Alternative music reviews

February 1, 2008

What I Did In My Holidays Part 1

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Normally, as soon as I finish writing a review of a submitted CD, I cast it towards the wall of CDs next to the bed. It has to fend for itself from then on, either snuggling up to fellow unsigned items or attempting to infiltrate the alt-country that dominates my post-vinyl years. The CD’s destiny is to lie there gathering dust and being squashed below all the other CDs that follow.

Given that I suddenly had some time, I began to listen to the past five years of CDs. More recently I even bought an external drive and started to convert my music to MP3 as well as adding a very cheap MP3 player to the car. I now carry a half Gig of selected tracks around with me.

What did I learn? I learnt that the music I have been listening to and reviewing is just as good as anything else I have in my collection. I can mix Scud Mountain Boys and Drunk with The Reverse and Things In Herds and it all equally brilliant and inspiring. As a side effect of this confirmation I also realised that it is not the quality of the music that leads to a band being signed/unsigned famous/unknown. I have no idea what does make that difference but it probably includes a large slice of luck (“that was lucky” said a spectator to Gary Player as he holed a long put. “Yes, ” said Player, “and the more I practice the luckier I get”).

In all of this walking down memory lane, I returned to two albums that sound even better after a little time away from them. repeated listens (out of choice and not duty) now mean I can place them into my personal “Greatest classic albums of all time, ever” list. I think its just a coincidence that both bands are from Los Angeles.

The Studiofix Will Change Your Life (2006). The Studiofix play music that is Indie Rock/Funk/Soul and bring together musical elements from the 60s onwards. Mind you, you could make anything sound good when you are fronted with a girl who can sing like Paco.

Way Down East by Boxing (2003). Sadly split up now. Boxing produced an album of bewilderingly quirky and twisted Indie music that can years later still surprise and energise.