Tuesday, August 01, 2006

"you say thinking never got you far, but it gets you further"


the new mojave 3 is great! i lost touch with this band and the exploits of mr. sad-sack himself neil halstead, but i was, and still am, a confident slowdive fan. in this album you hear some pink floyd, a little slowdive, and a lot of late teenage fanclub. i can't really help comparing this to the new brightblack morning light album, which has all the ingredients of those shoegaze-y mope-y bands, but with much lighter narcotics. whereas the brightblack album kind of falls short for me, this mojave 3 album totally works. maybe it's the decades of playing/touring/drugs, etc that has seasoned these guys, but there's something to say about process. not to say that brightblack and mojave borrow from eachother at all; slowdive maybe, but mojave has left them both, including their own country phase, in the dust.

a 2006 top 10 list contender! maybe bumping off camera obscura?

at a bar this week i used the word 'slow-core' in referring to doug scharin codeine and they looked at me like i was crazy.

4 comments:

imperialffrr said...

i really liked the album to a point. i felt like it dragged towards the end, but overall it was a great record. i'm a huge slowdive fan, so it's not really any surprise. nobody else i know likes this new jumpoff, though. lukewarm reception.

imperialffrr said...

also "the white birch" is one of the best indie rock albums OAT. "Loss Leader" might also be one of the best songs ever, too.

earl boykins said...

yea i was a big 'frigid stars' fan too. and their EP was killer. that band could only work in that era though... the broke up a little early, but just in time.

hey imperialffrr ever come a cross a zine called 'trash heap' back in the day? all these guys were in it...

imperialffrr said...

i don't think i ever really heard of trash heap before, but i was also not into the zine scene very much back then as i wish i had been. do they ever show up on ebay?