I really like the big sort of warp & woof, sturm & drang, of these sorts of songs from the Decemberists. I listened the hell out of them; I'm still taking a break from them in my day to day listening. I'm happy to have them in a new context, so I can re-enjoy them.
2. "Fake Palindromes" by Andrew Bird
This reminds me of one of those songs you'd hear on a commercial or SNL & be like "this is pretty good!"
3. "Cast A Shadow" by Yo La Tengo
I like listening to music that reminds me of girls in high school dancing (when I was in high school-- not like, lecherously). Which is what this reminds me of; sitting at a bar waiting for a local band to come out & play & wispy alternagirls dancing.
4. "John Allyn Smith Sails" by Okkervil River
Sometimes this gets a little much, a little "on the nose" of what it is going for. That isn't me hating on it; it obviously gets some shiver in the bones, in the timbers. I mean-- the Beach Boys thing is just a twist of the knife any day of the week, you know?
5. "Someplace" by Brittle Stars
This is a bit ethereal for my tastes; like, it floats past & I miss it. Which is in fact what happened; I realized it was on, listened to the first bit, but then got caught up in my own thoughts.
6. "If Looks Could Kill" by Camera Obscura
Probably the song of theirs I am most familiar with-- is it the hit? I am not really sure what to do about this song-- it kind of reminds me of Belle & Sebastian that way; too cute to take seriously, but trying to be taken as such.
7. "Your Rocky Spine" by Great Lake Swimmers
Oh, post-Elliot Smith strumming! There is something about the Great Lakes, as bodies of water, that put a dark influence on everybody, isn't there? I really like this one.
8. "The Lights Go Down" by E.L.O.
Electric Lights Orchestra! When the 80s rear their head in the most unexpected way, it is pretty great. This makes me think of a super brilliant 80's teensploitation movie. The bully turned good gets the girl, the nerdy guy gets the girl, & they dance at the goth prom!
9. "Peach, Plum, Pear" by Joanna Newsom
The first time I heard this was in a short film katja made. I thought it was very striking them, & it segued me into Newsom in general. It is still a song with hook; that harpsichord is both super yearning & fun at the same time?
10. "Broadripple is Burning" by Margot & the Nuclear So & So's
A harmonica I'm apparently a sucker for? I think the indie reinvention of folk music really works. Soulful guys can get under my nerves, but this isn't past my tortured threshold.
11. "Down at the Sea" by Beat Happening
This sort of back-beat twee is something that will always be associated with you, probably because you introduced me to All-Girl Summer Fun Band. The return to early brit-beat rock & roll is alright with me!
12. "Ragged Wood" by Fleet Foxes
More Brian Jones yodeling right off the bat. You know, I think the problem with some bands is they are just produced, not over produced or under produced, both of which I like. There are a few moments of overlapping sound here that I really like, the peaks on the song.
13. "Lost Coastlines" by Okkervil River
pluck, pluck, pluck! This whole cd I've been really taken with the plinking of stringed instruments. Once the bass starts & things start coming together...wait, who is that singing with him? Is that hilariously Lou Reed? Yeah, I've known about these guys but now listening to them they are growing on me.
14. "Conquest" by the White Stripes
Halfway between Hanna Barbara, Kill Bill, & Ozzy!
15. "'One Fine' Hammer" by The Breeders
I don't get it? Why "One Fine" Hammer instead of "Divine" Hammer? Still; early Breeders! Kim Deal, you & everyone else from the Pixies, contentious or not, are all in my cool book forever.
16. "The Funeral" by Band of Horses
This is the song they play while the girl lies on her bed & the camera spirals around her like she's flying off into space. Then maybe the credits roll.
17. "Anthems for a 17 Year Old Girl" by Broken Social Scene
I feel like this is a song to listen to in the dark. Maybe driving in a car, or sitting in a chair with a glass of whiskey. Maybe that is what I just want to do sometimes anyway though.
18. "Okkervil River Society" by Okkervil River
More accordian! The slow of this album is making me want to like any slightly atypical instrument. Then more with the plucking of the strings. You sure loaded this up with Okkervil, & it is working. I keep thinking he's quoting something-- Neutral Milk Hotel maybe? Not really, just the way his patterns are going at certain breaks.
19. "Patient Eyes" by PM Dawn
So weird. Hah. Of course, If I start dipping into my "classics" it will get really weird really fast.
20. "Dear Friends" by Nobou Uematsa
An outro! I always like codas, which this very much is. Now I'm ready to burn your next one. Oh, it might be too long & I might have to trim it...sad.