Saturday, September 20, 2014

Playlist for 9-18-14 (Possible Scottish Independence Edition)


Hey folks,

So Thursday, during my radio show, Scotland was counting the ballots from their vote to determine if they'd become their own independent country or not. In the spirit of this possibly historic event, I decided to play at least one Scottish band per block on my radio show. And while Scotland may have opted to remain part of the UK, we'll always have the three hour radio show where I could play Arab Strap without feeling like I was being unfairly dour.

Things that Are Square 9-18-14 (Possible Scottish independence edition)

(*) = New release

Belle and Sebastian - We Rule the School - Tigermilk

Camera Obscura - I Need All the Friends I Can Get - Let's Get Out of This Country
Daniel Johnston - Go - The Late Great Daniel Johntston
R.L. Kelly - Woke Up Feeling Sad - Life's a Bummer
(*) Karen O - Visits - Crush Songs

The Just Joans - Some Boys Are Bigger Than Others - 6.9 Love Songs
All Dogs - Farm - Slouch/All Dogs Split
Best Friends Forever - Ghost Song - Romance Conflict Adventure
Andrew Jackson Jihad - Survival - Candy Cigarettes, Capguns, Issue Problems and Such

Momus - "Nicky" - Circus Maximus
Palace Music - New Partner - Viva Last Blues
John Moreland - Nobody Gives a Damn About Songs Anymore - In the Throes
Birdcloud - Do What I Want - Birdcloud

(*) Shellac - Compliant - Dude Incredible
Jawbreaker - Accident Prone - Dear You
Fugazi - Merchandise - Repeater + 3 Songs
The Vaselines - Lovecraft - The Way of the Vaselines

(*) Death From Above 1979 - Cheap Talk - The Physical World
The Muslims - Walking With Jesus - Parasites/Walking With Jesus 7"
The Jesus and Mary Chain - My Little Underground - Psychocandy
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Young Adult Friction - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Mogwai - You Don't Know Jesus - Rock Action
Low - Dinosaur Act - Things We Lost in the Fire
Spiritualized - Broken Heart - Ladies and Gentleman We Are Floating in Space
White Rainbow - Gilded Golden Ladies - Zome

Arab Strap - The Long Sea - The Red Thread
The Haxan Cloak - Excavation (Part 1) - Excavation
Matmos - You (RRose Mix) - The Ganzfeld EP
Wobbly - Flee You - Project Bicycle

(*) Aphex Twin - minipops 67 [120.2][source field mix] - Syro
Balam Acab - Oh, Why - Wander/Wonder
Boards of Canada - Telephasic Workshop - Music Has the Right to Children
(*) Jabu - Limosine - Kwaidan

(*) Rustie - A Glimpse - Green Language
Unicorn Kid - Boys of Paradise - Tidal Rave EP
(*) jj - Full - V

(*) Shabazz Palaces - #Cake - Lese Majesty

Friday, September 19, 2014

Genre Research Project 67/1361: English Folk Music


Folk music of England refers to various types of traditionally based music, often contrasted with courtly, classical and later commercial music, for which evidence exists from the later medieval period. It has been preserved and transmitted orally, through print and later through recordings. The term is used to refer to English traditional music and music composed, or delivered, in a traditional style. English folk music has produced or contributed to several important musical genres, including sea shanties, jigs, hornpipes and dance music, such as that used for Morris dancing. It can be seen as having distinct regional and local variations in content and style, particularly in areas more removed from the cultural and political centres of the English state, as in Northumbria, or the West Country. Cultural interchange and processes of migration mean that English folk music, although in many ways distinctive, has particularly interacted with the music of Scotland, Ireland and Wales. It has also interacted with other musical traditions, particularly classical and rock music, influencing musical styles and producing musical fusions, such as electric folk, folk punk and folk metal. There remains a flourishing sub-culture of English folk music, which continues to influence other genres and occasionally to gain mainstream attention

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Playlist for 9-11-14


Hey guys! I finally got around to posting the playlist! I'm a monster!

