March 2, 2010


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


NO AGE -- "Eraser"
My jam this week (and it is a jam) is "Eraser" by No Age. There's something about this song, the anticipation of the slow build, build, build, then BAM! An explosion of dirty power chords and sloppy drums. Two heat-seeking missiles colliding in the sky. "WATCH HIM DIIIIEEEEE!"

THE FLAMING LIPS -- "Ego's Last Stand"
Amid a bizarre and barely accessible album, this song remains bizarre and barely accessible. I also hesitate to share this fan music video for the song. But given the right night, "Embryonic" has fit my fancies. In the car with Katie or friends, though, was ill-advised.

I'm going to use this group again. I just got their whole album tonight, and if I like the rest of their songs as much as I like "Emily Paints" I'll be happy.

SUPER FURRY ANIMALS -- "The International Language of Screaming"
La la la la! Ooo! Ooo! Ooo!

CAT POWER -- "Werewolf"
The song is "Werewolf" by Cat Power. I've been thinking a lot about werewolves lately.

Enjoy the enthusiastic fan video. Especially Protein Shake Wolf around 2:58.
And about The Smiths selection put in for me last week: Although I do appreciate me some mammary glands, my Smiths choice is "I Know It's Over," and that's all she wrote.

MONTY PYTHON -- "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life"
Yes, it is a scene. But it is also a song.

VIOLENT FEMMES -- "American Music"
This was the first Violent Femmes song I heard, and my favorite song of theirs that isn't from the first two albums. In the linked performance, I think Victor DeLorenzo is particularly fun to watch.

Drew once loved the band 311 so much that he was the ridicule of some a**hole seventh-grader punks. So he pretended to like ska, and eventually did. Then he liked better music, went to school in Boston, got on at a men's fashion boutique, began to dress like a "mod Scandinavian rocker," got featured in the Philadelphia City Paper for his bowtie and eventually "got over" listening to good music. Three parts comic book nerd, one part reckless big city bike rider; once tried to share his beloved Stella Artois with a Lowcountry crab. That's Drew. He shares things on a tumblr.

ELVIS COSTELLO -- "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love and Understanding"
WIth the recent acquisition of Vuze, I have been on a dowloading frenzy. Gathering full discographies of The Kinks, Rolling Stones, The Misfits, Common and others. In short, shit I should have had long ago. This has resulted in a constant blaze of rediscovery, and thus timing could not have been better for Chase to throw me a bid for this week's Mid-Week Mix.

While the short list included both Lola and Dedicated Follower of Fashion by The Kinks, Where Do You Go To (My Lovely) by Peter Sarstedt, Making Time by Creation and If You find Yourself Caught In Love by Belle & is Elvis Costello's (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love and Understanding that's got me rockin' and rollin' all week long.

There's been no part to the past three days that have found me unwelcoming Elvis Costello's Very Best of Collection. Of the 42 songs, this is the first, and as far as I can see it, the bestest of the very best. It's got all those little components that makes the daily walk to work feel like a mid-80's music video. And that poignant color blocking album cover chillin' in the bottom left of my iTunes is a welcome addition to my hodge-podge desktop.



Blogger JHitts said...


1) Fan-made videos set to popular television shows are always terrible. And hilarious.

2) Not a huge fan of the "let's show the band in the studio with headphones on making the song!" video. Unless there's a twist. Sorry, Deadly Syndrome, no twist here.

3) Nice description, Econ. Also, I appreciate the Welsh subtitles on the video.

4) Monty Python, Jon? Really?

5) Drew: Glad you're on the Elvis train. Maybe a bit late, but still. Better late than never. I don't know that "What's So Funny" is his absolute best, but it's definitley up there for me. You should check out Armed Forces (which I think you'd dig) and its colorful album cover. Also, I can see you as a Get Happy! man (lots of groovin' Motown-inspired tunes there).

March 3, 2010 at 1:26 AM 
Blogger M. Perkins said...

I really liked all the songs this week (...well, okay, I didn't listen to Monty Python all the way through). I love "The Ego's Last Stand." And I like how the fan video works so hard to sync up scenes to the song 1:1, like the "duhnununununuh" of the bass each being a clip but then between the base lines one continuous scene, and "here comes some screaming guitar, pull out your guns boys!" and at the end, "ok, time for more relaxing clips." Love it. The video for Super Furry Animals seems kinda dumb to me, though the subtitles changing languages kept me watching. But the song is catchy. I like the transition from that to Cat Power, and I note that the person who posted the werewolf video is "liwolfk9."

March 3, 2010 at 4:54 PM 
Blogger Tony said...

What a nice Femmes video!

Thanks for "Eraser," Jack.

March 4, 2010 at 11:40 AM 
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March 4, 2010 at 4:05 PM 
Blogger Naomi said...

The Femmes are so young in that video! Enjoyed Chase's song--got my foot tapping. Didn't watch most of the video b/c I was working.

The Monty Python song was the final song played at our wedding reception, just before we left. I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it.

March 4, 2010 at 4:09 PM 
Anonymous Econ said...

I learned the piano part for "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" last year. I hope that I can accompany a drunken sing-along of that song at least once before I draw my terminal breath.

Elvis Costello is looking dangerously similar to Bono these days, but I think I'll live.

March 4, 2010 at 6:37 PM 
Blogger D. Allison said...

Jack - I've actually got that record, and thoroughly enjoy it. But for whatever reason, I always seem to forget that I've got great music at the bottom of my record shelf.

I feel as though Tony as prematurely written my obit. And I'm kinda alright with that...if we can fit all that on a headstone.

March 4, 2010 at 7:54 PM 
Blogger Tony said...

If my obit-writing career fizzles, I'll take headstone writing as a fallback.

March 5, 2010 at 10:00 AM 

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