Telepopmusik - "Breathe": "A counter-offer to yesterday and a current reminder for myself."
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Monday, January 30, 2006
Friday, January 27, 2006
Pink Floyd - "Ibiza Bar": "Strangely enough, I heard two covers of this song before I heard the original - but when I finally heard the Floyd version, I was blown away. Snaking psychedelic guitar leads intermix with hard riffs and aggressively pounded drumming - NOT at all the Pink Floyd I knew, but one with far more energy. True, Floyd's later work identified the band's distinctive voice better, but this song presaged some of my other favorite rock gems - nasty, dirty rock songs that make me want to sell my soul to rock'n'roll, like Bowie's "Panic In Detroit" and the Stones' "Sway." It's so short that I have to play it over and over to quell myself!"
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 1/27/2006 06:54:00 PM
Thursday, January 26, 2006
DEVO - "Girl U Want (Live Version)": "New wave in its pure, synthesized form. A great Devo song that gets more rocking all the time - a classic on album, faster in this live version, then even faster and harder when re-recorded years later for the Tank Girl soundtrack. Good in all flavors! "
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 1/26/2006 06:42:00 PM
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Pavement - "Texas Never Whispers": "From Watery, Domestic, one of the entries in my series of 'perfect EPs.' This whole EP swims in a sea of fuzzily melodic melancholy that hasn't aged in all these years. This is what happens when Pavement put aside their class clown roles, took the playfulness out of their tunes and just delivered four breathtaking tracks. Also of note - this song was later sampled (!) by Placebo (!!) for their similarly great track Slave To The Wage."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 1/25/2006 06:49:00 PM
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Echo & The Bunnymen - "The Cutter": "There's a marvelous sense of drama to this song, which is probably just due to Ian McCullough's vocal performance. (And that hair! And that voice coming out of that body!) A nugget from the days when they called this kind of music 'college rock' (or was this even before that??). My favorite Echo song..."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 1/24/2006 06:41:00 PM
Monday, January 23, 2006
The Rock*A*Teens - "The Ram's Den": "Yes! I am so excited that this track is now in Rhapsody. This is a first-rate 50s-tinged garage-style rave-up from the R*A*T's debut album. This band is what indie rock would have sounded like in the 50s, if people could have done home recordings in their garage - both very retro and very modern at the same time, not to mention a whole lot of fun too."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 1/23/2006 06:38:00 AM
Friday, January 20, 2006
Thursday, January 19, 2006
Belly - "L'il Ennio": "A choice track from the oft-overlooked King album. True, Tanya Donelly's twisted fairy-tales of Star might have been more engaging, but this album was about adult mystery instead of strange kids stories. Here, Tanya is beautiful, defiant, powerful and vulnerable, all at the same time. When she sings 'now I'll make you pray like there's a God', it's like a Greek goddess returning to claim her power, inspiring both awe and fear."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 1/19/2006 02:16:00 PM
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Smashing Pumpkins - "Glynis": "I was in a bar the other night and they accidentally started to play this track before they skipped forward to some other Pumpkins track. I suddenly remembered the whole No Alternative compilation from `93 (which this track first appeared on) and it seems so long ago now that I actually am starting to accumulate NOSTALGIA. Scary, isn't it? So I felt like I had to bring this track back up. It's pretty and it makes me forget that I think Billy Corgan is kind of an ass."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 1/18/2006 04:56:00 PM
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
The Clash - "I Fought The Law": "I love the freedom that America's court system helps to preserve. And I would love to support that very court system myself. But when you have a job as demanding as mine is, it's really tough to get pulled out for TWO weeks for jury duty. Grand jury duty, at that. So now I basically have serious matters to deliberate over all day long and then I have to go home and try to keep up with my day job. Messed up, huh? So that's what this song is about. And I haven't posted the Clash yet, so it's worthwhile for that too."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 1/17/2006 07:08:00 PM
Monday, January 16, 2006
Stevie Wonder - "Cash In Your Face": "I realize that 'Happy Birthday' would, in most ways, be more appropriate to post this day (from the Stevie Wonder cannon), but I thought it was important to point this song out too. My mom played this album a ton when I was little and so this song was probably the first time I kind of understood discrimination. When you're a kid, you don't really grasp a lot of those kinds of issues, but I kind of picked it up through the story in Stevie's lyrics. I think it's good proof that songs with messages can still teach a person something. So while I hope everyone takes some time to reflect on MLK's birthday, I think we still have a lot of growing to do as a country, which is why this song's really important even today."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 1/16/2006 07:15:00 PM
Friday, January 13, 2006
Morningwood - "Nth Degree": "Like a good pop single, I have become obsessed with this song! I got the single a while ago, but it only really popped out to me when I was listening to the album this week. It's completely infectious, even if its a bit cheesy. I mean, she freakin' spells out the BAND NAME even though it's semi-long. How rad is that? She's like a dirty cheerleader. Hot."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 1/13/2006 01:03:00 PM
