Saturday, March 03, 2012

You Are My Happiness, Now

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Here's some of the tunes I've been listening to lately

"White Hot Gun" - The Phantom Family Halo - sick, violent and deranged no-fi masterpiece from Kentucky band reminiscent of the Touch & Go era - Laughing Hyenas, Killdozer, older Butthole Surfers.

2010 Chicago Blues Festival - Friday

"Look to the Side" - Otis Taylor - a different type of cut from the master bluesman's latest record, this could have been written by Radiohead.  That said, it bespeaks a common blues theme, the lost traveller trying to find his way home.  Question is, is the singer alive or singing as a ghostly memory to his loved ones?  Makes me wonder what it would sound like if Otis teamed up with Richard Russell for his next record.

"As Long As" - Thom Hell - McCartney-ish lite-rock tune from under-rated pop craftsman's latest.

Perfume Genius

"Hood" - Perfume Genius - Not sure exactly where I stand with Perfume Genius.  The entire album takes a patient listen with a few moments of greatness and a number of moments of meandering.  This is the "single" from boy somewhat like Antony and the Johnsons without the yodeling and more piano.  Worth further watching to see what he comes up with next.  Or is this his statement?

"Furry Skin" - Boho Dancer - just what we need - another forest waif spinning stories about magical sex in the woods betwixt man and animal.  But this features a nice drum track and good folk vocals alongside a nice bass hook.


"Origins" - Tennis - didn't like the debut record and don't really like the rest of this new album but this is a great pop song worthy of a few plays throughout your lifetime.  Has a great buzzy guitar hook, Carole King piano staccato chords setting the rhythm and even though I have no idea what she's singing about, it's probably something interesting.

"Scavenger" - Zig Zags - psyche/metal/punk smashterpiece single from LA combo.  Love how it bottoms out 2/3 through and brings it back.  Makes me air drum in my car.

"Go Ego" - Eight and a Half  - blippy, blappy glitch tune from Stills/BSS cabal.  Kinda reminds me of Postal Service but less electronic but a little more chilly.

"Sunday Calling" - Teen Age Kick - Simpleton pop-punk Richman-like raver - guitar, keyboards, bass and drums simply recorded and played but overly self-conscious about it like, say, a "K" band.

Band of Skulls

"Sweet Sour" - Band of Skulls - 'member when unenlightened stoners would sing songs about how they dig girls who are essentially damaged bitches - "sour by the minute and but cha sweetah by the hour" ---- made for some great stupid rock tunes.  This is the type of shit the USAF Rock Band can never play (or write).

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