Listening Assignments 7.30.07

1. Self - Cannon - If this doesn't scream mid-to-late '90s, I'll gladly hang 'em up. It screams that era for a reason. Matt Mahaffey has penned and produced a staggering amount of songs since 1995, this being one of them, one of his first. It blends the better parts of Hum and Toadies, but it's better. Manic, angular, and somehow entirely pretty. In that weird kind of way. [from Subliminal Plastic Motives|buy]

2. Bleu - You know, I know, You know - There's something to be said for blending pop perfection with background singers echoing "that don't mean dick" ten or twenty times. There, I said it. [from Redhead|buy]

3. Bowerbirds - Olive Hearts - This folk ditty puts a happy little skip in my step whenever I need it. Accordion tends to have that effect. Amish-sounding women as background singers is also key. I can practically hear them churning butter with footpedals while they keep time with raucous tamborines. And no, I can't prove any of that. [from Hymns for a Dark Horse|buy]

4. The Rocket Summer - All I Have - I've oozed enough fanboy blog love for Bryce Avary for you to catch my drift. Two words: Reckless Exuberance. [from Do You Feel?|buy]


Anonymous Jeff said...

I used to have the Bleu album in my alarm clock cd player, and I had it cued to "Get Up." Unoriginal perhaps, but quite effective. On a whole I quite enjoy that album. I also love the Self song "Paint by Numbers." If you haven't heard it, I highly recommend you do. I just can't seem to get into The Rocket Summer. Something about his voice, or perhaps even his phrasing. This song in particular only brings to mind images of out of breath kids sucking on a helium balloon to try and catch it. Do you have any suggestions for another song that might be able to sway me? 'Cause something in me somewhere really wants to like this guy.

1:19 PM  
Blogger drewcif said...

Jeff! Thanks for the comment. Not sure which Jeff you are or if I know you, but I'd definitely recommend the current single "So Much Love". Or any of the other songs in the post I referenced in today's blurb. "So Much Love" is probably the most broadly accessible thing he's written, but I fully understand the voice thing. It took a bunch of listens to get over it, listens I spent because I loved the songs just enough to press play again. Good Luck!

2:39 AM  

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