Monday, July 03, 2006
(1:42 PM) | Adam Kotsko:
My Sweetest DownfallI "somehow obtained" Regina Spektor's Begin to Hope tonight, along with Thom Yorke's solo album, the complete works of Iron & Wine, and Cat Power's The Greatest. Begin to Hope is slightly disappointing, just because I was hoping for a more consistent stripped-down piano style, but it definitely has some good moments. Nothing can top Soviet Kitsch for me, though. "Somedays" is my favorite song ever. Thom Yorke is much as I'd expected. I'd already listened to the Cat Power a million times, but it happened to be housed on Anthony's computer rather than mine.
Does it seem to anyone that Bit Torrent is almost a little too easy? I remember the days of Napster, when you had to assemble the albums by hand -- or those dark days post-Napster but before Bit Torrent reached critical mass, when you had to infect your computer with 50 forms of spyware just to download some illegal music. The thrill of the hunt is gone, with one exception -- I can't seem to find that Wilco/Billy Bragg collaboration anywhere. That's the one that everybody talks about -- kind of the Wilco album that you say you like best so that people won't think you're too "mainstream." Like if you were to say, "Oh sure, I love Dostoevsky -- my favorite novel of his is actually The Gambler."