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Talking Heads - "Love -> Building On Fire": "I'm fascinated by this track - on record (as the group's first single), it's kind of sugary and silly, with the horns and all. Here, in this live version, it captures a more raw feel and yet it sounds like its a forerunner of everything from Modern English's warm yet icy new wave of 'I Melt With You' and Yo La Tengo's guitar interplay, circa May I Sing With Me. This track is one of the many on The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads that proves this live collection to be the definitive collection of the Heads' most important work."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 1/12/2006 11:02:00 AM
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Team Dresch - "Hand Grenade": "I love this song so much, it makes me want to pogo like I was a kid back in SoCal. Kaia sings so sweetly, Scott Plouf (also of the Spinanes, Built to Spill) keeps the rhythm, and Donna Dresch and Jody Bleyle (also of Hazel) make the music pretty - but not safe. I can't begin to explain the power this song has over me, so please do me a favor and listen to it for yourself."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 1/11/2006 01:23:00 PM
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Creeper Lagoon - "My Friends Adore You": "'Ooooh....I've tried to come down from loving you.' A sweet, sad number that erupts into a guitar rock-out. The ending washes away the ache of the rest of the song, which is too bad, but at least it keeps things from turning into a melancholy dirge. A good song to remember this band by."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 1/10/2006 08:58:00 AM
Monday, January 09, 2006
Fleetwood Mac - "Silver Springs": "I came to this song through strange means -
My boyfriend's band (Dirty Power) covered 'Rumours' in its entirety live at a benefit concert in `05 and included this song in the set, as it had been originally intended for that album. Recently, they started mixing the recording of that show and I re-discovered this song. I had never heard the original, but I loved the song. I still prefer their version to the softer Mac rendition, but this live version is pretty amazing. It's another song from the Pantheon of Stevie's Broken Heart, but it still resonates.
1/21/06 update: Dirty Power posted their version online! Check it out here!"
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 1/09/2006 10:29:00 AM
Friday, January 06, 2006
Frankie Valli - "Can't Take My Eyes Off You": "Okay, I have to admit that, since I no longer have access to NY1 (the local NYC news channel), I now wake up to the Today show...which, lately, has been sucking up to Jersey Boys, the new Frankie Valli/Four Seasons musical. The plus side is that it reminded me of this great song, a wonderful 60s pop tune, with horns, handclaps and crooning vocals, all total retro-cool."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 1/06/2006 01:24:00 PM
Thursday, January 05, 2006
M83 - "Don't Save Us From The Flames": "I don't know why, but I am always amused at how the intro breathy vocals that hardly sound like words are actually: 'Tina! Tina! Tina!', according to the lyric sheet. This song goes back to my shoegaze jones, with the keyboard washes and MBV-like vocal swirls. And it's a pretty song that also rocks. Good stuff."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 1/05/2006 09:44:00 AM
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
Louis Phillipe - "Rafaella": "Swinging 70s orchestral pop? Disco-lite? Sophisticatedly crooned vocals? UK-based Frenchman Louis Philippe has all the angles covered here, in what could be the theme song to some 70s soft-core epic. Luxuriate in it."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 1/04/2006 04:04:00 PM
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Welcome back from the holidays, campers! Here's a new track to start you off for the new year:
Liz Phair - "May Queen" (live acoustic version): "Ah, Liz Phair. I still prefer the album version to this live, acoustic version - but this version is special to me. I love this song on the Whip-Smart album and, when I met Liz earlier this year at a record convention in San Diego, I asked her to perform it at the upcoming Rolling Stone Original taping - which she did. So this song is actually for me and I love it! Plus it's nice to hear it in this tender, stripped-down arrangement. Enjoy."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 1/03/2006 02:43:00 PM
Monday, January 02, 2006
My 25 Favorite Songs of 2005...Give Or Take: "Breaking the usual rules of this blog, here are my 25 tracks of 2005, give or take (since some of the tracks I loved aren't available digitally yet!) - enjoy:"
1. The Denial Twist - The White Stripes
2. Japanese Girls (Album Version) - Robbers On High Street
3. Sally Is A Girl - 50 Foot Wave
4. The Fallen - Franz Ferdinand
5. Little Sister - Queens Of The Stone Age
6. Yflmd - Giant Drag
7. Hell Yes - Beck
8. Daft Punk Is Playing At My House - LCD Soundsystem
9. Walking Shade - Billy Corgan
10. Armed to the Teeth - Abandoned Pools
11. God Is Going To Get Sick Of Me - Aberdeen City
12. Good Sons - Starflyer 59
13. Destroy Everything You Touch - Ladytron
14. Cloud - Fischerspooner
15. I've Got You Memorized (Sandbagger's Remix) - Ivy
16. In A Funny Way - Mercury Rev
17. Anytime - My Morning Jacket
18. The Comeback - Shout Out Louds
19. The Bucket - Kings Of Leon
20. I Summon You - Spoon
21. Teen Angst - M83
22. Marching Bands Of Manhattan - Death Cab For Cutie
23. Love Seals Us From Loneliness - Idlewild
24. Do It Again - Nada Surf
25. Sexy Results - Death From Above 1979
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 1/02/2006 01:55:00 PM