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May 15, 2009

The ByrdsThe Notorious Byrd Brothers: The Byrds were coming apart by 1967, and the original lineup fully dissolved during the recording of this album. It’s probably the most progressive record they made though, coming out at the height of American psychedelic rock, but going beyond and incorporating elements of jazz, country and r&b. But even before it was on the shelves the group had splintered and moved on to new things. David Crosby had left and started Crosby, Stills & Nash, while the remaining Byrds went further into the country direction explored on this record, resulting in Sweetheart of the Rodeo later in 1968.

Maxïmo Park – Quicken the Heart: New album, but more of the same thing from these guys. Their debut, 2005’s A Certain Trigger, appeared not too long after the first Bloc Party and Futureheads records, and had a similar energetic pop thing going, but the two albums that have followed (much like those of the other two aforementioned groups) haven’t matched up.

Some tracks from the Eric’s Trip Tribute. Mary’s said it all in her review, but I’ve been going back to the Play Guitar, Dog Day, Husband and Knife, and Koak tracks.

Cocteau Twins – The Spangle Maker EP: A sometimes-overlooked entry in their large discography. So good. 

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