Last week was my birthday, and I celebrated by going vinyl-crazy. Most of these I bought myself but my lovely girlfriend purchased me the Deer Tick album. Descriptions after the jump.
From left to right, top to bottom:
Isis – In the Absence of Truth
This is probably the first Isis album I ever heard, which is why I thought they were the same band as Pelican for a while. This album is less sludgey than earlier works, showing off more of their progressive, post metal side.
Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
A classic. Not sure I need to elaborate on this one.
Tammar – Visits
Tammar is the best band from Bloomington, IN. ”The Last Line” was chosen by NPR as the song of the day this past week, where they said of their sound, “Think Neu!’s propulsive motorik grooves, The Velvet Underground’s psychedelic drones and the steely pulse of Suicide’s proto-synth pop.” Plus the vinyl is clear pink (pink ice). Killer.
Tammar – I Live Here Now
The EP before Visits. Sounds more ethereal and psychedelic.
Deer Tick – War Elephant
There are many reasons that Deer Tick is my favorite band, which I will elaborate on at a later date. This is their first full length, which I should have owned years ago. Alt-country, southern rock, whatever you want to call it, this is one of my favorite albums.
Make Up – Save Yourself
Ian Svenonius is a crazy kook. He has one of the most recognizable (and probably annoying to a lot of people) voices in punk/post punk. This is their second album for K Records.
Miles Davis Quintet – Steamin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet
I went through a Miles Davis phase recently while I was reading his autobiography
(which I highly recommend). This album is one of the four albums Davis recorded within a year to end his contract with Prestige. It’s not my favorite of the four (that would be Workin’), but really anything with Miles Davis and John Coltrane is worth a listen.
Gun Outfit – Dim Light
Gun Outfit sounds like if you added a girl to Hüsker Dü around the Zen Arcade period. They are one of those bands that fell through the cracks and haven’t gotten much attention. This album was on sale for about six bucks, which was a pretty great deal for me.