May 1, 2011


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


Song: "Can't Stand Losing You"
Artist: The Police

Once, a long time ago, Noah Kerr got angry at a bunch of us at Saga for ripping on Sting. My argument was that he's a sumg asshole. I still think I'm basically right (see here for all your Christ-complex, adult alternative needs), but once upon a time he could actually write a hook and still sound cool doing it. Also, the rest of the band was not nearly as douchey. (FACT: I have more Police albums on vinyl than I do Bob Dylan albums... Maybe I shouldn't be saying this in a public forum.)

Song: "All Apologies"
Artist: Nirvana

Song: "Postures (Leave Your Body Behind)"
Artist: 13th Floor Elevators

Song: Bargain (I couldn't find a video with moving parts, so enjoy the album's brilliant cover art.)
Artist: The Who

I chose this because, gearing up for a summer-long writing spell, I've been thinking a lot lately about love. I caught this song on the radio recently and was struck by this line: "To find you, I'm gonna drown an unsung man."
I thought of T. S. Eliot: "Death By Water," part four of "The Wasteland:" "Consider Phlebas, who was once handsome and tall as you."
Consider Phlebas; Eliot sings his song. What does it mean to drown unsung? And to call it a bargain, the best you've ever had.

Song: "The Impression That I Get"
Artist: Mighty Mighty Bosstones

I listened to this song a lot in the late 90s.

Song: "For Charles Bronson"
Artist: The Mountain Goats

Song: "Sandwitches"
Artist: Odd Future Wolfgang Kill Them All (Tyler the Creator and Hodgy Beats)

OFWKTA are getting (and perhaps starting to earn) comparisons to the Wu-Tang Clan. This is a pretty ridiculous performance. I've watched it many times over. Some you may already have seen it when I posted it in my reader a few weeks ago.

After you've watched that, check out Tyler the Creator's "Yonkers" video. It is sick (by which I mean it involves illness, has disgusting lyrics, and is also straight badass), and mesmerizing, and creepy as hell.



Blogger JHitts said...

I'd just like to say that Jon's Mighty Mighty Bosstones share really hit the spot this week. Ska is always a good thing.

(Also to note: Weird that this week the only two "new" artists are the Goats and OFWGKTA. It seems like there are usually a ton more more modern artists. Not that it's good or bad either way, just something I noticed. Maybe we've all got some nostalgia this week.)

May 1, 2011 at 2:22 AM 
Blogger Fr. Mark Perkins said...

PS: I think the Odd Future track is "Sandwitches," but I've seen it spelled both ways.

May 1, 2011 at 3:26 AM 
Blogger JHitts said...

Fixed. I wasn't sure either.

May 1, 2011 at 4:14 AM 
Blogger Dan said...

Ditto on the Bosstones. I haven't heard that song in way too long. Good list this week -

May 1, 2011 at 8:42 PM 
Blogger SlowLearner said...

Do the Goats use synth in the backround often?

May 4, 2011 at 4:35 PM 

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