Tuesday, August 21, 2007

August 21 Notable Releases

Rilo Keily --
Under the Blacklight. Jenny Lewis puts away the twins and the rabbit fur coat and gets back to her responsible rocking roots.

The New Pornographers -- Challengers. New album of pop powered by the Canadian collective.

MIA -- Kala. MIA's first album put Ceylonese hip hop on every hipsters lips. Of course Ceylon's been Sri Lanka since '72 -- but be gentle, the girl jeans and grade school t-shirts have reduced circulation to their brains.

R. Kelly -- Trapped in the Closet: Chapters 13-22. While not technically an album -- 13-22 does represent the next installment of the most important work of our time. Seriously, I think there's about a hundred grad theses in this thing.

"During the the last dying gasps of the behemoth music corporations of the twentieth century, one such company allowed a singer best known for his belief in the power of flight and his penchant for urinating on underage girls to create an operatic melodrama more surrealistic than even anything on Telemundo."

There you go American Studies students, I wrote your introduction. You're WELCOME!

Rob Zombie and Various Artists -- Halloween. The success of his films House of a Thousand Corpses and The Devil's Rejects gave Zombie the chance to re-imagine John Carpenter's 1978 horror classic (some how he didn't feel the need to cast an actor to play a young Freddie Harris in the roll made famous by Busta Rhymes in 2002's Halloween: Resurrection, curious...). The soundtrack takes a similar tact in that along with '70's hard rock classics it contains "re-imagined" covers of hard rock favs like "Enter Sandman" and arguably Carpenter's greatest artistic achievement, "The Theme to Halloween".



Blogger Yale Bloor said...

Yale leaving for mushroom fest and burning man maybe by the time I get back you will have actually reviewed a new release...blah blah blah

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