Monday, July 25, 2005

The Archives Listening Project turns a year old on Thursday. Come out and celebrate our birthday as we play the music of Fela Kuti, the legendary inventor of Afrobeat.

Thursday, July 28 at 9pm
12" Bar (around the corner from the Mercury Lounge)

Free admission

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

I was weirdly surprised today to learn that Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo is releasing a cd of 90s alterna-rock covers. I can't say I'm too anxious to hear the beanballing punk's (and not in a Ramones sense of the word) rendition of the Verve Pipe, but it got me thinking about other baseball players who made the jump from the diamond to vinyl.
Yankee outfielder Bernie Williams released a Latin-fused jazz album a few years ago. He actually had a concert televised around the same time and I watched part of it, although as much as I love him on the field, I can't say his music did much for me. This reviewer, though, seems to think otherwise.
Former White Sox pitcher Jack McDowell lived a double life, fronting a rock band in the offseason and then continued playing after his retirement from baseball. I listend to a couple of mp3s today and it too has a 90s alterna sound, but with more of a nod towards REM.
Lastly, there was Tigers ace Denny McLain. The last man to ever pitch 30 or more victories in one season also managed to record an album (scroll to the bottom) of space age bachelor pad music on his stadium's Hammond organ. I haven't heard anything off it, but his version of "the Girl from Ipanema" must've been worthwhile enough for inclusion on this compilation.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Not much today, just a post to make it look like I haven't forgotten about this site. Here are the three albums I've been listening to quite a lot recently:
Dizzee Rascal - Boy in da Corner
Scott Walker - Boy Child
Arcade Fire - Funeral

Now that I look at that list, there's an awful amount of Boy albums I own. And this doesn't even take U2's first album into consideration. Anyway, I've been meaning to write about Scott Walker and Dizzee Rascal, so I won't say anything more about them for now. I know I slagged off the Arcade Fire last year, but now that I've been able to distance the music from the hype which surrounded it, it's a really good album.

Candy. I found them through Lost Music, and there's some good stuff there. I like "Drips Like Honey" and "Bewitcher."

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