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.