Sometimes you just want to listen to something familiar to make it through your day.
I feel the strongest tug at nostalgia and remembrance today, but that may be due to abandoning FB/IG the day before my birthday.
C’est la vie!
Here, then, are the tunes rolling around in my head, unrolled onto the blog. Please enjoy them in the spirit in which they are offered.
That last one never fails. It always gets me in my soft, creamy center.
Many years ago he Looked out through a glassless window All that he could see was Babylon Beautiful green fields and dreams And learn to measure the stars But there was a worry in his heart
He said How could it come to this? I’m really worried about living How could it come to this? Yeah, I really want to know about this
Is it like today? Then there came a day It moved out across the Mediterranean Came to western isles and the Greek young men And with their silver beards they laughed At the unknown of the universe They could just sit and guess God’s name
But they said How could it come to this? We’re really worried about living How could it come to this? Yeah, we really want to know about this
Is it like today? Then there followed days of Kings, Empires and revolution Blood just looks the same when you open the veins But sometimes it was faith, power or reason as the cornerstone But the furrowed brow has never left his face
He said How could it come to this? We’re living in a landslide How could it come to this? Yeah, we really want to know about this
Is it like today? Then there came a day Man packed up, flew off from the planet He went to the moon, to the moon Now he’s out in space Hey, fixing all the problems He comes face to face with God
He says How could it come to this? I’m really worried about my creation How did it comes to this? You’re really killing me, you know
It isn’t just today Is it like today? Is it like today? Bang!
Many years ago he Looked out through a glassless window Didn’t understand much what he saw
Did you ever get a tune stuck in your head and you just can’t stop whistling or humming it to yourself? Happens to me all the time.
In college I used to actively try to get songs stuck in Jennifer’s head by singing them when she was around. Turns out she’s incredibly susceptible to suggestion (and I imagine most other folks are too).
Maybe it’s just more proof that there aren’t any new ideas, only new combinations and both artists simply got to similar sounds around the same time. Urge Overkill’s album is from 2011; Valley Lodge’s is from 2013.
Or maybe I’m just hearing them for the first time and imagining a correlation.
Then I did a little clicking around to accompany my morning coffee and heard Haim’s cover of “‘Cause I’m A Man”. Billboard has a great little post about the versions of the song & video that are floating around the internet.
For my part, I’d only heard either single on SiriusXM, but hadn’t bought the album figuring it might go on sale soon. I did the same thing with Tame Impala’s previous album, Lonerism, which I love.
If you’re in to atmospheric pop music or psychedelic rock (something like a more melodic, less melancholy Pink Floyd) check them out.
Black Moon Spell has been out for a while now; long enough for King Tuff to make the rounds at KEXP & Conan, but it’s so terse that it feels fresh after a ton of listens. So many, in fact, that I ought to just buy both albums.
If fuzzy, guitar-driven punk-pop that dabbles in darkness like a middle schooler who’s just watched The Exorcist for the first time isn’t your thing, skip this one. Otherwise, enjoy the non-ironic rock-n-roll, black fingernail polish & turn off your brain.
This is not a music or mp3 blog, but I am a huge fan of Matthew Sweet. His Girlfriend album was one of the first CDs (not tapes) I bought with my own money and we named our youngest daughter Evangeline after the song of the same name on that album.
I’ve had his Son of Altered Beast EP for some time and I’m pretty sure I’ve had various mp3s of his copious demo albums for both Girlfriend and Altered Beast at some point but for whatever reason I’d nearly forgotten them.
Standout tracks (for me) are “Long Way To Go (Speed of Light)” and “Born in Sin” off the first CD.
So many of the other unreleased tracks are so good, you can see how they informed subsequent albums. “Bovine Connection” seems like “Cats vs. Dogs” off of Kimi Ga Suki Raifu, “It’s True” steals a riff from “Girlfriend”, “You’re Mean” could be a track off “Living Things” and “Girls” is a straight up tribute to Big Star’s “September Gurls”
The second CD has some more well-known tracks that weren’t on his full-length albums. Tracks like “Ultrasuede” and the eponymous “Superdeformed” are both good but I really enjoy the atmospheric trippiness of “Money” and the effects on “Eskimo”. Those latter songs really remind me of “In Reverse“.
Superdeformed 1 & 2 are really great additions to your music library if you’re a Matthew Sweet fan. They really show how prolific and experimental he was/is.