Friday Music Day: September 6, 2013.

Despite how put off I was by the radio edit of "The Red Wing", so far I'm less disappointed with the F--- Buttons' Slow Focus than I thought I'd be.

64 thoughts on “Friday Music Day: September 6, 2013.”

  1. I've been spinning a lot of the new Volcano Choir album this week. If you think the idea of Justin Vernon sort-of singing a lot of incomprehensible nonsense along with the kind of indie/post-rock that has many slow builds to big finishes sounds good, I think you'll like this album. If you don't, you won't. I think that sounds pretty good.

    Anyway, here's a list.

    1. "Say You Miss Me" - Wilco Being There
    2. "Feel the Pain" - Dinosaur Jr. Without a Sound
    3. "Grounds for Divorce" - Wolf Parade Apologies to the Queen Mary
    4. "Grown Ocean" - Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues
    5. "Paracosm" - Washed Out Paracosm
    6. "Pure Unevil" - Liars Liars
    7. "Kool Thing" - Sonic Youth Goo
    8. "This Ladder Is Ours" - The Joy Formidable Wolf's Law
    9. "Pretty Noose" - Soundgarden Down on the Upside
    10. "Keep on Lying" - Tame Impala Lonerism

    1. Whenever they play that Volcano Choir song that is beyond ubiquitous on the Current (I swear, Justin Vernon could record a 5-minute track of himself taking a dump, and the Current staff would cream themselves silly and make it the song of the year), it reminds me of a song that I can't place by either Phil Collins or Peter Gabriel. I know, helpful stuff - but does anyone have any idea what I'm talking about?

      1. I will check out that 5-minute track of himself taking a dump at your recommendation. That description puts it right in my wheelouthouse.

        (I haven't intentionally listened to The Current for years.)

  2. 'Black' - Pearl Jam Ten
    'Your Love' - The Outfield The Best of The Outfield
    'Oh! Ellin!' - Gob Foot in Mouth Disease
    'Everything Is Broken' - Kenny Wayne Shepherd Trouble Is...
    'Radio Nowhere' - Bruce Springsteen Magic

    'Big Log' - Robert Plant The Principle of Moments
    'The Letter' - Joe Cocker Ultimate Collection
    'Welcome to the Boomtown' - David & David
    'Angel of Harlem' - U2 Rattle and Hum
    'Treason! Animals.' - Franz Ferdinand Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action

    1. All I really know about Franz Ferdinand (band) is that one song that I can't ever recall right now because I'm coming up with Modest Mouse's "Float On". But that's a pretty cool song title.

      Plant's song title...

      1. Probably "Take Me Out?"

        I still need to listen to the new Franz Ferdinand album. I'm not sure if I'll like it or not, but that first album came out during a perfect time for me and it's one of my favorites ever so I always give their stuff a chance.

        1. That's the one. I think there was a Kidz Bop version of both this and "Float On" around the same time.
          Also, proud of myself for getting "Modest Mouse" right. I always flip them with Mouse on Mars.

            1. I remember the Kidz Bop version of "Float On" mostly because I was shocked to see a bunch of kids repeating Isaac Brock's lyrics.

              1. Yeah, it was odd.
                "I backed my car into a cop! car! the other day!"
                Chorus of kids: "Yeah!"
                "He just drove off sometimes life's Okay."

                And then toddler CER loved it more than the original.

                That's the only reason I have ever listened to Kidz Bop: looking for those "What the fox they paying kids to sing this stuff for other kids' consumption for?" moments.

      2. its my favorite song off that new album (although this live version doesnt quite capture the energy of the album cut)


  3. .
    1. Wilco - "What Light" - Sky Blue Sky
    2. Miles Davis - "Flamenco Sketches" - Kind of Blue
    3. Michael Franti & Spearhead - "Rude Boys Back in Town" - All Rebel Rockers
    4. Oasis - "It's Gettin' Better (Man!!)" - Be Here Now
    5. The Hold Steady - "Stuck Between Stations" - Boys and Girls in America
    6. Unknown Prophets - "Take it There" - World Premier
    7. They Might Be Giants - "Narrow Your Eyes" - Apollo 18
    8. Atmosphere - "Hockey Hair" - You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having
    9. R.E.M. - "Everybody Hurts" - Automatic for the People
    T. Dessa - "Dear Marie" - Parts of Speech
    B. Presidents of the United States of America - "Lump" - Presidents of the United States of America

    1. "Everybody Hurts" followed by "Dear Marie"? Well, that sure is a cheerful way to start off a Friday!

