Here’s a new old idea: let’s listen to a whole album and talk about it. Most of us belong to or have been guests at record clubs across this great land. Let’s skew the format a little and spend a week talking about a single new release, long-play. I’ve added a new category called “TGW Spins” in case someone has something they want to share in the same format.
I don’t have a lot intelligent to say about No Age‘s new LP yet, but unlike a lot of other recent downloads it’s brought me back for enough repeated listens that I put in an order for the vinyl. I spent some time with their debut a few years back, but to be honest I haven’t really pulled it out since then. This one was torpedoed over at the ‘fork — they never really have nice things to say about LA bands, now do they? — but I didn’t bother to read the review until after I’d streamed it there for the first time. And I think it’s pretty wrong-headed.
I need a little noise in my pop right now. Stephanie walked in on me listening to this the other day and said she imagined it sounds pretty much how I feel: a little frenetic, amped up, too much to do, a case of the nerves every couple days, dissonant. Probably some truth in that. But the record feels, ultimately, excited about something, getting down to business, a little old school. And I guess I feel like all of those things too.
I won’t say much more now. But how does this sound to you? Tracks you like? I keep playing track 2, surprised to hear echoes of The Replacements there. Give this a spin this week and lemme know what you think.