Friday, September 30, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 103

-with hair Billy looks eerily like Michael Ian Black.

--top twenty opening riff.  and then that kick drum? that is how to do it.  the piano in this is so nice.

---people always stop to listen to listen one.  my dad, brothers and I were at that burnside and sandy intersection, and made it home in silence with this on.

----I debated this one earlier, decided against it, but then in came on during a fantasy football power hour and it is essential.

-----made '03-'04 a lot more fun

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 102

-andre please save more music

--ain't got no time for holy rollers!!!

---you gotta know what's on your sleeve

----you got no fear of the underdog/that's why you will not survive

-----like my brother says

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 101

-back in 03-04, in the Chris Ott days before they sold out post-AF, Pitchfork gave away mp3s on their site, pretty scattershot, but hugely important in helping me branch out.  turned me onto a lot of stuff I wouldn't have heard in a million years, without much context, which was also important.  they were just these mysterious things that stayed on a burned disc in my car on repeat.  Phoenix was on there with one of their earliest singles, Everything is Everything.  I still think the song is too repetitive, but it had undeniable charisma.  Glad they made it.

--novelty from a genuine place.

---I can't love their albums, don't believe they're a 'generational talent' like they're being sold but this I can get behind. can't we ever just let something be 'nice'?

----why didn't they make a video for this song it rules

-----this is a case where I don't understand the lack of crossover.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 100

-I'm only just scratching the surface with this genius.  another foundational figure getting his due decades late.

--just hugely, strangely romantic

----glorious.  works for any genre. it is a damn country song from the heights of New York creativity.

----hyperbole to call him the 20th century Emily Dickinson?  Maybe.  Maybe.

-----iowa's own

Monday, September 26, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 99

-whichever nick drake album i'm currently listening to is always the best.

--really nice rhythm even.

---one of my favorite little acoustic guitar licks of all-time

----it really is music from the other side of the veil

-----i mean this has to be one of the most colossal failures of the music industry of all time, right?

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 98

-most tragic lost genius of the 20th century in my opinion and that is damn well saying something.  Private planes and pain pills, fuck 'em.  

--if it too Zach Braff or a Volkswagen commercial, so be it.  deserves to be celebrated in huge ways.

---one man masterpieces.  should be recognized more as a composer than anything else.

----coulda been

-----I never saw the truth hanging from the door

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 97

-born in a cool, rundown river town about 30 miles north of me.  Kind of the Astoria of this section of the Mississippi.

--now that's a photo, well chosen to boot.

---if we can preserve youtube we could probably rebuild the world.

----loved the guy's tone

-----when giants walked the earth

Friday, September 23, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 96

-i remember singing this a bunch while refiling books at the notre dame library.

--potions pills and medicines!

---hoping to get back to new york maybe just after Christmas this year.  Getting off the bus, finding Mike walking through the city to pick up Angie, stopping to watch hoops, get a knish, walk through Washington Square.  I've loved every visit, every day I've spent there.  i have way more memories in Chicago but I still love New York more.  Every day is just more full of details there.  an older man on the subway chatted me up, found out I'd be waiting for a bus home in the rain, gave me his spare umbrella.  I held it over a group of ladies and got blessed with the last seat on the bus.  every hour I'm there, I'm wide awake in a way I've only ever felt there, Paris and Mumbai.  I think there is some sort of social phenomena where when you have a critical mass of activated people, your circuits get juiced.  I don't know how but it would be fun to study.

----it is pretty damn unfair to come up with that iconic of a piano riff, and then follow it up with that gold standard of a sax run.

-----with my scientist hat on I'm not really allowed to believe in a concept like "soul" but then what the fuck do you call the phenomena wherein you can INSTANTLY tell in music if someone has soul or not?  What the hell is that?

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 95

-I need to listen to Guthrie, I drag my damn feet too much.  afraid to not care for something, I'd rather not know.  but this is a great start.

--Jeff does have a great front porch of a voice.

---I only really truck with the Soft Bulletin from them.  I think it was when Wayne had the least artifice to him, more idiosyncratic than novelty.

----2016.  I thought it was already as heavy as can be.

-----it was nice to see him perform this at the end of a long, brutal and uplifting day, all alone but feeling fine.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 94

-that's right, DAY 2.  Because why wouldn't you watch Sade hang out in Firefly gully?  You need to love yourself more.

