It is really hard to think about anything but the election this week. It is really all I have thought about for many months now. I have become obsessed with watching CNN every night. I sometimes feel like I know John King and Anderson Cooper better than I actually do. I have spent a lot of time with them. I am just glad it is all over now. The people of the United States actually impressed me this year and elected a president that I actually respect. I still remember how I felt in 1992 when I was able to help elect Bill Clinton in my first election. I have not felt this good about an election since then. Unfortunately we still have to wait a couple of months for Barack Obama to take over. I can't really imagine the last 8 years without music to help me get through it. Just try to imagine your life without the escape that music offers you. I would not have made it. Think of all the great music that came out during the Reagan and first George Bush administrations. The music that came out between 1980 and 1992 was some of the best music ever created. It still remains my favorite period for music. I am really happy about Obama but this might mean we are facing a bad period for music. Just think about all the bad music that came out during Bill Clinton's eight years in office. These were the years of Blind Melon and Crash Test Dummies, Spice Girls and Aqua. I will need to do some more research, but I am almost positive that having a Republican as president helps to create some fantastic music, while having a democrat as president makes musicians lazy and helps to create some horrible singles and albums.
The news of Proposition 8 passing really sort of ruined what could have been one of the best days of my life. I was so excited about Barack Obama but could not stop thinking about all the people that voted for this horrible and homophobic measure. I know it is just people being scared about change. I think it is really time for an updated version of the bible. We really need to move beyond the hatred, don't you think? I just don't understand why people feel they can still tell other people how to live their lives. Marriage has nothing to do with religion. Or it shouldn't at least. But I am not giving up hope just yet. The fact that we elected Barack Obama is a huge step. I am remaining positive about this whole thing. The fact that millions of people stood up to this Proposition and voted against it makes me feel better about the situation. If I had to choose between Barack Obama and Proposition 8, I would have choosen Obama. It is more important I think. I don't think I would have any desire to be married if John McCain was our president. And I think I would most certainly have to move out of this country if Sarah Palin ever made her way into the White House.
It is November. Halloween is over and the holiday season is quickly approaching. The new releases might be slowing down a bit in December, but we still have some exciting new albums coming out later in this month, among them new albums from The Killers and Sufjan Stevens, an amazing album by a man named Jonas Reinhardt out next week on Kranky, and a new Girl Talk album out next week finally. Pelle Carlberg also has a new album out next week that at least me and one or two other people are probably excited about. Next week will also have New Order reissues and a double CD collection by The Smiths. Lots of good stuff next week. Election week is a bit less exciting for new releases, but there's still some stuff worth checking out. I still have not decided how I feel about the new Travis album out this week. I did like the last album but I feel like it just came out not too long ago. I do like the new album by Little Joy featuring one of the dudes from The Strokes, but it will not make it on to my favorite albums of the year list. The album by the WIld Beast on Domino is really interesting. Sort of a weird album but I do like it. But the album that has me all excited this week is actually an album that came out way back in May. The band is All The Saints and the album is called Fire On Corridor X. The album is finally coming out on vinyl in a couple of weeks, but the CD was put out by Killer Pimp Records a couple of months ago, so I really should have paid attention when it first came out. Killer Pimp put out my favorite album of last year, the brilliant debut by A Place to Bury Strangers.
Most of my favorite albums tend to be albums that sound like they came out 15 or 20 years ago. You have probably noticed a trend if you have read any of my blogs. Despite that, I don't like albums that feel dated or just like imitations of greats albums of the 80s and early 90s. I like when bands create albums that somehow sound both new and old at the same time. These albums are sort of reinterpretations of older genres and sounds. With millions of albums already created it becomes increasingly hard to create a new sound. It is the albums I love that manage to sound somewhat nostalgic and forward thinking at the same time. When you hear this new album by All The Saints you could easily be convinced that it was released in 1989 or 1991. The album reminds me of the band For Against. I highly recommend one of their reissues that have come out over the last couple of years if you have not yet picked them up -- a little bit of Jesus and Mary Chain mixed with some Dandy Warhols. It is a new sort of Dark Psychedelia. All The Saints are from Atlanta, Georgia. For Against are from Nebraska. Just in case you were wondering, both Georgia and Nebraska are traditional red states and went for McCain in this election, but almost 2 million people voted for Obama in Georgia. I like to look on the bright side of things. I quickly fell in love with the A Place to Bury Strangers album when it came out last year. This album does not quite hit me in the same way. It was not instant. It obviously took me a couple of months to even listen to it for the first time, but after listening to it many times over the last couple of weeks, I have fallen a bit in love with it. They might be the perfect mix of what I love about A Place To Bury Strangers and My Morning Jacket. Sort of psychedelic shoegaze. Fire On Corridor X is one of those album that grows on you as time goes by. I recommend a couple of listens before you make your decision, but check it out. It is better than anything that actually came out this week. I hope it will not be left behind and forgotten for too much longer. It is an album worth your time and worth your love.
also out this week...
Drippers by Black Moth Super Rainbow
Trying Hartz by Danielson
Fordlandia by Johann Johannsson
Little Joy by Littlle Joy
Berlin: Live At St. Ann's Warehouse by Lou Reed
Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fungus by Omar Rodriguez-Lopez
The Emanator by Shitdisco
Money by Skeletons
Ode to J. Smith by Travis
Limbo Panto by Wild Beasts
(K)no(W)here by The Wilderness