The Pooh Sticks: Indiepop Ain't Noise Pollution
yeah this is basically a 100% perfect pop song which argues its title's case by being 1000% (check it: i intended to write 100% perfect the same way i did before, but messed up. it's better this way) perfect. erggg.. so short & so sweet. but yeah the pooh stick's whole schtick for a substantial part of their career (outside of playing perfect pop and having a bunch of fake members cause all of the band's music was masterminded by one dude) was that they stole elements (melodies, solos, riffs, song/album titles, et al) from throughout pop history, so if you recognize this melody holla at me cause i'd like to know if it's not original.
Lifter Puller: La Quereria
Lifter Puller: 4Dix
Lifter Puller: The Langelos
yeah this band was once the toast of the twin cities (a.k.a. where i will be going to college in the fall) but they broke up in '01. all of their (unbelievably awesomely great) lyrics sort of connect into one gigantic, paranoid, drug-and-alcohol-and-murder-addled story about seediness in the minneapolis-st.-paul metropolitan area. i once read a review which snidely noted that the world of lifter puller's lyrics bore as much resemblance to the real-life minneapolis club scene as "purple rain" ... which, if there is a god in the universe and he cares about me, is 223200% accurate resemblance in both cases. anyway, the music is basically standard-issue, post-punk-influenced loud indie rock, but it's still interesting, at least to me. two members, including lead yelper craig finn, moved from "kool nyc" to actual nyc, where they decided to reject the novel idea of a concept career in favor of the hackneyed idea of making concept albums. and thus was born the hold steady. who are pretty good.. but lifter puller were amazing.
Disco Inferno: It's A Kid's World
yeah i'd been hearing for a long time that disco inferno were one of the most wildly original and amazing and crazy awesome underrated bands of the 90s. and it's been taking me sooooo long to get into their stuff, because it's all cold, avant-garde, and oddly soupy (? an odd word, i know, but somehow accurate) "post-rock." when i'm in the right mood i can enjoy them and appreciate their excellence. however, they made one (1) song which can probably be enjoyed by anyone in any mood, and improve said mood. how'd they do it? by pulling a pooh sticks and straight hijacking tons of instrumental parts to various british children's tv shows and cramming them into the same song, powered by the irrisistable drum beat from iggy pop's "lust for life." fantastically happy. i can't say enough good things about this song.
The Flaming Lips: Waitin' for a Superman (Remix)
The Flaming Lips: Jets, Pt 2 (My Two Days as an Ambulance Driver) [Peel Session Version 1992]
The Flaming Lips: Pompeii Am Götterdämmerung
The Flaming Lips: Goin' On
so way back when, all i had ever listened to was rap (mediocre conscious afrocentric stuff which i now largely reject.. though mos def's first album is still dope and talib kweli's "get by" is still the jam!). that is, all i'd ever listened to after i largely rejected that year-long pop phase in 7th grade (which i now largely reclaim!!! "listen to the jungle sooooooooooong.."). by my sophomore year of high school there had been a few cracks in the Great Wall of Whiteboy Rap (funk, the velvet underground, etc. had broadened my tastes), but the flaming lips straight up exploded my brain and basically kick-started the entire idea of being obsessed with music for me. i disavowed them for a while (in the sense that i was sick of them), but now the flaming lips worship is back in full swing and i just can't stop. i mean, these guys just HAVE to be the greatest band ever, or at least of the last 20 years.. right? right?!?!? "waitin for a superman" just crushes my soul in the most beautiful of ways ('specially the peter mokran remix with its distorted angelic vocals).. i'm hard pressed to think of a sadder song.. SUPERMAN. CAN'T. LIFT. IT..... IT'S TOO HEAVY!!!!! *sigh* also here is a 92 live-in-the-studio bbc recording of the super-druggy b-side "jets, pt 2." it's mindblowingly good. and the last two tracks from the just-leaked new album, which i think totally kicks ass. some of my friends think it sucks though.
The Lilys: Hubble
The Lilys: (Won't Make You) Sleepy
amazing chameleonic (not a word?) band who once upon a time claimed philly as their home. then they (they meaning kurt heasley and anybody he chooses to play with) came back, and are now in philly again. these songs are old, but they have a new album and are opening for of montreal on thursday march 2nd. let's go.
well that's about it for now.. i should do this type of thing more often.. there will certainly be a 100% rap edition soon.. like "within a month" soon..