Friday, June 20, 2008

Spiritualized - Songs in A&E

After a bout with double pneumonia, Jason Pierce is back after a five year absence with Songs in A&E...not chords mind you, but a reference to the ER, which is called Accident & Emergency in the UK.

This sobering brush with death seems to have inspired a truly great record that radiates with palpable urgency. Though Pierce's vocals are cracked and weary, Spiritualized hasn't sounded this strong in a decade.

Borrowed Your Gun

Sweet Talk

Monday, June 09, 2008

Obscure 80's Nuggets

I used to DJ for a college radio station through the 80's and 90's, which means there are a lot of cataloged songs from that period that live in deep recesses of my mind. Some have been a bit elusive to find. But with a little tenacity and time, I've managed to unearth many of them over the years. Here are six gems that not only transport you back in time, but still hold up as just good music.

Trio - Broken Hearts for You and Me

Stereo MC's - Bring It On

Medium Medium - Mice Or Monsters

Winter Hours - The Confessional

James - Really Hard

John Moore and the Expressway - Friends