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    Re: New Music: 2009 Releases!

    CD:

    LEO Imai, LASER RAIN I was thinking this one would be a sophomore slump, but it's actually better than his debut album.
    Shiina Ringo, Sanmon Gossip Pretty much a Tokyo Jihen album with a...
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    Re: New Music: 2009 Releases!

    CDs:

    Bob Mould, Life and Times A lot harder than last years's District Line. Very brisk at 35 minutes.
    Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest I think I need some time with this one. Still prefer...
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    Re: On-line music stores

    Let me mention Lala.com as another option.

    Lala has a number of really interesting features. The first listen of any album or song is free. After the first listen, you can opt to buy a digital...
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    Re: New Music 2008: Whadja Get?

    Boy do I reply late!

    I'm waiting for Adams' autobiography to come out on paperback before I read it. I like Adams, but not enough to devote shelf space for the Earbox.

    I like what Nonesuch did...
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    Re: New Music: 2009 Releases!

    Releases were kind of slow to trickle out this first quarter of 2009, so only now do I really have enough to bump this thread.

    CDs:

    ... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, The Century...
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    Re: New Music 2008: Whadja Get?

    CDs:

    John Adams, Hallelujah Junction: A Nonesuch Retrospective Wish this collection were more than two discs, like the Steve Reich Phases box set.
    unkie, too many secrets Not as many hooks as...
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    Re: New Music 2008: Whadja Get?

    MP3s:

    ... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Festival Thyme Not sure if they've shaken off the torpor of So Divided.
    Antony and the Johnsons, Another World A bit nondescript -- I hope...
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    Re: New Music 2008: Whadja Get?

    CDs:

    BLEACH, Kien If you've listened to this hardcore trio from Okinawa before, you've pretty much heard this album as well.
    Hajime Chitose, Cassini Hajime Chitose still has the voice of the...
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    Re: New Music 2008: Whadja Get?

    I think it's high time to bump this thread.

    CDs:


    Shiina Ringo, Watashi to Houden Shiina Ringo's B-sides are as good as her singles.
    LOVE PSYCHEDELICO, This is LOVE PSYCHEDELICO This...
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    Re: New Music 2008: Whadja Get?

    Death Cab for Cutie, Narrow Stairs (05/13/2008, Atlantic) Got it yesterday and listened to it once. I think I like Chris Walla's solo album more.
    Madonna, Hard Candy (04/29/2008, Warner Bros.)...
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    Re: New Music 2008: Whadja Get?

    The B-52's, Funplex (3/25/2008, Astralwerks) Feels kind of flat for an album with "fun" in the title.
    Gnarls Barkley, The Odd Couple (3/25/2008, Downtown) Only listened to it once so far, but it...
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    Re: New Music 2008: Whadja Get?

    I don't usually start paying attention to the release schedule of any year till about late February or early March. December is when most of the labels concentrate on holiday promotions, so releases...
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    Re: In Texas (it's the little things!)

    Ha! I've been making empty threats to bring the L&L chain down here to Austin for a long time. I bet an L&L would make a killing if it opened next to the UT campus.
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    Re: What are you currently reading?

    The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century by Alex Ross.

    An entire book about 20th Century composers may sound academic, but the writing is really riveting. It's interesting to read how...
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    Poll: Re: News By Any Other Name?

    Or you could translate "gatekeeper" into Hawaiian.
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    Poll: Re: News By Any Other Name?

    This isn't going to be a Web 2.0 type of thing, is it? Because you're going to have to remove the ending "e" if it is. (Hawaii Ledgr, Hawaii Blottr)
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    Re: Movies you HATE that everyone else LOVES

    American Beauty.

    I'm so sorry for your white suburban angst.
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    The Lapsed Local's Beginners Guide to Maui

    I'm almost embarrassed to admit this ...

    In all the years of growing up and living in Hawai`i, I never visited Maui. I've been to Kaua`i, the Big Island, even Moloka`i, but never Maui.

    Now I...
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    Re: Battlestar Galactica

    I think what I'm really loving are the shout-outs to BSG in Veronica Mars.
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    Re: Ugly Betty on ABC

    The campiness of the show is actually a lot more exaggerated than what you might see on a sitcom, and quite a few things are pretty unconventional for the show.

    Latinos are the main characters,...
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    Tower Records is getting liquidated

    The winning bid in an auction for Tower Records was announced late Friday, and Great American Group, a company specializing in liquidating assets, edged out 15 other bidders. The company begins...
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    Re: Haruki Murakami

    Actually, that was Andrew Vachss, whose web site I essentially launched in 1995. I did build a similar site for Murakami at the same time, but the Vachss site got far more attention, so it didn't...
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    Re: Hawaiians In Texas

    There are people from Hawai`i in Austin but nowhere near the numbers of Washington and Oregon.

    Austin is the blue oasis in a very red state. Travis County, which includes Austin, was the only one...
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    Re: What TV spin-off would you like to see?

    Part of me would like to see Paris Gellar (played by Liza Weil) from Gilmore Girls become the focus of her own show, but it that much intensity probably wouldn't work from week to week.
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    Re: Rita Rita Rita Rita Rita

    Quick update: Rita has made a sharp turn and may not hit Houston and Galveston directly. The latest maps show Rita making landfall on the Texas/Louisiana border. Central Texas is in the clear,...
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