OK, people, we’re going to take a stroll down memory lane here...
When I was a much younger person, I went to a summer camp in Maine. Very often we would have camp counselors from the UK. I’m not sure why; maybe some kind of exchange or something? Anyway, these counselors were always exponentially cooler than us, first because they were older, of course, but then on top of that, they were from England, which is just incredibly cool. One that I remember in particular was even from Manchester! How cool is that?
Of course, being from Manchester, she turned me on to some pretty awesome music that I’d never heard of: Joy Division, The Charlatans UK, and this week’s feature, The Stone Roses. Their drugged-out blend of psychedelia and jangly brit-pop was apparently exactly what my 13-year-old self needed to get through adolescence (along with a healthy dose of DC post-punk courtesy Dischord, of course). Apparently the KCMU heads were digging the Stone Roses at the same time; maybe they would’ve made good camp counselors too?
“1-5 is a nice bit of semi-instrumental psychedelia -- great for late night programming.”
“Working in a guitar-pop vein akin to the Wonder Stuff, but w/less obvious hooks. Curiously (and also like the Wonder Stuff), they remind me of the old Pure Joy in spots. 1-2 & 1-3 are already in our library. Also good are 1-4, 2-2, 2-6. A nice twist on jangle plus undertones of club/dance music.”
“Quite enjoyable. Just when you’re starting to think that they’re just another cute Brit pop band, they’ll kick into a funky, psychedelic jam like on ‘Waterfall.’ Check it out!”
“I like this too!”
“POT HIGH.” [No, this has nothing to do with the drugs the band might or might not have been taking when they recorded this album; it just means it's mastered relatively quietly, so the DJ will have to adjust the volume a bit when they play it back. Sort of like the "soundcheck" feature on iTunes, only it actually works.]
“‘Waterfall’ is nice.”
“On CD too!”