What's lifted you up recently?

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What's lifted you up recently?

Post by jaimoe0 » Tue Oct 14, 2008 3:07 am

So, it's been a rough year and a particularly rough couple of weeks. Anyone who pays attention to the news and has a job is probably feeling a little jittery. I know I am. But let's pause for a moment, lift our heads from the crook of our arms and rub our bleary eyes and think about a CD or song that recently raised us, if only for a bit, from our doldrums. I'll go first:

Teenage Fanclub - Songs from Northern Britain
This had been on my "to get" list since it came out in 1997. Shamefully, I never picked it up until last spring when I picked it up used for about $6. Then I brought it home and tossed it on my "to be listened to" pile, and there it sat as spring became summer and summer turned to a tumultuous fall. Finally, last week, I put it on and listened. Wow. I know not everyone shares my fondness for good, ol' power pop, but you have to admire the craft, the beauty, the sheer joy of this music. It's nothing the Fannies haven't delivered before music-wise, but it is a great band performing at the peak of their powers. I'm glad I finally put it on.
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Post by DJMurphy » Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:43 am

Good call, jaimoe. TFClub really do amazing things when the muse strikes. I get an uplift every time I hear "Neil Jung" from their Grand Prix album.

Even though my circumstances are nowhere near as dire, I think I could use an uplift. Last night, the jukebox in my head played "Say Anything" by Aimee Mann, and that really got me going. That's a great song.

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Post by D. Phillips » Tue Oct 14, 2008 10:38 am

Love me some TFC.

Been listening to the Clash Live at Shea. Mega good. Review to come.

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Post by quasarwutwut » Tue Oct 14, 2008 11:05 am

A little unconventional, but the lead track on Grinderman's debut, Get it On, usually seems to do the trick for me. Nick Cave can be so very depressing, but when that man orders me to quit with the complaining and start with the fucking I grab my coat and head for the door.

"I had to get up to get down to start all over again
Head on down to the basement and shout
Kick those white mice and black dogs out
Kick those white mice and baboons out
Kick those baboons and other motherfuckers out
and Get it On
Get it On
On the day that you got born"

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Post by miss carol » Tue Oct 14, 2008 12:16 pm

Actually, I'm so stressed that I need a relieving good cry but too stressed to do so. I've been listening to a lot of classical stuff on BBC 3 and my usual housekeeping music (Neko, High Fidelity s/t, and The Marvelettes) just to stay on an even keel. Once I've got my houses (domestic, work, and finance) in order, I may be able to bawl my eyes out, after which I can bring on the sun.

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Post by Redbeard » Tue Oct 14, 2008 2:18 pm

Eating refried beans out of my old lady's crack.

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Post by jaimoe0 » Tue Oct 14, 2008 3:00 pm

Redbeard wrote:Eating refried beans out of my old lady's crack.
I don't know that one. Southern Culture on the Skids?

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Post by creepy » Tue Oct 14, 2008 5:19 pm

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Post by Nicolson » Tue Oct 14, 2008 9:27 pm

Let's see...Buying "Clash: Live at Shea Stadium." Planning on buying "Live at Folsom Prison: Legacy Edition."

Seeing Neko Case and New Pronographers at the Hideout Block Party.

And, of course, there's always Ted Leo (okay, Chisel in this instance) "It's Alright, You're Okay":

And if you can't go home
It's alright, it's O.K.
And if you're feelin' cold
It's alright, brighter days
And if they cut you out
It's alright either way
But if they put you down
It's alright, you're O.K.

And if it gets too hard
It's alright, there's a way
And if it seems too far
It's alright on the train
And if you lost that song
It's alright in your head
And if you don't feel strong
It's alright, stay in bed

And if the words don't come it's cause it's hard
To pinpoint every little pain in your heart
And all the dirty little jokes that they play
Everyday, everyday

See I've been shot down, I've been mad
It does me no good to think what I might've had
The good is never good unless you give it away
So make it stay, make it stay

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Post by Greenwood The Sock Monkey » Tue Oct 14, 2008 10:20 pm

jaimoe0 wrote:I don't know that one. Southern Culture on the Skids?
Well, it's a b-side, obviously.

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