--it wouldn't be smooth jazz if there wasn't a white guy you didn't want to punch playing sax. If I could be one quarter as calm as Sade always is, that would be about ten times calmer than I am now.  I wonder if there's a way to achieve that without pharmaceuticals.  

---what do you want to do for this video, Sade?  "Ride a horse."  Asked and answered!  She rode a horse on Sweetest Taboo too wtf 90's? horses suck. camels ride or die

----life goal is now to get Sade to cook me a soup. 

-----admittedly I know jack about Seal, but i do know i hear this song every time in snows and I don't mind.  

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 93

-love the drums

--ok I may have just found the queen of music videos

---the song that named its genre

----i heard this song roughly 2 million times in my childhood. did I mention geography was actually always my favorite subject, and probably still is?

-----goofy AF but I can't deny loving it sincerely. You keep playing that rooftop guitar, you mysterious goddess you

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 92

-top 5 live shows i've seen...calves still sore

--i really need to investigate their later work, Interpol's later work, etc.  I just love their breakout albums so much, part of my brain just wants them to be complete documents, unburdened by the passage of time.

---for some reason I listened to this album in the dining hall a lot a lot.

----great night driving song, or greatest night driving song?

-----i can't really listen to MM too much anymore, like Radiohead, it is stuff I really liked when I was miserable and I stand by how good it is, but it just ends up sounding suffocating now.  I'm sure that's just a defense mechanism in my brain against returning to a sour state, but i'll just trust my instincts.  This is the outlier though, the pocket of oxygen in a dark and viscous sea.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 91

-this project is straining my patience.  I can't wait to get to nick drake, dylan, the stones, etc. etc. etc. but I'm trying to take it one day/five songs at a time and make it organic.  i think it has been more rewarding this way.  daily reminder of the richness of our library of music, the decades of musical beauty.

--Z100 nostalgia, me and the upper classman across the hall, blasting this some dumb Tuesday night, just as lame and proud and sad as could be.  (the rest of the dorm did not appreciate this trip down memory lane.)

---this is what happens when your communist book club went to Juilliard.

----too bad this didn't inspire the number of copycats that Neutral Milk Hotel did.

----- if you had blood it would be pumping

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 90

-idk how this song didn't take over

--I find myself singing this chorus on the staircase up to the lab at the start of the day.  not sure what that means.

---r.i.p. sexy america

----perfect marriage of writing and arrangement, a la Stephen Merritt.  I've always said the Magnetic Fields could have ~20-25 hit songs if they had Rihanna and/or a more rangy, charismatic gay man singing them.  Like, a full Broadway musical full of hit songs.

-----it makes me a special kind of happy when there is terrific lead guitar and just low-key synths in the back, being played by some dude who's just thinking about the beach.  this one is a stunning middle path between Future Islands and Magnetic Fields

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 89

-I like the Strokes just fine but always preferred Interpol. one of the only rock bands I could effectively run to.

--we have 200/couches

---guys playing blood and guts in some closet in st. louis in 2002

----maybe invented health goth?

-----probably my favorite album opener

Friday, September 16, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 88

-so perfectly frenetic that it relaxes every muscle in your body

--spot on

---this song is my theme song during fantasy football season

----the Beyonce of Nashville?

-----(start of 0:46) seeing this at the Grand Ol' Opry, or GOO to us vets, was unforgettable.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 87 and Midori Takada's THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (1983) and Frank Ocean's BLOND(E) (2016)

-Another incredible Japanese ambient album not on Spotify.  When fatigued, clarity.  When discouraged, serenity.  {only 1 copy available on Discogs, asking 850.00.  like you do.}

-finally on Spotify.  it is kind of a Bon Iver album, but Frank is a more interesting dude that Justin.  i'm still processing it, so far it seems like he's left songwriting behind but tuned his ears even finer.

-curtis was the real fucking deal.  pick-me-up writ large, immortal.

--the one off AftP that resonated most, the sound of summer 2005 for me.

---ten miles from seeing R.E.M. at the last chance, but waiting at pizza hut for a tow truck with two of your best friends, pizza, beer, swimming in the columbia river, not bad either.  bet stipe would have joined us if he could.

----i'll always be driving past the albertson's on beaverton-hillsdale at twilight when I hear this.

-----can you imagine being brave enough to let Slash hold onto the wedding bands for you?

