Radiocures: because radio just plain sucks

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Echo's of the Bunnymen

The Cloud Room-Hey Now Now
This band the Cloud Room. They like the eighties, from the drums, to the guitars, to the vocals, its all there. Their sound is quite floaty. Like a cloud perhaps?

Monday, April 25, 2005

Real Art for the Real People

Refused-New Noise
"The Shape of Punk to Come" was made in 1998 and it still sounds new. Refused's music is full of pretantious pseudo-intellectual art-speak. I love it. Whenever you're pissed off at anything (conformity, capitialism, whatever) this is your kind of music. This song is so hard.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Woke up, got outta bed

The Temptations-All I Need
A couple days ago I woke up and I had this song in my head. I fell in love with the Temptations in the 7th grade when that made for TV movie aired on NBC. Now if I had to make a list of the greatest groups of the '60s there's no doubt that the Temptations would be second on my list, right under the Beatles. David Ruffin's voice is one of my favorite of all time. It's so powerful, emotive, rough, and beautiful. Every single note he sings is a blessing. When he gets to the chorus and the background vocals go way up high, it's sublime. The Funk Brothers, Mowtown's band, hold it down like no other. Especially the bass, its the driving force of the song, its bounce and funk are unmatched. It doesn't get any better than this.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

I'm happy and I'm counting...1,2,3

Jim O'Rourke is the man who can do everything. He can play anything, produce records, mix them( big 'ol props for Yankee Hotel Foxtrot), write great lyrics, and he can sing...umm make that kinda. The thing with O'Rourke is that he can hit all the notes perfectly but it's just not in a special way. He has a perfectly normal singing voice, nothing special nothing bad. His lyrics do make up for this, they are hilarious in that deadpan/dry kinda humour. O'Rourke once stated that his lyrics we're about "the sexual misadventures of decrepit people" whoa. That specific. Yes, listen to the songs. The album that these songs come from, "Insignificance", is his '70s rock album and it's quite good and super normal for a man usually know for his avant-garde, noise-rock leanings.

Jim O'Rourke-Therefore I Am
This first song starts of with a pretty straight ahead guitar and drums thing but when you get to the chorus, that's when it gets special. His voice goes into the upper register and the high notes give something to his voice that his regular tenor cannot. At the same time the instruments stay the same but change up to create this really hazy atmoshpere. Listen to the drums here, they make the mood, his playing brings out all kinds of textures and the feeling of variety to the song. They are courtesy of Glenn Kotche, Chicago sesssion musician and WILCO drummer!
Jim O'Rourke-Memory Lame
This song is funny as hell. In this one he describes how an ex-lover is excruiating to his senses( sight, hearing etc.). The instrumentation completely serves the song in this one, and as much as I hate to make comaprisons to other bands, part of the instrumental breakdown sounds like Modest Mouse(AAARRRRRGGHHH! I CAN'T BELIEVE I JUST TYPED THAT! IT'S EVERYTHING I HATE ABOUT MUSIC WRITING). Alright, sorry for the outburst, enjoy these songs, I hope you find them as funny as I do.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Water water everywhere...

Sorry I haven't posting regularly. It's just that I'm having rouble finding new/exciting music to post that people aren't already familiar with. It also doesn't help that for the past couple weeks I've only been listening to the Drive-By Truckers (yes, they are that good) along with steady diet of Wilco and the Mountain Goats. You know, a good song to put up with this post would be "Doing the Unstuck" by The Cure but everybody's already heard them before. Well back to searching for stuff to post.

How to fight loneliness

Jeff Tweedy-Black Eye(live)
This is a live track from his solo shows in Chicago in Sept of 2003. This version waaaaaay slower than the studio version that Uncle Tupelo did. There's so much space in the song and Jeff's voice feels like whiskey-smooth and harsh. It contributes to the immense feeling of loneliness I get whenever I listen to this song. But damn, it's really pretty. Although you do have to concentrate when you listen to it, when I first tried listening to it it took about 5 times because I was so easily distarcted form something so soft and at first listen, unassuming(or whatever).

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

I like twins and I and love you too

This song is an exercise in brevity, it is the perfect length for what it is. This song creates the kind of atmosphere that some bands thrive on, indulge in, and overdo, like Sigur Ros. On!Air!Library! however, is a much better band, they leave you wanting more. The band is composed of a drum machine, a guy who plays keyboards/drums, and twin sisters that play keyboards and guitar. The one who plays guitar sings. In case you're wondering, yes they are hot. Go to their website and check them out. My favortie part of the song is her melody, especially when she says "And you're the only one, I wanna talk to, in this crowd", my head is bobbing right along with the undualtions of the melody. Oh and thanks to Andrew W.K. for the lame ass title to this entry, but remeber just because it's stupid doesn't make it untrue.

M83-Run Into Flowers
M83 is all about layering, and being named after a galaxy, but its mostly layering. You really have to turn this thing up to hear all the intricate little sounds he throws in throughout the song. These songs are very similar in mood to On!Air!Library!. When I listen to them I imagine walking underwater and looking at a submerged skyline. It also makes me feel open and claustrophobic at the same time. Weird, music can do that?

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Why Hip-Hop Sucks in '96

cLOUDDEAD-Apt. A Pt. 1
I used to love Hip-Hop, a lot when I was in 7th grade up until my sophomore year of highschool. But then it just got boring. Right about then I discoverd the Beatles which is one of the best things that ever happened to me. Recently I've been listening to more and more Hip-Hop artists like Buck 65, Talib Kwali, and cLOUDDEAD are refreshing and different. cLOUDDEAD was given to me on a data cd about 6 months ago but I never got around to listening to it until now. It is...I don't know. The beats are a mix of droneing keyboards, a sick drumbeat, and who knows what. The rappers' vocies weave and flow around eachother, its so natural. The lyrics are impressive, self depricating, and funny too "do you know how many times I've thought about writing about the paper I'm writing on?". What!? I love that. The rhyme schemes are also something else, you know how Eminem will kepp the same rhyme scheme sometimes for an entire song? It's a feat in a way but it can also be tiring. These guys will switch up their flow midsentence and do it so well it will make you laugh. At least it made me laugh. They also switch the song up mid song and do it well. Get this album.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Toy Story

Randy Newman-I Think It's Going to Rain Today
For me, growing up, Randy Newman was the guy who sang the awesome songs in movies like "Toy Story" and one of the greatest feats of cinema, "The Little Rascals". He always sounded so upbeat, jaunty, and optimistic. The excat opposite of this song. I had no idea until this year that Randy Newman was a serious singer/songwriter. I had no idea he could sound so heavy and defeated, blue and slow. I had no idea he was this good. This is the studio version, when I first heard this song it was a live performance. It didn't have the strings like this one, but I thought it was a plus, wihtout them there's more space for everything. This is almost as breathtaking as the live version and it'll do until I track that one down.