Wednesday, September 23, 2009

From Gosling to Yorke, in five steps.

Nothing is as good as these six songs right now. The play-zip-mix is a tight machine this week. Headphones are a must for at least the first listen. I think so, at least.

Download: Feller Abides v4

The Big Pink - "Dominos"

I'm way late to the game on this band. An anthemic ode to their own greatness and pimpness using soaring electronics and Britpop aplomb, "Dominos" is like the Beta Band abandoning their art damage and going pop. It has one hit wonder written all over it, and I love it.

Dead Man's Bones - "In The Room Where You Sleep"

I ignored this band all year because it's Ryan Gosling and his best friend. Yeah, that Ryan Gosling. Turns out the actor and his mysterious friend have a little Halloween groove and some real musical talent in them. Well, a lot of Halloween groove in them. Weird, haunting little stomper of a track. They better have more of these.

Beat Radio - "Sleepwalker"

Bedroom pop music, literally made that way. Just New Yorker Brian Sendrowitz, sampling his way out into the world with a guitar and help from some friends. Sendrowitz is singing about being lonely and loveless and depressed, but sounding pretty upbeat about it. As good as BOAT, and fully ten million times better then than that douche Waaves. And there's a whole lot more to download at the Beat Radio Web site.

Alvin Band - Ate

A guy and his mouth, also sampling his way out into the world. I defer to Worthless Wit: "as interesting and complex as Bjork's Medulla but as listenable and infectious as Animal Collective's unstoppable Merriweather Post Pavillion." Mindblowingly amazing.

Flaming Lips - "The Ego's Last Stand"

This track float's along with an ethereal, haunting ego-crushing bafflement until exploding open with a repetition of the phrase "there's no way out" and some rock and roll pounding, before powering forward to some sort of psychedelic touchdown. The song is emblematic of all of Embryonic - requiring multiple listens to figure it out. Not that the Lips are ever that immediate, which is part of their enduring studio talent, but this is not a simple record. An interesting and welcome turn after the increasing (and no less welcome) accessibility of the last couple of albums.

Thom Yorke - "Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses"

I was conflicted about including half a two-song EP on here but, uh, whatever. This song has a groove that rivals anything the Chemical Brothers did in the late 90s, only softer and with a mean streak that only Yorke can pull off. That lazy eye is coming to get you - I'd run like hell.

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