Wednesday, June 21, 2006

WEEK OF JUNE 18, 2006

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Blogger C. said...

1. 'Les Sucettes' - Serge Gainsbourg
I suppose this is one of Serge's more notorious songs, penned for ingénue France Gall. Superficially about a young girl's love of lollipops, Mademoiselle Gall was reportedly horrified to later learn that the song was a veiled reference to fellatio. Ha! Serge is my favorite dirty sleaze... there's something marginally admirable in getting a fresh-faced innocent to sing a song with lines like:

Lorsque le sucre d’orge
Parfumé à l’anis
Coule dans la gorge d’Annie
Elle est au paradis

Which roughly translates to 'When the anise-flavored barley sugar runs down Annie's throat she's in heaven.' Indeed. You can watch a video of France and Serge singing 'Les Sucettes' ici.

2. 'Hoover Dam' - Sugar
Copper Blue is such a fantastic album that I refuse to let Sugar become a mere footnote to Hüsker Dü. Fun Fact: Bob Mould briefly worked as a writer for professional wrestling.

3. 'Falling is Like This' - Ani Difranco
If you have ovaries, then it's quite likely that there's some Ani on your iPod. If you're in your mid-20s, then chances are you haven't listened to her in years. She's all right, I suppose, but I'm no longer in that place where she 'like, soooo relates to what I'm going through.' Plus, I don't particularly cotton to reminders of how ridiculous I was at 20.

4. 'Freefall' - Saloon
Saloon are lovely, but I rarely have the opportunity to champion them to my friends since they're ethereal and soporific and, therefore, not especially mix-friendly. I suppose this is my chance, then! Download (This is) What We Call Progress; you won't be sorry.

5. 'Gloria' - U2
U2 again? Actually, I quite like this song. Bonus points to Bono for including lyrics in Latin.

6. 'Soothe Me' - Sam & Dave
My mother played a lot of '60s soul when I was growing up, so I've been chilling with Sam & Dave since I was a tyke. They're not my favorite Southern Soul act--I certainly don't revere them like I do Otis--but they're comforting in their familiarity.

7. 'Take Out Time' - Ainslie Henderson
*groan* I can't get away with anything... I'm forced to expose the ONE Chicago song on my iPod, and now this? My first 6 months in London were sans-cable, so with 4 channels to choose from I found myself hooked on reruns of 'Columbo' and an 'American Idol'-type show called 'Fame Academy.' Budding singer-songwriters were grouped in a house and given voice and writing lessons, although that didn't seem to matter a whole lot since they were forced to sing covers anyway. Ainslie didn't win, but he subsequently co-wrote a few songs with Saul Davies of James and released a single, which I'm fairly certain marks the entirety of his career. I feel it necessary to add, however, that this is (to my knowledge) the only music by a current or former reality contestant that I own.

8. 'This Place is Haunted' - DeVotchKa
Finally! I've been waiting for 3 shufflelogs now to gush about DeVotchKa, as I am presently obsessed with them. If you haven't heard any of their songs, the best description I can come up with is 'Eastern-European Mariachi Indie.' Alternatively, since I have lost all my pride here thanks to Chicago and Ainslie, you can also listen to them on my MySpace page.

9. 'The Dreaming Moon' - the Magnetic Fields
I often find myself embroiled with new acquaintances when I proclaim that Get Lost is a far better album than 69 Love Songs (I then alienate them completely upon stating that Meat is Murder is the best Smiths album). 'The Dreaming Moon' is possibly one of my favorite songs, but unequivocally one of my favorite Magnetic Fields tunes.

10. 'Scooby Doo (Where Are You?)' - Matthew Sweet
Ha! I have an album of 90s college rock superstars covering Saturday morning cartoon themes.

11:40 AM  
Blogger M Beran said...

1. Miles Hunt - Four to the Floor

Off the High Fidelity soundtrack. I was extremely bored one evening, so I popped on the movie, went to the credits and wrote down every single song that was used and proceeded to download them all. I think I got about half before falling asleep. That said, I don't know much about this track, 'cause I don't think I've ever listened to it.

2. Mogwai - Cody

I like Mogwai a lot. This one's off of Come On Die Young. A more mellow track, for the most part. There are actually lyrics in it, which is surprising for a Mogwai song. I still prefer their first album over anything else they've done, though.

3. The Who - I've Had Enough

Off of Quadrophenia. Incorporates quite possibly the best Who lyric ever, Love, Reign O'er Me, third only to Hope I die before I get old and Who are you?.

4. Pavement - Hot the Plane Down

I don't know why I have Pavement on my mp3 player (Creative Zen Vision:M, not an iPod), as I don't really care for them. I guess I was trying to improve my indie rock cred? I dunno.

5. Pink Floyd - Lost for Words

Bah, David Gilmour can't write a song for shit. Yes, he is an incredible guitar player, but his lyrics suck ass. Had to get the help of his wife and a few other colleagues to help him with Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell. I'm a much bigger Roger Waters fan.

6. Idlewild - Love Steals Us from Loneliness

I like Idlewild a lot. This, opening their latest release, is a pretty good track. Roddy Woomble’s voice seems to have grown and matured, at times resembling Michael Stipe. There’s something extremely dark, mysterious and mournful in it that I just love.

7. Counting Crows - Catapult

Not one of my more favoured tracks off of Recovering the Satellites, a decent one nonetheless. I don't really have more to say about this one.

8. Bob Dylan - Simple Twist of Fate

I can't decide which Bob Dylan song I like the most, but this one ranks up there in the top 3 or so. Simple, poignant and a great story song.

9. Death Cab for Cutie - Expo '86

I'm getting tired of Death Cab. Plans wasn't all that great an album and I'm getting more and more annoyed with Ben Gibbard's voice. While Transatlanticism (the song on said same album) ranks pretty high on my "All Time List of Depressive Songs", I'm becoming more turned off from them.

10. Nirvana - Lake of Fire (live unplugged)

While an adamant Nirvana hater, the Unplugged album just blows my mind. Kirt Cobain's rough and raw vocals really bring a edge to their sound.

Well that wasn't so bad. Nothing embarrassing, for the most part.

11:59 AM  
Blogger Dr. Milton von Fünkdoctorspock said...

"Transatlanticism's" (again, the song not the album) appearance in Six Feet Under is so sexy I can't foresee ever saying no to it. Top 5 healthy TV/movie scene song associations for Milty.

10:51 AM  
Blogger Junk Jackson said...

oooh, thanks for the post. The funny -- and maybe a little pretentious -- thing about Pavement is that you don't have to like them in order for them to boost your indie cred...they're like the immigrant laborers of indie rock -- throw them the approximation of an honest day's wage and they'll work their asses off for your reputation. Next step, get some highwater pants and a T-shirt advertising some early 80's Little League team and you're good to go.

3:21 PM  

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