Thursday, December 17, 2009

Failure - "Saturday Saviour"

Failure - "Saturday Saviour": "The lead-off track from Failure's amazing Fantastic Planet. They did 90s alt rock better than the bands who got famous for just that, with their major riffs and pounding drums, but it just didn't happen for them, in that commercial sense. Make up for this wrong by listening to this right now."

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Belly - "Full Moon, Empty Heart"

Belly - "Full Moon, Empty Heart": "I remember how deeply I fell in love with Belly's Star when it came out, a love that continues to this day. There are still records coming out that I listen to a lot, maybe even obsess over, but it's been a while since I fell head-over-heels for a complete album, the way I did for this one (and others from the same time period). Perhaps it's just nostalgia? Or perhaps it's just hard to duplicate the blend of pop, quirk, melancholy and melody the way this album did."

Monday, December 14, 2009

Friday, December 11, 2009

Peter Bjorn and John - "Nothing To Worry About (Rhapsody Originals Version)"

Peter Bjorn and John - "Nothing To Worry About (Rhapsody Originals Version)": "The original is catchy, if a little too clean, so this looser and rougher live version is a welcome reworking. (Plus the song has grown on me from all the It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia promos it got used in.)"

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Mick Jagger - "Memo From Turner"

Mick Jagger - "Memo From Turner": "Mr. Jagger at his swaggery best, from the movie Performance, even if it still sounds like a Stones tune. Probably my favorite part of that movie as well."

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

A Place to Bury Strangers - "Keep Slipping Away (Richard Fearless Remix)"

A Place to Bury Strangers - "Keep Slipping Away (Richard Fearless Remix)": "Not a radical reworking of the original, instead with Richard Fearless (Death In Vegas) taking the various song elements and tweaking them in subtle ways. I particularly like the new drums, which are retuned from the original crispness into something even more abrasive and drum machine-y."

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

The Strokes - "Soma"

The Strokes - "Soma": "I remember when this album came out - I was living in the world's smallest apartment in Manhattan and there were a lot of arguments with friends about if this band was worth the buzz or not. The press might not have been able to contain their excitement, justified or not, but there is a certain charm to this album, even with the distance of time. It's fun in a pompous-yet-casual way and the light fuzz gives everything a warm feeling."

Monday, December 07, 2009

The Raveonettes - "Last Dance"

The Raveonettes - "Last Dance": "It took me a while to warm up to it, but this is the happiest-sounding 80s movie/new wave tribute that's really about death. I suppose it's the sound of a double-decker bus crashing into us...
(You can also download it for free here.)"

Friday, December 04, 2009

Alan Parsons Project - "Eye In The Sky"

Alan Parsons Project - "Eye In The Sky": "R.I.P. APP vocalist Alan Woolfson. This song is your smooth rock radio gold."

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Spoon - "Chicago At Night"

Spoon - "Chicago At Night": "I'm not in Chicago tonight, but this late night feels like this song anyway."