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 86 and Hiroshi Yoshimura's GREEN (1986)

-Not on Spotify.  Terrific early morning album.

-attn: posers who know one dude with a cello: this is what you need to beat in orchestral indie pop.

--this instrumental is a personal jet pack for me.  three and a half minutes of invincibility, levitation.

---pretty sure I started collecting R.E.M. tapes because I had heard this on KINK.FM once.

----haven't had a band as brainy, rangy, geniune, ethical since.  reading the Lester Bangs bio was worth it just to learn that when they were poor as piss they drove all the way up from Georgia to NYC for his birthday, pretty much unknown and uninvited and proceeded to eat all the jellybeans and cake because they were starving. (i've been demanding jelly beans on my birthday cake since I was six or so.) Anyhow, that strange event is among other possibly apocryphal ramblings in this fucking beauty.

-----how sly, wry and sincere he is.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 85 and POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING (2016) and THE GLASS KEY (1931)

Just doesn't end up going big enough

Mr. Hammett creates incredible leading men de novo but the supporting cast bores.  RED HARVEST is by far the superior novel.  

-saw this performed at the all-girl's college the first weekend of college.  i was pretty aware of the silliness, but the walk midnight walk home was long and passed a graveyard of priests and that will stick with me.

--probably the key scene of ED was set to this, must have cost half their budget but it soundtracked the town talent show and it reminds me when I hear it that everyone has a secret self that they want so badly to share.

---at a very earnest, very good restaurant this weekend and a huge wall in the men's room was handpainted with the lyrics to this.  they might not be much on paper, even on walls, but if they can invoke the music and the promise, that's something big.

----captures catholicism pretty well tbh

----this song has become like an Epipen

Monday, September 12, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 84 and BATTLESHIP PRETENSION FALL MOVIE PREVIEW 2016 and WHIPLASH (2014)

I hope you're already subscribers, but if not you should be sure to check out this especially funny episode, featuring Scott eating a brought from home cookie.  Is it a Snickerdoodle?  Embrace the mystery!

(I don't think this translation is correct)

Finally got around to seeing WHIPLASH, it was really fun.  I've been listening to a lot more jazz lately and having a good time exploring mostly Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz and Bill Evans so far.  Great music for work, as I often can't stand to hear any more human voice than I have to.

-it took the 2nd best episdoe of COMMUNITY to clue me into what a great song this is

--I need more songs about being physically uncomfortable with the proximity to other people!

---such a wonderful opening

----oh leather vest bono, bestill my heart

-----wore this cassette tape out senior year, very clearly remember being lost in the West Hills one night, and trying to rescue a runaway yellow lab/golden retriever mix.  

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 83

-bless you Prince Valiant

--as a kite

---i'll cop to not investigating BJ's oeuvre at all, hate all the other radio standards from him.  but sang this with some groomsmen recently, and in our fractalized age it is undeniably great to have something to unite us, disparate though we are.

----he's like a funhouse mirror bizarro warren zevon damn I would sell pints of plasma to get my hands on that rhinestone rose jacket

-----hold on while I add this to my Christmas playlist.  Also, STRANGER THINGS is a Christmas TV show.  I have a very low barrier to entry.  If I see Christmas lights or hear it mentioned, it's in.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 82 and LOVE & FRIENDSHIP (2016)

Well I guess I need to re-watch DAMSELS IN DISTRESS and see the rest of Mr. Whit Stillman's films.  L&F was good brisk fun.


--leather jacket hot lights honest sweat

---youtubers cleverly evading bots...gotta love our low stakes heroes

----even as a kid I associated this with how broke my folks were when they started our family.  like stupid broke.  faith and stupidity are separated by nanometers but important nanometers.

-----this and Beautiful Day were the first two songs I bought off the iTunes Store when it was brand new.  musta been a bummed out kid!

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 81 and ON GREEN DOLPHIN STREET (2015)

This is a terrific way to start your morning:


-If there's a way out it will be/ step by step, through the black

-every serpent's double tongue/ takes a turn with your soul


--besides you got such pretty eyes/for a snake

---almost no one makes it out

----Goodbye was half the words you knew

-----no one chooses to be sick

-----i heard the north star say/Kid you're so lost/even I can't bring you home

Souls may or may not be real, but something in me eats when it hears Jason Molina.  It is hungry and it eats like a starved dog.