song obsession friday! (for the week ending March 27)

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):
An Horse – Little Lungs (mp3) (buy)

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Mumford & Sons – Little Lion Man (mp3) (buy)

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I saw 43 bands in 4 days last week. When I wasn’t at shows, I was sleeping or eating or blogging. A lot of that time was spent listening to An Horse’s album Rearrange Beds for whatever reason. Though not the best song on the album, “Little Lungs” is the one that would stick in my head a couple hours…until I saw a live band at least. I like the tension in the first half that releases into a nice build to a loud part near the end. Basically, give the song a couple minutes before you judge it.

As I said, the band that most changed my opinion of them at SxSW was Mumford & Sons. They put on a great set and that made me re-evaluate their recorded music. I’ve been listening to their stuff quite a lot since I got back and this is the song that most sticks in my head. (Too bad I won’t be able to ever play it on the radio due to all the FCC violations.)

Keith:
Neko Case – People Got a Lotta Nerve (mp3) (buy)

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I try not to align myself with the slobbering Neko Case fanboys searching for symbolism in the cover of her new disc (is that a COUGAR she’s perched upon?) – but this new effort is big-time obsessive-worthy. My wife quipped that “she sounds like Kirsty MacColl” during our shared commute last week. My response – “That’s not a problem – that’s an ASSET.” I do sorta wish she did some Hall and Oates covers though.

Oz:
Love Language – Lalita (mp3) (buy)

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Caught Love Language at SXSW and they are my favorite band of the moment. Their self-titled debut album, released earlier this year, is a low-fi masterpiece. If memory serves, the lead singer recorded in his house and played every instrument.


Andy:
the Eulogies – Bad Connection (mp3) (pre-order)

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This song came to me via H. Hirway’s twitter account. I had not previously heard Eulogies, but I like Hrishi, and generally trust his taste in music, so I decided to give it a listen. It’s a very nice piano/voice/reverb tune with just a touch of guitar to fill in around the edges. It started getting plays simply because it was on my work computer’s desktop, and was easy to load, but after a few listens, the melody started to stick – “Hope you find me // If I try to run away” ran through my head about a thousand times. If that doesn’t qualify as an obsession, I’ve got nothing.



7 Responses to “song obsession friday! (for the week ending March 27)”

  1. Sir,

    A most felicitous post. I am indebted to you for introducing my aural faculties to these wonderfully exotic melodious strains.

    Yours, etc.

    Dr. T

  2. BMack says:

    Love Language is freaking spectacular! Their energy they exude during thier shows is so addicting! I recomend you listen to Sparxxxxxx, Manteo, Providence, and Two Rabbits

  3. kata rokkar says:

    were you at the An Horse show the other night?

  4. adrian says:

    I wasn’t. It was a tough call but I decided I needed to go to the Tallest Man on Earth show at the Rickshaw instead. A review of that show is forthcoming. How was An Horse?

  5. adrian says:

    Dr. T, nice diction. I am glad that these compositions produce pleasing responses in your auditory cortex.

  6. kata says:

    An Horse was good. Wintersleep killed it though.
    Love those guys.

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