“Freesia” – Throwing Muses – “Purgatory Paradise” (2013)

Nov 27
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Set aside a big chunk of time, find a nice bottle or two of something you really like, and treat yourself to Throwing Muses new 32 track whopper of an album. So maybe I deceived you a little bit; maybe one bottle will do it. The thing is, 16 of the tracks check in with running times between 28 seconds and two minutes running time each. I don’t know if there is some kind of code to crack here but, even more so than a lot of albums, it seems like this one needs to be listened to in order. There are a lot of songs on here worthy of my initial post from this album (“Sunray Venus”, “Opiates”, “Lazy Eye”) but I’ll go with “Freesia” for starters (although the vid below pretty much has the whole album so have at it).

And now, let’s be thankful for what we’ve got and pour one for the homie gobblers who’ve passed.

– DAVE

“Auburn and Ivory” – Beach House – “Beach House” (2006)

Nov 27
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I’ve had Beach House on my mind all day. I started working on a post intent on offering up something from Bloom but found myself compelled to listen to the duo’s debut album. Victoria Legrand’s vocal performance here reveals a deep sense of loss or longing which is really highlighted by the sparse arrangement.

– DAVE

“80’s Comedown Machine” – The Strokes – “Comedown Machine” (2013)

Nov 25
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This tune sounds pretty Strokesque. There’s the steady, controlled fall of a beat and the vocals are delivered under a thin layer of fuzz. Unlike some of the more prominent Strokes tunes, the guitar line in this one is a little bit subverted.

These guys used to be so It. I hear them and I can see in my mind’s eye skinny jeaned hipsters. There are a bunch of other bands in the same ilk who carry that torch these days (Phoenix is the first that comes to mind) but I think that The Strokes still stack up very favorably to other bands doing a similar kind of thang. Supposedly, they are intent on releasing another album next year. They didn’t tour in support of Comedown Machine and if a new album does drop next year, you would think that they will end up hitting the road for a few months’ worth of shows.

– DAVE

“California” – Mazzy Star – “Seasons of Your Day” (2013)

Nov 25
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I should have some more useful comments here but it’s been a long, fun, tiring weekend so this will be brief. Don’t take the lack of effusive praise to mean that this isn’t a really good record by a duo in the midst of a reunion. This thing is solid, and you should listen to it, head to toe. And with that, I wish you a happy upcoming holiday week.

– DAVE

“Dolce and Gabbana” – Riff Raff – “Neon Icon” (2014)

Nov 22
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Do black people love Blurred Lines as much as white folks? Or maybe a better question lacking the racialist implication, did every single person who paid iTunes 99 cents for Boom Boom Pow also buy one song off of Robin Thicke’s album? I think that the iTunes store geniuses should suggest a little Riff Raff for all customers who purchased both of those songs.

– DAVE

“Bad Habit” – Foals – “Holy Fire” (2013)

Nov 22
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I’ve got a playlist or two that gets played in the car a lot. It’s mostly loud stuff (think Band of Skulls, Ministry) or tunes that are accelerating in high gear and momentous. I tinker with these lists quite a bit. They get played a lot when I’m on the bike at the gym as well. There should be more Metallica on them but I think that I have a restraining order against Metallica or maybe it’s the other way around.

The first four songs on Holy Fire are straight up driving tunes. Foals kind of fits in to that electro alt danceable genre with bands like Phoenix and M83 but I think that they have a little bit more of a hard edge than Phoenix and don’t stretch it out and jam as much as M83. In track order, the album down shifts a little but it’s solid from one to eleven. I don’t spend a ton of time in the car but I might have to start thinking up more reasons to drive around town as my soundtrack is definitely growing.

– DAVE

“Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand” – Primitive Radio Gods – “Rocket” (1996)

Nov 21
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Everybody tracked those lyrics to the song, right? I know that my bro did.

Remember those relics? Phone booths. I’m going to look around when I’m out and about tomorrow and see if I can spot a living, breathing phone booth or even a broken one. I wish that I would have seen it coming, that tipping point when phone booths started riding off into the sunset with portable CD players and satellite dishes that doubled as shade trees. I would have bought myself a couple of phone booths and installed them in my “You Know You’re Old” Man Cave…. right next to my Discman, land line, and Sega Dreamcast.

