all the music that took my attention in february. listen, won’t you?
the music that caught my ear in december of 2016.
01. Don’t Change – INXS
02 Blonde Redhead – DNA
03. Suicide – Spacemen 3
04. Clockwise – Notekillers
05. Seven – Thundercat
06. There was a Time / Feel Alright – James Brown
07. Methods – Charizma and Peanut Butter Wolf
08. The Works II – Alvin Curran
09. Shadow – Ernst Reijseger
10. Tuff Gnarl – Mike Watt
When I was a kid I loved INXS. Especially the albums Kick and X. Suicide Blonde was all the rage as were New Sensation, I Need You Tonight, etc. As I got older and into weirder musics, INXS fell by the wayside and seemed cheesy and pointless. But then I got even older, and I learned that they are cheesy, but not pointless. As far as pop goes, they’re pretty alright. And this song from when they were still largely babies, is pretty alright too. Babies making anthems. Bonus props for them for figuring out how to get the Heroes guitar sound.
The rhythm on Blonde Redhead is fantastic. The bass slow motion reverse duck walk in the video is pretty awesome too.
This, I think is my favorite Spacemen 3 song of all time. For me they are at their best when they do the long, drawn out, rave up, psych jams. Their flirtation with americana and more stripped down songs is alright, but this is where they thrive. Clearly. All they need is a synth drone and one riff and they are monstrous. I have no original opinions about this band.
I love, love, love, prog future soul. I feel like this is the type of music that should’ve been used in any future based movie to show what music would sound like in the future. It has such a weird sensibility and yet it’s totally palatable and easy and poppy. Delicious, Thundercat, delicious.
These two tracks from James Brown I think are my favorite. The beat and riff and endless loop repetition of the horns is amazing. I could listen to it for hours. I think this is the best version of these two, cuz it just goes on and on. Someone please remix this so that it goes on for like twenty minutes at least.
The Ernst Reijseger piece is perfection. Cello and organ. Beautiful. That’s all.
Usually I would say the original is better, but this cover of Tuff Gnarl I think is better. Maybe it’s cuz I’ve heard the original so many times that to hear it new is to hear it better. I feel like there’s more expression in this one. More emotion. More weirdness even. Sister is probably my least favorite Sonic Youth album. Maybe cuz the production is so shit. Everything sounds muffled and muddy. There are some good songs on there but overall they’re buried in the mix. So maybe hearing this one sound bright and clean helps too.
This edition was a dude fest sausage party. Apologies for that.
01. I’maman – Jobriath
02. Rattled Call – Grass Widow
03. Innocent and Vain – Nico
04. United – Throbbing Gristle
05. Escupir 3 – Qeei
06. Treefort – Henry’s Dress
07. Itching Around – Shana Cleveland
08. I’maman – Jobriath
How did I not know who Jobriath was for all these years? I only just learned about him when my partner and I went to see Todd Haynes talk at the MCA as part of their David Bowie show. And we were both like, who is this Jobriath of which he speaks? And lo and behold, Jobriath is this massive gaping hole in my knowledge of glam rock and some of the references and inspirations in Hayne’s Velvet Goldmine Go read about Jobriath, if he’s new to you. This I’maman song is fucking massive!
Where did Nico come from? For real?
My note for this Throbbing Gristle song is, if you are a soccer/football team with united in their name, and you’re not using this song as a song to support your team, you have failed.
There is a certain type of electronic weirdo pop music that appeals to me and Escupir by Qeei fits the bill. Qeei is the electronic weirdo pop project of Tatiana Heuman, drummer for the weirdo lurch rock group Ricarda Cometa. She is based in Buenos Aires.
Henry’s Dress was fabulous and Treefort is their masterpiece. The greatest use of this riff, ever.
I love La Luz and apparently I love this song by Shana Cleveland of La Luz. There’s an official version of it on her recently officially re-released solo album that features a full band. But it doesn’t hold a candle to this one. This is perfection. I don’t say that lightly. Acoustic drone.
And to end everything with a mellow and earlier version of I’maman. Less rockish, but still fucking massive.
01. Tina this is Mathew Stone – Prolapse
02. Casa Abandonada – Julieta Venegas
03. Untitled Duet – Albert Ayler
04. Asheed – Luke Vibert
05. Untitled – LuthPi
06. Easily Persuaded – Martha and the Vandellas
07. Matt-Alec – Melvins
08. A Little God in My Hands (To Be Kind) – Swans
09. Wake Up Dolores – Los Lobos
I have increasingly less to say about these Radio Loways things, for better or for worse. It’s harder to take the time or find the time to come up with some decent notes for this. I’d be a horrible dj.
