Support Local Journalism, Join the SA Current Press Club.

CDs Nuts 

click to enlarge 20061003_223536_2_storyjpg
Blood Mountain
(Warner Music)
When bands decorate their albums with laughably elaborate skeletons and demonic violence, they want you to think they sound like Mastodon: metal, with classic riffs shaped into honest-to-god notes, but whose proggy leanings don’t drift into ’70s-cheese territory. There’re no demons here, but check out “Circle of Cysquatch,” which sounds like the vocal track was laid down by Satan himself after a lifetime of unfiltered Camels. Closer “Pendulous Skin” sounds like
Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd playing at full volume from the same speaker, which may be the perfect description of the album.

click to enlarge 20061003_223739_2_storyjpg
Food and Liquor
Lupe Fiasco
In a lot of ways, Food and Liquor is exactly the sort of rap album you’d expect to be released in a flood of blogger hype. Immaculately produced, with horns and lounge music backing him, Lupe is the MySpace-addict’s rapper, winning over most Gen-Y-ers with his GI Joe-quoting alone. (“Knowing is half the battle.”) But it’s the hokey grandstanding of that cartoon’s PSAs that weaken his debut. He gives lip service to the common hip-hop sermon topics: crack, Bush, the projects, but sounds most believable when he’s echoing suburban tween angst: blaming a deadbeat dad for a failed test, or complaining about the lack of places to skateboard.

click to enlarge 20061003_223835_2_storyjpg
Yellow House
Grizzly Bear
Q: How long will the freak-folk trend last?

A: It depends. How many cute-animal band names are left?

Scratch “Grizzly Bear” off the list — the name is taken, if not so cute. You won’t find any growling or bloody jowls on Yellow House, so the name seems inappropriate. The only danger in this mellow album would be listening to the aptly named “Lullabye” on a late-night drive.

Tracks like “Easier” and “Knife” offer deceptively poppy ’60s-surf-rock harmonies with a strange, folksy undercurrent, constantly threatening to tear your clothes and drag you off into the woods to join the hippie drum circle. Maybe “Grizzly Bear” is a good name after all.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the San Antonio Current Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the San Antonio Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 12, 2022

View more issues


Join SA Current Newsletters

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2022 San Antonio Current

Website powered by Foundation