February 12, 2011


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


Song: "Oh"
Artist: Sleater-Kinney

I think Janet Weiss stole the main drum like for this song from classic 50's Phil Spector songs like "Be My Baby." (Which, BTW, is not a bad thing.... it's a very good thing, the drumming in "Be My Baby" is badass) Only Janet somehow manages to make it even louder than the guitars on this song, which is no small feat. Also love the vocal interplay here: Carrie does the verses and Corrin the chorus. And, oh, what a chorus: " Nobody lingers like your.... HANDS on my HEART...." coupled with that cool whirring guitar line that I can't do justice to with words on a page. It sounds almost like a synthesizer but I'm pretty sure it is not.

Basically, it all adds up to my favorite song on an excellent album.

Song: "Natural Disaster"
Artist: Headphones

I bought this record for $1 in Baltimore simply because of it's album cover, figuring I'd chop it into a handmade book cover, then discovered a pretty interesting indie/electronic record inside. One thing I've noticed is how some of the songs are exceptionally slow, if not inconsistent, in tempo, which is sort of unnerving when listing on vinyl. But I'm pretty sure it's intentional, and not just my turntable. Wikipedia tells me that band members are formerly of Pedro the Lion and Fleet Foxes. I think they're pretty solid, and this song reminds me of the famed Lake Zurich Middle School South juggling club, "Natural Disaster."

Song: "Maps"
Artist: Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Memories of playing Rock Band. The video was created by a deranged person, so ignore it.

Song: "The Gaudy Side of Town"
Artist: Gayngs

Destroyer's Kaputt sent me looking for tasteful re-imaginings of 80s soft rock. Relayted delivers.

Song: "Electric Feel"
Artist: MGMT

Naomi here. Jon has the flu, I have been pretending to be him all week. I submit to you all this groovin' tune that always picks me up at work. It's not a song with which Jon is familiar, but the song I was going to submit as a joint, well-loved-by-the-Dunns piece was "Don't Stop Believing." The best video had an obnoxious ad, however, and I felt it would ruin the flow of the mix.

Song: "Sing Me Spanish Techno"
Artist: The New Pornographers

Aside from some entries in Sadbear mixes, I haven't listened to a lot of interesting new music lately. Here is another older song.

Song: "Red"
Artist: Okkervil River

My favorite Okkervil River lyrics.



Blogger Fr. Mark Perkins said...

Great great mix.

Umm, odd:
-A coworker played "Electric Feel" in the backroom today. Some goofy dancing ensued.
-He also played "Y Control," the song that follows "Maps."
-I played Kaputt in the back today too. Got a handful of "wtf?"s from the coworkers.
-After work I listened through a couple songs by Pedro the Lion and David Bazan (aka the Headphones vocalist).

"Sing Me Spanish Techno" is my Sean-and-Julie-McDermott Memorial Song ("for listening too long to one song"). I think they played it when they were in Tucson this summer.

February 13, 2011 at 2:11 AM 
Blogger Fr. Mark Perkins said...

PS: What's with the recurrent dude-chicks in the NP music videos? It's cruel to feature Ted Leo in a wig when you have both Neko Case and Kathryn Calder actually in your band...

February 13, 2011 at 2:18 AM 
Blogger JHitts said...

I read that it was his idea to do it. I guess Ted Leo can do whatever Ted Leo wants, and if Ted Leo wants to play Kathryn Calder in drag, then Ted Leo is damn well going to play Kathryn Calder in drag.

February 13, 2011 at 4:30 PM 
Blogger Tony said...

It's weird for me to see MGMT making music. It always feels to me like it just somehow exists, independent of musicians (no insult intended, I love their stuff).

I recently described the New Pornographers of one of the most listenable, non-offensive bands out there. Is that an insult?

Here's an insult for sure: Ted Leo suXX.

February 13, 2011 at 8:42 PM 
Blogger Fr. Mark Perkins said...

Tony, I totally understand what you mean about MGMT. I'd never even thought about the idea of seeing them live. The video was kind of jarring in that sense, actually.

I would say that describes the last two albums two a T, and mostly describes all their stuff. But I think there is some stuff on Mass Romantic and Electric Feel that is somewhat less immediately accessible.

February 13, 2011 at 10:10 PM 
Blogger JHitts said...

Sucks with two XX's? Obviously you can't appreciate rock'n'roll and don't deserve to be taken seriously.

February 13, 2011 at 10:54 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel like someone is chewing in my ear when I hear that gayngs song.

February 14, 2011 at 6:58 PM 
Blogger Fr. Mark Perkins said...

Nibbling at your ear sensually, you mean?

February 14, 2011 at 6:59 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I appreciate the valentines sentiment, but no. It sounds like someone is chewing food next to my ear.

February 16, 2011 at 6:04 PM 

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