  4. .
    1. Cure for This -- Golden Smog -- Another Fine Day
    2. Cold Iron Bounds -- Bob Dylan -- Masked & Anonymous
    3. Electric Renaissance -- Belle & Sebastian -- Tigermilk
    4. Peace in the Valley -- The Handsome Family -- Twilight
    5. Unheard Music -- X -- Los Angeles
    6. Broken Harpoon -- The Jayhawks -- Smile
    7. Too Drunk To Dream -- Whiskeytown -- Faithless Street
    8. Because -- The Beatles -- Abbey Road
    9. Portable Men's Society (demo) -- Guided By Voices -- Delicious Pie & Thank You
    10. Getting Better -- The Beatles -- Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

    B1. This Kind of Music -- Jonathan Richman -- Jonathan Sings!
    B2. To Early -- Son Volt -- Trace

        1. really? i remember thinking it was just a bunch of vapid louris pop chart aspirations, which was possibly reinforced by the omnipresence of "i'm going to make you love me" at the time.

        2. My Jayhawks LPs top to bottom.

          Hollywood Town Hall
          Blue Earth
          Sound of Lies
          Tomorrow the Green Grass
          Rainy Day Music
          The Jayhawks

          Don't have Mockingbird Time.

          Granted, all of them contain good music, but if I was to reach for one of their records, that would be the order.

          1. Glad to see Sound of Lies so high. I get the sense that lots of people don't like that one as much as it has a different sound. I'd probably move Rainy Day Music up a bit. Hollywood Town Hall is a no-doubt-about-it #1

            1. i think i've mentioned it here before, but sound of lies came out at the perfect time for me: right in the meat of high school. perfectly moody for the times.

              my list... umm.

              tomorrow the green grass*
              sound of lies*
              hollywood town hall*

              rainy day music/blue earth**
              mockingbird time

              (don't have bunkhouse)

              * to be sure, the top 3 are very close, but i was exposed to tomorrow first, and sound's there for the above stated reason
              ** i like these 2 for very different reasons, so i can't really pick one over the other

              1. Bunkhouse is what their seriously honky tonkin', sh!t-kickin' debut came to be known as--after the tiny label it appeared on. I'd actually been going to the 400 Bar every Friday night to watch them play what would become this record. They'd mix in some classic covers by the likes of Buck Owens and Flying Burrito Brothers into their sets around this time ('85.) Really opened my eyes to the fact that there was such a thing as good Country music floating around. I should probably move that up a notch or two.

  5. .
    1. If I Can't Have You - Waterboys - Fisherman's Blues
    2. These Foolish Things - Ella Fitzgerald - At the Opera House
    3. Friends - Ennio Morricone - Once Upon a Time in America
    4. Like a Tatoo - Sade - The Best of Sade
    5. Living the Blues - Bob Dylan/Johnny Cash - The Dylan/Cash Sessions
    6. La Rumba de Nicolas - Gipsy Kings - Volare!
    7. Love Reign O'Er Me - Who - Who's Next
    8. Sugar Mountain - Neil Young - Decade
    9. Smash Everything - Joe Strummer - Walker
    10. Ponta De Areia - Esperanza Spalding - Esperanza

  6. Reposted from my bookofface:
    Someone will end up showing you this one. Might as well be me.

    This strikes frighteningly close to actual life. We had a turtle toy with wheels that went "Badu-badu" when rolled. Toddler CER cried when she actually found out that "The turtle goes 'Badu-badu'" was a made up thing that I just thought was cute, and not a sound turtles actually made.

    Also, HPR's #1 plush companion (modelled after Calvin's relationship with Hobbes) is a fox, I'm reluctant to share this with him.

    But "What the Fox say" reminds me of the language clean-up in the film The Fantastic Mr. Fox: "You cussin' with me?" "The cuss you are!"
    When my kids are old enough for me to be comfortable with them using soft-swearing like that, I wouldn't mind if they go that way.

