Music Acquired–Like-y/No Like-y?


Picked up some used CDs. A couple of these folks I’d never heard of before.

The Afghan Whigs – 1965
Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan – Ballad of the Broken Seas
Ray Davies – Other People’s Lives
The Fray – The Fray
Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton – Knives Don’t Have Your Back
Interpol – Our Love to Admire
Kula Shaker – Kollected: The Best Of
Ben Kweller – Changing Horses
Lilys – Everything Wrong Is Imaginary
The National – Boxer
A.C. Newman – Get Guilty
Scientists – Sedition


  1. JesseBird says

    That The Fray CD kind of sticks out like a gangrenous limb in need of amputation. I always wondered about that Emily Haines CD. I’m not a huge fan of Metric, but she sings two of my favorite Broken Social Scene songs so I’d imagine it’d be a good bet for me. That Interpol has some decent songs on it, but nothing they’ve done has been as good as their first. That Campbell and Lanegan had some really good songs on it. I’m pretty sure I remember seeing Kula Shaker on 120 minutes about a decade ago, but I don’t remember if they were any good.

    Sorry if that Fray comment seemed harsh.

  2. says

    I listened to the Haines and I liked it quite a bit. I also have listened to the Interpol, and this may be a minority opinion but I prefer it to their other stuff.

  3. spencer says

    Boxer is my favorite album of all time. I’m a huge fan of The National and own their complete discography.

    Seconding the love for Broken Social Scene…

  4. selfnoise says

    I also love The National. Frequently my default chilling music. I think I’m a sucker for baritone singers, though.

  5. Quinden says

    I enjoyed Get Guilty; if you like it, you might pick up Slow Wonder. Of course, I am a sucker for anything from any of the members of the New Pornographers (I am looking at you, Dan Bejar and Neko Case).

  6. says

    Afghan Whigs – you can’t go wrong. Likewise anything with the dulcet gravel of Mr Mark Lanegan. If you find yourself liking both, be sure to get Saturnalia by the Gutter Twins, which is Greg Dulli from AW and Lanegan doing what I can only describe as “dirty smack gospel”, which probably makes it sound about a hundredth as awesome as it actually is.

  7. says

    Quite a nice haul, there! My copy of Mastodon’s “Crack the Skye” finally arrived, so in between the latest iteration of iTunes crashing I’m giving it a good listen. So far, I really like what I’ve heard.

  8. says

    Another thumbs up for The National. Discovered them on and now have the whole set. It’s almost hard to believe that a few years ago I hadn’t heard of them.

  9. says

    Kula Shaker is great retro fun. The National I already know I love. Wasn’t fond of Boxer first time around but this time it’s getting to me.

    Paul–I’ve got that one, Saturnalia! And some other stuff of Dulli with others. I just didn’t have 1965. Good stuff.

  10. says

    Re: Matt Staggs: I got my copy of Crack the Skye last week, a really excellent album! I’d say, without a doubt, it’s this year’s best album so far.