September 8, 2011

#44

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

01. JACK -- "Blue Line Swinger", Yo La Tengo
02. TONY -- "The Winter", CAKE
03. CHASE -- "Doldrums", Fungi Girls
04. ECON -- "Tune Grief", Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
05. OATESS -- "53rd & 3rd", The Ramones
06. DUNN -- "One More Saturday Night", Grateful Dead
07. MARK -- "A Stone", Okkervil River


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Blogger JHitts said...

Not my favorite mix. It didn't flow well. A few things:

-That Cake song was really unexpected. Unexpected in the sense that I was expecting a rave-up but it was a ballad. I can't say I enjoyed it. The electronic backing is a little too joke-y for the (somewhat) serious tone of the song. Also, the vocals. They're typical Cake vocals. That doesn't work in a song like this. Sorry. Thumbs down.

-"Doldrums" was a song I thought I would like when I heard the sweet fuzzed-out lo-fi guitar, but the vocals killed it for me. They're tuneless. Also, there's no semblance of a hook in this song. Sorry again.

-That's why the Malkmus song following was such a great rebound. There's actually melodies! And a hook! Those "wooh-ooh" backing vocals in the prechorus are nice. In general I guess it's nothing special, but I like Stephen Malkmus in general so that is my own personal bias.

-The Grateful Dead was a pleasant surprise. I know virtually nothing about their music and whenever I do hear their songs I'm always surprised that they're a lot less druggy than I thought.

-Okkervil River is good. But I feel like it's best appreciated when presented in the sequence of an album (or thematic mix). Maybe because the lyrics are so dense. This song was really good though. I like the horns at the end of the song.

September 9, 2011 at 1:37 AM 
Blogger JHitts said...

(I just realized some of these song criticisms sound mean. Not my intent. I just don't care for them. Sorry.)

September 9, 2011 at 1:50 AM 
Blogger Chase Purdy said...

Kind of an abrasive response to a selection of seven songs ordered (kind of) at random from a small group.

September 9, 2011 at 1:49 PM 
Blogger JHitts said...

I definitely should have been more diplomatic about that. Apologies, all.

September 9, 2011 at 3:37 PM 
Blogger Tony Gonzalez said...

Oddly enough, I found myself looking for the "like" button while listening through this.

The new Cake album has really grown on me.

September 9, 2011 at 6:51 PM 
Blogger Chase Purdy said...

Yeah, it might have been the weather outside or something, but I also found the songs enjoyable. And running into the Ramones in the second half was a blast.

I was nervous about a 9-minute-long song at the very beginning, but it ended up working perfectly. Love that YLT song, anyway.

September 9, 2011 at 7:49 PM 
Blogger Mark Perkins said...

Yeah, I dunno. The straight-up catchiness of last week's hit the spot a lil better. I know it's heresy of a wafer-stabbing degree, but I don't much care for Malkmus. It's likely I'd change my mind if I put some effort into it. But. Meh.

And, yeah, the transition from Jerry Lee Lewis to that particular Okkervil song was pretty awful.

September 10, 2011 at 3:09 AM 

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