October 30, 2010


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


Song: "Sway"
Artist: The Rolling Stones

For the longest time, I thought they were saying "It's just that evil life has got me in its sway". Not that much difference from the actual lyric of "demon life," but it still annoyed me. Anyhow, how about that guitar sound? The slide part is kind of hypnotic, in a way that you wouldn't expect from what is essentially a country/blues song. In ways, it's more psychedelic than some of the Stones' actual mid-60s psych stuff. That outro... far out.

Song: "Tightrope"
Artist: Janelle Monáe

Discovery of this song tied me up for hours last weekend. Katie mentioned some songs she heard on Grey's Anatomy/Private Practice, which I tracked to the ABC site for each show. Found Janelle Monae, who sent me diving into her work and back to Outkast and some MTV VMA performances. I've also added Idlewild to my Netflix queue. I love these visuals, love the dancing, love the song.

Song: "I Go I Go I Go"
Artist: The Wave Machines

I'm not totally sold with the Wave Machines, but I've been listening to them all week by virtue of the fact that I keep finding more of their songs. Mostly upbeat and upticked, I think this band might be best described as the ugly offspring of the Beta Band, Of Montreal, Scissor Sisters, Devo and Hot Chip. Definitely interesting, definitely nerds (just check out some their videos) -- but also maybe a little too much of an afterthought.

In what might be an arbitrary and late-night line of thinking, I feel like their album, Wave If You're Really There reaches for something but only grabs fluff.

...Even still. There's something to be said for head bobbing, yeah?

Song: "Who Knows Where the Time Goes"
Artist: Fairport Convention

Because the best part of fall is over.

Song: "Apeman"
Artist: The Kinks

Periodically, the local NPR station plays this song alongside the local Appalachian music.

Song: "Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again"
Artist: Bob Dylan

Song: "A Sky for Shoeing Horses Under"
Artist: WHY?

The other night after the lobby closed, I put Alopecia on the speakers. I think I like it even more now than I did when it came out a couple years ago, and I decided something had to be posted from it.

Originally I was going to post the opening track because it was the first song of their that grabbed me. Then I thought I'd post "The Hollows," but I remain too much of a prude to do so (though y'all should check it out if you consider yourselves less prudish than me. It has one of the album's best lyrics: "This goes out to dirty-dancing, cursing, back-masking, back-slidden pastors kids").

So here's "A Sky for Shoeing Horses Under," posted in large part because Josiah Wolf, the percussionist, is badass. I think he's wearing jorts. Yoni, his brother, sounds like a tool in the video, but elsewhere he seems more like the annoying-but-funny crass class clown than exactly a tool.

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Blogger Chase said...

I like this week's mix.

Glad to know about Janelle Monáe and WHY?

When it comes to more pop music, I've found going through TV show tracklistings can be a pretty productive exercise (Nip/Tuck had A LOT of cool stuff).

I wonder what it's like to be the person who listens to all that music for specific moment in those shows. It'd be fun.

MARK: Is the underlying beat for your song the same one used in The Verve's "Bittersweet Symphony"?

October 30, 2010 at 12:41 PM 
Anonymous Econ said...

Janelle Monae was a huge hit around here when she opened for Of Montreal a few months ago.

"Tightrope" on Letterman: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMyc148Do_Q

November 4, 2010 at 2:25 AM 
Blogger M. Perkins said...

I didn't really dig 'Cold War,' the first song/video I saw by Janelle Monáe. I like this one better.

I enjoyed the Wave Machines song. There's definitely something to be said for head-bobbing.

I also meant to link the collaboration WHY? did with Themselves because it's a great song, but also because the recurrent line running through the second half of the song: "You are your father's daughter, and I am no runner." If that sounds familiar...

November 4, 2010 at 4:59 AM 
Blogger Erin said...

"Apeman" has always made me laugh.
And what a rockin' version of "Memphis Blues."

November 4, 2010 at 3:53 PM 

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