Monday, September 6, 2010

Track of the Week: Uncontrollable Urge by Devo

I haven't posted in quite a long while. Sorry. I have been...shall we say "distracted?" (Lazy) But I am back now. This week's track is a real rocker. Since Futurama has been on tv a bunch recently I have been watching it all the time. One of the newer episodes features an appearance from Devo. That led me to start listening to them again and rediscover I love this song!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Track of the Week: You and I (We Can Conquer the World) by Stevie Wonder

I realize I am posting another lovey-dovey song. Perhaps I am just in that sort of mindset recently. This Stevie Wonder track appears on his 1972 record Talking Book. And it is one of the top five greatest pure love songs in my opinion.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Track of the Week: Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands by Bob Dylan

A Bob Dylan love song is like no other. "Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands," off of Blonde on Blonde floats along with an otherworldly waltz feel painting these amazing pictures of his love. There really is not a need to know what everything means. The atmosphere of the song is just perfection.

But if you want to read some interesting takes on the lyrics you can go to the Song Meanings discussion. The one part that really gets to me though...I mean the whole song is beautiful, but the best lines for me are, "My warehouse eyes, my Arabian drums/Should I leave them by your gate/Or, sad-eyed lady, should I wait?" Dylan's songs can be so...I guess pointed and aggressive; that he can write something so vulnerable is incredible.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Track of the Week: Cygnet Committee by David Bowie

I have yet to really delve into the whole David Bowie discography, but I doubt anything could top this week's track, "Cygnet Committee." Released in 1972 on the David Bowie (or Space Oddity) album, this epic (and that truly is the best word) clocks in at over nine-and-a-half minutes.

According to LastFM:
During 1969 Bowie and then-girlfriend Angela Barnett lived in Beckenham, where they ran the Arts Lab, trying to encourage young people to be creative. However, Bowie soon quit the Arts Lab, when he realized that most people were coming just to see him perform and not to participate. His disappointing encounter with the hippies during this time is the basis for the song, as he felt he was used and abused by the teens.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Track of the Week: Hello Hello by The Sopwith Camel

The cool thing about the sixties was all the different styles of music that came out. Rock 'n' roll expanded to include all sorts of musical styles, including those of the past. San Francisco band the Sopwith Camel released a pretty little song in 1967 with some nice ragtime piano work. "Hello Hello" came off their self-titled debut album.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Track of the Week: Mod Wolves by The Mighty Boosh

I get home from work a little past one in the morning. Usually I drink a glass of milk and one of orange juice while I watch Adult Swim on Cartoon Network. One night this show called The Mighty Boosh came on and blew me away! It was incredible. The first episode I saw featured a character who called himself "the King of the Mods." The episode ends up with a confrontation with "Mod Wolves." These wolves dance and it is awesome and the song was even awesome-er, or whatever.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Track of the Week: I Like My Toys by The Idle Race

The 1960's produced some funny sounding songs. Children's songs and general nostalgia for childhood on some psychedelic records seemed to suggest a longing times when a person has little concern for the outside world (which at that time was full of war, riots, protests and difficult social changes). And beside that, the pressures of adulthood can be daunting to say the least. One of the best examples of this sentiment in music appeared on the Idle Race's 1968 album The Birthday Party. And the song in particular I picked to highlight is "I Like My Toys."

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Track of the Week: When You Smile by Dream Syndicate

Love songs can be found all over the place. It's one subject most people can relate to and pop music especially is littered with all sorts of songs on the topic. How many different ways can you write songs about the same thing though? Well, Dream Syndicate's "When You Smile" from their 1982 album The Days of Wine and Roses sounds a bit different than the others.

The song sounds tired and depressed from being in love. And I love that. There are two versions presented here. The album version starts slower and is a bit longer than the Down There EP version. Both equally great.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Track of the Week: Important Things with Demetri Martin Theme Song

Demetri Martin / Winter Garden Theatre / Novem...Image by * Janice via Flickr
My favorite television shows have great theme songs. Important Things with Demetri Martin is no different. The only problem with the song is how short it is. I don't really want to put a 20 second song on my mp3 player, so I made it longer (if you're wondering, I used magic and love).

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Track of the Week: Evening Over Rooftops by Edgar Broughton Band

"How far are we from dying / Is it nearly at an end?" Chilling, this week's song, "Evening Over Rooftops" by Edgar Broughton Band from their self-titled 1971 album, cries out to be played loud and thereby to take over your mind. There are a few reasons why I am playing this song repeatedly:

  • The first few seconds of violins sound insane.
  • The lyrics are insane.
  • The song makes me go insane.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Track of the Week: Soul Kitchen by The Doors

Have you ever just gotten tired of a band, stopped listening to their music for awhile and then stumbled upon them again, rediscovering why you loved them? That happened to me a couple of weeks ago with the Doors. But sort of in a way roundabout way.

My brother started listening to a band, X-Japan, and wouldn't stop talking about them. I was not really impressed, but I remembered some hullabaloo on the page for the punk band X on Last.FM. Some of X-Japan's tracks were on the page and people were arguing which band was better. I like the punk X, but I had stopped listening to them for, maybe, six months. So I pulled out their music and started discovering songs I had heard before but for some reason just glossed over. One of the songs was drawn to was, "Soul Kitchen." I knew the song from somewhere and finally realized it is a Doors cover. That led me to start listening to the Doors again and, wouldn't you know, I found why I used to listen to them all the time!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Rolling Stone 500: (490) Entertainment! by Gang of Four [1979]

Gang of Four's offering from 1979, Entertainment!, is in the early lead to be my favorite record of the first fifth of Rolling Stone's list. So much funk and weirdness! They throw in some political/social commentary; the end result being an amazing record that makes you think and dance. But not me. I don't dance (or think either). A lot of this reminds me of Wire's first record, Pink Flag; a record I love. It does not have the varying sounds that record has however.