Thursday, March 13, 2008

Playlist 11

America is Waiting
pretty dark

1. M83 - America
2. Sun City Girls - Voice of America #2
3. Yo La Tengo - We're An American Band
4. Meat Puppets - Mother American Marshmallow
5. Living Colour - Which Way to America?
6. Wipers - Youth of America
7. Agent Orange - America
8. The Ex - Stupid Americans
9. Reagan Youth - Miss Teen America
10. Big Black - The Ugly American
11. Ex Models - Buy American
12. Trans Am - American Kooter
13. Thurston Moore - American Coffin
14. Fred Frith - Voice of America Part 4


Saturday, March 8, 2008

another playlist

lord of the flies
here's a nice little sampler of some
straight up
scuzzed out
rock and roll


1. The Homosexuals - Flying
has the swagger of glam rock but all the anger and attitude
of punk... basically what you'd expect from a band called the homosexuals

2. The Misfits - Return of the Fly
danzig's vocals at their peak, it's so retro and yet still so forward looking
there's just something really incredible about it to me

3. Wire - I Am The Fly
dark perfection

4. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Firefly Child
so scuzzy and sleazy you can hardly believe it. masterful

5. Melvins - Eye Flys
such a representative early melvins song... it takes five minutes to build up (just to see if you can make it) and then spends about a minute and a half rocking out but in typical restrained madman fashion

6. Cherubs - Venus Flytrap
noise rock not in the sharp, jagged big black sense of the term, but rather punk rock washed over in feedback (also, was xtc playing in the background the whole time?)

7. Erase Errata - Walk Don't Fly
more jagged noise rock, great chick vocals

8. Grinderman - Honey Bee (Let's Fly to Mars)
approaches birthday party greatness

9. The Cramps - Human Fly
you know when the crazy people in the movies sit in their straight jackets and shake violently back and forth? this is the song playing in their head.

10. Mudhoney - Butterfly Stroke
yay grunge


Playlist eight r summn

Time is the Master

1. Pink Floyd - Time
This song is so chilling. I love the lyrics, but they depress the **** out of me. I think a lot of these songs have a similar theme, but never presented quite so clearly.

2. The Pop Group - We Are Time
Heavily dub-influenced post-punk, similar to PiL but better, imo.

3. Polvo - Time Isn't On My Side
Hmm which song coming up on the playlist is this a play on? Just another perfect song off Today's Active Lifestyles...

4. Prefuse 73 - Back in Time
The sample at the start says it perfectly... "What I didn't want to do was record rappers rapping over a beat... I was really looking for something that was a bit more classic... and go backwards in time."

5. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Right on Time
The dichotomy on this track is emblematic of their progression up to Californication... they switch between angular funk rock and catchy pop at the drop of a hat. I really love the subtle synth bass line too, such a groovy and fun track.

6. The Residents - Time
Taken from the mind-blowing album "God in Three Persons," though probably the least representative track since it is instrumental.

7. The Rolling Stones - Time is On My Side
Always reminds me of Fallen. Lovely tune.

8. The Roots - Long Time
Why can't all rap be like this?

9. Roxy Music - A Really Good Time
The title doesn't lie.

10. Scratch Acid - Damned For All Time
Jazzy/funky noise rock! It doesn't get any better.

11. The Pagans - Haven't Got the Time
Really classic catchy hardcore.

12. Bad Religion - Doing Time
See above.

13. Skip Spence - This Time He Has Come
And this is what schizophrenia sounds like.

14. The Stooges - Real Cool Time
Iggy howls.

15. Sonic Youth - I Love Her All The Time
Iggy's howls echo into this song, but then Thurston Moore kills his idol with a love song. This might just be my favorite love song, actually.

16. Spahn Ranch - Each Time Centered
Dark, propulsive post-punk. Great instrumental track.

17. Caspar Brotzmann Massaker - Time
Caspar Brotzmann has a really unique style of playing, which I'm sure could put some off but I absolutely love it. Like his father, the legendary saxophonist Peter Brotzmann, he's obsessed with timbre... Much of his playing is largely textural, though he's obviously a skilled player. Look out for the group this band's name is an homage to later in the playlist.

18. The United States - Stranded in Time
Just a catchy little pop tune from the legendary psychedelic band. Very Kinky. Uh.. Kinksy. You know what I mean.

