Friday 5! Oi! Oi! Oi!

Prinzhorn Dance School – “You Are The Space Invader” from Prinzhorn Dance School

Signed to James Murphy’s DFA Records, this more-than-minimalist group has created what is likely the album with the least music this year…essentially only bass and drums (the occasional one-note guitar solo, too), the songs aren’t so much sung as much as they are chanted…harmonies remind me of X, but I’m really at a loss for words for the rest…

The Beach Boys – “Please Let Me Wonder” from Today!

Premonitions of Pet Sounds can be heard throughout this album, though there is still an All Summer Long feel that would last for the next few years after this release…This track and a few others, though, foreshadow the more orchestral Beach Boys that would go on to make music history (again)…

Andrew Bird – “A Nervous Tic Motion Of The Head To The Left” from Andrew Bird and the Mysterious Production of Eggs

I usually shy away from albums or songs with unnecessarily long titles, but the echoes of Elvis Costello circa-Imperial Bedroom are just too much to resist…Andrew may have struck a bigger chord this year with the release of Armchair Apocrypha, the multi-instrumentalist (and former sometimes member of the Squirrel Nut Zippers) has a delightful catalogue to explore, including this track from his 2005 record…

Uncle Tupelo – “Graveyard Shift” from No Depression

I’m not sure what I like about the seminal alt-country band’s debut better: the gritty, kick-yer-ass with a cowboy boot swagger, or the album’s jacket, featuring pictures of young Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy…it’s almost as if you could see them remaining best buddies for ever and ever…

The Raconteurs – “Blue Veins” from Broken Boy Soldiers

My favorite track from my favorite album of 2006, Jack White, Brendan Benson and company revive the minimalist blues-stomp that came to life years ago with “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”…you can even hear the vocal/guitar line mimicking the Abbey Road classic…supposedly, a new Raconteurs record is in the works, but in the meantime, their live version of The Undertones’ “Teenage Kicks” will be featured on a BBC 40th Anniversary album…E.

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~ by E. on September 7, 2007.

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