liz_marcs (liz_marcs) wrote,

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Music from the Cube: What Am I Listening Today?

Nine MP3s for your listening pleasure.

Caroline's Spine, Monsoon Rating=$$
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How I Got This CD: Bought this used out of guilt while out with my Dad trolling a used record store in Rhode Island

I had downloaded their second CD Attention Please for free off one of LJ's many, many MP3 communities and liked quite a bit of what I had heard. I figured their first CD, Monsoon, should be a safe bet.

Ummm, yeah. Not so much. I can see why they only released 2 CDs, and why the Website reeks of a band that's a Has-Been That Never Was.

Through most the CD, I kept having this over-riding urge to smack the entire band around with a rolled-up newspaper because of Teh Angstah! and Teh Wine! Call the Whaaaaaaambulance!


Anyway, not much to say about this CD because it was that Muzak-worthy.

There are only two stand-out tracks on this CD placed right near the beginning (both 'You & Me' and 'Sullivan' are included below). Perhaps that's why I had such high hopes when I was standing in Luke's checking out the tracks. The rest of the CD is a huge, crashing disappointment.

If you're only going to download one track, go for 'Sullivan,' a song about the famous five Sullivan Brothers who were all posted to the USS Juneau and were all subsequently killed when the ship was sunk in November 1942. This track is actually really good and almost makes the CD all by its lonesome.

'You & Me' is also worth downloading if you're so inclined, although I kind of wonder what the song is trying to be — Is it grunge? Grunge light? A little light heavy metal with the random guitar riffs? What?

'Unglued' and 'Say It To You' are really the only other tracks worth a damn off this CD and that's why I threw them up here.

There. Now you've got the best tracks off the CD, IMHO.

If you really, really like what you hear, then buy it. If not, give this CD a miss and accept my mini-EP. If you really feel you must throw money at Caroline's Spine, or at least what's left of it since I don't get the sense that it's much of band any more, maybe invest in Attention Please instead.

Sample Songs Download: You & Me, Sullivan, Unglued, Say It to You

You can download all files from the project page by clicking here.

The Pogues, If I Should Fall From Grace With God Rating=$$$$$
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How I Got This CD: Bought this used while with my Dad trolling a used record store in Rhode Island

Look, it's the f*ckin' Pogues, okay? Do I have to chat these guys up? I mean, seriously? All you children of the '80s, back me up here. The Pogues, okay? That's it and all, over and out. Plus this is the BEST. POGUES. RECORD. EVAH! For you young 'uns who don't remeber this marriage of traditional Irish folk and punk that gives perfect voice to the working-class, liberal, poltical sensibilities I grew up with, download all the tracks. That's all I'm sayin'.

I know they're an Anglo-Irish band, but the Pogues could be from either Boston or New York City. That's how familiar their music and sentiments are to me.

And by the way, I'm weeping helplessly over here. Do you have any idea how much I want to upload the whole CD and be done with it? This CD is that awesome. But I'm going to be a good girl, and keep this one to 5 tracks. I pretty much just went with the first 5 tracks on the CD and left it at that.

'If I Should Fall From Grace With God' is the title track from this CD. Of course, the happy, cheerful, bouncy tune that inspires butt-dancing in the seats also just happens to mention death a lot, but duuuuuude, who cares, right? Still, the subject matter is defnitely more cheerful than the subject matter for 'Turkish Song of the Damned.' That song is all about the ghost of a man visiting from hell to lay a guilt trip on the dude that betrayed him. At least in 'Bottle of Smoke,' the guy actually wins by betting on a horse. So, yay! Something cheerful.

The real crown in today's offering is 'Fairytale of New York,' the quintessential Pogues song. If you only have one Pogues tune in your MP3 collection, chances are, this is the one. If you don't have any Pogues on your playlist, this is the one you need to start with. If you ever need to build a "Bah-Humbug Mix CD" for Christmas, this song is the must to have. I have several covers of this one, but this version is the bestest version. You must take. I will not accept no for an answer.

No traditional-sounding Irish band is complete without at least one tune in the repertoire about the great Irish immigration to America. 'Thousands Are Sailing' is The Pogues's particular contribution to this area.

Sample Songs Download: If I Should Fall From Grace With God, Turkish Song of the Damned, Bottle of Smoke, Fairytale in New York, Thousands Are Sailing

You can download all files from the project page by clicking here.


Read the index for previous thumbnail reviews.

Rating system:
None = Avoid at all cost. Worth cutting your ears off to avoid if someone threatens to play it for you. When faced with even the threat of its cellophane-wrapped presence, your best option is to RUN AWAY! RUN AWAY!

$= If you stumble across it for cheap in a used bin, it might, maybe, perhaps could be worth the buy, but only if you need a cheap coaster for your cold drinks or a cool-looking frisbee.

$$= You might want to give this CD/artist a try, but only if the sample track tickles your fancy. Don't bother buying this one new because the good tunes you'd get out of this one ain't worth that kind of money.

$$$ = Worth looking for on a casual basis and maybe even buying new, but no big rush.

$$$$ = Definitely worth having in the ol' CD collection and definitely worth buying new, but don't re-arrange your personal "must have" list to get your hands on it.

$$$$$ = Why haven't you bought this CD yet? Go. This is a "Want. Take. Have." situation because you so want this.

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