A couple of things today. One, I went to the local Graywhale up near the University yesterday. Great guys in there. Really knowledgable. They know their stuff! I went up there looking for some Hungry Lucy CDs, but alas, I completely forgot to ask. Surprise to me: I didn’t know they had 4 full-length CDs. I thought they just had a smattering of recorded songs that I just happened to stumble across several years ago, probably due to the fact that every internet search yielded the exact same results: nothing except some information about Christa Belle living in NYC. At least, I think that’s what it was about. Just for kicks, I googled the name again the other day … this time with stunning results. Wiki article. Official site. Discography. The whole 9 yards.
Anyway, with that in mind, I went to Gray Whale to see if they had any of their CDs. Completely forgot. However, I did walk out with some great new stuff.
- Bluebrain – Soft Power
- Q Stands for Q (QsfQ) – In Dreams Awake
- Cazals – What of Our Future
- Sam Champion – Slow Rewind
- The Court and Spark – Witch Season
- Elf Power – Creatures
- Gentlemen Reg – Little Buildings
- Silversun Pickups – Pikul
I find it odd that Pikul was still in its original plastic with the original security seal. People … THIS IS SILVERSUN PICKUPS. You know … Lazy Eye? Checkered Floor? Panic Switch? Yah. I’m just saying.
Interestingly enough, none of the band members are actually named “Sam Champion.” Gonna have to find out the reason behind the name.
It’s pretty cool when you go to the counter and the guy behind the counter says, “Nice stack of music! You have some really good taste.”
“Okay, yah … but here’s the thing: I know one of those bands.”
“You mean you’ve never heard of most of these bands? You’re just buying them?”
“Wow. Umm … why?”
Then I spell out my criteria for buying CDs: insert and CD art can’t suck and song titles can’t suck. As a general rule, I try to avoid CDs with the artist’s face covering the whole CD (read: a la Diane Birch). However, there are times when I let that go and take a gamble (i.e. Diane Birch). For the most part, it’s always paid off.
These CDs all have that asthetic that I require. It doesn’t have to be the second coming of Picaso or Michaelangelo, just not stupid looking. The Sam Champion CD utilizes a minimalist approach to the cover art, employing a single color on a white background, but it works.
Anyway, I swear I covered this in another post, but I can’t find it. Oh well.
So that’s the new music for now. From Gray Whale, anyway.
Next up: Review of the new Hungry Lucy CD.