  7. Skipping tracks of bird sounds, again. 3 of the first 10 were bird sounds.

    1. Jimi Hendrix “Hear My Train A Comin' (Electric)” Blues
    2. Depeche Mode “Home (Grantby Mix)” Home/Useless
    3. DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid “Dumb Mutha F---a”* Synthetic Fury EP
    4. Eric Copeland* “Tinkerbell” Joke in the Hole
    5. Matt Sweeney & Bonnie &lquo;Prince&rquo; Billy “Blood Embrace (Live)”* Superwolf (Live)

    6. The Breeders “New Year (Demo Version)”* Saints EP
    7. The Breeders “Invisible Man” Last Splash
    8. Dosh ft. Will Oldham “Bury the Ghost” Wolves and Wishes
    9. Merle Haggard and the Strangers “Skid Row (Alternate Take - Bonus Track)” Swinging Doors and the Bottle Let Me Down*
    T. Thome Yorke “Black Swan (Cristian Vogel Spare Parts Remix)” The Eraser Rmxs
    E. 2Pac “If I Die 2Nite” Me Against the World*

    3. This is still very nice. Probably DJ Spooky's peak (at least in the 90's, I haven't followed him for a decade-plus). Aggressive and muscular, air-raid sirens, tornado of strings, dubchambered scratches like flashes of memory you can't grab on to. DJ Spooky was all about form (and talking and writing about form), but here and a few other tracks on this EP marry that to function of something good to listen to and maybe even dance to.

    4. From Black Dice. (My obligatory reference.) Overall, I'm thinking is a good-not-great Copeland album, more scattershot than Hermaphrodite (which I would categorize the same way), with greater great parts, but less focus and quality control. His best is still the Alien in a Garbage Dump/Al Anon merged EPs, with the "Fun Dink Death" (B-side on the Doo Doo Run 7") is his greatest song:
    (Yeah, he made a video for a b-side of a 7". Guy has the promotional anti-skills of Will Oldham.)

    5. Is this my favorite song from Will Oldham? Maybe. Top 5 for sure.

    6. I much prefer the arrangement that made the album: Slow part in front.

    9. Merle and the Strangers released like 3 albums a year in the late 60's, and the title track was also a single, and typically the only single from the album. And then he'd release a non-album single or two in there as well, like "Okee". I think this album had two singles, or a double-A-sided single, so it gets a double-title. Didn't want anyone who liked one of those singles not to think that it wasn't on this album.

    E. 2Pac was getting really good at this music thing before he got together with Suge Knight and Death Row (and died)

  8. 1. Aidan Baker & Tim Hecker – Gallery of the Invisible Woman - Fantasma Parastasie *
    2. Frank Ocean - Forrest Gump - Channel Orange
    3. DJ Mabel - Dronsin' - The Ballad of Droney Curtis*
    4. The Airborne Toxic Event - Does This Mean You're Moving On? - The Airborne Toxic Event
    5. Foster the People - Helena Beat - Torches
    6. Oasis - Don't Look Back in Anger - What's the Story (Morning Glory)
    7. Steven Curtis Chapman - King of the Jungle - Heaven in the Real World*
    8. Olive - You're Not Alone (Perfecto Mix) - Global Underground 004: Paul Oakenfold in Oslo (disc 1)
    9. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Round and Round*
    T. Washed Out - Feel It All Around - Within and Without*

    B. Big Sean - Control (feat. Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica)*

    1. I have no way of quantifying my Tim Hecker love, it's just strong and there. Fantasma Parastasie is fantastic for reasons that are similar to his other stuff, just slightly different in ways I can't put a finger on.

    3. Yup.

    7. This was my favorite song when I was 11.

    9. I can't really tell if this is a brilliant song, or a supremely irritating one. There are certainly parts that are brilliant, and parts where it feels like he's fucking around for its own sake. It's got a great melody, but it feels like he's being ironic about the whole thing. Some days, it's a 4 star song for me, other days I can't skip it fast enough. (For the record, today it was tolerated but not loved, so I guess I'm all detatched and whatever).

