Tuesday, March 27, 2007

The Magnificent Seven - well to me, anyway

Dale was doing it, then Mel, and, you know me, if some of the cool kids are doing it, I'm not far behind. So slow down that bandwagon, I want to jump on.

Seven songs that I'm really into right now:

Deep Hit of Morning Sun - Primal Scream
Primal Scream is one of those bands that when they are good, are really fookin' good, but when they are bad, are awful. There is a very good reason that they received NME's Godlike Genius Award this year, just don't bother buying their new cd, Riot City Blues. But, I love love love Screamadelica and that's the Primal Scream cd I usually end up listening to. Lately, however, I've been really getting more into Evil Heat. This song is one of my favourites off that album. Gimme some of that sweet feedback guitar.

There There (The Boney King of Nowhere) - Radiohead
I was almost afraid to mention this for fear of being labelled Radiohead-obsessed, especially since I have to admit that there are actually a couple of songs from Hail to the Thief that are rocking my world right now (Backdrifts is the other), but I guess you already know that about me. The rhythms in this song are absolutely irresistible and don't even get me started on Thom's vocals, or you'll be here all day.

Objects Of My Affection - Peter Bjorn and John
Part of the current wave of the Swedish invasion, these dudes make music that is so infectious, it's criminal. Thanks, Allison, for turning me onto Peter Bjorn and John. This song will burrow its way deep into your head and make you insane. Every now and then on their album Writer's Block, their cute little Swedish accents come through.

Everything's Alright When You're Down - the Jesus and Mary Chain
Back to Scotland for more feedback guitars! The JAMC are always somewhere on my playlist, but recently Fearless' discussion of b-sides led me to rediscover Barbed Wire Kisses, a JAMC b-sides collection. This song starts out with that distorted Beach Boys feel (which is the only way that the Beach Boys should be heard, in my opinion) and quickly degenerates into a beautiful wall of noise. Awesome shit.

Ring the Bells -James
I know I recently talked about James and this song in particular, but it still gets to me. Every time I hear those opening notes, my heart soars and I have to smile -that's the effect this song has on me. Ring the Bells is on the album Seven (coincidence or cosmic design?) which is an absolutely boffo offering. I could have chosen half a dozen songs from this album, but ultimately this one has healing qualities.

The Soldiering Life - the Decemberists
I was introduced to the Decemberists just as they were releasing Picaresque, and then of course you may recall that I was completely immersed in The Crane Wife for a long time when it was released last fall. So it was really only fairly recently that I have come back to their older albums (I am still looking for a copy of Castaways and Cutouts, if anyone can direct me where to find one), and Her Majesty has some great stuff. While tracks like The Chimbley Sweep grabbed me immediately, others, like The Soldiering Life, took their time getting under my skin. Now I am hooked on it.

The Model - Belle and Sebastian
Belle and Sebastian are a staple in my musical diet. However, of their ten albums, Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant is not one that gets that much play, compared with, say, If You're Feeling Sinister or The Boy With the Arab Strap. Lately though, this track has been creeping into my consciousness. I like the juxtaposition between Stuart Murdoch's angelic voice and Stevie Jackson's earthier tones, and of course, as always when you are talking about B&S, it is impossible to resist the combination of the twee and the perverse.

I just noticed that I have no Canadian songs on this list. I am a bad Canadian! I will say, though, that I really wanted to put Chad VanGaalen's After the Afterlife on here, but some bean counter decided that the list should be limited to seven.

I may just have to do an All-Canadian Magnificent Seven list. That won't be hard. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the other stuff that's been bouncing around between my eardrums. There's a lot of empty space in there - makes for good acoustics.


Allison said...

Yes, PB&J! I'm so glad you're liking them. That song does burrow into your brain. I love it.

And I'm still listening to Barbed Wire Kisses, you sent my way last week, that song in particular...hey, get out of my head ;)

Yes, an all Canadian list would be sublime.

I going to download that James song now, as it didn't work for me last time.

Dale said...

Presents from Barbara's brain! Thank you. I will listen, reread your wise words, listen some more and wait for your Canadian list.

mellowlee said...

Yay, more mp3s!! I would love to see an all Canadian 7 too for sure! :O)

Will said...

Hey Barb ... sorry I have been away for a while. Well good choices indeed. I will have to listen to that PB&J record - I haven't yet made it past the brilliant "Young Folks." "There There" is a great tune as well, and being Radiohead-obsessed is not a bad thing. I think a Radiohead/Decemberists ticket would be right up your alley - they really need to do that.

Karen said...

What do you mean "if some of the cool kids are doing it..."? You ARE the coolest of the cool kids.

JustRun said...

Cool list.

I have not forgotten about your offer for the mixed tape, either. :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I love PB&J, Al! I can't thank you enough for enlightening me on them. And what's with all this music coming out of Sweden all of a sudden? (not that I'm complaining)
One can never listen to enough JAMC - I can't wait to hear about the Coachella concert (and hopefully see footage because I really want to see how William's hair is these days).
I get quite spiritual (for me) about that James song.

haha presents from Barb's brain - now there's a frightening thought, Dale. If you survive a trip through my brain, then you deserve an all-Canadian list.

MP3s are good, mkay? I hope you like some of them, Mel. Yours were pretty sweet.
I think an all-Canadian one would be fun.

You've been a busy lad, Will! PB&J really are something special. I hear they put on quite a show at SXSW, despite having two basses stolen.
There are a few people who would disagree with your statment that Radioheadedness is not a bad thing, but I thank you for your support on that.
A Radiohead/Decemberists double bill? I am there! Do you think you could pull a few strings to make that happen?

Shucks, Karen, I just hang around with the cool kids, hoping to gain some coolness via osmosis. But compliments are always gratefully accepted.

The offer's still open, Justrun. Simply send me an email with a mailing address and I will costume design one for you.

justacoolcat said...

I can't wait to get home and give them a listen.

BeckEye said...

I think I will also have to steal this. Or I guess I could just reinstate my old recurring topic, "What's in BeckEye's Ear." I kind of dropped the ball on that one. I have quite a few topics that were supposed to be recurring that suddenly stopped...uh, occuring.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

hahaha I have to clarify, Justrun, I will actually not design a "costume" for you, as I stated, as I have no sewing skills, but I can make you a mixed cd.

Listen to them at work, Just A. I'm sure your coworkers will appreciate a trip inside my brain, complete with feedback and electronica. Or perhaps not.

That would just make them "re" topics then, I guess, Beckeye. I'd love to hear about What's in BeckEye's ear, if only for the boffo title.

Deb said...

I'm a wannabe cool kid 'cause I'm still learning how to link the songs. And I'm off to work soon but, upon my return, I'll be listening to these. Excited.

John Mutford said...

Great list. I expected to like the Decemberists song best, but ended up really into the Primal Scream song. Shows what I know.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You are no wannabe, Deb. You are 100% cool kid. Try mydatabus for linking mp3s.

I'm actually quite pleased to hear that, John, because much as I badmouth Primal Scream about being hot and cold, when I love them, I really love them. I'm glad someone shares my feelings about that song.
btw the Decemberist's song took quite a while to grow on me.

phlegmfatale said...

LOVE that Radiohead track - never heard it before. I adore the plaintive urgency of Thom Yorke's voice. Love the drums on this one, too.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I put up a peformance video of this one during Radiohead week, PF, which really showcases the drumming. At one point everyone except Thom is on drums. It's amazing.

I know I'm preaching to the choir here, but Thom Yorke has one of the most amazing emotionally charged voices in modern music.