Wednesday, November 09, 2005

on the stereo -- back by popular demand



Belle and Sebastian -- Push Barman to Open Old Wounds

I've been a fan of Belle and Sebastian for eight years, before the word twee came along to describe them. This is a three-disc compilation, full of many of my favorite songs, but also missing some great ones like Seymour Stein from Boy With the Arab Strap.









Neil Young -- Zuma

Neil Young -- kinda like Dylan. You either like him or you don't.
this is a wonderful album.

I'm sure some people think the doodle cover is funny and great, but i don't care for it.

18 comments:

Jeff said...

Anne-- three thumbs up!!! :) Two winners here.
Read this post and then put Dear Catastrophe Waitress on. :)
I don't have Push bar man to open old wounds but I may have to remedy that.

Young and Dylan? People do seem to either like them or not. Not many in between.
Me? I like them.

Nice post.

Mary Louisa said...

I like Neil Young. I don't know Belle and Sebastian. I remember you mentioning a while back that you liked Throwing Muses. We got turned on to them when I was in grad school in Chapel Hill, courtesy of the great college radio station at UNC-CH, WXYC. If you haven't experienced The Breeders and/or Belly (both w/Tanya Donnelly formerly of TM), you might like to.

anne frasier said...

i love the breeders. last splash is one of my favorite albums. i have a giant poster of it in my bathroom. :D
my son has worked with kim and kelly. that recording session could make a book.


i've heard chapel hill is supposed to have a really good music scene.
hmmm. something for my other blog, perhaps?

Rob Gregory Browne said...

I'm a fence straddler when it comes to Neil Young. Some of his stuff I love, some of it I could do without.

Oh, and if you caught his rendition of Imagine during the 9/11 Telethon back in 2001, you probably agree with me that it was a powerful, amazing performance.

Kelly Parra said...

I haven't listened to either, but cool cover for Open Old Wounds. I'm an eclectic listener of music. When I was younger I used to collect soundtracks to all my favorite movies. Now, even though music still moves me, I just don't have the private time to listen often. =)

anne frasier said...

rob, no i didn't catch that. :(

kelly, i know what you mean. when my kids were little, i didn't listen to much music. i missed out on a lot of good stuff, and have actually spent years catching up on music that came out during that gap.

Jeff said...

Speaking of music, I really like Sheryl Crow's new CD "Wildflower."

anne frasier said...

jeff, when sheryl crow first appeared, i wasn't crazy about her. i think i thought she'd just gotten lucky with a hit. then two hits. then three. :D but over the years, i've really come to appreciate her.

Kelly Parra said...

Yeah, when the kids get older, I'll probably do a lot of catching up too! =D

anne frasier said...

i just noticed that one of the belle and sebastian vinyl sleeves had been numbered by hand, so i put on my reading glasses (old fart) and held a record up to the light. near the center label where the pressing numbers are located, i found faint, tiny lines that look to have been etched by hand. they say things like:

FAR FROM THE TWISTED REACH OF CRAZY SORROW

anne frasier said...

CAUGHT LIKE A RABBIT IN THE HEADLIGHT OF YOUR LOVE

anne frasier said...

BRING THREE AND FOUR PENCE
WE'RE GOING TO A DANCE

anne frasier said...

ENDLESS FUN AT POLICE H.Q.

Rob Gregory Browne said...

Listening to Step Into My Office, Baby. Great stuff.

Jeff said...

That is wild! Is writing like that on all the albums? I have only one of theirs, Dear Catastrophe Waitress, and it's on CD.

anne frasier said...

i think my favorite release is boy with the arab strap, but i have it on cd.

my kids have most of their stuff on vinyl. i'll have them check. i wonder if it has something to do with the numbered sleeve, but maybe not. and it might not be done by hand. maybe it's part of the pressing.

stay tuned --

anne frasier said...

the scoop:

apparently it isn't uncommon to find writing in the matrix or dead wax area. this is done by the artists, and usually means it's a pressing made from the first set of plates. cool.

Jeff said...

Anne- That is cool. Think of how many albums we've handled over the years and never noticed it, or at least not paid attention to what it said. :)