    T. "Chillwave" was worth it for this song (and, to be fair, a couple of others).

    B. Big Sean is functional, the song is long (bordering on overlong) and has no hook. Still, the verse Kendrick drops is insane, and not just for the reasons everyone is talking about (though, yeah, those reasons are pretty bracing, too). The whole verse is just fiery and great. At this point, he dude adds huge value to even throwaway appearances. His VORR (value over replacement rapper, of course) is phenomenal.

    1. I see that Kendrick is touring with Kanye West this fall. That's... almost an exciting enough bill to get me to go to an arena show. 11/5 in Minneapolis. I'm strongly considering it.

    2. I very partial to Roni Size's remix of "You Are Not Alone"
      I didn't hear the original until much later, and it annoyed me that to vox didn't do the same thing.
      Oh wow, the Late 90's jazzy dnb flashbacks. Hearing Goldie before the album was out in the US. Photek's "Ni Ten Ichi Ryu" and Modus Operandi and Peshay remixing DJ Shadow. Roni's "Brown Paper Bag". LTJ Bukem. Then 4Hero had the awful double-album and I never came back.

  9. .

    01. Bruce Dickinson - "Killing Floor", Chemical Wedding
    02. Cage - "Fall of the Angels", Hell Destroyer
    03. Bathory - "Foreverdark Woods", Nordland I
    04. Iron Maiden - "Hallowed Be Thy Name", Number of the Beast
    05. Mercyful Fate - "Is That You, Melissa?", In the Shadows
    06. Orden Ogan - "Land of the Dead", To The End
    07. Running Wild - "Black Hand Inn", Black Hand Inn
    08. Death - "Flesh and the Power it Holds", The Sound of Perseverance
    09. Morgoth - "Burnt Identity", Eternal Fall - Resurrection Absurd
    10. Michael Romeo - "Cask of Amontillado", Dark Chapter

    Man, this has been a good morning.

  10. .

    6. The Whys - Chelsea Wolfe - The Grime and the Glow*
    2. Apple Blossom - The White Stripes - De Stijl
    5. Suite #1 in G Major: Sarabande - Yo Yo Ma - Inspired by Bach (J. S. Bach)
    1. Try it Again - The Hives - The Black and White Album
    10. The Warbler - Dredg - Live at the Filmore
    9. Cropped - T++ - Wireless**
    4. Trilogy: A) The Wonder - Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
    7. Minus Blindfold - Deftones - Adrenaline
    3. Ted, Just Admit It... - Jane's Addiction - Nothing's Shocking
    8. Requiem for a Static King Part I - A Winged Victory For the Sullen - <em.(self-titled)

    * Chelsea Wolfe has a new album out called ... (I can't believe I'm going to say this out loud) Pain is Beauty. I'm not sure I can overcome my intense hatred of that title to check it out.

    ** Still a little bummed that I discovered him right as he retired this alias. This might still be my favorite techno/house album.

    1. Weird, but maybe interesting:

      Blank LPs are taped to the floor during various concerts and the resulting scratches are mixed. I probably like the idea behind it more than I actually like the result. Maybe if they could incorporate the music from the concert somehow, not in the foreground but have it drowning behind the scuffs of the audience. I'd probably listen to that.

    2. The title of the Chelsea Wolfe album is very, very bad. I'm listening to it now, though, and it's really, really good.

  11. Four thoughts on Foxygen:
    1. A really stupid band name.
    2. Someone has listened to Their Satanic Majesties Request. A lot.
    3. I believe that all some of these kids take drugs. A lot.
    4. We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic will very likely be near the top of my Year End List.

    1. they sound like fun.

      On Monday, July 29, 2013, at 10:36 PM CST, during a performance at First Avenue in Minneapolis, vocalist Sam France fell off the stage during the first song of the show, only to appear some time later being carted off by EMS, where he was taken to the hospital with a broken leg.

      1. I had debated going to that gig, but a late start time, old age and working the next day put the brakes on that train of thought. As it turned out, I would've been out of there pretty early. 😉

        There's a certain train wreck quality about them that I find fascinating. I also think they must have great record collections. (song starts at 1:50.)

    2. I've put off listening to them for reason #1.
      Same problem I had with the late-90's drum-n-bass outfit Boymerang.
      I still shudder just typing that.

