Title says it all.
Los Campesinos-International Tweecore Underground
Sarah Records never meant anything to me! may be one of my favorite tongue in cheek kiss offs ever…Los Camps certainly are still getting it done, even though this is an old one.
The Cardigans-Sick and Tired
How can Spotify not have Life btw? They need to get on that because rarely has a missing album on there upset me more! Anyway this is when they were all young and pretty and still doing depressing songs with an absurd amount of sunnyness.(Not to mention the hilarity of doing a lounge version of Black Sabbath…)
I think my pal Gosey Wales will appreciate this most, since he might be one of like 5 people in America that actually owned the El Records compilation. This may be the only song Marden Hill did that was good, but hey one is better than none.
Ok secretly Sarah Records meant a lot to me… One of the best choruses of the 90s…”I’m not sure what’s that’s for, but I’ll use it. This my art now, falling apart now, for looooooooove.”
In an effort to stop being quite so retro, I went to newer videos this week. i.e. ones released in the past couple of years not 20 years ago like last week.
I like the song. Video is actually better. This was back before everyone and their dog thought this band was good(which they are mind you)
Bjork-Triumph of The Heart
I doubt Bjork’s ever made a bad video actually. Shockingly I actually like this album now, when it was first released I was kind of hoping for the big dance Post style album that we had been waiting years for.(which we finally got when Volta was released after this album) However, Medulla is the kind of interesting music that people dont attempt to make much of the time and besides dancing cats=wins.
Hey there’s a new St. Vincent video, stylish and strange per usual. Also uses more of that cool funky synthness she’s been using. Coooool solo as well
Yes I’ve been lazy/at assorted events none of which involved music all of which involved birthdays so I’m posting videos nooooow. I will actually do some type of article at some point, I swear, however good videos tend to be better than my prattle.
Plastics are an amazing band who have a shambolic and frustrating catalog that involves recordings, re-recordings, re-releases, all of which are hard as bollocks to find.(even in the expanse of the internets it has proven hard to complete my collection of their albums.) Anyway they kind of sound like a Japanese version of Devo with a dash of Talking Heads thrown in. Yes there are complete versions of this song on youtube, I just think that the band looks and sound their best in the film Downtown 81(which stars my fav Jean-Michel Basquiat)
Speaking of badass Japanese new wave bands, there isn’t one better than Yellow Magic Orchestra.Future composing heavy Ryuichi Sakamoto and company certainly made an array of great and influential synth pop jams and quickly became megastars in their native land. I could go on and on about them, but I will keep it short and say they are worthy of inclusion in your collection.
Cool 8 minute live frenzy of their classic Solid State Survivor era live lineup doing singles Rydeen and Technopolis
Of course I kind of had to include the sheer absurdity of the fact that this band actually ended up performing on Soul Train… I mean seriously, even Kraftwerk didsn’t achieve that.
JAPANESE GENTLEMEN STAND UP PLEASE!
But while they didn’t end up on Soul Train, Kraftwerk essentially accomplished everything else. I’m sure I don’t need to intro them, so I won’t.(if you need a refresher that’s what Wikipedia is for) However, the video is a cool historical performance of Kraftwerk version 1. In fact I’ve heard this is the first live appearance of drummer/drum machinist Wolfgang Flur with the band. Notice they look like odd hippies instead of robots, notice that they are performing a song that translates as Dancemusic, and notice just how far ahead of time this song was.(this is pre Autobahn btw, and exists on one of those albums that Kraftwerk seem to have disavowed)
Ok so P.I.L. is miming, but isn’t that kind of why the sheer chaos of this afternoon event is so great? And the instrument switch with Wobble ending up on drums is amazing.
Jagger says that performing after James Brown on the TAMI Show was the worst decision they ever made. Yes Mr. Dynamite certainly owned the evening, the performance is legendary for a reason, however the Stones actually play pretty well. I actually think it’s interesting to see an early era Stones at the height of the power with an absurdly energetic crowd. And they play pretty well too.
Gary Numan is so disaffected he doesn’t need to leave a constructivist version of an elderly scooter. From the excellent and finally kind of back in print Post-Punk document Urgh A Music War(Warner Archive will make one on special order…I believe). Arguably my fav moment from a film PACKED with great bands.
I had an intro and stuff, but realistically I just like Juliana Hatfield and always felt she was underrated. In fact time has been kind to her albums, far removed from the Juliana clones who quickly overran the 90′s airwaves and blocked her from the absurd superstardom she rightfully deserved.
Blake Babies- Out There
Juliana Hatfield Three-My Sister
Juliana Hatfield-Universal Heartbeat
Juliana Hatfield-The End Of War
Videos! Just because I feel like it! Actually in an attempt to push my long awaited Much-Music retrospective forward, I decided to reference a couple of awesome videos that I did not find on my old compilations.(or might’ve appeared on the legendary lost Vol 5.)
Weeping Tile- Cold Snap
Oh Weeping Tile, I can’t tell if you were just star-crossed or screwed out of stardom because of being Canadian. Weeping Tile at their best could punch with Juliana Hatfield, Tanya Donnelly, and the Veruca Salt girls anyday.(But, they couldn’t punch with those Deal sisters… I mean they were mega-famous chicks who definitely could issue quite the rugby tackle any time you touched their booze or heroin) This song is just catchy, memorable, predicts everything Metric would do, and not having this album has haunted me since its release 1996. However, I finally found a copy this week, so now is the time to mention the magic of Sarah Harmer(who’s still around btw) and co.
The Inbreds- Any Sense Of Time
This bass and drums duo made this great pop gem, that still makes me smile everytime I hear it. Love that album, lost in a sea of Canadianness here in the States, but still they did pretty well for a small indie band in that era of Canadian crap rock like Moist and post prime Tragically Hip.
I mean after all Trailer Park Boys used it to great effect…(hope they got more recognition and paper for it as well)
Sloan-Everything You’ve Done Wrong
Sloan have never really gone away. Despite flashes of fame their good classic 60s pop vibe always has been criminally underrated in the US.
Ok so it’s already Sunday morning but frankly it’s a perfect time for videos
Since we discussed Foster The People not THAT long ago, why not just listen to a far superior version of the band…Actually in hindsight this is probably the superior version of Phoenix too
Phoenix-If I Ever Feel Better
I just heard the Dilla album this jam is on today, it’s still a masterwork. Video is pretty hilarious and great as well.
J. Dilla-Last Donut of The Night
I was tempted to choose There Goes Norman….ah you know what that song is so insanely great that yeah I’m not only posting There Goes Norman but also It’s Gonna Happen. If you dont like The Undertones you should be forced to destroy every guitar based album you own.
The Undertones- There Goes Norman
The Undertones-It’s Gonna Happen