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)
Linda Brady, you’re a woman who understands. “Fear Of Rejection” says it all. Everybody has been there, it took you to write a song about it, and all must check it out.
“Fear of Rejection” (download mp3)
from “Linda Brady”
“Fear Of Rejection“ (play)