      Also reminds me to be pleased that Ha Ha Tonka ditched the "Amsterband" moniker upon being signed by Bloodshot.

      1. Boymerang? Yeah, that one is a little off-putting.

        I resisted The Flamin' Groovies for years because I thought the name was stoopid. Then a friend played them for me. Hell, now days you could call them Boymerang and I'd still listen to 'em...

          1. Was that the recent Buffalo gig? I noticed he/they are coming to First Ave in Feb. I saw them (with a couple other Elephant 6 bands) way back when--'98-ish? Mangum was intense to the point of being feral.

            1. Yeah, back in January. It was, as you said, intense. I don't think "spiritual" or "soulful" is the right word, but it was definitely not superficial. It definitely hit me down deep

  12. .
    The Blind Boys of Alabama - "Way Down In The Hole" The Wire soundtrack
    Childish Gambino - "L.E.S." Camp
    Filligar - "Ghost Town" The City Tree
    Franz Ferdinand - "Darts of Pleasure" Franz Ferdinand*
    Justin Timberlake - "Like I Love You" Justified**

    Feist - "Brandy Alexander" The Reminder
    Japanese Cartoon - "You Are Here" In The Jaws Of The Lord Of Death
    Oasis - "Rock 'n' Roll Star" Definitely Maybe
    Wilco - "Bull Black Nova" Wilco (The Album)
    Dinosaur Jr - "Plans" Farm

    *Like Zack, this came out at a good time for me. I remember listening to it in Scotland over Christmas break on an Rio MP3 player (I couldn't afford an iPod (which were brand new at the time)) my first trip outside the country as an adult. That trip really gave me the travel bug.

    **Man, Spotify really going with the nostalgia in the middle. Yes, I still know all the words, even the verse from Clipse

    1. I had a radio show at MSUM with one of my friends, and when we got that album in for review we both fell in love with it. We ended up playing songs from it like every week. That same spring was the one where I got together with J. It was one of the best times in my life.

    2. I spun a Blind Boys album in the shop last week. Our maintenance supervisor wouldn't believe me when I told him that they were actually blind.

  13. More from the 2013 playlist.

    01. Ghostface Killah ft. U-God & Inspectah Deck - "Blood on the Cobblestones" from Twelve Reasons to Die
    02. Freddie Gibbs ft. G-Wiz & Jay Rock - "Certified Live" from ESGN - Evil Seeds Grow Naturally
    03. Speedy Ortiz - "Casper" from Major Arcana
    04. Iron Reagan - "I Ripped that Testament a New Asshole" from Worse Than Dead
    05. Curren$y & Wiz Khalifa - "For Her" from Live in Concert EP
    06. Holograms - "Luminous" from Forever
    07. Ex Cops - "Ken" from True Halluncinatiosn
    08. Wartorn - "All Flags Still Burn" from Iconic Nightmare
    09. Daz 'n WC ft. Butch Cassidy - "Moves I Make" from West Coast Gangsta Shit
    10. A$AP Ferg - "Cocaine Castle" from Trap Lord

    BT. Crocodiles - "Gimme Some Annihilation" from Crimes of Passion

    The Crocodiles is outstanding. Sune Rose Wagner from the Raveonettes produced it, it sounds awesome.

  14. I haven't been able to give the Fuck Buttons album a listen. I skip around and never get into it. I finally decided that meant I didn't like it, so I haven't been back in a while.

    1. That's kindof where I was, but lack of interest in anything else right now and I just figured, "Eh, I'll try it."
      It's not great but it has a few moments.

    1. I lived with the Closer to God and Fixed EPs and "Eraser (Polite)" changed my life.
      So then I left NIN after Fragile bored me like you say Slow Focus does you, and moved on to Coil.

  15. 01. Hanging at Tom & Rita's - The Hellecasters
    02. An Old Fashioned Love Song - Three Dog Night
    03. Theme from Shaft - Isaac Hayes
    04. Lonely Child - Styx
    05. Everything is Sound - Jason Mraz
    06. Green River - Credence Clearwater Revival
    07. Quiet Man - John Prine
    08. Spooky - Classics IV
    09. Stormy Weather - Glenn Miller Orchestra
    10. Come On Down To My Boat - Every Mother's Son

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