Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Playlist of the Week: A Dozen Givings of Thank

My plan of attack is tasty.

A dozen songs for you since I'm so full of pre-Thanksgiving heat so hard right now it's not even funny.  The next installment of my "2012 Revisitations" series is coming this week since after all the eating and football and yelling at your parents for being pushy about your life/career/ and/or how their lingering resentment over the 2012 election is getting old and them yelling at you for not moving fast enough toward marriage/kids/professional advancement/home ownership and eating leftovers and being bored with Black Friday since you're smart enough to shop online and you don't need to go out and deal with that beating but yet your other friends are out of town, lying about being busy and/or needing to spend time with the aforementioned family, you're gonna need some reading material.  Never fear, I've got you so so so covered as I take a deeper look at the exhausting to type so I'll cut and paste The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do by Fiona Apple so that you don't have to/can listen to for the first time/again and then thank me/send me a gift basket.

So until then, here is a long overdue playlist of music featuring (I think it's safe to say) absolutely ZERO American Music Award nominees including.  Highlights include:

  • New music from Oberhofer--an indie pop spazz hailing from the Pacific Northwest who I'm sure is living in Brooklyn by now but that's okay because the music is engaging and anxious and magnetic. Big thanks to the lovely Lori Smith for pointing me toward a new rad discovery.
  • "Quality" by Copperheads--an excellent track from their tone-committed, uncompromisingly hard-charging debut Apocalyptic Behavior. Yes, the record label I own produced this. Yes, I am proud because I know all the hard work put into making it.  Simply stated, I would own/promote/love this even if the aforementioned statements weren't true. I have discovered the primal, passionate truth that late 70's punk and post-punk pre-cursors (think The Fall, early Joy Division, Buzzcocks) were attempting to convey--and their new prophet is Copperheads.  Don't believe me?  Read a review.
  • New track from Real Estate's Matthew Mondanile and his side project Ducktails.  If you like the smooth chillwaved pace of Real Estate with a few more twists, turns, and audible layers, you'll enjoy the retro-bend of "The Flower Lane".
  • "Honey Joy" by Royal Headache.  This Aussie rock outfit plays super lo-fi, pop-tinged rock 'n' roll with something you've rarely heard--a singer with the vocal stylings more often found in 60's soul records.  The approach takes a lot of old elements and makes something--if not uniquely new--at the very minimum joyous in its execution.

Everyone else, press the play button in the box below the track listing.

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