Song obsession friday! (for the week ending September 28)

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):
Mobius Band – Friends Like These (mp3) (buy)

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I heard this one from stereogum initially. Since then I’ve been taken by the mix of upbeat/ dancey beats and melancholy synths, vocals, lyrics, etc. The chorus is also fantastic.

Keith:
The Pearlfishers – Womack and Womack (mp3) (buy)

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The name Prefab Sprout may not be held in reverential tones anymore … ok it’s lucky to even be remembered by anyone under 30. And the Pearlfishers are lucky to be recalled by anyone of any age. But the latter has pulled off the coup of channeling the jubilant spirit of the former on their new Marina album released 9/25. And what an incredibly accurate knockoff it is, from the northern soul namedropping of this song’s title to the infectiously sumptuous tone of the horn-riddled chorus to the soaring vocals that barely contain their joy for its subject. This is overproduced late 80’s English pop at it’s finest, circa 2007.

David (not Dave):
They Might Be Giants – Don’t Let’s Start (mp3) (buy)

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“No one in the world ever gets what they want and that is beautiful” popped into my head earlier this week and I couldn’t get it out. It’s shocking to me how strong TMBG lyrics can be. But no one takes them seriously. I heard Chuck Klosterman say something brilliant a few months ago, which I will now parapharse “Nirvana … lots of people say Nirvana was just doing what the Pixies had done five years earlier. But the difference is that Nirvana sounded like the meant it, but the Pixies were always joking around. People have a much harder time taking humor seriously.” I think that applies to TMBG as well. Except for the line about “Deputy daw dog a ding dang depadepa”


Edwin:
Animal Collective – For Reverend Green (mp3) (buy)

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I think the new AC album, Strawberry Jam, has been the most immediate of theirs yet for me. This song in particular stands out because I think it showcases some of the groups most unique qualities that they have been working on throughout their past few albums. It’s Avey Tare and Geologists’s show. Geologist’s electronic manipulation of the guitar forms a perfect undercurrent, and Avey’s vocals are at their best ever. Every album has featured at least one passage of his joyful, climactic shouts/howls, but they’ve never sounded more fulfilling than they do on this song. :)

Scott:
No Age – Every Artist Needs a Tragedy (mp3) (buy)

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Natalie:
Gillian Welch – Revelator (mp3) (buy)

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Gillian’s voice is amaaaaazing. The guitars in this song is amaaaazing. That’s all I can say, I’m speechless. Also, I’m getting really excited about her and the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival at Golden Gate Park Oct 6-7.



One Response to “Song obsession friday! (for the week ending September 28)”

  1. [...] Mobius Band Friends like These (original post) As soon as the circuit-bent keyboards came in under the melancholy vocals, I am pretty sure I was hooked. The juxtaposition of dancey beat with the melancholy vocals and keyboard probably helps it get its hooks into my brain. [...]

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