1-2-3-Go! Review – Radiohead, “A Moon Shaped Pool”


Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool – XL, 2016

Is AMSP a milestone record?  Let the kids decide.  Everyone has their association with Radiohead and what you discovered as the record you thought would never be topped would always be your association with Radiohead.  It’s like, a feeling… man.  (pfft, blech, roll another one)  I was introduced to Radiohead with «Amnesiac».  Weird starter, I know.  Others were introduced more traditionally with «Kid A» or «OK Computer».  Newer aficionados may have gotten hooked with «In Rainbows».  And some were introduced with «Pablo Honey» (…and hopefully, they quickly moved on.  If that’s your full understanding of Radiohead, please don’t bother.)

I’ll leave you to your own thoughts with this one, if you’re capable.  My curiosity: Did they use «Identikit» as a hat-tip to Jawbox or are they referring to a composite sketch?  Either way, it’s Radiohead.  You will get what you expected… at a minimum.  And if the kids won’t decide or you can’t decide or you WON’T decide, here’s the worst to best according to CoS (take it or leave it or whatever, for whatever): 9- pablo honey, 8- king of limbs, 7- amnesiac, 6- hail to the theif, 5- moon shaped pool, 4- the bends, 3- in rainbows, 2- ok computer, 1- kid A

Pitchfork: 9.1  |  Rollingstone:  4.5  |  Meta: 88  |  CoS: A-
Listen to it on Spotify

Der CH Weg

For me, taking holiday in the Schweiz means taking time to «live» in another country.  On rest days spent outside of training or climbing, I made it a point to have no plans and do absolutely nothing.  And by nothing, I mean nothing.  Some days the most I would do is wake up, have breakfast, go up to the Migros, Hund geht, and just sit around (maybe looking for jobs – one can dream, right?).  And doing nothing allows me to take a step back and think about the Swiss way of life and what it would mean to live here.  We always say that «the grass is always greener» to mean that while you think something may be better on the other side, it may not.  But then again, maybe it really is greener.  Compared to Colorado it is, actually.  It rains more here.  More rain, more green.  Get it?

Where’s he going with this?  I’unno.  But I thought it’d be fun to take note of some things that are the Swiss way as I spend time on holiday.  I’ll add more as I learn more.

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1-2-3-Go! Review – Beach Slang, “The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us”

Beach Slang - The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us Polyvinyl, 2015

Beach Slang – The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us
Polyvinyl, 2015

“THE NIGHT IS ALIVE, IT’S LOUD AND I’M DRUNK!”  Beach Slang offers a slew of anthemic reasons why you should remember what made you who you are today.  The long rides home at 3AM from the VFW halls that you barely got good enough directions to find – stereo blasting your favorite mixtape all the way to your driveway.  If you grew up during the Weston and Plow United years, if you grew up with Wetlands and Coney Island High as your usual weekend plans, if you grew up trying to headline VFW halls, if you didn’t grow up – then James Alex is back to give you a powerful punch to the heart and remind you that we are young and alive.


Allmusic: 3.5/5stars  |  SPIN: 7/10  |  Pitchfork: 8.0  |  Rolling Stone: 3.5/5stars  |  NYTimes

Beach Slang is performing at the Larimer Lounge, Denver, CO on 27-APR-16 ($13adv/$15door)

Watch NPR’s “Portrait of a Punk Who Never Grew Up” below.

1-2-3-Go! Review – Half Moon Run, “Sun Leads Me On”

Think about this: The kit drummer is also the bassist on keys and does backing vox.
When you’re done thinking, press play and continue reading…

Half Moon Run – Sun Leads Me On
indica/Glassnote, 2015

When it pays in spades (even if it doesn’t and you’ve got talent), consider yourself by changing yourself to sound the way you want – to whatever way you want. Press play and you’ll instantly say, “Woh. Pretty different from the 1st record with indica.” It’s still indica and it’s coupled with Glassnote for distro. Nothing compares to having bands like Phantogram on the roster for your 1st LP to catapult you into solid state and having bands like CHVRCHES and Phoenix on another licensing roster to keep you there. But is it really different? Doesn’t matter. More importantly, is it good? “Warmest Regards” sets you off floating on your back in a pool (or pulling a Lebowski in the bathtub) and sucks you into “I Can’t Figure Out What’s Going On”. The track ends, you get out, towel off, take a drag, and turn it up a bit as “Consider Yourself” starts and you go into the bedroom where she’s waiting. When it’s time, “Turn Your Love” will come on. Eventually, “Everybody Wants” fills the air and reaches the end forcing your brain to think, “OK. Sweet fucking EP. Nice.” You get up to pick out the next record, and then “Throes” starts and buys you more time with an add-on 45.

So, is it good? You tell me. Step outside, close your eyes, and let the sun lead you on.

Nouse: 4/5stars  |  Metacritic: 74/100  |  Allmusic: 8/10  |  RFS: 4.5/5stars  |  DIY: 3/5stars

I’m a fan of Half Moon Run.  I’m a big enough fan that I transcribed the clap track on “Call Me In The Afternoon”.  You can see my post with the transcription and why you should play, here.