My 600th post has arrived, so I thought I’d use the occasion to share some tunes that I’ve been listening to lately.
DL the mix here
1. !!!’s “The Hammer”: the darkest, spookiest cut on !!!’s fourth full-length, an album which is quite a bit lighter, more disco, less funk, than earlier efforts, but still pretty rad.
2. The Streets on Fire’s “Astronaut Love Triangle”: Been really liking this post-punk-ish outfit from Chicago, who are angsty and ragged in a way that bespeaks not premeditated edge as a marketing strategy but actual almost-coming-apart-at-the-seams. Which I prefer, obviously.
3. Mahjongg’s “Devry”: My favorite dance/afro-beat/techno/free improv band went a little nuts with the autotune on their latest, The Long Shadow of the Paper Tiger, but I really like this song.
4. Acid Eater’s “Searching for Love”: Like Guitar Wolf with farfisa. Those crazy j-punks.
5. So Cow’s “So Cow Vs. the Future”: Freaking LOVE this band, here live on WFMU presenting their obligatory one-song-with-the-band-name-in-it.
6. Ty Segall’s “Girlfriend”: Best song off Melted, quite possibly best Ty so far. (I’d say ever, but he’s moving so fast it’s hard to get a handle on him.)
7. Batusis, “Big Cat Stomp”: Surprisingly hair metal instrumental from the new collaboration between Cheetah Chrome and Sylvain Sylvain.
8. Adam Franklin and Bolts of Melody’s “She’s Closer Than I’ve Ever Been”: Breathtakingly beautiful fuzz from the Swervedriver frontman’s latest album.
9. Wild Nothing’s “Chinatown”: Very nice dreamy guitat pop from hotly tipped VA songwriter with a new album out on Captured Tracks.
10. Carissa’s Weird’s “Blue Champagne Glass”: In which you can hear Mat Brooke try out the vaulting hooks and dreamy tunefulness that later turned up on Band of Horses and, especially, Grand Archives.
11. Mountain Man’s “Mouthwings”: Very lovely a capella harmonies from this three woman alt-folk outfit who met at nearby Bennington College.
12. Current 93’s “Tanks of Flies”: Who knew that the end of the world would be so god-damned pretty?
13. Shannon Stephens’ “Panic”: Sufjan protégé has a self-titled record out, the follow up to last year’s excellent Breadwinner, and I don’t know about you, but I’m hearing a little bit of Linda Perhacs here.
14. Brett Eugene Ralph’s “Kentucky Chrome”: one of those novel-in-a-song phenomenons, from an actual writer of fiction, with the help of a couple of neighbors from Kentucky, like Will Oldham.
15. Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby, “Silver Shirt”: The undisputed highlight of the pair’s new all-covers album, a bittersweet take on no-hit-wonder Plummet Airlines’ mid-1970s a-side.