March 16, 2010


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


LAWRENCE ARABIA -- "The Beautiful Young Crew"
A vote for Lawrence Arabia is a vote for New Zealand. And a vote for New Zealand is a vote for quality pop music everywhere. Also, for some slightly NSFW fun: "Apple Pie Bed" (lots of semi-nude men and women in sleeping leingerie jumping on beds and having pillow fights).

KING KAHN -- "Burnin' Inside"
Inspired by last week's Mix, I was listening to the Black Lips one morning while chatting with Econ about being Chase's boss. Then I hopped in the shower and BAM "Burnin' Inside" hit me. I spent the rest of the shower bopping out the drumbeat.

GORILLAZ -- "Rhinestone Eyes"
This was actually a last minute pick. I was originally planning to use "On Melancholy Hill", which I've been listening to for days while writing in the newsroom. Both songs are from the new Gorillaz album, Plastic Beach.

There was something about "Rhinestone Eyes" that caught me last minute. It's one of the only "vintage" Gorillaz songs on their new album...and I like it. In all, I have to say I'm a fan. While it took a few listens to feel comfortable with so much guest artist work, I think they did a good job of keeping a seamless flow into different emotions (a talent I think I can attribute to the Gorillaz).

Anyway, these are my two favorite songs on the new album. Both are fine for writing.

THE BOOKS -- "Getting the Done Job"
The Books mix found sound and strings in a way that opens and refreshes my mind on every listen. A few years ago, Tony and I bummed some tickets to a free show they did in the atrium of the University of Michigan Museum of Art, where they surprised us by projecting ephemeral film clips synchronized with their live performance. Their discography includes a compilation of songs recorded at the request of the French Ministry of Culture for use in an elevator, and their forthcoming album looks to self-help and hypnotherapy cassettes for samples and inspiration. But this clip is from their first album, Thought for Food.

This song has become a favorite of mine to listen to on breaks at work. This song makes me happy.

Because I couldn't find a decent performance of this song on YouTube, I opted to submit an interview with The Clash in Toronto, because they have also been a big part of my week (in fact, several weeks past). They, and Iggy Pop, and the Velvet Underground have gotten me through MANY visits from the awful, intolerable, square-cut, and wonky dreaded District Manager both at Starbucks and the bank. I just love the way Joe Strummer talks. Everything pisses him off. Everything. And that's what makes a role model...well, if you work at a bank.

* Just as a note, Kyle did submit only The Clash interview. For the sake of the playlist I found "Sweet Jane" and used it for his song. His original link is the one in his description.



Blogger M. Perkins said...

Probably the most fun mix to date.

Huge fan of this Lawrence Arabia song (also, a vote for New Zealand is a vote for rugby).

Pleased to see a fun-looking Arizona concert, something I've rarely experienced in person. Also, am I wrong in thinking the lead singer of King Khan was the fellow arrested in Nick Tabor's town and subsequently got Nick's story linked repeatedly in Pitchfork?

Also, "Sweet Jane" is amazing and I've been listening to Loaded a lot in the past couple weeks.

March 17, 2010 at 1:06 PM 
Blogger JHitts said...

KK was indeed the guy arrested in Tabor's town. Fun stuff.

March 17, 2010 at 1:59 PM 
Blogger K. Janke said...

I'd just like to send a comment out there, to see if anyone relates. Lately, my music listening has become sort of a means of getting around the many feelings forced on me by a none-to-pleasant and not-financially-satisfying six day work week. It's sort of depressing to reduce music to that, I think. But then again, I feel it's very High Fidelity, and hey, it works.
In the High Fidelity extra features, Cusack comments on listening to music autobiographically. For instance, it seems to be the only thing Springsteen's "The River" is good for (no knocking it, because it is very good for that).
Anyway, anyone else relate to that?

March 17, 2010 at 9:56 PM 
Blogger Chase said...

Kyle - I relate...but then things got busy this week and my mood about it shifted. So I think it comes in waves for me.

March 19, 2010 at 11:37 PM 

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