19. X - Some Other Time
OoooOOooOh you know there's something about X's infectious blend of punk and rockabilly that makes my toes curl.

20. Die Kruezen - No Time
Criminally overlooked hardcore/indie/american underground band.

21. Black Flag - Forever Time
I really love the band's dynamic here as both Rollins and Ginn take their respective styles in further extremes, with Rollins doing more of the growling screaming thing and Ginn getting jazzier and jazzier...

22. Bailter Space - Be On Time
Really interesting slightly industrial song from what is a rather varied "shoegaze" album.

23. Flying Saucer Attack - In The Light of Time
Remember when this was considered post-rock? Oh, the good ol' days.

24. Dirty Projectors - Time Birthed Spilled Blood
I really love this song. It opens with a really beautiful string interlude, sounding like a neo-classical piece... but then all of a sudden the drumbeat kicks in and some of the most stunning vocals I've ever heard... damn.

25. Gentle Giant - Time To Kill
This is a great song, reminds me of an off-kilter King Crimson song. Time to kill, and now it's...

26. Massacre - Killing Time
killing time!!! This band got mentioned earlier as well... and it's not hard to see why they garner a lot of respect. It's very technical but doesn't fall into that trap of being boring and aimless.

27. Minutemen - The Politics of Time
This is what they're good at.

28. Miggedys - Times Like These
Really catchy punk ska tune.

29. Chumbawamba - Timebomb
I put this on here just to piss off Urban (not really, I quite like this song).

30. John Cale - Only Time Will Tell


playlist 7

(that's not derogatory, i swear)

1. Melt Banana - Spathic!


...that's all I have to say about that.

2. Liliput - Night Toad

Such a beautifully amateuristic song with a great beat to it, and some of the greatest crazy bitch vocals ever. I mean, it's shouted in broken English and about... "NIGHT TOAD!" ... who I can only imagine is a superhero of some sort. One deserving of much lust.

3. Teenage Jesus & The Jerks - I Woke Up Dreaming

Lydia Lunch might just be the original crazy bitch. This track features a lot of no wave staples, and sounds like it would fit right in on an early Sonic Youth album... if Kim Gordon sounded more like a demoness come to tear your balls off.

4. Yoko Ono - Don't Worry, Kyoko (Mummy's Only Looking for Her Hand in the Snow)

This has got to be one of my favorite songs to sing along with ever. Let's count how many ways Yoko Ono can sing/shout/croon/wail "Don't Worry!" And look out for some particularly vicious bass playing courtesy of Klaus Voorman... sounds like The Boredoms doing a blues song. With... you know... Yoko Ono singing.

5. Throwing Muses - America

I have to say, for an angsty 17-year old girl Kristin Hersh wrote some incredible fragmented lyrics. And that angular post-punk propulsion certainly doesn't hurt anything... but in the end the vocal delivery steals the show. I'm so taken by this song.

6. PJ Harvey - Man-Size Sextet

I don't think anyone makes me feel as guilty about being a guy as PJ Harvey... this song is particularly grueling. The dissonant string backing really adds a whole new element to her singing.

7. Bjork - Human Behaviour

This song confirms it: Bjork is from outer space. She descended from space just show us what all this musical technology we are burdened with is capable of. Somewhere in her musical evolution from a post-punk crooner to trip-hop queen she also took a lot of notes, which she shares with us here. And what better way to deliver them than with that dreamy Icelandic voice?

8. The Shaggs - Philosophy of the World

They may be the most brashly amateurish band to ever garner this much attention, but it is impossible to deny their genius after listening to this song. This is Captain Beefheart but stripped of any pretention and with astonishing clarity. You can never please anybody in this world.

9. Nico - It Was a Pleasure Thing

Feedback drone croon. This is my kind of music. If you didn't like the Banana album because of the female vocals... you probably want to skip this one. If, on the other hand, you want to hear what European Son would have sounded like with Nico doing vocal duties, look no further.

10. Joanna Newsom - Cosmia

Whenever I listen to Joanna Newsom I feel like I'm sinking into an elaborately constructed dream world which she wasn't really expecting to share with anyone. But damn, does she shred on the harp.


