new music monday, volume 4

the year I turned twenty, I met someone pretty cool, who, musically, knocked my socks off. I had never met anyone with a more eclectic and exceptional taste in music. On our third date, he introduced me to his music collection, playing me an obscure collection of tunes from The The, Kula Shaker and even Zelda (that's a complicated story, that one). At first, I totally hated Kula Shaker. I was resistant to the indian grooves of the sitar, the catchy bass lines, the rumble of the tables and ouds - this was not my thing. But, as is always the case with love, over time you learn to like things you never would have thought were even likely. This was the case with Kula Shaker and other bands (like Guided By Voices, the Boo Radleys, Gene). Credit for at least half of my music collection is due to that relationship alone.

Lately I've been listening to more and more Kula Shaker, partly because it bears a resemblence to the Beatles, the Yardbirds, the Who and numerous other bands, and partly because I've developed a fondness for music that's got a decidedly Eastern influence. The band has long since broken up. Crispian Mills, the lead everything for the band has moved on to new projects like the Jeevas. I'm not sure what happened to everybody else. For the record, when I heard the first Jeevas album, I hated it too. Now I think it's pretty good.

The band's second album, "Peasants, Pigs and Astronauts" is totally kaleidoscopic - crazy guitar licks, unusual melodies, traditional indian lyricism. Totally enjoyable. But you know, I've never been able to decide whether or not I like that album, or their first, "K", better. You'll have to let me know what you think. Pay special attention to Tattva and Shower Your Love on Me. Both excellent tracks.