There is something deliciously narcotic about the distorted keyboards in this track. And as the title suggests, it is a Pop Song! Very memorable and fun, and also quite original.
“Pop Song” (download mp3)
(Badman Recording Co)
“Pop Song” (play)
Ex-Boyfriends – “Pick Up Line”
Ah, sweet modern romance =)
“Pick Up Line” (mp3)
from “In With”
Juliana Hatfield, Richard Butler – “This Lonely Love”
I love Juliana Hatfield, ok, let’s just lay that out. Her perseverence and dedication to her craft, even as the record bidniz crumbled around her and onto her, is admirable in itself, but to go through all the travails she’s experienced and still come up with songs like this is another thing! Boy-girl duet “This Lonely Love,” (featuring Richard Butler of the Psychedelic Furs as the boy!) reflects Hatfield’s long standing habit of developing hopeless crushes on aloof and self absorbed sexy and usually stoned rock musicians. I confess share this problem with her, alas, and so love this song even more. Thanks Din for the tip 😉
Juliana Hatfield, Richard Butler
“This Lonely Love (feat. Richard Butler)” (mp3)
from “How to Walk Away”
(Ye Olde Records)
Frightened Rabbit – “The Modern Leper”
Look, this band is called Frightened Rabbit. So I already think they’re great, before I listen to a damn note. They have an album called “The Midnight Organ Fight” and I’m like, please don’t suck, you have not my permission to suck, you must rise to the quality of thy names. So. Behold “The Modern Leper” and like me, you shall not be disappointed. This song is stunning, flat out brilliant. A revelation. I’m not kidding. Looking forward to hearing more from the band that made this track. Wow.
“The Modern Leper” (mp3)
from “The Midnight Organ Fight”
(Fat Cat Records)
Tim Bluhm – “Spooked Cat Blues”
It is well known to those who know me that I LOVE the Mother Hips. So it shouldn’t be a huge surprise that I’m all over Tim Bluhm’s solo work as well. “House of Bluhm” is a marvelous solo record from the Hips’ guitar slinging, singing, wandering rock soul man.
“Spooked Cat Blues” (mp3)
from “House of Bluhm”
Constantines tours are becoming the stuff of rock legend, not because of any outdated Spinal Tap antics, but for doing it right and real. Constantines’ reputation is built on one great, inspired show after another, and innovative and catchy songs. No hard feelings from this Superfan. Constantines ROCK!!
“Hard Feelings” (download mp3)
from “Kensington Heights”
(Arts & Crafts)
“Hard Feelings“ (play)
The Mother Hips – “Time We Had”
Let me count the ways! In the 1990’s post-Nirvana grunge-fest, when everyone and their monkey had a grunge band and a demo tape and a junk habit they’d like to be interviewed about, there were still sincere bands driving coast to coast rocking the music they loved, even as the record industry took a swan dive into the toilet. The Mother Hips was one such band. Creative integrity is a given for them, not a product of a band meeting or a marketing strategy, but something that flows from them like blood from an open vein.
The Mother Hips
“Time We Had” (mp3)
from “Kiss The Crystal Flake”
I’ll never forget how the ‘Hips walked on stage the first time I saw them. They had a quiet reverence about them, slithering into a little improv as they warmed up the stage and the crowd, deceiving me for a minute that they were, well, a hippy jam band! But no, jam bands don’t write songs like this, full of hooks you want to hear again, eargasmic vocal arrangements you want to sing, and diamond sharp Beatle-esque bridges. Play the record. If you’re not in a convertible with the top down on a sunny Highway 1 in Cali, you just might think you are!
Elliott Smith – “High Times”
Sweet beautiful sad lovely rapturous heavenly shoe gazing god, Elliott Smith.
“I’m so sick and tired of trying to change your mind, when it’s so easy to disconnect mine, high times, high times, yeah I feel fine.”
There’s reasons this guy is missed and loved so much. That soft, sincere voice, the abundant flow of quotable lines, and something else, harder to describe, which sets him apart. Smith left us too soon, but his work remains one of those things that makes life more enjoyable.
“High Times” (mp3)
from “New Moon”
(Kill Rock Stars)
Matt & Kim – “Yea Yeah”
Matt & Kim have been described as “the baddest couple in indie rock” and I can’t argue. Seething with new wave lust and fun, with just the right amount of angst, this is a spicy hot stick of bubble gum that grew a mind of its own and popped while still in your mouth. Don’t take my word for it. Download and enjoy, and swoop the record. Details below. You may place chocolates at my feet.
Matt & Kim
“Yea Yeah” (mp3)
from “Self Titled”
Oranger – “Going Under”
One of my first discoveries as a music blogger was this fantastic San Francisco indie pop rock band called Oranger. Their songs are so good, and they deliver them old school. That is, they are a tight, actual (as opposed to virtual!) band, with real arrangement skills, and they play and sing their work with a joy and love for it that you can taste. This song is juicy gold.
“Going Under” (mp3)
from “Shutdown the Sun”
(Jackpine Social Club)