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    Summer Chill List

    Sam Some music needs to be allowed to fill up space and take up your time. This time I have chosen some recent albums that I have purchased that need just that. The following all have one thing in common, and that is that they all unfold from one song into the next song providing you with a seamless experience to some other place.

    MOGWAI "EP +2" (Matador)
    I have never listened to a band that could balance delicate melody and emotional prowess on a thin edge of jagged glass as well as Mogwai. This is a reissue of an earlier ep not available here in the states along with two new songs. This is a very tight collection where the six compositions are more like six movements that require you to do nothing more than sit back and take it all in.

    YO LA TENGO "AND THEN NOTHING TURNED ITSELF INSIDE OUT" (Matador)
    I predict that couples everywhere this summer will end their barbeque or day at the beach with this record. Now I know that on this effort the Hoboken threesome has turned down the Rat pedals and swapped the rhythm section at times for old Casio beats but the final product is so worth it. This record is like one of those summer nights where the temperature drops off and the fireflies gather at the end of your fence.

    THE CURE "BLOOD FLOWERS" (Electra)
    Say what you want, but let's see you make records and tour for almost 25 years. This record more than makes up for the grossly inadequate Wild Mood Swings that The Cure spit out a couple of years back. A lot of old Cure heads that I have discussed this record with feel that the record is not up to par, But I don't think that any band should keep making the same record over and over. Fat Bob and crew have found the flanger pedals that were kicked under the bed plugged all of them in and layered together one of the best dense guitar albums to come down the road in a while.

    Written By: Sam P.