it was intended. But somehow, they do it without coming off as the pretentious bastards that so many prog bands do. Oh sure, there's technical prowess here. but more than that, there's a lot of ideas, and some genuinely good songwriting going on. Who said Glammed out texas prog, full of horns and strings, would automatically suck? Okay, so maybe I did when I first heard about these guys. Mea culpa. This is some great stuff, and fully worthy of your listening attentions.
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