December 3, 2012


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

  MWM #55 by Chase on Grooveshark

JACK: Black Sabbath, "Supernaut"
I really wanted to share this "Chopped and Screwed" version of Black Sabbath's "A National Acrobat" that I heard about on a blog, but I'm not sure this is actually going to be on Grooveshark. So listen to that here (WARNING: Deep stoner vibes ahead... even for Sabbath, it reeks of pot.). In its place: Tony Iommi summons Satan (I think) with the best guitar riff ever written.

TONY:  "Fancy Free," by By Lightning!
I'm choosing local with By Lightning! from a thick field of recent listening, which has ranged widely from Metric, to Frank Ocean, to alt-J, and to an especially large shitton of Dr. Dog. I'm seeing By Lightning! on Thursday night, finally fulfilling my need to see them after missing their two most recent shows because of scheduling conflicts. By Lightning! is a big band of folky indie types with a very tall bearded guitarist who, by appearance, might fit better in a hardcore band, and who sort of reminds me of the grim reaper. A few other members are pretty and pretty folky. And then their drummer wears a pair of ultra-thick, white-rimmed glasses that glow from the back of the stage as he beats away. I actually saw this drummer perform with another local act, Jonny Fritz, and I've become somewhat of a fanboy. Katie recently told me she saw him jogging near our house, wearing those glasses. 

CHASE: Charles Bradley, "Why Is It So Hard?"
I'm in love with Charles Bradley. And he makes me think about Louisville. And he's the screaming eagle of soul.

ECON: Yo La Tengo, "Before We Run"
Because Yo La Tengo has never disappointed me, ever.    

*NOTE: This song was not listed in Grooveshark. Please refer to the link above for the version on YouTube.

GOAT: The Mountain Goats, "Harlem Roulette"
I've been listening to the latest Mountain Goats album Transcendental Youth a lot lately, and this one sticks with me. Good scene-setting, something cleverish to say about the loneliest people in the whole wide world.    

JON: Frank Sinatra and Count Basie, "Pennies From Heaven"
The song reminds me of Penny.

MARK: The Mountain Goats, "The Diaz Brothers"
I've been listening to this album nonstop for a couple months now. It's hard to pick a track. I don't think this is actually the best track, but it's the catchiest, and I do love it. The whole album, though, is magnificent.   



Blogger Fr. Mark Perkins said...


I had a really hard time deciding between Harlem Roulette (which I started to write about--his acoustic performance for Pitchfork is really good), The Diaz Brothers, and Amy aka Spent Gladiator 1.

I think Harlem Roulette is the best song on the album, probably, but Diaz and Amy grabbed me more immediately.

December 3, 2012 at 10:31 AM 
Blogger goat said...

Thanks for the link. Yeah, I could have chosen any of several songs. Harlem Roulette is probably the song from the album that I have thought most about.

Its ability to conjure vivid situations out of relatively sparse lyrics reminds me a little of Matthew 25:21 (the song), although the songs are musically very different.

December 5, 2012 at 10:13 PM 

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