Wednesday, September 22, 2004


Songs: Ohia: Lioness (Go! Buy the Rekkid!)

Zulu Records is not content with being the best record store in Canada*. I think they wanna be your cool older brother. You know, the one only some of us were lucky enough to have. The one who bought you Television, Clash and Ramones records for your twelfth birthday? Did you have that guy in your life? Me neither. No, unfortunately, there was no Fatseniorcitizen. Left to my own devices, I bought Huey Lewis and the News albums and spent thousands of hours locked in my room listening to small town radio on a cheap, single-speaker tape deck I bought from the Sears Catalogue. I've been scarred by the experience in many ways. I still know all the words to On Desert Moon, The Warrior and Let's Go All The Way. I used to idolize Fish. The listening posts at Zulu are a beacon of hope for today's youth. They reach out to teens who, without better guidance, may have ended up like me. They're like Kid's Help Phone for fans of Puddle of Mudd, Hoobastank and Yellowcard. They also introduced me to Jason Molina. Molina - who has recorded under the names Songs: Ohia, Songs: Unitas, Songs: Radix and Magnolia Electric Company - writes tunes that are, to put it lightly, the Bizarro world's answer to xanax or The Polyphonic Spree. They're living testament to the power of the LASH Principle. They're also languid, smooth and full of sexy. The silence that surrounds the spare monotone of Molina's guitar draws you in. Once you're hooked, you realize the mix is spare but the songs sound huge. Buy Lioness * With much respect to Rotate This in T-dot which - to my experience - has much friendlier staff and Cheap Thrills in Montreal which has a selection of used CDs as good, if not better, than Zulu's.
nice, I posted the marillion what feels like a long time ago - I had very little webspace for a start and it took up my entire allocation.
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