Mahogany - "One Plus One Equals Three Or More": "A bonus Mahogany post for the holidays!"
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Friday, December 22, 2006
Swirlies - "Upstairs": "This is FIRST RATE shoegaze-y noise pop. From the wall of guitar noise to Seanna Carmody's sweet 'ooh ooh oohs' during the chorus, it's a perfect mix of salty and sweet. I am so happy this is now available in Rhapsody. And not that it has anything to do with the song, but Happy Holidays all!"
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 12/22/2006 01:20:00 PM
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Pet Shop Boys - "Jealousy": "An beautifully sad song almost destroyed by its bombastic ending. Most of the song is coolly understated with appropriate touches of piano, much like the mood of walking deserted city streets in the middle of the night, making it one of my favorite Pet Shop Boys songs. That is, until the last minute or so, where overly synth-ed horns double the volume level like a court announcing the presence of royalty. And the harp...the harp! Just press stop around the 3:30 mark and you'll still have a great song."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 12/21/2006 11:45:00 AM
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Piero Umiliani - "Mah Na Mah Na" (Original 7' Version): "Who knew that this felt-celebrated staple didn't exactly originate with the Muppets at all? This is the 1968 Italian original. (I believe on The Muppet Show, the song is titled 'Mahnah Mahnah,' but I could be wrong about that.)"
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 12/20/2006 03:51:00 PM
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Regina Spektor- "Fidelity": "This song is kind of low-key - mostly string plucks and light keys over beats, plus quiet vocals - but it's catchy as hell. And largely by breaking the words 'fall' abd 'heart' into multiple syllables - who would have thought?"
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 12/19/2006 12:23:00 PM
Monday, December 18, 2006
TV On The Radio - "I Was A Lover": "So apparently this is from the Record of The Year. At least according to my friends in the Rhapsody Editorial Group and lots of other folks too. Ii'll admit it's a good record, but it just grinds on me if I make it past the 2/3 mark - way to many of the same themes continue on from song to sound until it burns me out. The first 1/3 of the record, however, is pretty amazing, especially this opening track, which blends elements of trip-hop, Prince and who knows what else into a twisted-but-sultry slow grind."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 12/18/2006 05:14:00 PM
Friday, December 15, 2006
Deee-Lite - "Fuddy Duddy Judge": "When was the last time that there were songs as unabashedly FUN as Deee-lite's? They had simple messages, but great grooves and they played `em like the party would never stop. It's Friday, so groove into the weekend with this one."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 12/15/2006 09:46:00 AM
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Switchfoot - "Oh! Gravity": "Speaking of power-pop leanings, did what happened to AYWKUBTTOD (see yesterday's post) happen to Switchfoot too? While I've been more familiar with some of their more bland tunes, this is great radio rock with solid pop sensibilities, not unlike OK Go."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 12/14/2006 09:43:00 AM
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead - "Stand In Silence": "Maybe I wasn't paying close enough attention, but when did Trail of Dead turn into a power pop-y band? I'm used to them delivering heavy, distorted rockers - but this is ace `90s indie pop. In fact, if it wasn't for the mellow break in the middle of the track, which is also the weakest part, I'd think it wasn't AYWKUBTTOD at all. Hell, it sounds like they've been hanging out with Lilys (circa Services (For The Soon To Be Departed)) and Trunk Federation...or am I pushing it too far with that?"
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 12/13/2006 10:31:00 AM
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Richard Cheese - "People Equals S***": "I know that I'm sometimes easily amused, but I think a lounge version of some really vile Slipknot is pretty smooth. If there weren't so many curse-words, you might think this is some classic Sinatra-style number. Good job, Mr. Cheese."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 12/12/2006 06:04:00 PM
Monday, December 11, 2006
Mahogany - "Supervitesse (Robin Guthrie Mix)": "Take the underlying beat of Joe Jackson's 'Stepping Out' (I swear!), add some cold Stereolab sheen and a touch of echoed Lilys vocals and you have 'Supervitesse.' It sounds space-age and retro all at the same time."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 12/11/2006 01:03:00 PM
Friday, December 08, 2006
Michael Penn - "Out Of Its Misery": "Michael Penn is so underrated. His songwriting is sharp and when it manifests in little rockers like this one, it can't be beat. I love the bass in this song too, as well as Patrick Warren's keyboard touches."
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Snowden - "Between The Rent And Me": "I know I already blogged a song from this album only a few months ago, but I freaking love it and I can't contain myself. This song sounds like rollerskating backwards to me...which I can't explain at all, but it's just what comes to mind when I hear it."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 12/06/2006 04:18:00 PM
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Blake Babies - "When I See His Face": "I was kind of irritated by Juliana Hatfield back in the day - she seemed so much like a bratty kid, with her child-like voice. Then 'Universal Heartbeat' got stuck in my head and I started to come around - but it's only recenly that she's started to grow on me more. Especially when listening to understated slower rockers like this one, I realize there's more to her than some alt-rock hits and Evan Dando, but it still helps that she has the Blake Babies to ground her."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 12/05/2006 04:09:00 PM
Monday, December 04, 2006
Momus - "My Kindly Friend The Censor": "In honor of Momus responding to my Kahimi Karie post from last week, it's only fair to spotlight a song from the man himself. This song has always been one of my favorites of his. It features suggestive lyrics with the less genteel specifics removed, providing a social commentary while showcasing clever wordplay, all to a shuffling beat. Choice lyric: 'Just thinking of it makes me want to [criminal act]!' Also a highlight - when Momus starts to read off the previously-omitted words from the song against menacing keyboards - before slipping back into the song's main melody, as if to say 'Oops, did I say that?' Fabulous."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 12/04/2006 12:57:00 PM
Friday, December 01, 2006
Failure - "Undone": "In honor of the surprise of seeing one of my coworkers wear a Failure shirt to work this morning*, I present one of this underappreciated L.A. band's crunchy, yet hooky and melodic rock songs.
* - because I swear no one outside of Southern California knows them, which is sad. People need to learn to love Failure! They also have one of the best music videos I've ever seen - "Stuck On You", which does the James Bond opening movie credits better than Bond - but the quality of the versions on YouTube are too grainy for me to link to. It kind of ruins the video, so - instead, you can order it here."