Friday, May 23, 2008

Music Retrospective

In the spirit of The Libertine's recent retrospective here are some tunes from my youth - circa 1994-95 +/- a year or so. It's sort of strange to think back to what I listened to back then. I listened to my share of G N'R and Faith No More. I also don't think my taste in music is revolutionary or refined in any way. It's a short coming but I don't have the time or inclination to take a music history course or read books on the subject so I can have esoteric music arguments with people at parties and bars. I really don't care what band spawned what other band. If the music is good I'll listen and then do some poking around.

Anyway, here are four track that I remember distinctly enjoying at around the same time the Libertine mentioned he was enjoying Portishead, Public Image Limited, Michelle Shocked, the Pogues and the Sex Pistols.

Dinosaur Jr.- "Blowing It and I Live for That Look." I always loved how the two songs just melted into each other. (This version does not do have that cool guitar bridge.) Also, I always hated J Mascis's vocals and still do.

XTC - "Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead." Just liked this song back then.

Butthole Surfers - "Who Was In My Room Last Night." This video is better than I remember and now I actually understand parts of it. (i.e. - when the "girl" puts her panties on his head. I didn't get that at all. How naive I was! I think kids today would get that instantly. I don't know what kind of commentary that is on American society now but there it is.)

Note: Around 2:23 into the video the ambulance driving skeletons clearly look at each other and mouth "fuck!" when they see they are about to run a lollipop licking girl over. MTV censors didn't catch that one back in the day.

Eric Burdon and War - "Spill the Wine." I really liked Eric Burdon and the Animals/War. I found an old tape in my basement that was my Dad's and thought it sounded really cool in a retro psychedelic way and was the only kid I knew who like or knew of the group. I used this song in a skateboard video I made. The song is cool, the skateboard video was not.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

These song brings me back

While people were pumping Guns n Roses in my high school parking lot. I was listening to things like Portishead, Public Image Limited, Michelle Shocked, the Pogues and the Sex Pistols. These songs (the first by Portishead, second by Michelle Shocked, the third by The Pogues, the fourth by public image limited) bring me back to 1995. People must have thought I was so weird. I think they still do. By the way, i still think Public Image Limited's Meta Box is one of the top 25 albums of all time.

Another great band

Throw Me The Statue's new album Moonbeams is awesome. Here are a couple of cuts--Lolita and About to Walk.

I like this band

They're called The Dodos. The song is called Fools. Check them out.

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Monday, May 19, 2008

Jets Overhead - All The People

I was watching episode 11 of Regenesis the other day and towards the end of the show there was this little montage with "All The People" playing in the background. I thought, "Jets Overhead. I haven't listened to them in a while. " So I put their excellent album "Bridges" on and wouldn't you know, it's way better than I remembered it to be. I've been listening to it a lot now. They have such a great melancholic sound.

Here's a link to their song All The People. If you like it you should check out the rest of their album.

Go to Jets Overhead dot com.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

They were such a phenomenal band

Little known fact--that would be Pete Doherty doing a line of cocaine right around the 14 second mark before his vocal take.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Friday, May 2, 2008

Calico Brothers - Got A CD Out!

I just saw the comment left by Chopper on my prior Calico Brothers post (here). Thanks for letting me know about the new EP the Calico Brothers released via CD baby! I have downloaded the "God Left Town - EP" and will be posting my thoughts of it soon - think about 5 days from now. My first impression: worth the price of admission. If you are a John Lennon/peter bjorn and john fan, you'll like this.

Support your local indie music scene and go Buy It!

Until then, here is a new YouTube video of The Calico Brothers playing two songs live on Kiwi FM.

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