song obsession friday! (for the week ending October 24)

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 Acorn – Darcy (mp3) (buy)

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I first heard this song a couple weeks ago as the Ohbijou cover on their Acorn split 12″ (which you can stream here). Ohbijou played a really nice version of it on Tuesday and I had to hear more of it. First I listened to the stream and then found the Acorn version. I’m obsessed with the song more than either particular version–they’re both really nice–but the Ohbijou version works a little better. The song has some nice juxtaposition of steady tempo and off-tempo musical figures and the bass line gives the song a nice grounding.


Keith:
Joel R.L. Phelps – Wading in the Water (mp3) (buy)

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One of the truly heartbreaking crimes against good music is the seeming retirement of former Silkworm frontman Joel RL Phelps. I’m not at all an autograph seeker but when I witnessed his bracing live show back in the late 90’s I had to get his signature on a recent ep. His embarrassment was exacerbated by the giggly presence of Naomi (of Damon & fame – oh, may I drop a name?) who encouraged him to complete the task for this adoring fan.



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