Saturday, May 25, 2013
I do have some power pop to play you over the next few days, but I'll continue with the non-power-pop-related "What is he playing now?" posts for one more day with a song I like primarily for the chorus. (I guess this post could more accurately be called Half-song of the day.)
Here is a song I didn't know existed until about two days ago, when I stumbled upon it whilst sauntering around YouTube. When the song started it was nice enough (it was a pleasant verse, and slightly intriguing, but nothing spectacular), and was thinking about stopping the video to looking for something more interesting when I thought, "No, I'll wait for the chorus – that might be better". I'm glad I waited, because I like the chorus a lot.
If you want to skip the comedy stuff and the verse and go straight to the chorus, the first one is at 2:38 in the video:
St. Vincent - "Laughing With A Mouth Of Blood" (2009)
Friday, May 24, 2013
Presenting for your enjoyment (or not): my new favourite band that just broke up...
GO!GO!7188 - "Ukifune" (2002)
GO!GO!7188 - "Koi No Dokuyaku" (2001)
GO!GO!7188 - "Umashika Mono" (2003)
GO!GO!7188 - [Er, dunno what this one's called] (?)
When I learned about the existence of GO!GO!7188 (thanks, Celeste!), I was also told they disbanded last year. Grrr.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Thanks to a recommendation by Powerpopaholic (Hi, Aaron!), I've been listening to Corin Ashley's album, New Lion Terraces, and semi-enjoying it.
One of the songs on the album has a melodic snippet that sounded very familiar...
Corin Ashley - "Eyeshine" (2013) (excerpt)
The Beatles - "I Will" (1968) (excerpt)
Here are the full versions:
Corin Ashley - "Eyeshine" (2013)
The Beatles - "I Will" (1968)
Corin Ashley is an American chap who has released an album called Corin Ashley's album, New Lion Terraces. I found out about it courtesy of Powerpopaholic's rave review.
This is track 1:
Corin Ashley - "Geez Louise" (2013)
I'd like to say that I enjoyed tracks 2 to 10 as much as "Geez Louise", but I'd be fibbing a wee bit if I did.
But I do like "Geez Louise".
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
A few years ago there was a spate of bands that appeared on the music scene as a result of the inordinate success of this song by Franz Ferdinand. Unfortunately for me, all those bands – e.g., The Hives, The Killers, Kaiser Chiefs, Arctic Monkeys et al – sounded dispiritingly alike. (My guess is that the major record companies said to themselves, "Hey, that Franz Ferdinand is 'hot' right now. Let's sign as many bands as we can that sound just like them!") The common factor with all these bands is that they possess fourqualities:
1. The band must sound like Franz Ferdinand;
2. The vocal melodies must be monotonous;
3. The guitars must play single-note riffs more often than chords; and
4. Those guitars must be Telecasters.
However, there is one Child Of Franz Ferdinand band out there that I do like: Bloc Party.
Which leads me to me wanting to play you one of their songs.
Bloc Party - "I Still Remember" (2006)
When I played that to the 22-year-old of the household (Hi, Celeste!) and told her that I like it, she said "That's because it's power pop" – which was news to me, because I'd always thought of Bloc Party as one of those Franz Ferdinand clones. But the 22-year-old explained further: "They sound like all those other bands you play me."
Well there you go.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Ages and ages ago I talked about an album by Spanish band Megaphone Ou La Mort. The album was Camarade Coma, and I wasn't particularly keen on it. (It was a bit too arty, arch, and pained for my liking.)
Well, because I'd blogged about them, the band recently sent me a link to their latest album, A Silent Language.
I'm afraid I was even less keen on their new album than the first one. This one's even more arty, arch, and pained. It's not my scene, baby.
In the interests of magnanimity, I'll present you with the album and you can decide what you want to do with it.
I chose track 11, "A Deserter's Tale", as Song of the day today – but only for the first minute, which is the most melodic part of the album. (A Silent Language is not a terribly melodic album. It's more about mood than anything else.)
Anyway, here's A Silent Language. You may like it more than I did.
Monday, May 20, 2013
If somebody asks you "What's the attraction of Eurovision? I mean, why do people go berserk over it?", just show them this:
Cezar - "It's My Life" (2013)
For me, that can be described in two words: