Thursday, June 02, 2011

Real Short Reviews

Ukelele Songs-Eddie Vedder- I love Eddie. But Ukelele Songs is like reggae to me. 3 songs in and I realize I'm not really high sitting around some beach campfire letting the tide or lack thereof control my emotions.  I'm sleepy, I smell like firewood and I just want a sandwich.

Circuital-My Morning Jacket- Perennial "grow-er not show-er" from perennial best live band on the planet if you care to stand next to 30 thousand others at any and every festival on the planet and smell their sweat funk and get dirty looks from stepping on their blankets. If you're on the bus, bike, or in the car you'll wanna dance in place to "Outta My System" or "First Light". You'll notice Jim James' voice for the very first time as he has put the reverb in storage and laid back a bit. Can anyone name anyone else in this band?

Move Like This-The Cars- Ric Ocasek finally got pissed enough to leave the mixing board when the New cars ventured out to the Live Nation tents a few years back with Tod Rundgren on the mic. So what do we get after decades of nothing?  This album covers NO new ground. It sounds like THE CARS. Robotic new wave riffs, warm keyboard runs, hand's all there YESSSS!!! I mean...the single "Sad Song" has the exact same Elliot Easton intro and tone as "Best Friend's Girl" and I don't a GOOD way. It's kind of like running into an old girlfriend on the street after 20 years and noticing she hasn't hit the wall. It puts a spring in creaky knees.  I could have used much more of Easton's short blasts of solo brilliance in certain cuts, like "Free" and "Keep on Knocking", which both could be extra tracks from Candy-O and you would never know. There are a few ballads, sung by Ric, which made me long for long gone Ben Orr, but overall its a glorious surprise from The Cars, one of the most unsung influential bands of all time.

That's all I have today. Gotta get back to tweeting about Gaga's butterface.


  1. Nice quick reviews, I have been curios about Eddie Vedder's new one and The Cars too. I very curious about Ukelele your comments, expecting I might have the same reaction.

    The Rock Brigade Blogger
    (I'm back haha)

  2. sounding like the cars is not a bad thing. I really miss ben though! He was my favorite singer in the day.

  3. Urgh, the more popular ukeleles become, the less I wanna know about them. Vedder is cool but 'Ukelele' isn't. I couldn't even last three songs.

    Heard a good joke the other day but in order to understand it, you have to know northern Australia has a problem with the introduced Cane Toad.

    So, the joke - what is the difference between a Cane Toad and a ukelele: you only have to stamp once to ukelele once to kill it!


  4. Doncha hate people who ruin the punchline of a joke!

    Yeah, anyway - what I meant to say was: the difference between a Cane Toad and a ukelele is you only have to stamp on the ukelele once to kill it...