Saturday, March 30, 2013

Six Month Stickies # 10
March '12 - August '12

As usual the tracks of music that got stuck in my head in the last six months, in order.

Apologies that it's six months overdue...

Most of the tracks on this sticky list got stuck in my head while I was in Japan for six weeks. The change of environment, friends, and experiences, made me have especially potent music cravings for whatever reason.

17 - Youth Lagoon

He really nailed it with The Year of Hibernation, with an appeal that's so completely obvious. His awesome recipe is best showcased in this song. I must have listened to this song fifty times in the first week.


High Class Slim Came Floatin' In
Ten-Day Interval
The Equator
Magnet Pulls Through

I really didn't want to like Tortoise. I thought "I've got way too much of this nonsense in my music library already, I don't need yet another intellectual, jittery, instrumental, electro/acoustic groove rock/soundscape band." But I kept finding myself coming back to their albums, and finding that they're particular brand of sound, scratched a certain spot that no other band in my library could.

Sonic Youth

Teen Age Riot
Eliminator Jr.

I know I'm late to the party, but figured it was finally time to check out Sonic Youth. They didn't disappoint. Reminds me of My Bloody Valentine but not as fuzzy/droney.

Teen Age Riot is my favorite, such a solid song, I can't even really think how best to describe the impression it makes on me. It just feels so substantial and meaningful for some reason.

Eliminator Jr. is so badass. Haha, the intro gets me every time. Take a walk in the park? Shit, yeah!


Am I Wry? No
Eight Flew Over, One Was Destroyed
The Zookeeper's Boy

I never know what to say about Mew. It's almost like they're not real. Some weird future/space pop found in some abandoned space station somewhere. It's hard to imagine a bunch of dudes writing and performing these songs.

In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins

This was the first song to get stuck in my head when I got back from Japan. My friend Kazz played it on our way back from a plein air session. I then became so creepily into it. I never really gave Phil Collins a fair shake. I always just sort of thought of him as a poor man's Peter Gabriel. And I know this song is hardly obscure, but man it just suddenly unlocked something in me. I spent like three weeks listening to this super loud when I woke up in the morning. Which is so incredibly epic. Because it's all quite and soothing until it suddenly isn't at all, and blows your damn mind when the drums kick in. Well played Phil, well played.

Brian Eno & David Byrne

Help Me Somebody
Moonlight in Glory

These two are badass. This is one of the most touch worn albums in my library. It offers so much that it's hard to not regularly find myself in the mood to listen to it. Such a nice balance of seemingly effortless play, heady intellectualism, groovy rhythms, and unintuitive music choices (especially with the samples). It's like a Daft Punk album in that it makes it seem like finding that balance is so obvious and inviting, and yet like Daft Punk, no one has managed to hit that sweet spot in decades.

M. Daguerre - Rachel's

Rachel's are one of my favorite bands, but I don't often get their tracks stuck in my head. The sticky point for this track is at 7:35 where the piano and strings seem to repeatedly recoil in this marvelously jerky way. It's so unique and yet simple and entrancing. This whole track plays out like a Godspeed You Black Emperor composition, with the seemingly disconnected passages that slowly build up to a grand edifice that leaves you awe inspired.

Full on Night - Rachel's

I like the subtle groove from 1:13 - 2:00

I Can't Explain - The Who

Man this song got so violently stuck in my head for weeks. I really like the swaying/spinning sensation each time he says "Dizzy in the head..." And the snare hits at 1:19. This song is pop music at its finest.

Six Month Stickies # 9
September '11 - February '12

As usual the tracks of music that got stuck in my head in the last six months, in order.
Apologies that it's a year overdue...

* Click image to download a ZIP of the compilation:

Just Can't go to Sleep - The Kinks

This song was stuck in my head for weeks. I think it started in Seattle while I was painting my friends portriat.

Cannibal Resource - Dirty Projectors

What a splash of cold water to the face this is. So refreshingly fresh and exuberant. The strange backup singing, kaleidoscopic guitar, un-syncopated claps, the strangely ascending/descending vocal harmonies are so awesome.

Stillness is the Move - Dirty Projectors

Great! Such fun and freedom in the vocal arrangements. More refreshing than cucumber salad and lemonade in summer!


These Days
Fairest of the Seasons
I'll Keep it With Mine

Such a distinct approach to songwriting and singing! I really, really, really wish I liked more than just these three songs. I tried really hard to like her other songs, but it's really only these three. Still, they're wonderful. Her deep Germanic voice against the rising background of gauzy, light strings are a pleasure.

Sam Cooke
Touch the Hem of His Garment
(What A) Wonderful World
Sugar Dumpling
A Change is Gonna Come

The narrative of the woman wanting to touch Jesus is so vivid. Sam Cook's voice is amazing. And his poise, intelligence, and self awareness saturates every note. Lending such credibility to his emotional expressiveness. There is no need to brace myself against his maudlin indulgencies, so when he sings with such strong, hopeful sadness in A Change is Gonna Come, I feel the authenticity and justice in his plea/hope.

Lean on Me - Bill Withers

One of those songs you can't help but sing out loud to yourself and feel great about life. With Mozart quality melody and lyricism.

TMNT Mask - Chad VanGaalen

Gotta love those silly Canadians.

The Flaming Lips

Fight Test
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
One More Robot/Sympathy 3000-21
Are You a Hypnotist??

I've always felt bad I didn't like Flaming Lips more.  They seem like such a great bunch of guys, and they're always trying interesting stuff, put on amazing live shows, and are everything you could possibly want from down to earth, wacky, fun loving musicians. Then suddenly after listening to them for almost twenty years, I began to like them to the degree I always wanted to. It's great. Go get 'em Yoshimi!


(That's How You Sing) Amazing Grace
I Remember ( From a Lifetime of Temporary Relief)

I'm pretty sure I've already spoken at great length about Low. So I'll restrain my gushing praise. Needless to say I have tremendous respect for their music. I really like the unhurried dark emergence in Amazing Grace:

I knew this girl when I was young
She took her spikes from everyone
One night she swallowed up the lake
That's how you sing amazing grace

Amazing grace
Amazing grace

Witches is unusually rock'n. Such attitude, underscored by the heavy grunts and stinging banjo. Got to love the narrative: 

One night I got up and told my father there were witches in my room
He gave me a baseball bat and said here's what you do
When you have finally submitted to embarrassing capture
Take out that baseball bat and show those witches some pasture

Gm-03 Image Of The God Of Space And Time - 
Masami Ueda, Misao Senbongi, Masato Kouda

This song first got stuck in my head as a teenager playing the videogame Devil May Cry. I never forgot it, and finally got the soundtrack to the game, and sure enough, still love this track. Most of the rest of the album is an embarrassingly bad/cheesy blight in my music library...

Mike Tyson's Punch-Out (NES): Beat!

After almost twenty years of shame, I FINALLY beat this game. 

I'll be honest it wasn't easy. I basically played for half an hour every night when I got home from work (around midnight) for at least a month. Most of that time was spent figuring out how best to play Mike. Progress was slow but steady and when I knocked him down for the third time in the second round I was ecstatic.

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