Friday, September 09, 2005

Friday musical revue

This random revue is taken from my iPod and is unbiased. Somehow I am attacked for having music that I actually like on my computer.

1. Green Typewriters - Olivia Tremor Control
In case you're curious, this is the 9:39 song from Dusk at Cubist Castle. There are 9 other tracks of the same name, all of them better than this. I guess ambient music is there for a reason, but this appears to serve the purpose of boring me. The most exciting part is the occasional drip of water. Except in this Chinese water torturous song, you yearn for death at the end. 0.25/10

2. Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft - Langley School of Music
This might be the most haunting and best example of how teaching a group of young school children classic 60s pop tunes can be a religious experience. The bells and percussion are exuberant, slightly out of rhythm, and oh so effective. And the main title lyric is so beautiful when sung by the children. When they sing "We are your friends", it brings a tear to my eyes. The song falters slightly during Tina's solo, but that just makes the chorus so much more rewarding. If only all music were this good. 9.5/10

3. Sali Mali - Super Furry Animals
You can tell this is really old SFA (taken from Mwng), and it is also clearly a B-side track. It's pleasant enough, even if there is a really annoying high pitch synthy accompaniment. But the song neither inspires, nor does it avoid a certain degree of suckiness. A good song for most bands, but a letdown from SFA. 6.5/10

4. Heroes and Villains (Intro) - The Beach Boys
This track is misannotated in my library and is from the Good Vibrations - 30 years of the Beach Boys collection. It is actually part of Mrs. O'Leary's Cow. And not the best part either. This track really doesn't belong among the bootlegs. Oh well. 6/10

5. Yes - Aerogramme
The CD this song comes from, Sleep and Release, has a few very good songs and several bad songs. This is one of the bad songs. It is too loud, almost metal sounding, and lacks a good lyrical sense. This is the kind of music that people that listened to too much Rush growing up write. 5/10

6. Take the Skinheads Bowling - Camper Van Beethoven
This song has some very nifty 80s sounding guitar work. And some not-so-nifty 80s sounding lyrics. To its credit, the song takes it title very seriously. It also has some fun call and refrain. Not bad, but not great. 7/10

7. Only I - The Mull Historical Society
I do like MHS, but it never seems to work well when inserted randomly within other songs. The lyrics and melody are just a little too sappy out of context. It's a sweet song, and very earnest. Just not a great stand-alone track. 7.5/10

8. The Negatives - Hood
I think this track came about from an EW Listen to this recommendation. It's pretty interesting sounding and has diverse instruments, sounds, and rhythms. But it is lacking in good hooks. I think this band could be good. 7/10

9. Dancing in Heaven - Q Feel
This song is pretty good as an 80s dance club song. I could enjoy it there. But not at home on my iPod in random shuffle mode. 6/10

10. Half Man - The Kingsbury Manx
Wow! What a great song to end this revue. Kingsbury Manx are one of my favourite bands, and this track does not disappoint. It is taken from the Afternoon Owls EP, and shows how this superb band keeps pushing and growing their musical range. From the sinister picked guitar to the hushed lyrics, this song almost explodes in quietness during its climax. Just an amazing song. 10/10