The [Ninja Turtles] henchmen Bebop and Rocksteady have hijacked the musical genres for us just like the Lone Ranger hijacked the William Tell Overture for our parents.

- xkcd

Friday, November 04, 2005

Friday Random 10: Somebody call a DJ

I realize I missed the pre-party last night but perhaps we'll revisit it this weekend.

Also compare my list to tehl4m3 and popren. Oh and UC has one too but everyone who reads this reads that, I'm pretty sure (or should). Actually, I think everyone probably reads the other ones too because we all wuv each other soooo much.

Let's get it started

1. The Beastie Boys -– The Brouhaha: I know having The Beastie's as about the only hip-hop I own makes me ridiculously "white bread" but that'’s the way it goes. That said, I think this song is good and I am glad to own this album
2. The Black Heart Procession -– The End of Love: A 12 second intro to their album. The chords are kind of sad and they actually do serve nicely to transition out from the hip-hop into the next song so it is locationally blessed
3. Xiu Xiu - Clowne Towne: This song is beautiful. I could get into avant-garde percussion if all of it ended up as beautiful as this song. His straining voice complements the various sounds accompanying him and these great cymbal crashes and other percussive elements fall in all the right places.
4. Xiu Xiu -– Support Our Troops OH! (Black Angels): This song reminds us all of the dangers of avant-garde percussion because we start off with some spoken word anger towards jocks and then some crazy guitar string slide frenzy and other appropriately discordant sounds. It is appropriate for the sentiment he is trying to convey and definitely music that you experience and don’t necessarily enjoy.
5. NOFX -– Don'’t Call Me White: Well, it makes sense when you’re a teenager and trying to show you’re not racist but not quite sure how to go about it. This song is a result of my attempt to understand Nachos psyche. It suffers from the crazy transition but it I still can’t quite hate that California punk sound
6. The Zutons -– Confusion: A much slower track from one of my pet British bands. More tenor sax please! Still it is a decent song. Mostly, I'’m hoping they stay around long enough to put out one more album
7. Hairdoctor -– Major Label: An interesting Icelandic band. Think Duran Duran meets Mum (according to their producer). Pretty cool and total hipster cred bonus
8. Coralie Clement - Bientot: Again, feeding my inner exclusive nerd we move over to some silky French vocals. Apparently she has worked with Nada Surf and some jazz musicians but this song is a very French cross between jazz and folk with her voice whispering over the top.
9. Deerhoof -– Bone-Doctor: I really really dig this new album. This song violates what (relatively) little I know of Deerhoof history because one of the guys sings. However, it moves nicely from the smooth French vocals to some art-rockers tryng to sound pretty
10. Blur -– The Debt Collector: We now round out the triumvirate of doom. We have Blur trying to sound like a gypsy circus. There’s a trumpet and flute playing one of those timeless little ditties that ccould accompany people swinging from the trapeze. I always just sway back and forth while I listen to this song because that’s as close as I get to gymnastics.

Bonus: The English Beat -– All Out to Get You

UPDATE: teh p0s3r made me fix his link and points out my faith in popren has been for naught. Instead, here's a link to the groovy chick (never met her before but maybe she'll show up to the party).


At 11/04/2005 9:22 PM, Blogger teh l4m3 said...

Hairdoctor, and Coralie Clement, huh? Color me schooled. I shall redouble my efforts in musical appreciation.

Oh, and I don't think Pop did a list today. Oh, and your link isn't entirely accurate. ;P

At 11/05/2005 10:11 PM, Blogger Gregor Samsa said...

Nice take on the Beastie Boys. I'm with Teh on the schooling, I haven't heard of half the bands you reviewed.

At 11/06/2005 11:52 AM, Blogger teh l4m3 said...

Thanks, fulminator, for that and for the groovy chick link.

Oh, and you left your cake out in the rain...

At 11/07/2005 10:10 AM, Blogger pop renaissance said...

i had good reason not to. good reason! DAMN IT!


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