song obsession friday! (for the week ending July 26)

Song obsessions are those songs that we listen to on repeat. I noticed that my obsessions are often a week long. I also thought that other people might have similar obsessions. I’ve collected a panel of a few like-minded individuals and gotten their “song obsessions of the week.” Quite often it’s easy to explain why the song is good; it’s much hard to explain why we’re obsessed. Maybe you’ll become obsessed with one of these.

Adrian (me): John Vanderslice – Numbered Lithograph (mp3) (buy)

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With him coming down do an in-studio with me this week, there was a lot of listening to Vanderslice’s new album, both because it was new, good and exciting and for “preparation”. I was liking the shear weirdness of the sounds on this one anyway, but he also played it live and I got to hear it stripped down; the songwriting is solid on it as well. f

Scott:
Abe Vigoda – Animal Ghosts (mp3) (buy)

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nice, bittersweet tropical punk (no, not ska…). they’re playing at ATA in the mission on sunday, and i’m trying my best to go.

Oz:
Cracklin Moth – Eulogy for Bashu (mp3) (exclusive at HearYa)

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Thanks to Adrian, I’m actually obsessed with Or, the Whale right now,. Over at HearYa, however, we recently recorded a live session in Chicago with a band called Cracklin Moth. They’ve released two EP’s and have a unique alt-country sound, thanks to Matt Ammerman’s vocals and Rocco Labriola’s pedal steel. “Eulogy for Bashu” is a previously unreleased track that is glued to my ears.

Keith:
Steven Jesse Bernstein – Man Upstairs (mp3) (buy)

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Steven Jesse Bernstein’s overly precise style promotes obsession. This tale is narrated by a man who has divorced himself from life’s social obligations, yet still intensely focuses on those few interactions he can passively observe. The repetitive description of this daily existence immerses us into his routine. Eventually we become as observant and focused as he is, unconsciously becoming the characters in the story. Attentive repeat spins create as many questions as they answer, as seemingly random details are divulged like bait for a too curious prey.

Dave:
Band of Horses – Funeral (mp3) (buy)

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I wasn’t necessarily obsessed with a song this week, but this one always seems to find its way back into heavy rotation for me, whenever I hear it I have to listen to it at least twice. I love the way it basically explodes out of the quiet parts, making me want to air-drum. The breakdown at the end adds a lot as well. It doesn’t waste any time building, which I usually like, but the suddenness of it works here.

Andy:
Geoff Farina – Femme Damnees (mp3) (buy)

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Titled after a Philip Larkin poem, this is one of Geoff Farina’s gems. Simple and short, I often find myself listening to it repeatedly. Often, I’ll throw this 10-minute/4 song EP into my car CD player, and not get to any of the other tracks before I get to where I’m going.

Woo! End of July! Fun!



3 Responses to “song obsession friday! (for the week ending July 26)”

  1. […] Adrian: John Vanderslice – Numbered Lithograph […]

  2. Oz says:

    Dave – You may be less obsessed after seeing this: http://www.sddialedin.com/2007/07/band-of-horses-hates-me.html.

    It opens up a whole new discussion, but Ben Bridwell might hate you for talking about him on a blog.

    I love the last BOH album, but it’s a little bittersweet now. I’ll listen to the next, but I’ll have less patience.

  3. dave says:

    Well, unfortunately some good musicians are douchebags and don’t understand it’s the fans who pay their bills, buy their records, etc. It sucks, but it doesn’t surprise me. Fortunately it doesn’t change the fact that the music is good. I mean, James Brown was supposedly a HUGE asshole.

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