November 2013 // Good Clean Grief, You Must Believe
1. “Close to Me” — Sabrepulse :: The feeling of teetering on the verge of collapsing into ecstatic fits of heart-pounding glee. Yes, that good.
1.5 "Computer Love" — The Balanescu Quartet :: (I listened to this song so much that Spotify took it down. It really was a crucial part of my month, so I linked a live video). This version is so arresting and joyous it takes my breath away.
2. "Back to Land" — Wooden Shjips :: God bless you, Wooden Shjips. Reliably generating satisfying psychedelic rock since 2007. (New album is great, of course.)
3. "Vesper" — Liar :: Samples from the new Liar release include: Nina Simone’s cover of “Strange Fruit” (unwarranted, in my opinion), The Weeknd, My Dying Bride (whaaat?), and in this song, Justin Timberlake.
4. “Black Tuna Gang” — Morgan Delt :: A friend recommended this, saying it was somewhere between Italian movie scores and 60s psychedelia. A wholly accurate description.
5. "Come Out, Come Down, Fade Out, Be Gone" — 120 Days :: Can’t believe I’d never heard of this band before. Super spacey. Reminds me of U2, M83, and maybe New Order in places. It’s perfect driving music.
6. "Lights Out" — Pop. 1280 :: Best live show. Like Smells Like Children meets The Birthday Party meets dirty punk rock. I know comparing bands to other bands is sort of a cop out (and two in a row, ouch) but I feel it’s effective enough to occasionally justify.
7. "Nothing Here" — Holy Other :: I can’t get enough of Holy Other this month. I went through this obsession with the song “Touch” a year ago, but it’s like it just occurred to me that he had a whole thirteen other songs for me to be infatuated with, plus a couple of remixes. And as with the other songs for November, there are so many feelings. Really I suppose this is a dampening, deadening of feelings, but that’s how I’ve always rolled, so it’s perfect for me. A friend of mine also noted that it is “solid lonely drinking music” which is also apt.
8. "Flower" — Moby :: B side off of Play. What swell. How can you ever listen to this album and feel hopeless?
9. "The Song We Used to Call ‘Wasting Time’" — The Riverboat Gamblers :: I’ve been working on a playlist for someone that’s supposed to, uh, be based off of the Bride of Chucky soundtrack. So hyper shitmetal and pop punk. Or at least capture that feeling. I started making it and just veered off course and remembered that at one period in my life, this album was The Best Thing I Had Ever Heard. As far as pop punk goes, it still is.
10. "Last Time" — Natasha Kmeto :: Found her while looking for more Holy Other sounds. A little different than what I was in the mood for, but that haunting piano really does it for me. It’s so fucking moody, though.
11. "Goin’ Against Your Mind" — Built to Spill :: I just figured out that Built to Spill are the smarter, better Weezer. I wish I had listened to all those people who knew that before me. Sorry, everyone I’ve ever known.
12. "The Irony of It All" — The Streets :: From the lyrics, the phrase “good clean grief” would not get out of my head. Good Clean Grief!
13. "Mirror in the Dark" — Twin Shadow :: I know I’ve posted this song before, but man, all those feelings. All. Those. Feelings.