Video: Strand of Oaks – “Everything”
From Hard Love, out now on Dead Oceans.
I never even heard of these guys until someone turned me on to this in-depth Stereogum feature by Ryan Leas where the author hangs out with Tim Showalter over a couple of years and watches the formation and evolution of the new album. It’s well written and worth reading even if you have no interest in the band. I didn’t, but the story is great, and it inspired me to check out the record.
And I’m glad I did.
It’s a good, psychedelic rock album about growing up and trying to get by in this world without being a selfish asshole. Which is something I think a lot of dudes have struggled with. I know I have. Still do.
The video is trippy. Be careful what you ingest out there, kids.
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MP3: Phosphorescent – "The Mermaid Parade"
This song is a year and a half old, but I was just turned on to it a couple weeks ago when John P. Strohm turned up in GLONO’s turntable.fm room and played it as his favorite song of 2010. I’ve been obsessed with it ever since.
The first thing that grabbed me, not surprisingly, was the line about “naked women dancing.” On the second or third pass, I caught the bit about “our two years of marriage in two short weeks somehow just slipped away.” Whoa! After that, I put it on repeat and listened to it about ten times in a row, just like a teenage girl at the beach with Depeche Mode’s “Somebody.”
That must have been a fucked up couple of weeks for this couple if they both hooked up with new people so shortly after their bodies were “like live wires down on the beach in Mexico.” But god damn, it’s a brutal song. And the performance is so damaged, barely holding it together, which reminds me of my favorite Souled American songs. But even more emotionally engaging.
“The Mermaid Parade” is available on Here’s to Taking It Easy (Dead Oceans, 2010)
Video: Califone – “Funeral Singers”
New video from Califone featuring footage from All My Friends Are Funeral Singers, the feature film that Tim Rutili wrote and directed. Starring Angela Bettis. It’s a cool acoustic song. Not sure about the Moonies up in the attic with the goofy wallpaper though…
The album’s out now on Dead Oceans.
MP3: Califone – “Funeral Singers”
Califone: iTunes, Amazon, Insound, wiki
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Dirty Projectors – Rise Above (Dead Oceans)
I discovered Black Flag’s Damaged in high school, and that is the best time to stumble onto that record. It opened my eyes to the possibility of other sonic ideas and was hugely important in creating a wider palate of musical enjoyment. I had never heard an album as angry as Damaged before. The members seemed like true disenfranchised youth that were regularly hassled by authorities and, as a result, their music sounded vicious, unhinged, and inspiring.
Damaged is one of those rare, unintentional masterpieces built on raw id and nursed on an oppressive environment. It’s something that cannot be duplicated and a style of music that is inherently attached to a genre that is purposefully limiting in approach.
In other words, the very idea of the Dirty Projectors’ David Longstreth setting out to “re-interpret” Black Flag’s Damaged from memory is one of the most elitist fucking things ever and, surprise, Rise Above is one of the most elitist fucking records ever made.
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