FMD — The Tourist

Has there ever been album written about more than Radiohead's Ok Computer?  Perhaps Sgt, Pepper's but not many more than that.  One of my favorite songs is the last one:  The Tourist.  It's a nice coda to the album: kinda lugubrious, druggy even.  A great song to listen to at 2:00a in the morning after filling you head with 45 minutes of Radiohead and other substances.  I really love the end: bluesy swirling guitars that give way to just a simple bass and drum beat and finally, the last note of the album, a single bell chime.

That chime just gets me (and it's foreshadowed early in the song).  It's such a cool ending to the album.  It is so simple yet that chime starkly announces the end; you can breath again and start thinking about what you just listened to.  It's like the woo in What's Going On referenced by Russell in Almost Famous.  It's a simple little thing but it makes the whole song (and album, I would argue).  It's what you put in... That's Rock and Roll.

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  1. Wow, classic album day today, including a couple of famous debut albums.

    1. Relaxin' At Camarillo - Take E -- Charlie Parker -- Bebop & Bird
    2. Kamera -- Wilco -- Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
    3. Luna -- Smashing Pumpkins -- Siamese Dream
    4. Slipping (Into Something) -- The Feelies -- Good Earth
    5. Broken Arrow -- Neil Young -- Decade
    6. Tattooed Love Boys -- The Pretenders -- Pretenders
    7. Less Than Zero -- Elvis Costello -- My Aim Is True
    8. Color Of Her Eyes -- Gear Daddies -- Can't Have Nothin' Nice
    9. Idiot Wind -- Bob Dylan -- Blood On The Tracks
    10. Back To The Lake -- Guided By Voices -- Human Amusements At Hourly Rates

    B1. No Cities To Love -- Sleater-Kinney -- No Cities To Love
    B2. Complete Control -- The Clash -- The Clash

  2. 1. Jan St. Werner “Transcendental Animal Music” Transcendental Animal Numbers
    2. Robert Turman & Aaron Dilloway “Blizzard 2” Blizzard
    3. JKR70 Presents Clay Hughes “Love I Gave You” The Whether Machine
    4. The Herbaliser “It's Just for You” Funkungfusion
        a. Winter Wren “Calls” (Cornell Essential Set)
        b. Prothonotary Warbler “Song” (Cornell Master Set)
    5. Emot “My Old Friends” Make You Electric

    6. Sturgill Simpson “Turtles All the Way Down”* Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
    7. Outkast “Jazzy Belle” ATLiens (clean)
    8. [EAR]* “Live This Moment” Practice Session, Nov 11
    9. Lupe Fiasco “Kick, Push” Food & Liquor
    T. JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound “Rouse Yourself” Howl
    E. 池田亮司* “.matrix :: 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1” Matrix

    6. Spoken-word intro (just the album title) removed.
    8. Yes, my wife. 2008?
    E. Ryoji Ikeda. The 2-disc album is Matrix. Disc 1 is entirely a 10-track piece called Matrix (For Rooms). Disc 2 is entirely a 10-track piece called .matrix. This is track 3 on disc 2.

  3. 01. “Soul Flower (Remix)” – The PharcydeBizarre Ride II
    02. “As” – Stevie WonderSongs In The Key Of Life
    03. “Hewlett’s Daughter” – GrandaddyThe Sophtware Slump
    04. “Black Sand” – Jenny LewisAcid Tongue
    05. “World On A String” – Neil YoungTonight’s The Night
    06. “You Know What I Mean” – CultsCults
    07. “Guns & Cigarettes” – AtmosphereLucy Ford
    08. “Tahquamenon Falls” – Sufjan StevensMichigan
    09. “Montana” – Youth LagoonThe Year Of Hibernation
    10. “Crabtown” – Throwing MusesUniversity

      1. Just finished my second listen . . . appealing complex. There are some really excellent songs, and I especially like it as a whole. I'm a sucker for albums like A Grand Don't Come for Free by The Streets or Hospice by The Antlers that have a story arc, so I'm similarly drawn to this one.

        I got a one-month trial of Tidal so that I can watch the video (er . . . visual album) as well.

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