January 13, 2010


A weekly sampler of what we're listening to (new and old), and what we think you might like, too.


THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS -- "The Laws Have Changed"

This past year I discovered a newfound appreciation for the glory that is the New Pornographers. Maybe it was too poppy for me in years past, when I was going through my "punk-as-fuck-and-Fugazi-rules" phase, but I was an idiot back then. Anyhow, I could go for any song from Electric Version, which I have been spinning often, but I'll go with this one, mostly because I can't seem to shake Neko Case's vocal parts from my head— nevermind what they mean (probabaly nothing), just sing along and fall in love with her voice.
SPOON -- "Metal Detektor"
Choosing my favorite Spoon album is impossible, but for a couple months I had at least eliminated A Series of Sneaks as a contender. Now I'm loving it more than ever and playing it on repeat. The tone and structure of "Metal Detektor" is so nice.
THE ARCHIE BRONSON OUTFIT -- "Dart for My Sweetheart"
Maybe I'm late in the game, but I found these guys a couple of weeks ago and really liked their album Derdang Derdang.
SUN RA -- "Shadow World"
"...as all Marines are riflemen, all members of the Arkestra are percussionists."
WALKMEN -- "The Blue Route"
'Eleven sparrows on a line/ A hundred fire-flies outside/ Your tired eyes are open wide and you kept goin'/ What happened to you?'
This whole album, of course, is against my "better judgment," which so far has not been better, ever. It's just another album that I start out hating, then I ignore it, then it springs on me. I will say the album is way too long, but those lyrics have caught my... ear? The album as a whole, and especially those lyrics, express something that's been on my mind, and on my writing pad, and on little notes that I compose on blank bank receipts when I should be working, for months now. That is, the overwhelming desire to wander, coupled with the terror and misery of wandering. The idea of home. T.S. Eliot, in the "Four Quartets," says: "Home is where one starts from." He goes on to say, "Old men ought to be explorers." I look around me and begin to wonder how that's possible.
And I'm sorry Evan, the lead singer looks exactly like Dennis Quaid.
DUNGEN -- "Satt Att Se"
I sort of rediscovered them today, I forgot how much I like them.
EVERCLEAR -- "I Will Buy You A New Life"
I was going to reply that my song for this week would be
Everclear's, "I will buy you a new life." I'm not embarrassed about it.
ANIMAL COLLECTIVE -- "For Reverend Green"
I missed Strawberry Jam the first time around, but listened to it on a car ride with my brother over winter break. As with Sung Tongs a couple of years ago, I've been listening almost daily. For Reverend Green is the song from that album that most readily comes to mind.

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Blogger Tony said...

Sparkle and Fade and So Much for the Afterglow are pretty damn solid rock albums by Everclear. We've actually been listening to the latter lately, having brought it back to Virginia from Katie's closet at her parent's house.

Kyle: You're right right through.

Evan: Did you end up with my Tio Bitar disc? I still have the plush (empty) case.

January 13, 2010 at 12:20 AM 
Blogger Daniel Silliman said...

I like the new face and the midweek mixes project. I've been listening to The Heavy ... http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=120707199&ps=rs

January 13, 2010 at 4:18 AM 
Blogger Chase said...

Thanks, Silliman.

January 13, 2010 at 11:49 AM 
Blogger Naomi said...

This is a nice idea, guys. I have been enjoying the mix here in my office. What happened to the Everclear link? Oh, well. Not a huge loss. I've heard that enough lately--the record and the JDunn version.

January 13, 2010 at 2:47 PM 
Blogger Chase said...

Thanks, Naomi.

PS - Link is now fixed.

January 13, 2010 at 4:47 PM 
Anonymous Econ said...

I can always count on Jon for 90s nostalgia.

I kept a cassette of So Much for the Afterglow in my car until I got a newer car with no tape player.

Here's "A.M. Radio", which came out a few years after their best work: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JEoFzvxiyI

January 14, 2010 at 11:02 AM 

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