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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

New Stuff

Music Review:

The Crane Wife
The Decemberists
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I was mildly surprised that a major label record company signed The Decemberists to a record deal. I mean they make some catchy songs-then again they also make just as many 10 minute plus rock meets victorian era opuses. Don't get me wrong, I love the Decemberists, their fellow Oregonians, and make some ingenious music. The record deal kinda made more sense when I saw that it was Capital, through thier classical music subsidiary EMI. And in a sense of the word this is classical music. A virtuouso lyric performance, a tremendous instrumental orchestration all that comes off effortless, and natural. Picaresque worked mostly as singles, rather than an entire album, this doesn't have any real standout singles, but works amazing as a cohesive whole. This is the Decemberists best album, and really clears all doubt in my mind that they can keep growing as a band. Take for instance the Pink Floyd influences on The Island, I didn't see that coming, but it sounds great.

Some selected Quotes from TV critics (probably the worst job in the world):

Chicago Tribune
's Maureen Ryan on Heroes:
You could watch the first few episodes of “Heroes,” or you could repeatedly hit yourself on the head with a brick. The effect is surprisingly similar.

USA Today Robert Bianco On The Game:
It just isn't funny. At all. Ever.

Washington Post's Tom Shales On Jehrico
It might sound callous to say that "Jericho" has managed to make nuclear war look boring, but there you have it.

Miami Herald Glenn Garvin On 20 Good Years:
This show just isn't funny. At all. Ever. Under any circumstances.

Wait a minute, I've heard that before. About another show...hmm, I wonder if a lawsuit is in order...

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