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2006-05-16 - 1:03 p.m.

I love Johnny Cash's music, but I don't just automatically like everything that he happened to put out in his lifetime--I ain't that easy.

But his 1975 children's album--reissued recently and with new liner notes--is quite the fun ride, and that's coming from someone who hates 99% of "kid's music."

Other stuff I've been absorbing to various degrees of satisfaction:

  • Boris's Pink is riffolicious heaviosity that isn't all that special really but sounds nice in the background while you're brushing your teeth or hacking up your unsuspecting neighbor with an axe.

  • Did you know that Popol Vuh were putting out records up til about 1999? I didn't, but I learned it from the informative--if excessively praiseful--liner notes of their reissued Brüder des Schattens - Söhne des Lichts, a lovely Moog-centric experimental record with the delightfully-named bonus track, "Sing, For Song Drives Away The Wolves."

  • Erstwhile C-Twin Robin Guthrie's Continental is what you want to listen to at the end of a trying day...all instrumentals, all purty, all the time.

  • OK, finally heard the Gnarls Barkley album that everybody and his dentist has been all het up about. Not sure why the single is "Crazy" when the best track is "Feng Shui" (close second being "Smiley Faces.") And yeah, the Violent Femmes cover doesn't add much to the original, but it's fun to hear again in a new setting.

  • Jolie Holland's new one is more of the same understated, sad prettiness that made her last one such a hit amongst the sad pretty people. The piano sulker "Mexican Blue" is as heart-stirring as the best Lisa Germano ballad.

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