Putting together a list of best albums is difficult enough to do for just one year, but I have always wanted to do a whole decade because it makes me reflect on albums that I still listen to today, have forgotten because they didn’t stick with me long-term or have known all along that they are my all time favorite. I spent more time determining the order of albums then I did picking which to include among the 30, agonizing which album was better than the other. It was a fun exercise and might even lead to further “best of the decade” lists so I hope you enjoy!
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Posted in Album Review, Music
Tagged Anathallo, Dan Boeckner, Doom, Geoff Farina, Karate, mf doom, Songs:Ohia, Spencer Krug, Viktor Vaughn, Wolf Parade
By Cal Meacham
For 12 years Geoff Farina fronted Karate, one of the most unique and frankly one of the best bands of the early 2000′s. His jazz rock chops and soft toned voice, while underappreciated, still deserve recognition for constructing a whole new sound. You can say that Karate went out on top of their game after releasing their two best albums Some Boots and Pockets (a greedy me wanted more), but Geoff didn’t disappear. He continued releasing albums under his own name and has released 2 albums with his newer band Glorytellers. The guitar hooks and soft voice are still there, just moving in a whole new (and acoustic) direction. Earlier this year Geoff released his excellent new solo record The Wishes Of The Dead and we are elated to have him in our latest edition of 5 Questions.
When most people think of Genesis they think of Phil Collins and the pop blah of “Land of Confusion” or “I Can’t Dance”. What they tend to forget is that Genesis was Peter Gabriel’s band in the 70′s and they wrote some great records…..
Geoff Farina’s post Karate band Glorytellers snuck an album out on us this past week. The new album “Atone” is much the same that we heard on their self titled debut, but there are some solid tracks to check out such as “Hawaiian Sunshine”.
- The Lost Half Mile
- Blue Flag
- Black Maria
- Softly As She Sings
- Hawaiian Sunshine
- Omni Stars
- Coldest War
You can order the album and check out a song here
So, I went to see Geoff Farina play live the other night. I’ve always had a lot of respect for him and have been listening to his work since the mid 90′s with Karate’s self-titled album. Geoff’s musicianship has always blown me away and I admit at times turned me off because it was too complex. However, after leaving the show, I had a new appreciation for his lyrics. He played a stripped down set with a classical accoustic guitar and I was able to key in on his lyrics and put away all the amazing guitar work he was doing at times. It seems his older lyrics from Secret Star are more focused on human relationships and are easier to relate to, but then his solo and newer Karate material tends to be more loose and abstract. Nonetheless, both his old and new material was cleaver and evoked vivid imagery. After the show I purchased one of his overpriced cds ($14), shook his hand, and thanked him for his efforts. Not a bad night all and all. I ended up checking out his credentials on his home page (www.geofffarina.com) and he’s done some pretty amazing stuff. I recommend jumping the next trip to your local record shop and buying up some Farina. That way you don’t end up like the opening act that ripped the very work of the man who was headlining all while his friends and parents cheer on his “originality.”