April 15, 2010


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


OUT HUD -- "It's For You"
The precursurs of my favortite discopunk band !!! (Chk Chk Chk), Out Hud are a bit more fucked-up. That is to say, their beats seem a little less user-friendly. Or at least less dance-friendly. I think they're out of their mind. In a good way. This album (Let Us Never Speak Of It Again) has a song called "Dear Mr. Bush, There Are Over 100 Words for Shit and Only 1 for Music. Fuck You, Out Hud." Which is not near as good a song as "Me And Guliani Down By The School Yard (True Story)" but it's the thought that counts.

PIXIES -- "Caribou"
This 1988 live clip shows Pixies doing their best blend of beauty with grit. "Caribou" is the kind of song that you can almost play for your mother. Its structure is theatrical -- what a tantalizing opening -- and it waltzes along before boiling over. Because of its peaks and troughs I find I can listen to it on repeat, over and over again. Pixies know how to deliver on a tease. "I live cement."

APPLES IN STEREO -- "Dance Floor"
This pick was easy for me. I like the fact that they incorporated Elijah Wood (who owns the record label, Simian, of which they belong) into the music video. This song is the first single from The Apples in Stereo's new album, Travellers in Space and Time.

APHEX TWIN -- "Lichen"
I've just started easing into Selected Ambient Works, Vol. 2. Aside from being more polished and complex than its predecessor, Selected Ambient Works 85-92, Vol. 2 possesses an altogether different texture, and the two works together are more primal and modest than his later work, such as the Richard D. James Album and the numerous EPs he released in the 90s (all marvelous, by the way, with few exceptions). "Lichen" isn't exactly a representative song, but it works well for a collaborative playlist.

AVETT BROTHERS -- "Murder in the City"
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THE FLAMING LIPS -- "She Don't Use Jelly"
I had watched the documentary about the Flaming Lips called Fearless Freaks several days ago. Of course I should have expected that the stories of members of the Flaming Lips are interesting, but the documentary illuminates episodes I wouldn't have expected. There are a few scenarios I won't ruin, but one I found especially poignant was Wayne's response to Drozd's heroin addiction.

In any case, this is a great Flaming Lips song, and I hadn't realized that the Lips got super popular, or that they were on 90210 until after I had seen the documentary.



Blogger JHitts said...

Not sure how much I like "Dance Floor." I dunno, it doesn't jump out at me after one listen.

The video, however, is goofy and great. (I didn't even realize that was Robert Schneider singing until I saw it.)

April 15, 2010 at 5:27 PM 
Blogger Tony said...

I like "Dance Floor." It's comfy.

I can't help but laugh whenever I hear "Aphex Twin," but I like what you shared.

Obviously "Jelly" is well-timed, since we saw it live and loud tonight. I also like this version and the other vids posted by Jiggs46.

April 16, 2010 at 12:36 AM 
Blogger JHitts said...

I like this version a lot too.

April 16, 2010 at 6:34 AM 

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