Playlist 16.3

Moon Picks
1.Chuck Berry – Havana Moon

Before I put together this compilation, I'd never listened to this song before, which is a shame because it's very good. Very minimalist, centered around a simple but charming motif and Berry's stripped down vocals. It tells a poignant story and fades out as abruptly as it started, leaving you with that warm and fuzzy feeling that all the rest of the music on this playlist will try to stamp out.

2.Dead Kennedys – Moon Over Marin

Only a band as versatile as the Dead Kennedys could write a punk song so simultaneously beautiful and dark. The lyrics deal with our fascist soldier protagonist in a nondescript dystopian future world enjoying his segment of the beach, despite oil spills and dead fish littering the sand. It's a powerful political statement delivered as unobtrusively as possible, and for those not interested in hearing it is backed by one of the most sentimental melodies ever written by a “hardcore” band.

3.Bauhaus – Honeymoon Croon

Bauhaus are bad-ass.

4.Echo & The Bunnymen – The Killing Moon

I cannot listen to this song without flashing back to the scene of Donnie waking up dazed and confused, unaware of his location, and then dreamily riding his bike down the hill. Those images perfectly mirror the dreamy, intoxicated infatuation presented in “The Killing Moon.” The Bunnymen's spiraling take on new wave is half jangle, half pop, pure pop rock bliss.

5.Big Star – Blue Moon

Alex Chilton is a genius. This song should send shivers up your spine (if it doesn't, you might be spineless).

6.Nick Drake – Pink Moon

What does this song have in common with the last track? No, it's not the similarity in title, they're both two minutes and six seconds long. Weird, huh? That, and they're both two of the most beautiful folk songs ever written. There's not much to say about Nick Drake that hasn't been said before, all it takes to understand is to listen.

7.Bob Dylan – Moonshiner

This is one of those good Bob Dylan songs.

8.The Doors – Moonlight Drive

Good upbeat Doors song off Strange Days.

9.Can – Moonshake

This song sees Can locking into a great jazzy groove, bringing together a lot of disparaging elements (some sort of strange combination of Latin and musique concrete) and marrying them to some surprisingly conventional vocals that work like a charm.

10.Chrome – Blood on the Moon

Driven by a slow, hypnotic drumbeat and an oscillating undercurrent of feedback, this song comes off as a fusion of Neu and Black Sabbath. Not one of the most memorable songs, but a great mood piece nonetheless.

11.Brian Eno / David Byrne – Moonlight in Glory

From My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, Brian Eno and David Byrne's amazing sample-based electronica album. This song in particular highlights the contrast between Byrne's driving, ethnic rhythms and Eno's oblique sound collages, and the incredible balance these artists managed to achieve.

12.My Bloody Valentine – Moon Song

A particularly well executed meandering tune featuring predominantly Kevin Shields' strained vocals. Absolutely hypnotic and dreamy, just what you'd expect from MBV.

13.His Name is Alive – Blue Moon

Turns Big Star's folk classic into a stunning dream pop masterpiece.

14.Cat Power – Moonshiner

Takes that good Bob Dylan song and turns it into a good Cat Power song.

15.Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention – Concentration Moon

This song is ridiculous. And absurd. And brilliant. And stunning social satire, and- it's Frank Zappa, dude, what more do you really need? Also, any song that describes America as a “scab of a nation driven insane” must be worth at least one listen.

16.Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Moonlight in Vermont

Probably the most accessible song on Trout Mask Replica, which might be a bit startling if this is your first exposure to Captain Beefheart. That having been said, it's still a rape of most standards of rock n' roll with each instrument playing in its own time signature and Beefheart ranting absurd lyrics off like a determined madman. Especially unsettling is the effect of his vocals being disjointed from the rest of the music, supposedly caused by his singing along to the studio echos rather than wearing headphones, but more than likely intentional.

17.Television – Marquee Moon

This track is crystalline. It makes my head spin.

18.Explosions in the Sky – The Moon is Down

This is the song that hundreds of bands are trying desperately at this very instant to emulate.

19.The Kronos Quartet – Half Wolf Dances Mad in Moonlight

Think if John Cale started a string quartet. Keeps your socks glued to your balls, that's for sure.

20.Tod Dockstader – Two Moons of Quartermass, First Moon

This is the most cold, alienating music imaginable, stripping the moon of any sentimental value and describing it instead as a distant revolving sphere.