song obsession friday! (for the week ending July 25)

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):
KiD CuDi – the Prayer (mp3) (free)

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Gorilla Vs Bear turned me onto this track. Based on duh, this is one of my favorite hip hop tracks in a while. I


Rob:
Steven Delopoulos – 12 West Front Street (mp3) (buy)

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It’s been a while since I’ve been on top of things enough to send one of these in, and so I’ll ease back in with some safely slick S/SW fare from Steven Delopoulos, whose Greek-tinged FM bleat is on my permanent list of voices I’d love to have. Aside from the vox, he plucks a solid
six strings, though that particular talent is often cushed into a pile of production, as on this cut. The “obsession” of this song can mostly be attributed to the fall-off melodic hook at the end of each verse (“ro-o-oad”, etc.,) which gets stuck in my head way too fast, and overall there are enough changes going on underneath the surface of acoustic pop to hold my interest at least for a week.

David (not Dave):
the Blakes – Lint Walk (mp3) (buy)

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Sometimes I feel like I’m just reposting the-best-of-the-best-of KEXP’s finds. Apparently, the key to my heart is 80s vocal stylings and 90s lofi/e6 keyboards. Who knew.

Keith:
Katy Perry – Self Inflicted (mp3) (buy)

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Every once in awhile something seriously foreign to my oh-so-erudite tastes worms its way into my consciousness and takes hold like a deer tick. Such is the case with Katy Perry, who first came to my attention through an aural discretion of the exemplary 80’s power pop hit “Your Love” by The Outfield. For some reason (probably the cleavage) I paid attention, and when the full length came through I was on board. This one’s sloppily written, hideously overproduced and yet has somehow climbed way up my personal top 10.

Update: I managed to have the wrong mp3 for David’s selection earlier. It’s been changed.



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