Celebration, Band of Horses, Shocking Pinks & Chamillionaire
Celebration â€“ The Modern Tribe
Amanda: Itâ€™s all weird drums. Sounds like a lot of other stuff, but I just donâ€™t know what the original bands are. I donâ€™t want this band to get credit if some other band was the groundbreaker.
Mosang: Hey, â€œEvergreenâ€! Thatâ€™s our alma mater.
A: Oh yeah, Evergreen, the land of our love. Man, I love that forest. The ferns are so big, the trees are so tall. The oceanâ€™s so pretty, and of course the geoducks. People probably donâ€™t know what geoducks are.
M: Hon, this song isnâ€™t about our rad Olympia school. It is good though.
A: I like the first two songs.
M: The beginning of â€œOur Hearts Donâ€™t Changeâ€ sounds like the score of an old-time Hollywood romance.
A: Like the drunken rendition of an old-time Hollywood romance. Everyone just sounds drunk to me now. Wait, have I been drinking?
M: Yes. Just a bit though.
Band of Horses â€“ Cease to Begin
Amanda: I like his voice, itâ€™s so clear.
Mosang: Me too. You can actually hear it; itâ€™s not all fuzzed out and screamy. I like straightforward rock â€˜n roll songs.
A: â€œMarry Songâ€ really channels Jerry Garcia. The singer has the little twang to his voice. Itâ€™s very soothing, like heâ€™s serenading you to sleep.
M: â€œNo Oneâ€™s Gonna Love Youâ€ is a total power ballad. Just throw in some more feedback and a wailing guitar solo and youâ€™d have Saigon Kick. Itâ€™s awesome.
A: I like how he hits the high notes.
M: I still donâ€™t get why they have a song called â€œDetlef Schrempf.â€ They sing, â€œI canâ€™t look at you any other wayâ€¦â€ As in, in any other uniform but the Sonics? Heâ€™s retired, man, get over it.
A: Band of Horses is definitely my favorite album of the week. In fact, it may be the only one I want to listen to again. Maybe this column should be called True Confessions.
Shocking Pinks â€“ Shocking Pinks
Mosang: Am I supposed to like this shit? All the apathetic mumbling vocals, fuzzy instruments, and random drumming? And whatâ€™s with the cowbell?
Amanda: Yeah, on â€œSmokeScreenâ€ youâ€™re suddenly in voodoo land after mostly fuzzy relaxation. Thereâ€™s something funky with the sound quality.
M: I think thatâ€™s intentional.
A: Itâ€™s like the band and the singer are following two different scripts. I like that song â€œVictimsâ€ though. Itâ€™s kind of soothing and itâ€™s got nice rhythm.
M: I do like â€œGirl on the Northern Line.â€ It sort of reminds me of Bob Dylanâ€™s â€œGirl from the North Country.â€ I think thatâ€™s just because of the title.
A: Something about the singerâ€™s pasty-faced, slack-jawed expression reminds me of New Order. Itâ€™s like, look how little emotion I have.
M: Thatâ€™s how I feel about them too. Theyâ€™re stumbling around all hungover and donâ€™t give a shit how it sounds. I bet they actually are trying really hard for this sound though.
Chamillionaire â€“ Ultimate Victory
Mosang: I like the first two songs, but Iâ€™m pretty ambivalent about all the rest.
Amanda: Iâ€™m not ambivalent. Iâ€™m taking a stand against this shit. Why does he condone treating women like shit? â€œPimp Modeâ€ is really bad.
M: I know. What are these lines anyway, â€œI control her and remote her, now sheâ€™s doing just what I told her.â€
A: This verse makes me hate him forever.
M: â€œThe Morning Newsâ€ has some socio-political commentary, and I like â€œThe Hip Hop Policeâ€ reference to Snoopâ€™s â€˜Murder was the case.â€™
A: It sounds like bad 50 Cent, although the â€œEvening Newsâ€ video is decent. Well, more than decent really. Definitely worth checking out. I guess I wonâ€™t write him off forever.
M: â€œIndustry Groupieâ€ totally steals the â€œFinal Countdown!â€ riff. Itâ€™s sort of a rap companion to Built to Spillâ€™s â€˜You Were Rightâ€™ with all of its rapper quotes. â€œRedman said Believe that! T.I.P. was like Shorty! Then Young Jeezy said Thatâ€™s right! Lilâ€™ Jon said Okay.â€ All to diss groupies.