New Music Tuesday

Tuesday is new music day on iTunes and in the music stores, so why not at OYNAG also?

Grabbed a couple things today — R.E.M. Live and The Very Best of Mick Jagger. Not a lot of surprises on the Jagger, obviously, but it’s a reminder of how good SOME of his solo stuff is. Some unusual treats, too.

As for the R.E.M., well, no secrets with them, but it’s still fantastic. If you’ve seen them live, you know they bring it every night (I know some people here aren’t crazy about latter-years R.E.M., but I never caught ’em before 95, sadly). But the real treat, by far, is Mike Mills on lead vocals on "(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville." Really, really, really cool. Would love to hear them do it that way live someday.

The Radiohead disc hasn’t really grabbed me, but sometimes these things take time. Anybody really fallen in love with it yet? … Mrs. Dude is crazy about Tegan and Sara’s new one, and I dig it too — though it sounds eerily like Missing Persons or some such ’80s act. … Finally picked
up the new Spoon, and, well, everybody’s right. They’re great. (Hi, Derrick!) … Digging Kanye’s new one but not obsessed with it.

Y’all? What’s spinning on your CD players or iPods?



I don’t have an ipod, but if i did there would be some beatles, beach boys, CCR, Allan Sherman and Tom Lehrer.

Oddly enough, I’ve been kickin’ In Time lately. Beyond that, heavily into Avalanche by Matthew Good (alt rock-new wave-liberal spoken word goodness from the land up north), How Does Your Garden Grow? by Better Than Ezra (by far my favorite BTE album), Way to Blue by Nick Drake, The Tain EP by the Decemberists, and Werewolves & Lollipops by comedian Patton Oswalt.

I can’t get enough of the new Phunk Junkeez album. Great stuff. I also finally bought Guns N Roses Greatest Hits. That’s pretty bomb.

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – great 60s soul with no hype (the way it should be) – leading me back to… Curtis Mayfield. Also spinning old Police and Tom Waits records, and, for some reason around this time of year, I always have to throw in Belleville’s own Uncle Tupelo (and by extension Son Volt and Wilco).

As you can tell, I’m not very up on new music, so this is great – any recommendations are always welcome.

Heymatto, just like you, I do not have a iPod!, if I did, it’d have Metallica, AC/DC, Korn, Slipknot, Pantera, and way too many other heavy metal bands, classic rock bands, and even a bit of rap.

Zoop–you like Matthew Good? I’ve heard some stuff but I’m not totally sold. Maybe I’ll give it another listen…

Also, BTE has 2nd place in the list of Erin’s all-time favorite bands (after R.E.M.). I love HDYGG–it’s a totally different sound from anything before or after it. I totally need to dig it out.

–Mrs. Dude

I adore Matthew Good, Mrs. Dude. I’m a new wave fan, and an alt rock fan, so mix the two and it’s bliss for me. Recommendations from Matthew Good: Lullaby for the New World Order, Pledge of Allegiance, Near Fantastica (my favorite), and House of Smoke and Mirrors. For the Matthew Good Band, who were more rough around the edges than the alt-pop sound of Good’s solo work, I recommend: Apparitions, Giant (my favorite), Born to Kill, A Boy and His Machine Gun (which Amazon lists as “A Boy and His _____”, which just sounds so much naughtier), Rico, and Running for Home. Easy way to hear a few of these, I’m sure, is to go to If they don’t have them (or head over to my MySpace to hear a few,, I highly recommend hunting them down or contacting me personally.

I’m very disappointed that BTE strayed from the Garden sound, personally. Don’t get me wrong, I really love BTE (Robots was meh, imo… but I’m a fan of Friction, Deluxe, and Closer), but Garden’s probably my second favorite album ever (behind Duncan Sheik’s Nick Drake tribute, “Phantom Moon,” penned by Tony-winning playwright Steven Sater). I listen to it once a month. I never have a real favorite from that album, truth be told… Right when I think it’s “Particle,” “Everything in 2s” pops me in the jaw. That’s what a good album does to you.

Next time BTE comes to town, let me know if you’d like to meet up at the show or prior. Me and the Miss always love an excuse to stop at Blueberry Hill prior to a Pageant show.

Spoon is darn good. I’ll tell anyone who will listen. I may not have the breadth of musical knowledge that I would like to have, but I do latch onto my favorites. Matthew Good Band is strong — helped get me through a few drives from Calgary to Edmonton back in the hockey days. Also, Dropkick Murphys’ new album is strong. I’ve also had a great time rediscovering the Idlewild soundtrack in the past couple days.

Matthew, give my regards to Blake Street. Proud to have been one of the 80,227 that was there for the first pitch way back when …


You and B both all over that Dropkick Murphys. I’ll have to check it out.

Sorry you weren’t able to finagle a WS trip to Denver. Sort of figured you’d make that happen.


seiburg, you should check out fred eaglesmith-anything live
right now listening to the ponys…we have an ipod, cant figure it out, we listen to everything over the computer

Go tribe!


The new Spoon is good, but I don’t think it’s great. Their records have become pretty same-y over the years and I’m getting a little tired of Brett Daniels’ voice. For my money, I still like the first two records and the Soft Effects ep the most. But they’re much different from the sound of the recent records, so some may not agree.

I like the new Queens of the Stone Age quite a bit. It rocks and it’s got quiet parts and it takes some chances and the production is cool. The guitars sound amazing at full blast in the car. The best thing they’ve done since Songs for the Deaf.

The new Radiohead’s not killin’ me, yet. It’s good, but, frankly it sounds a little tame after how adventurous the last handful of records have been. But what do you do when you’ve re-invented the wheel two or three times? I guess you go back and make The OK Computer Bends 2 or something. But it is still better than most stuff out there. We’ll see if it works its way into my soul like the other records.

The new Imperial Teen is good, but sounds a bit tired. I guess they can’t stay 27 forever and make perfect pop records.

Patton Oswalt’s new comedy record Werewolves and Lollipops is killer. If you like your comedy to be super bitter and razor sharp and ruthless, then he’s your guy. I think he’s probably the funniest person in stand-up these days.

I’m a huge Patton Oswalt fan — years ago, when Aimee Mann and Michael Penn toured together, he was both the opening act and provided the between-song banter. Great, great time.


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