Friday, September 23, 2005

Friday musical revue

1. Afternoon Speaker - The Sea And The Cake
Remember when you used to hear about post-rock? Remember when people cared about the new Tortoise release? Those were some kind of crazy times, weren't they? TSATC I think emerged the same time as Tortoise and always had a great accessibility about them. It had the light jazzy feel of a good post-rock band, but with words and even lyrics. Afternoon Speaker is taken from one of their best CDs, Oui, and is at once catchy and laid-back. Music to sip iced tea to, and be rested but not too rested. 8/10

2. Good Morning Mr. Edminton - Of Montreal
This is one of the great Of Montreal songs. It is zany, catchy, and involves a somewhat unusual kidnapping. How could you not love it? Many people were annoyed by just the title of Coquelicot Asleep In The Poppies: A Variety of Whimsical Verse. They were right. But the CD has some terrific musical gems that are both whimsical and of verse. I liked Of Montreal when they sounded like this more than when they sounded like an offshoot of a weird '80s band. 9/10

3. Muzzle Of Bees - Wilco
I think it is fair to say that Pinko Punko and myself are among the few that consider A Ghost Is Born a worthy, if not equal successor to Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Muzzle of Bees is one of the tracks that is as good as anything Wilco has ever written. It begins quite subdued for the few minutes, but the build-up and chorus are worth the wait. Great guitar work on this track. 9/10

4. S.P.A.T - Badly Drawn Boy
I don't have many film soundtracks. This one, however, for the music of About A Boy is one of the better ones out there for original songs. Silent Sigh is a long-time 3B favourite, and there are two or three other standouts. Unfortunately, some of the instrumental parts, such as this track, just suck. There are some loud funky sounding horns, but mostly noise. Just not great. 5/10

5. The Affiliated - The Dukes of Stratosphear
Oh, those crazy XTC guys. Whatever will they do next? This two-off pschedelic-loving experiment yielded some very fun and '60s sounding songs. The Affiliated is kind of strange song, alternating between a prosey part and an oddly samba-sounding chorus. But it sounds great. 8/10

6. I Felt Your Shape - The Microphones
People love this guy, and I'm not really sure why. This is one of the listenable tracks from The Glow, Pt. 2. Kind of a nice acousticy voice/guitar song that would make me really want this CD if the other songs sounded this good. It almost evokes Nick Drake nostalgia. 7.5/10

7. Million $ Man - Imperial Teen
Imperial Teen are a totally under-rated band. They have great beats and offbeat lyrics. This is music to groove to and music to smile at. 8.5/10

8. Pictures of Me - Elliott Smith
This is my all-time favourite Elliott Smith song from Either/Or. It is sardonic, pathetic, and defiant at the same time. It also sounds suprisingly upbeat, even though it isn't. There are so many memorable little lyrics in this song, but the part that breaks your heart is "Not surprised at all and really, why should I be? See nothing wrong, see nothing wrong. So sick and tired of all these pictures of me. Completely wrong. Totally wrong." I think everyone can relate to this song and the sentiment. I can listen to this song endlessly and be affected every time. I'm so sad for Elliott Smith. 10/10

9. Motion Suggets - Pavement
I'm not really a Pavement fan, but this came along with the Jason Lytle collection, Below The Radio. Which makes sense given that it sounds like a Grandaddy song. Exactly like a Grandaddy song. So I kind of like it. The song feels more attached to the '90s than most other music in my collection and I like that feel to it. 7.5/10

10. Vincent O'Brien - M. Ward
This song is kind of a leitmotif for M. Ward. A sad song about a sad song with the sound of an old sad song. There are playful lyrics in here that read a little like a children's rhyme. I like new music that sounds old. I really like how the song is somewhat recycled, albeit in an altered for on Transistor Radio, where it's called Four Hours in Washington. 8/10