Thursday, May 24, 2007

15 songs I've been listening to

Unless they are being ranked, lists of recommended songs are almost always divided by theme or time period. I say we live in the days of the randomized shuffle, and such designations are obsolete. All of musical history is my medium. And by all of musical history I mean rock songs performed by English speaking white people.

Little Furry Things Dinosaur Jr. You're Living All Over Me
I was really into this song when it came out, many years ago, but had forgotten about it (partly because I never knew its proper name.) Now we are back together.

The World Was A Mess But His Hair Was Perfect The Rakes Ten New Messages
A clever, Strokes indebted, song about a scenester whose concern shifts from geopolitics to hair as the night moves from the pub to the club. My favorite new song of 2007 so far.

Turn On Me The Shins Wincing The Night Away
The best song on their solid third album

Such Great Heights The Postal Service Give Up
I'm not at all a fan of Ben Gibbard's more famous band, the painful and overwrought Death Cub For Cutie, but The Postal Service has a clean, fresh sound -- kind of like cilantro.

No Pussy Blues Video Grinderman Grinderman
Grinderman is Nick Cave's latest band. I guess edgy, iconic singer/songwriters go into slumps too.

Speed Trials Elliot Smith Either/Or
Not that it's a bad thing, but Smith's distinct vocal delivery gave all of his songs a sameness. But this one always stood out a little bit for me.

Walking With The Beggar Boys Elf Power Walking With the Beggar Boys
Jangly pop song from the same musical collective that brought us Neutral Milk Hotel.

West End Girls Pet Shop Boys Please
The beginning of "West End Girls" sounds enough like the beginning of Bon Jovi's "Living On A Prayer" that whenever I am out and cheesy DJs cue up "Living On A Prayer "(quite often) I hold out hope for "West End Girls." Alas, it never works out that way.

One Horse Town The Thrills Let's Bottle Bohemia
Catchy country/rock song with a Irish brogue.

I'm Glad I Hitched My Apple to Your Star The Boy Least Likely The Best Party Ever
Twee, sing-songy and admirably catchy.

If Looks Could Kill Camera Obscura Let's Get Out Of This Country
Moody, stylish offering from the Scottish band.

Kelly Heroes Black Grape It's Great When You're Straight, Yeah
Post Happy Monday's fun from Shaun Ryder, the unrepentant hedonist of Madchester.

Driving My Life Away Eddie Rabbit
A good song for . . . driving.

I'm The Ocean Neil Young Mirrorball
The is my favorite Neil Young song from his post Rust Never Sleeps catalogue. Nobody can make sonic repetition as appealing as Young.

The Whole Of The Moon The Waterboys In The Sea
All eighties in sound and hair.