Anyways, I kind of stumbled across Prolapse at some point and I don’t even remember when. Recently-ish. In the past few years. I kind of love them. I like that this one is an argument set to music.
I listened to Julieta Venegas a lot when I was in Guadalajara studying Spanish. Her album Sí had just come out and she was all over the place. I really like Sí, but I think bueninvento is even better. It has a little more edge to it. She’s a good one to listen to when you’re learning Spanish, cuz her lyrics are easy to sing along to.
This Untitled Duet totally surprised me cuz it sounds nothing like Albert Ayler. For one thing the guitar sounds like Sunn O))) or Earth or something. When it first came on, I thought it was some Arrington De Dionyso project or something until I saw what it was. Pretty awesome.
My note for Luke Vibert is that I love acid. Also, I saw him dj at an Aphex Twin show at the Vic I think. Many years ago. He was set up in a box seat off of stage left. I could see him a little bit in the dark.
Matt-Alec is the first song by the Melvins that I liked, there was some old footage of them doing this song on a cable access show on youtube like ten years ago that did it. Baby Melvins.
I like the idea of Los Lobos more than I like most of their music. But I checked out Kiko from the library when I was like 14 and both Kiko and Wake Up Dolores still haunt me in their way. They would be an awesome 7″.
Now that I finished writing that. That’s not too bad.
01. Nainanainana – La Merelu
02. Unyileding Conditioning – Fishbone
03. Flutter – John Lurie
04. My Legendary Girlfriend – Pulp
05. Pants Vs. Dress – Lizzo
06. Hotel Suicide – Erase Errata
07. Unexpected Delight – Flying Lotus
08. Wall – John Cale
09. Salton City – Hot Snakes
10. Mortes – Monarch!
11. Tickly Flanks – µ-ziq
12. Phill 2 – KTL
I got nothing to say about these. Actually, I probably do. But I ran out of time and now February is almost over and I’d rather not get behind. So, here’s the music. Wait here’s some quick notes. My old roommate and I would watch Fishing with John before going to bed and we’d end up just zoning out on the title menu once it was over and Flutter would be on a loop and it was nighttime perfection. John Cale is so amazing at drones, I wish his entire career was that. I love Hot Snakes’ guitar tone and drum thunder. Now, listen.
the songs that took my attention in november and december of 2014. listen, won’t you?
01. andar conmigo – julieta venegas
02. friend catcher – the birthday party
03. nemoj/pečati – disciplina kičme
04. armagh – the au pairs
05. dance apocalyptic – janelle monae
06. all of us – devo
07. spooky – skinny girl diet
08. end of the world – anika
09. ponerte en cuatro – los amigos invisibles
10. the queen is dead – bambu
11. pussy kills – rocky rivera
12. gordon – aylu
13. fungle junk – dj food
14. eu vou torcer – jorge ben
bonus track –
15. htr1a – conquering animal sound
unhelpful notes –
andar conmigo – this song was blowing up all over the radio and music tv stations in mexico when i did my stint in guadalajara. many years ago. for some reason it clicked with me. there was a rolling stone interview with her at the time where she said something like – yeah, i’m corny, so what. that’s kinda how i feel about this album. the sound is right on.
i’ve played janelle monae on here before. i think she rules. pop perfection action.
i’ve loved devo since i was wee. very wee. and a friend gave me a tape of hardcore devo volume 1. then i went out and got hardcore devo volume 2. and this song is on that one. it’s really good. it’s kind of crazy to me how different devo were when they started out. this sort of art punk proto industrial primitive noise outfit with lots of wink wink irony. and then they fully transformed into eighties new wave dance pop. and while i know their schtick transitioned into subvert from the inside, i wish they had continued down their original path. at least for a bit longer. i once wrote devo on the back of every chair in one of my high school english class rooms. did i tell that already?
speaking of right on sound – the sound of skinny girl diet’s cover of spooky is fucking. right. on. that bass is so good. and the whole recording is warm. fabs.
and speaking of corny. los amigos invisibles. pure corn. vendors of corn. corn merchants. corny pop. pop corn? yes! ponerte en cuatro is pop corn.
and that’s about all i have to say.
that is rocky rivera down there, go visit her site here