Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan: Ballad of the Broken Seas

This is a very quiet album. The first vocals on the album are Lanegan’s. And when they both sing, he is more prominent in the mix. Not much of it made any impression. Nothing irritated me, but it might have if I hadn’t been listening to it first thing on a Sunday morning.

Bob Seger: Noah

This one is much weirder than the first album. Both more and less uneven. There are quite a few good rock songs on here, but there’s also some weirdness and awfulness. This release comes with bonus tracks. Supposedly it’s out of print, but I bet I found an import somewhere. It’s more psychedelic and weird than his first album. Less hard blues, although some of that is still present.

U2: War

This is the oldest U2 album my dad ever bought. I remember thinking it was pretty cool at the time. It’s good I guess. More aggressive in places than other albums. Also more experimental maybe? “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “New Years Day” are the obvious songs everyone knows. They do kind of stand out compared to the rest, but some of the “deep cuts” aren’t so bad.

The Grateful Dead: 1969.12.31 Boston Tea Party, Boston MA

I really don’t know why this show hasn’t ever been released. It’s not my favorite, but it’s better than a lot of the 1969 shows that have been released. The sound on this bootleg is perfect, and the set has some songs that can’t be found on any other releases. “Alligator” and “Caution” have been better, but they’ve also been worse. It’s a solid 3 hour show.

U2: Boy

I bought this on tape a long time ago when I just had a walkman for listening to music. I liked it okay. Like October, the first song is the best song. But the rest of it is still pretty good. The tracks bleed into each other in places which confused me a lot listening to it on tape. I feel like if this album had been released this year, Pitchfork would freak out about it. And sure, they freak out about a lot of boring music, but this isn’t boring.