Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Teena Marie - "Lovergirl"

Teena Marie - "Lovergirl": "A slightly belated R.I.P. for Teena Marie. Such sad news!"

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Soul Coughing - "Screenwriter's Blues"

Soul Coughing - "Screenwriter's Blues": ""It's funny how much I disliked this song when it came out - I think my thought was "who are these self-indulgent NYC snobs who think they're King Missle?" - and how much I love it now. It apparently just took some time for me to come around to it, probably sometime after "Down To This" made me give them a second look. While it kind of fails as a poison love letter to Los Angeles, it does paint a pretty good picture of tongue-in-cheek sweetness as cynicism. It also contains one of what became one of my favorite song lyrics: "We are all in some way or another going to die." That's a comment on life and/or The Valley - and I'm not sure which, but it works either way."

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Bear In Heaven - "Ultimate Satisfaction"

Bear In Heaven - "Ultimate Satisfaction": "There's a certain intensity from the busy drumming and the the looping keyboards during the verses that is almost overwhelming, but that just leads to the jazzy (if not almost prog) openness of the chorus and a sudden feeling of drifting in water. The contrast helps to heighten each section of the song. Spacey and powerful."

Monday, December 20, 2010

Ryan Bingham - "Depression"

Ryan Bingham - "Depression": "Not the downer song you might expect it to be, even if it's certainly rough in ways, generally earthy in others - that's what makes it just feel natural, more than anything else. Also, I'm not posting it for an particular reason, so don't fret - even if the holidays do seem to have a hectic, overwhelming quality to them this year."

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Smiths - "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before"

The Smiths - "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before": "One of my favorite songs of all time. Restrained in delivery, but bubbling with dark emotions just under the surface; I'm not sure if it's bitterness or pain or what exactly, but when Morrissey sings "I still love you / but only slightly less, slightly less than I used to" in a way that only he can, it speaks volumes. It shares a similar vibe with another of my favorites - Michael Penn's "Out of Its Misery" - also a dark/rocker number - but this song also has the classic bike-riding video that makes it almost iconic."

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Electronic - "Disappointed"

Electronic - "Disappointed": "The Smiths' Johnny Marr, New Orders' Bernard Sumner and Pet Shop Boys' Neil Tenannt? It was magic 80s nostalgia before enough time had even passed for it to have set in. Still, this is one of my favorite Pet Shop Boys songs that technically isn't."

Monday, December 13, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

Better Than Ezra - "Alison Foley"

Better Than Ezra - "Alison Foley": "I think that my liking of this song comes from it's less-mature-but-more-rocking Michael Penn vibe. I normally wouldn't call a song like this under-appreciated, but I feel like BTE is pretty maligned for their accidental role in the late 90s co-opting of 'alternative' radio by crunchy radio pop as it all rode it into the mainstream, so it's worth pulling out something so truly catchy for a bit of re-appreciation. (I'll even go a step further: Semisonic and Fastball had some really good songs too.)"

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Daft Punk - "Derezzed"

Daft Punk - "Derezzed": "Okay, I admit...I am excited for the new Tron movie. Shocker, right? (This is a track from the soundtrack.)"

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

INXS - "Suicide Blonde"

INXS - "Suicide Blonde": "Just woke up with this song in my head but I have no idea why...I haven't heard this song in a while, at least not that I was consciously aware of..."

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Missy Elliott - "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)"

Missy Elliott - "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)": "Seriously, does it have to rain everywhere I go? Enough, already!"

Monday, December 06, 2010

Helium - "Pat's Trick"

Helium - "Pat's Trick": "This is a belated 'thank you' to Doug H for playing an awesome Matador Records DJ set at the SF Eagle the other weekend, including this excellent Helium tune, in celebration of the Matador Records Vegas weekend. Not to be dopey, but it's so nice to have good friends at a good place listening to good music!"

Friday, December 03, 2010

The Apples in Stereo - "High Tide"

The Apples in Stereo - "High Tide": "Jangly and pleasantly mellow, but the high point (no pun intended) is when frontman Robert gets into his higher register to sing 'will the years roll out on tide?', particularly as he's joined with harmony vocals as the chorus repeats. Good stuff."

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Julio Iglesias - "Drive"

Julio Iglesias - "Drive": "I don't know what I like better - Julio tackling The Cars - or that he does it on his album Romantic Classics. Decir lo que???."