February 2, 2010


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


SUPER FURRY ANIMALS -- "The Very Best of Neil Diamond"
I had trouble picking what I was going to submit. Nothing really stood out this week, so I decided to play some old stalwarts in the Super Furry Animals. The new album is good, but I hadn't spun it in a while. This changed when I read Nick Southall's blog post naming it one of his favorite of the year. I love the pseudo-Indian groove and the lyrics that most likely mean nothing. Par for the course for SFA, but this is still the jam.

Sharing a single Magnetic Fields song probably does little to describe the rest of their catalog, but this song was one of the first of theirs that I liked immediately. For many others, it took a closer listen to get a grip on all the hubbub. I wish I could remember which Magnetic Fields song made me realize their awesomeness -- particularly lyrical (though maybe not on this track). Exactly. One song won't cut it. I also recommend for starters: "Love Is Like A Bottle of Gin."

OF MONTREAL -- "Id Engager"
It was between Spoon, Born Ruffians and Of Montreal this week...but I just listened to this song while showering.

THE AQUABATS -- "Red Sweater"
If you don't enjoy this, we can't be friends.

AFROMAN -- "Tall Cans"
I like tall cans, too.

THE WALKMEN -- "Red River"
The video is fucking awful, but the song is fantastic.

SPOON -- "The Way We Get By"
They seek out the taciturn.

A curly-haired chum from college with a special affinity for music, history, procrastination, sports and coffee. When Mark isn't reading John Lukacs he's either playing rugby, watching "30 Rock" or enjoying unemployment.

DESTROYER -- "3000 Flowers"
After I said, “He’s a likeable guy, but he’s kind of an asshole,” Marshall said, “A lot of people probably say that about me.” Later I told him I didn’t listen to much Dylan, and he said, “I have trouble relating on a human level to people who haven’t spent a long time immersed in Bob Dylan.” I thought, I like you, but you’re kind of an asshole. He also said, “Destroyer’s Rubies is damn near essential.” I still haven’t listened to much Dylan, I couldn’t tell you what 'damn near essential' means, and he’s kind of an asshole. But I like him, and I really like this album.



Blogger Chase said...

I'll be back to make another comment soon, but I just have to say: Tony and I were in the front row of the Spoon concert Oatess linked to.


February 2, 2010 at 10:48 PM 
Blogger JHitts said...

To second Tony's realization of the Magnetic Fields, I'd encourage everyone to go out and find their album Holiday. 69 Love Songs is great, but sometimes bloated. Holiday is 30 minutes of synth-pop bliss. Picks to click: "Desert Island" and "Strange Powers".

February 2, 2010 at 11:04 PM 
Blogger JHitts said...

(I've also noticed: SMerritt is a master of getting sweet rhymes out of off the wall metaphors (similies? comparisons? whatev). Just one example: "On the Ferris Wheel/ looking out on Coney Island/ under more stars than/ there are prostitutes in Thailand")

February 2, 2010 at 11:06 PM 
Blogger Naomi said...

That was the first Magnetic Fields song I have heard. I dug it. Thanks, Tony.

Also, props to Mark Perkins for posting some Dan Bejar. Rubies is nothing short of a masterpiece.

February 3, 2010 at 10:21 AM 
Blogger M. Perkins said...

Well that mini-bio pretty much encompasses my existence.

The extent of my Afroman experience is the got high song from high school. But "walking down the street with some chicken and a 40" is pretty much great--when would that song have ended if it hadn't cut off? Also, I have now listened to a ska song in two successive weeks for the first since high school. I didn't know the Walkmen were on the Spiderman 3 soundtrack. I guess that's better than being on the Twilight 2 soundtrack?

Sean McDermott pointed out that this is a much better "3000 Flowers" video. 3000 Flowers is probably my third or fourth favorite song on the album, but the others, so far as I could find, either weren't on YouTube or the live version/audio wasn't very good.

February 3, 2010 at 5:27 PM 
Blogger Tony said...

Evan proves he listens to at least 3 bands.

Another Magnetic Fields gem:
It's making me blue / Pantone 292

Magnetic Fields hit me like Nabokov. Although I haven't plunged in deep, I'm scared by the genius and confident that with further exploration I'll think they're the best.

I can't say I like any particular Destroyer song -- but many moments and definitely Rubies overall, when heard in a straight shot while driving.

February 3, 2010 at 9:11 PM 
Blogger Erin said...

I second Naomi's comment about "Underwear." I'm thoroughly enjoying it.

February 3, 2010 at 10:09 PM 
Blogger Tony said...

Especially the "Underwear" video.

February 3, 2010 at 10:11 PM 
Blogger JHitts said...

He's still yet to prove that he listens to more than three songs.

February 3, 2010 at 11:53 PM 

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