Archive: November 2005

Favorite list (of sorts)

I’m working at Waterloo Records again for the holiday season, and a year-end tradition is the Employees’ Top 10 Picks. I haven’t kept a running list this year — apathy, go figure — but with a deadline looming for submission, I figure I may as well take a stab at making one.

Here goes.

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That kind of protection would make a lousy prophyllactic

I looked over the list of Sony titles with XCP, and the only title I would have considered getting is The Bad Plus (which I didn’t.) I guess I don’t fit the profile of someone who would put Neil Diamond, Cyndi Lauper and A Static Lullaby up on a sharing network.

Sony Music Japan was not part of the Sony BMG merger, so I don’t think XCP made its way on any Japanese titles. In fact, Sony Music Japan announced more than a year ago it would no longer put copy protection on its releases. If one hand would only listen to what the other hand was saying …

Looking ahead: Dec. 2005-Jan. 2006

It’s been two months since I looked ahead (twice), and most of those releases have now hit shelves. The holiday season is usually slow when it comes to releases — it doesn’t pick up till February and March, as labels gear up for the summer touring seasons. So what’s on the horizon now?

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Bridin Brennan: Eyes of Innocence

To call the Brennans of County Donegal, Ireland, a musical family would be inadequate. Patriarch Leo Brennan was a musician himself before opening a tavern, but his children have found phenomenal success with their careers.

Multi-platinum seller Eithne releases her first album in five years, titled Amarantine, on Nov. 23, 2005. Her siblings in Clannad have been together for three decades, scoring the first Top 5 hit in the UK sung in Irish with “Harry’s Game” back in 1982.

Youngest daughter Bridin Brennan watched as Enya and Clannad became international stars, but instead of following in her siblings footsteps, she decided to become a hairdresser.

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The Arcade Fire: Funeral

In the documentary Fearless Freaks, Jack White of the White Stripes attests to the influence of the Flaming Lips singer Wayne Coyne by saying recent bands are ripping off his singing style.

White didn’t name any names, but Win Butler of The Arcade Fire could certainly be a candidate. Personally, the first name I thought of when I heard Butler sing was David Byrne of Talking Heads.

That immediate recognition at first didn’t warm me up to Funeral, the band’s debut album. But the sheer ferocity of the performance on this album is enough to shut anyone up.

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