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From the Stacks: Raphael Saadiq – The Way I See It

28 Apr
From the Stacks is a weekly feature where I grab something out of the library and go more in depth than I’m usually able to. It doesn’t matter if the album is brand new or a re-release of some bygone classic, all that matters is that it be new to me.

Raphael Saadiq

The Way I See It

2008

Columbia Records

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Physically and, let’s face it, mentally, I am a collection of glaring weaknesses and insufficiencies. I weigh about as much as the largest member of a middle school girls basketball team, and I still confuse Ghana and Guyana on a regular basis. Musically, my weaknesses are limited to two very specific categories: girl-fronted trash-rock bands and new soul.

Raphael Saadiq’s The Way I See It is a fantastic new soul record, both borrowing from the genre and adding new flavours to it. His influences are clear, but his style is his own, which is a unique standpoint for a modern artist working in this genre.

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From the Stacks – The Famines – The Complete Collection

26 Apr

From the Stacks is a weekly feature where I grab something out of the library and go more in depth than I’m usually able to. It doesn’t matter if the album is brand new or a re-release of some bygone classic, all that matters is that it be new to me.

The Famines

The Complete Collected Singles

2012

Mammoth Cave Recording Co.

Punk music is not my area of expertise. As a self declared pussy kid I’m more Lily Allan than GG. What little of the genre I do comprehend and enjoy, probably half of it doesn’t classify as punk (The Stolen Minks, The Distillers, etc.). I suppose my tastes would fall more in the realm of garage rock than punk; more distortion less dysfunction. The intricacies of classification aside, there’s something to a poorly played guitar and a screamed lyric that just feels like home. The Famines feel like home to me.

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From the Stacks: Poor Moon – Illusion EP

5 Apr

From the Stacks is a weekly feature where I grab something out of the library and go into it in more depth than I’m usually able to do. It doesn’t matter if the album is brand new or a re-release of some bygone classic, all that matters is that it be new to me.

I’ve decided to step up the blogging game around here, seeing as how I’ve got all this free time on my hands. Every week, I will be acquiring something out of the CFCR library and reviewing in depth. The only caveat is that it be new to me, whether it be a few years old, freshly released, familiar, insane, whatever, that’s not the point.

Poor Moon

Illusion EP

2012

Subpop Records

This week my pick is the Illusion EP by Poor Moon. Poor Moon is a group made up of Christian Wargo of Fleet Foxes and Crystal Skulls, Casey Wescott, also of Fleet Foxes and Crystal Skulls, and brothers Ian and Peter Murray better known as Christmas Cards.

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