been a long time coming, i realize.
1. Orbital Blue Album (ATO, released 9.21.04) - A return to form for the Hartnoll brothers' final album, sounding much more like their old selves in their prime, especially the glorious keyboard flourishes in "Pants" and many other head-nodding delights. Do avoid the godawful track "Acid Pants," though, which is an abomination (and a pisstake).
2. The Orb Bicycles & Tricycles (Sanctuary) Not perfect, but surprisingly solid and better than anything they've released in a long time. Chock full of whimsical musical excursions (esp. "The Land Of Green Ginger" and "Hell's Kitchen") and several other tripped-out jams. Break out the mushroom tea.
3. Neotropic White Rabbits (Mush, released 8.17.04) - Kind of out there experimental electronic-organic mellow music from this female producer. Perfect for sucking down a big spliff and staring out the window (see above).
4. Liam Lynch "The United States of Whatever" - I recently rediscovered this old tune and it still flat-out rocks with its haphazard vocals and cheeky lyrics.
5. Magnetic Fields i (Nonesuch) - It's an addiction. I just can't stop listening to this record, especially after seeing them at the Palace of Fine Arts in July. "I thought you were my boyfriend," "In An Operetta" and "I Wish I Had an Evil Twin" are classics (but avoid the lame-ass dance remixes of "boyfriend" - the original is superior). Without a doubt, Stephin Merritt is one of the best songwriters alive today.
-1. Rick James Dead at 56 of 'natural causes' - "Cocaine. It's a helluva drug, heh heh heh heh."
'the flavor says...butter"