Friday, July 29, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 66



-new wave singles retain freshness because of velocity and cheeky lyrics maybe idk



--emo w/o needing to be slow as molasses, robert smith laid this out perfectly why did we lose our way?  It is bizarre how much poppier 1st-gen goth is then the multiple iterations of emo, which originated more in pop punk.



---maybe the killers are a good object lesson in crossover for British new wave-y rockers and their failure to translate (Kooks, et al.) in the 00's: maybe don't let the dude with the nasal voice and zero range sing.  I guarantee there's a theatre kid hanging around with a baritone and something to prove.



----no reason not to salt the playlist with a cover of this, one of the best songs of the 20th century.



-----i'm all about those little guitar graces notes, flying buttresses that support simple, true sentiments

Up-to-date

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Happy Margot Day! Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 65






-still an all-time great music experience seeing this live when ramshackle indie symphonies seemed revolutionary



--i think i bought two of their albums at the merch table because that was all the money I had and they made their way to Rachel and A as thanks for hosting our Glorious Thanksgiving



---cue Ben getting into large coffees and larger sweaters like a college kid in a 90's movie



----I mean, Elliott was already dead, so sue me.



-----of course living in Indianapolis feels like this.

PS Tim Rutili and Brian Deck cosign so now I'm invincible





Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 64



-smoke and sunset off mulholland In Ben's great HAIM v. Lorde internal debate of 2013, I probably overvalued the southern (hemisphere) gothic lyricism of Lorde but damned if she isn't keeping it up.  Both albums were released 27 September 2013, a red letter day



--exogenuous happiness



---Damn Brandon literally no one likes music videos that start with 1.5 minutes of silent melodrama.  i love these chord changes so much.



----there you go son, get you some Eric Roberts in your music video



-----woof bad start to a video bro.  bono with pop chops tho.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 63



-This one is wonderfully Fleetwood Mac-y



--ah ha! I didn't know this existed



---I don't understand how every song they sound so un-commonplace, like they didn't even grow up here, HYDRA test sisters or something?  It is like how the Soviets had to come up with their own version of synthetic chemistry from the west, and theirs is actually superior in some ways, they can synthesize all these weird compounds that would cost orders of magnitude more here.  like reality-based alchemy.



----like a more refined counterpoint to Vampire Weekend




-----The Bangles version is dope af but I need HAIM's on record soon....



EXHIBIT A on why Spotify isn't enough and youtube is GOAT

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 62



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--this album will be on my best of the decade list



---I guess the Talking Heads are a decent reference point for how light and wise it sounds



----1 part inventive percussion 1 part vocal coolness (but not aloof!) 1 part guitar that exists to highlight the voices and work within the drums.  they knew this ratio in the 80's with The Police and others but it was lost with the loudness wars.



-----idk what the hell else you could want.  about once a week I get on spotify and try to think of an album that will just no-question put me in a good mood.  on a good day I remember this.


Friday, July 22, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 61



-why the hell these things count as a "ft." is beyond me.  anyhow, it was all over France and Ireland, did not get tired of it.  even the Taylor stank...once you listen for it, totally her style lyrically




-- I do inexplicably like this one though.   I remember when we got one of the first Calvin Harris discs at the radio station and we all shook our heads at his iteration of indie disco--who knew he had abs?!



---the first ripple of the Coldplay tsunami coming for you



----what, Ben needs morphine too



-----pretty sure my soul resembles a pug that permanently lives in a rundown coffeehouse and occasionally jumps on a table to drink somebody's remnant coffee and have a seizure.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 60



-i don't understand gwen's career at all.  is she like the carmelo anthony of pop?



--Steph and I once witnessed a girl in a miniskirt in a IN winter's night, walking alone towards the only open cafe, singing "I DON'T CARE WHAT THEY SAY/I WANT CHEESY FRIES" and it is easily a top 50 most treasured memory.

also, Pat loves this song.



---among the reasons indie rock wasn't completely worthless



----Mark on the chess team freshman year opened my mind that it was acceptable to dig this song.  So dig I did.



----Sara B and undersung heroine of our decade

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 59



-eighties facemelt i love it



--love the turned low guitar.  more guitar should sound like it is fighting to be heard.



---love how the real version of the chorus hits



----graduation day.  leaving a girlfriend for a summer, not sure if she'd be there when you got back, that is the some heavy insides-jelly



-----if not now, when?  the drums make the original the best.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 58



-got this album for 9.99 from the burnside music millenium and listened to it just about every day senior year, driving to school



--still the truth



---I have no fucking idea how they mastered all these different forms and kept their songwriting so light tight and trenchant.  They were on one.



----one of my favorite album closers of all time



-----whaddya got?! I need it all!!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 57



-just a goddamn avalanche



--it is a great song but weirdly hateful at weddings, c'mon DJs have some empathy bros.



---the incongruousness of the sweetness of her voice and the dirty south growl is disconcerting but contextually important?  like, we need to understand that fellas actually DO want to check up on it?



-they load that chorus with the pathos of middle-aged lifers and the joy of men who just found their hit



--great dumb not dumb dumb

Old Ben is back from Europe and up-to-date!