Beulah - "Gene Autry": "'When I get to California / gonna write my name in the sand'
I thought that it made sense to celebrate my arrival back in California, and now in SF, with a song about coming back to Cali from SF's own Beulah. I've always loved how they delivered wry lyrics in a deadpan tone, camoflauged in bouncy pop adorned with horns and pretty vocal harmonies. What an amazing band."
Friday, June 30, 2006
Beulah - "Gene Autry": "'When I get to California / gonna write my name in the sand'
Thursday, June 29, 2006
The Cars - "Drive": "Is this too obvious? It's more of a short-drive-in-the-city song than a cross-country car song, but it's The Cars and I haven't blogged them yet here, so it was time. Plus the soft, falsetto chant of 'who's gonna drive, who's gonna drive?' during the choruses is almost subconsciously alluring."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 6/29/2006 03:29:00 PM
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Cowboy Junkies - "Lost My Driving Wheel": "In a similar vein to yesterday's post, this is another sleepy, late-night-drive tune. It's always been a late-night song for me, ever since the Cowboy Junkies first covered it on the 1993 compilation Born To Choose. Here's an equally powerful live version for you to road test."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 6/28/2006 10:17:00 AM
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Sarah McLachlan - "Ol' 55": "I know this is a cover (of Tom Waits, I believe, although the Eagles did it too), but I can't help but think Sarah makes it prettier. Granted, I didn't take the 55 heading west, but it still seems like an appropriate song when driving through farmland as the sun is setting."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 6/27/2006 10:12:00 AM
Monday, June 26, 2006
Friday, June 23, 2006
Elastica - "Car Song": "This song covers a lot of the cars I saw on the road, while singer Justine Frischman delivers cheeky lines like 'let's go siesta / in my Ford Fiesta' with a cocked eyebrow. Lots of fun to drive to."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 6/23/2006 05:05:00 PM
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Cake - "Stickshifts And Safetybelts": "So, I admit, I am cheating and filling in days in reverse here - but as you may not know, dear readers, I have been in the process of moving to SF. And, now that I'm here, I would like to fill in my missing song days with songs about driving and/or the road, to celebrate the long cross-country drive I just finished. Here's the first song."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 6/21/2006 03:24:00 PM
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Monday, June 19, 2006
The Black Crowes - "Sometimes Salvation": "A surprisingly powerful, slow-burning blues-rock number. Even if the song starts out with elements of so much 90s rock posing, by the time the song's half-way in, Chris Robinson is already burning the house down. Probably one of the best things the Crowes ever did."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 6/19/2006 12:47:00 PM
Friday, June 16, 2006
Spoon - "I Turn My Camera On": "For being such a die-hard Spoon fan, I feel weird blogging about what is (arguably) their best-known song, partially because of its recent use in a Jaguar commercial. But yet I am blogging about it because the crisp drum and bass rhythm (not to be confused with drum'n'bass) and the Stones-y swagger make it sound like what 'Emotional Rescue' would have been if it was recorded about ten years earlier in the Stones' career, minus a guitar lead. It's deceptively simple, which makes little things like the tambourine and the odd keyboard hit give the track a deeper character. And, yes, I love Spoon more than anything. I want to have their babies and I can't believe I've blogged about them as little as I have!"
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 6/16/2006 09:03:00 AM
Thursday, June 15, 2006
a-ha - "The Living Daylights": "Okay, I know I'm going to get teased for this, for several reasons:
1) It's from the guys who are only known for 'Take On Me'.
2) The James Bond franchise had a huge hit with the Duran Duran theme for "View To A Kill." They then picked a-ha to do the theme for the next movie, to try and replicate the huge Duran Duran chart success - and clearly failed.
3) It's kind of cheesy (but as my readers know, this doesn't always stop me).
That said, I've always been drawn to the fact that it is clearly modeled on 'View To A Kill' - yet it takes more of a queue from Euro-synth, where Duran Duran looked more to American rock and funk elements. And, really, there's something cute about how a-ha tries to sound so cool and bad-ass here."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 6/15/2006 08:18:00 AM
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Shea Seger - "Last Time": "From a record that (major label) time forgot, this is a chestnut that really deserves to be re-discovered. From the stuttering snare beats through the 'Nashville' strings juxtaposed with the bouncing bass line, this song involves a kaliedoscope of elements, blended together into a smooth, cool groove. This song should have been wiping the floor of pop fluff like Natalie Imbruglia, but it sadly never happened. Bonus point: I've always been curious about the part at the end when she murmurs '...I'm just real sorry...but I don't think I can tell you that.' out of the blue. Strangely intriguing."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 6/14/2006 03:56:00 PM
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Monday, June 12, 2006
DNTEL - "(This Is) The Dream Of Evan And Chan": "Before The Postal Service, there was this DNTEL record, in which DNTEL (Jimmy T.) invited his friend from Death Cab For Cutie (Ben G.) to sing on a track...and created something far more amazing - and yet vastly more unheard - than anything on the Postal Service record. Not that the PS record is bad at all - it's pretty great - but that's just how amazing this track is and that's why it needs to be heard."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 6/12/2006 06:28:00 PM
Friday, June 09, 2006
Idlewild - "A Modern Way Of Letting Go": "On this track from The Remote Part, Idlewild takes their more mature and developed sound and matches it back up with their earlier, thrashier sound to make this rawkus, sharp rocker. The throat-shredding way Roddy Woomble shreiks 'go!' at the end of the song still gives me chills."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 6/09/2006 09:15:00 AM
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Swervedriver - "Harry & Maggie": "There was more oddness going on in Times Square today (as usual) and all I could think was 'I don't wanna know...' - which made me think of this song, which contains that line in the lyrics ('And I don't wanna know / I'm glad I don't know'). There's also so much going on that I need to deal with, that I need to keep myself focused solely on all the various tasks at hand, so it's kind of my theme for the day."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 6/08/2006 12:28:00 PM
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
The Chemical Brothers - "Out Of Control": "This track is probably my favorite Chemical Brothers song, as well as the best non-New-Order New Order song (as the song features vocals from NO's Bernard Sumner). This song pulsates with a mean energy for nearly seven relentless minutes - a club classic, or at least it should be."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 6/07/2006 08:10:00 AM
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Rock Kills Kid - "Back To Life (Rolling Stone Original Version)": "Being flagged as new wave revivalists, I actually prefer Rock Kills Kid's acoustic turn on this song from their new album. The quiet strum with the still-prominent bass line creates a more delicate and intriguing take on the plugged-in version."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 6/06/2006 02:44:00 PM
Monday, June 05, 2006
Chef - "Chocolate Salty Balls (P.S. I Love You)": "Listening to an Isaac Hayes collection this weekend, I was reminded of this South Park tune. It's completely ludicrous and crude - I mean, it's half recipe and half blatant double-entendre - but it's strangely potent funk-rock all the same. I just wish there were was more of the backing vocals - wicked 70s falsetto in effect!"
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 6/05/2006 03:25:00 PM
Friday, June 02, 2006
Sonic Youth - "100%": "Sonic Youth is this Friday's Rock Song. This song freakin' shreds me. It's a blur of Thurston's swagger, Kim's muscular bass, Lee's cutting guitar noise, Jason Lee skateboarding and everything that was 'alternative nation' in the 90s. I miss that."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 6/02/2006 08:43:00 AM
Thursday, June 01, 2006
Snow Patrol - "You're All I Have": "I loved the previous Snow Patrol record...so why is this the only song on the new album that really sticks in my head? (*disclaimer: At least on my initial two listens.) Either way, it's a great song."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 6/01/2006 08:37:00 AM