TLC - "The Vic-E Interpretation" / "Silly Ho": "Sometimes you need a computer to do your talking and rapping for you...and, in this case, yes, it is awesome."
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Dot Allison - "You Can Be Replaced": "I had the pleasure of meeting Dot several times around the Afterglow album and found her charming every time, partially because of her wonderful Scottish accent. Here, on this low-key electronic track from 2002's We Are Science, she is equally beguilling, especially when purring "danger, danger, danger" towards the end of the song."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 6/29/2010 04:53:00 PM
Monday, June 28, 2010
Quasi - "All The Same": "I got to see Quasi play live on Friday (opening for Pavement) for the first time in five plus years. They did a lot of songs I didn't know - I kind of missed their last few albums - but they did me proud by playing this tune, my absolute favorite of theirs. After hearing this, I was golden for their whole set. It's a majestic song about giving up..."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 6/28/2010 10:10:00 AM
Friday, June 25, 2010
Robyn - "Dancing On My Own": "This is such straight-forward pop, it could be a song for anyone from Kelly Clarkson to Christina Aguilera, but Robyn's earnest delivery and new-wave pulsing synths make it a crisp cut above the obvious that it could have been."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 6/25/2010 03:30:00 PM
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Pavement - "Easily Fooled": "I don't why I've had this semi-random Pavement song stuck in my head the last few days (it's a non-album track from the Rattled By The Rush EP), but it's probably because I'm getting amped up for seeing them live tomorrow night! (It's also a great song, despite being a non-album track - Malkmus' swagger and wordplay are in full effect and the song has a nice, mellow groove to it.)"
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 6/24/2010 11:41:00 AM
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
The Psychedelic Furs - "India": "I just saw the Psychedelic Furs last night and it's nice to see a band still retaining its fire, some 33 years on. Singer Richard Butler is still a giddy showman and tunes like this one retain their punch, easily as aggressive sounding - if not more - than the original when they used it to close their set. When bassist Tim Butler aimed his bass like a machine gun during the closing drumbeat fire, it was the right visual to end the show with.
(On record, this track often causes speaker destruction - if you turn up the volume enough to hear the intro section, you'll get your speakers blown out when the song really kicks in. Kind of a messed up thing to do on the first track of your first album, but it speaks volumes for the Furs.)"
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 6/23/2010 10:30:00 AM
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Bettie Serveert - "Semaphore": "Classic Betty S, but just as sharp as ever. Rhapsody just posted a feature on Bettie Serveert giving a tour of Amsterdam, which shows a different side of the town, check it out: http://blog.rhapsody.com/2010/06/rock-star-guide-to-the-galaxy-bettie-serveert-amsterdam-1.html."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 6/22/2010 01:04:00 PM
Monday, June 21, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Jennifer Trynin - "If I Had Anything To Say": "A little sweet, a little salty, this is an economic mid-90s rocker from a great album that never quite connected with an audience, largely due to misguided promotion."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 6/17/2010 12:55:00 PM
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Chavez - "Nailed To The Blank Spot": "I have not been able to get this song out of my head lately! So much of this song is probably challenging to most - from the abrasive verse vocals to the thundering bass - but then it surges into this anthemic (if brief) chorus moment and that's the part I can't get out of my head. Another classic, aggressive rock moment from Chavez."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 6/16/2010 12:59:00 PM
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Spoon - "Small Stakes": "Once one of my least favorite Spoon songs, hearing it live (where they kick out the ending into a full-band rockfest) has really brought me around to it. Today I'm using it as a kickstart to get me amped up for all I need to do."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 6/15/2010 08:46:00 AM
Monday, June 14, 2010
Grandaddy - "Hewlett's Daughter": "A song that's essentially about how you should be someone's son-in-law (not to mention stolen guns) should be creepy, but somehow Grandaddy make it sweet and sad instead. In Grandaddy's off-kilter world, it all makes sense. I remember seeing them live a ton on this record and it was magic every time - magic that I miss."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 6/14/2010 10:28:00 PM
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Yo La Tengo - "A Sudden Organ": "One of my favorite songs of all time. The beat is almost tribal in its pounding, punctured at dramatic moments by cymbal hits that feel like crashing waves. Like an ocean storm building, the organ part starts out minimal, but becomes increasingly frantic, the hard wind pushing the waves. Frontman Ira Kaplan's vocals are the calm in the middle of that storm, restrained but yearning. Pure YLT magic."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 6/12/2010 02:20:00 PM