“Phone Booth” had so many diverse elements. From the B.B. King Sample to the hip hop beat carefully layered over the top of a piano ballad and melancholy tone that is a little reminiscent of Dream Academy’s “Life in A Northern Town” this song burst these guys into the limelight and proved to be a tough act to follow. But the thing is, for me at least, a lot of bands that don’t attain any follow up success and can’t get any subsequent radio play, have a lot of good stuff sitting out of there that a lot of the finicky public never gets a chance to put an ear to.

“Wayward Pilot’s Mission” is the next Primitive Radio Gods song that everyone should have listened to. With the ambient noise, and the quiet-loud-quiet volume changes it kind of sounds like it could be the love child/song of Radiohead and Dan Wilson (that would be Dan Wilson of Semisonic “Closing Time” and Adele hit maker fame not Mariners catcher for those of you scoring at home.).

Give it a try. Find some one hit that you really loved and check out the rest of the band’s catalog. I’ll bet you find something else that you really dig.

I’ve been downhearted baby,
I’ve been downhearted baby,
Ever since the day we met

– DAVE

Play On Quarterly?

Nov 19
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You may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?
Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by, water flowing underground
Into the blue again after the money’s gone
Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground
You may ask yourself, how do I work this?

– Talking Heads

My old friend, the dusty dashboard to my long deserted blog, it’s been so long. I wish I had a good excuse for why I haven’t posted since August – I was riding a Segway across the Sahara, I was working day, swing, and graveyard stockpiling trans fat filled, heart crushing treats… no, here’s a good one… I was working on a resume – but I’ve got nothing. I’ve been having eight hour long stare downs with a nine pound part Chihuahua, full on psychopath mange-ball. That’s about it.

The truth is I listen to too much NPR and CNBC during the day when I should have the new PJ on a continuous loop. I shouldn’t need to hear 18 different perspectives on Obamacare but I guess that I like slow motion train wrecks. Do I really need to hear five Wall Street types tell me that Jamie Dimon should be given a medal instead of being picked up by the ankles by Uncle Sam and shaken a few times until 13 billion dollars fall out of his pockets? Slow motion, money train wrecks.

Let’s get back to the music. But, what should I tack up on the wall of this here blog, for the first time in almost three months? That’s the beauty of music, and being a fan of such a broad spectrum, I have so many options. Something old school from the Father of Grunge, Neil Young… perhaps, perhaps. Some new Drake, possibly. New Arcade Fire, oh what about some Vintage Trouble. What to pick?

How about if I kind of get my bearings and get re-centered by being a little off center, as usual? (Off center because I won’t pick the one Lorde song that everyone has heard a thousand times.) Does anyone think that Lorde will be a one hit wonder? I don’t think so unless she gets bored. A lot of the lyrical content of Pure Heroine is sort of her bipolar view (not to say that she is bipolar) of all of the stuff that is attached to the commercial music biz that she finds unappealing so maybe she will find a different medium devoid of all of the soul crushing trappings. She strings words together pretty nicely though so she’ll be doing something literary. The rest of the debut record is pretty sweet though. You’ll have to go look it up yourself because I’m too lazy to paste it in here, but I loved her performance on Ellen. After she was done singing, Ellen’s all fawning over her, the crowd’s showing her tons of love, and Lorde brings the mic to her mouth and can’t figure out what to say, then does it again, all awkward and dorky and shit… I loved it! A real life 16 year old, not all coached up to rattle off some canned and disingenuous words.

So, I’ll be back tomorrow, November 20th, 2013, two days in a row with another post (I know, you’ll have a hard time sleeping, you’re so excited.). In the meantime, I am going to play Name That Tune and see who’s into the one hit wonders. I will most likely play a song by the band that included these lines in their one hit which was released in the mid-90’s:

A life is time, they teach us growing up
The seconds ticking killed us all
A million years before the fall

“Buzzcut Season” – Lorde – “Pure Heroine” (2013)

– Dave