Things that Are Square 9-11-14

(*) = New release

Jonathan Richman - That Summer Feeling - I, Jonathan

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Into My Arms - The Boatman's Call
Neko Case - Deep Red Bells - Blacklisted
Bill Callahan - Drover - Apocalypse
Human Behavior - Crag - Golgotha

(*) Karen O - Ooo - Crush Songs
Mirah - Monument - Advisory Committee
The Mountain Goats & Kaki King - Black Pear Tree - Black Pear Tree
Jens Lekman - You Can Call Me Al - Unreleased

The Halo Benders - Virginia Reel Around the Fountain - The Rebel's Not In
Red House Painters - Katy Song - Red House Painters
Jackie-O Motherfucker - Nice One - Flags of the Sacred Harp

Earth - Omens and Portents I: The Driver - The Bees Made Honey In the Lion's Skull
Jesu - Silver - Silver
A Silver Mt. Zion - The Triumph of Our Tired Eyes - Born Into Trouble As the Sparks Fly Upward

(*) Emperor X - Fierce Resource Allocation - The Orlando Sentinel
Martha - Bubble In My Bloodstream - Courting Strong
The Vandals - I Have a Date - Live Fast Diarrhea
(*) Joyce Manor - Heart Tattoo - Never Hungover Again

(*) Death From Above 1979 - Trainwreck 1979 - The Physical World
Unstoppable Death Machines - Life Is a Lot Like Kindergarten - We Come In Peace
(*) OOIOO - Shizuku Gunung Agung - Gamel

Snap Judgement - Gloomy Sunday - Blackout
Venetian Snares - Öngyilkos Vasárnap - Rossz Csillag Alatt Született

(*) QT - Hey QT - Hey QT
Grimes - Oblivion - Visions
Boom Bip - Last Walk Around Mirror Lake (Boards of Canada Remix) - Corymb
(*) The Bug - Void (Featuring Liz Harris) - Angels & Devils

(*) Zammuto - Good Graces - Anchor
Jónsi - Grow Till Tall - Go
Monolake - Hitting the Surface - Ghosts

(*) FKA Twigs - Pendulum - LP1

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I hate my mind and I'm stuck here in it


R.L. Kelly - "Familiar Haunt" (Life's a Bummer)

It's always nice to hear a song that really nails the experience of being depressed because it's good to know you're not alone. Right?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hey QT


QT - "Hey QT" (Hey QT)

Apparently "bubblegum bass" is a genre, and apparently I'm into it.

Genre Research Project 66/1360: Garage rock


Garage rock is a raw form of rock and roll that was first popular in the United States and Canada from about 1963 to 1967. Its name derives from the perception that many often rehearsed in a family garage.

The style was characterised by lyrics and delivery that were more aggressive and unsophisticated than in commercial pop music at the time, often, for instance, using guitars distorted through a fuzzbox. It began to evolve from regional scenes as early as 1958, heavily influenced by surf rock. The "British Invasion" of 1964-66 greatly influenced garage bands, providing them with a national audience. Thousands of garage bands were extant in the USA and Canada during the era; hundreds produced regional hits, and a handful had national chart hits. By 1968 the style largely disappeared from the national charts. It was also disappearing at the local level as amateur musicians faced college, work or the draft. During the 1960s, it was not recognized as a separate music genre and had no specific name.

In the early 1970s, some critics referred to the style as punk rock, the first form of music to bear this description; although it is sometimes called garage punk, protopunk, or 1960s punk, the style has predominantly been referred to as garage rock.

The term garage rock comes from the perception that many such performers were young and amateurish, and often rehearsed in a family garage. Some bands were made up of middle-class teenagers from the suburbs, but some were from rural or urban areas, while others were composed of professional musicians in their twenties.

The performances were often amateurish, naïve or intentionally raw, with typical themes revolving around the traumas of high school life and songs about "lying girls" being particularly common. The lyrics and delivery were notably more aggressive than was common at the time, often with growled or shouted vocals that dissolved into incoherent screaming. Instrumentation was often characterised by the use of guitars distorted through a fuzzbox. Nevertheless, garage rock acts were diverse in both musical ability and in style, ranging from crude one-chord music (like the Seeds and the Keggs) to near-studio musician quality (including the Knickerbockers, the Remains, and the Fifth Estate). There were also regional variations in many parts of America with flourishing scenes particularly in California, offering bands such as Strawberry Alarm Clock, The Electric Prunes, Dino, Desi & Billy, The Standells, and Texas, offering bands such as Sir Douglas Quintet, The 13th Floor Elevators, Sam the Sham (Wooly Bully never made #1 despite being on the Billboard Hot 100 for almost four and a half months in 1965), and Fever Tree. The Northwest states of Idaho, Washington and Oregon had perhaps the most defined regional sound with bands such as The Bootmen, The Sonics and Paul Revere & the Raiders.

It's never going away


Joyce Manor - "Heart Tattoo" (Never Hungover Again)

I am Facebook friends with Barry from this band, and I'm going to his GF's birthday party in a couple weeks. He and I aren't super close so it's unlikely that this song was written with me in mind, but it's fun to think about.