June 8, 2008

Hindsight is 20/20

Quite a number of CDs, LPs, 7"ers, and MP3s have entered my home since Jan 1 of this year but few have remained in my keep pile and even fewer are releases I find myself really going back to more than just a couple of times. The tricky and truthful thing about reviewing records is that how a record strikes you is part actual quality of music and part the kind of day you are having, the time of day you are listening to it, and the environment you are listening to it in. On a day where I have heard 12 painfully awful CDs, a just okay one suddenly becomes the ear version of a knight in shining armor only this time the armor is a shiny disc thing.

This list is me checking back in half way through the year and examining what has lasted the span of these six months as a keeper, what has made it to my donation pile, and what I still can't stop listening to.

This won't be an exact list as I have music scattered all over my apartment. I am sure to have forgotten / misplaced several 2008 records so consider this a close but not totally perfect reflection of newbie records and how they have held up (or not) through the year thus far post my original review.

These are the CDs I haven't haven't listened to again months IE won't make my end of year top 10 and I haven't decided if I will hold onto:

Glorytellers - S/T - Southern Records
Silje Nes - Ames Room - Fat Cat Records
Kate Nash - Made of Bricks - Geffen (didn't review but liked okay)
VA - Bippp - Everloving Inc.
Lykke Li - Novels - LL Recordings
VA - Papagayo - Toytown Recordings
Tapes 'N Tapes - Walk it Off - XL
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra...-13 Blues For Thirteen Moons - Constellation
VA - Messthetics - Hyped to Death
Monade - Monstre Cosmic - Too Pure
Le Loup - The Throne of ... - Hardly Art
Pram - The Moving Frontier - Domino
Clinic - Do It ! - Domino
School of Language - Sea From Shore - Thrill Jockey
Jane Weaver - Cherlokalate - B-Music
Evangelista - Hello, Voyager - Constellation

In the donation pile:

Thao with the Get Down Stay Down - We Brave Bee Stings and All - Kill Rock Stars
Ladytron - Velocifero - Sinnamon Records
Roots - Rising Down - Def Jam
The Last of the Shadow Puppets - The Age of the Understatement - Domino (review coming soon)
Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead - Sub Pop
M83 - Saturdays = Youth - Mute
El Guincho - Alegranze - Discoteca Océano
The Kills - Midnight Boom - Domino
Sun Kil Moon - April - Caldo Verde
The Teenagers - Reality Check - XL
Times New Viking - Rip it Off - Matador
Cat Power - Jukebox- Matador

The list of records I am a still going steady with is coming up in a few days. I am off to LA for work all week so if any of you fellow Lightning's Girl bloggers feel like stepping up to the plate, please do!

What I have learned from the above lists - Domino and I are having relationship issues.

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