Song obsession friday! (for the week ending Feb 1)

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):
the Special Goodbye – Country Radio (demo mix) (mp3) (not released, buy other recordings at the artist’s myspace)

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I saw David Stockhausen and company close their set with this song on Sunday with this lovely song. I asked about it and he was nice enough to send me a rough mix of this song that they’d just recorded. There’s something really nice about the juxtaposition of the rigid beat with the malleable pedal steel with the electric piano blocking out the chords between them. The vocal melodies and harmonies work really well too.

Keith:
Chromatics – Running Up That Hill (mp3) (buy)

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My obsession with Kate Bush back in my high school days bordered on disturbing, which still deactivates portions of my critical faculties to this day. Take this restrained cover of her biggest US hit “Running Up That Hill.” Is it really the spookily brilliant creation my ears declare it is,
or is it just an off-key singer with slight range mated to a simple keyboard cadge? Only you can decide.

Dave:
Mobius Band – Secret Language (mp3) (buy)

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So after hearing and loving “Friends Like These” I decided to buy their new album and have now become obsessed with track #2. Oh man, the claps get me every time. I also like how they fake you out with the start of a breakdown at the end…PSYCH!

Rob:
Damien Jurado – Omaha (mp3) (buy)

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I’ve noticed a trend in my listening habits of late towards the soupy and sensitive lands of songwriter folkdom (maybe I should get this looked at, it could be serious.) One of the consequences of this has been a near constant rotation in my player between two superior albums of the genre: Nick Cave’s “No More Shall We Part” and Damien Jurado’s “Where Shall You Take Me?”

I like Jurado’s voice especially for its peculiar focused quality — it sounds almost like the sound is coming from a few inches in front of his mouth and has to find its way back in somehow before we’ll hear it. I guess that’s a weird way to think about it… but it’s both focused and relaxed, that’s my point, and it sounds completely different depending on his dynamic level, register, or even backing
instrumentation, making for a truly unique instrument.

Scott:
John Thill – I.E. Anthem (mp3) (buy)

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John Thill – Riverside (mp3) (buy)

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two short songs? i’ve been listening to “I.E. Anthem” and “Riverside” by John Thill. i saw him open for abe vigoda last summer. it was cool. i like sweet, nostalgic songs with people singing about their home towns. kinda a back reference to my previous obsession with the early microphones song ‘anacortes has a secret love’.



6 Responses to “Song obsession friday! (for the week ending Feb 1)”

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  2. Caleb says:

    If you like these guys you should definetly check out this band comin up out Delaware. They are called Fat Daddy Has Been and I just saw them live for the first time and they killed it. Their new album is amazing so if anyone wants to check them out you can hear it at myspace.com/FatDaddyHasBeen

  3. adrian says:

    Caleb, which guys? There are five pretty different sounding artists up there.

    Perhaps you’d like to personalize your ad next time, rather than just copying-and-pasting.

  4. libs says:

    Ohman, Damien Jurado, Omaha,… so good. I find that somg makes its way on to a lot of my mixes. And I have to admit, when I first got that album I did not like it, at all. I cast it aside and cursed it. But my goodness, has it ever grown on me. And that song in particular is so appealing… haunting… geez, that album is such good stuff… good choice!!

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