October 21, 2010


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


Song: "Lipstick Vogue"
Artist: Elvis Costello and the Attractions

It made me really angry when not one of the songs I wanted to share from the Elvis/Attractions album Trust was online. Not one! I really have been listening to that album nonstop for like two months, so I was really going to share the album itself, but you'll just have to take my word for it and download it.

In the meantime, you'll just have to make do with this This Year's Model track where Elvis doing what he does best — ramble through a song about sex, specifically the aftermath of a sexual encounter with some unattainable woman who has (maybe in his own mind) wronged him in some way. "Maybe they told you you were only a girl in a million," he says. "Sometimes I almost feel just like a human being."

Not that I can necessarily relate, per se, but those lines get me every time. Elvis surely has some major insecurity issues, but I'm inclined to believe him for some reason. I think it's because he sells it so well.

Also, note the superhuman drum fills from Pete Thomas. He pounds the shit out of that tiny drum set. Sounds like someone told him he was supposed to play the entire song like he was Phil Collins doing the drum break on "In the Air Tonight." More punk rock drummers should pretend like they're Phil Collins.

Song: "We Talk Like Machines"
Artist: Savoir Adore

Heard this song during a marathon shopping day in Charlottesville last weekend. Like I occasionally do, I jotted down a snippet of lyric that I heard. Like I almost never do, I actually followed up on that note to find the song. Encountered this in Anthropologie, in the sale nook, packed with girls dressed in layers and skinny jeans. Katie bought a dress there. We also bought 4 coasters. Excuse the video. Apparently this band isn't so well known, so 'tube offerings are slim.

Song: "Dance Yrself Clean"
Artist: LCD Soundsystem

I'm addicted to 3:08.

This is Happening isn't exactly the most impressive album. Starting off (smartly) with "Dance Yrself Clean," LCD Soundsystem manages to link this new record with Sound of Silver (a pretty popular album if you're bananas about the band). After the first track though...TIH seems almost throwaway. Maybe not, I've listened through it twice.

But when you get around to listening to this song, turn it up. The droll whistlings and beats of the first few minutes fall to bits in the face of an explosive pounding that keeps you listening through other five minutes. It's perfect for waking up and driving...and even when you know that explosion is on it's way, you'll never learn to anticipate just how thumping it's gonna be.

Song: "Tropicana"
Artist: Ratatat

I am the walrus.

Song: "Born Under Punches"
Artist: Talking Heads

Best bass line ever? Also, David Byrne + Adrian Belew = abundant and overwhelming badassery.

Song: "Coronado"
Artist: Deerhunter

The new album is definitely less immersive, definitely more catchy than the last.

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Blogger M. Perkins said...

Dance Yrslf Clean came on the other night at Plush, my favorite bar/music venue in Tucson. Lots of butts bobbing in barstools, and one attractive dancing bartender. One drunk fat guy, shortly after 3:08: "James Murphy! Fucking! James! Murphy!"

Really dig that Talking Heads video.

October 22, 2010 at 3:26 AM 
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October 24, 2010 at 7:07 PM 
Blogger Tony said...

This must be one of our most cohesive mixes to date. That's not a knock on any other, but this seemed to come together with a slightly more synth feel. That's also not to take away from Elvis. Diggin' that track.

October 24, 2010 at 7:07 PM 
Blogger Chase said...

I agree, this is a really cohesive mix. I just listened through it for the first time. Good listenin'.

October 24, 2010 at 11:52 PM 
Blogger JHitts said...

I didn't even realize the synth until you pointed it out. Even the Elvis has some keys on there so it's not straight-up rock-n-roll.

I'm a fan of that Ratatat track.

October 26, 2010 at 2:25 AM 
Blogger M. Perkins said...

I have to say in r-elistening to these that the Lost audio really kills the Savoir Adore song.

October 28, 2010 at 12:58 AM 

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