Sunday, March 27, 2011

Fiver - Episode II: Electric Boogaloo

Do you ever get into one of those funks when your record collection leaves ya feelin' a bit, I dunno... "meh"? You know, the same ol', same ol' because you know every song by heart. This happens to me every once in a while. Then I hear something that simply hits the right chord and I discover a song or a band I didn't even know I was waiting for, even though I was. 

Here are Five

1. Toro Y Moi "Got Blinded"
From the album Underneath The Pine (2011, Carpark)
A beehive of an album, with Stereolab and Beach Boys records shoved into it, and the friendly bees that live there are shoveling their honey into your mouth. Two sweet scoops at a time.

2. Medic Hands "Lauren"
From the single Lauren (2011, self released)
My friend Lauren likes shoegaze (Ride, Chapterhouse, My Bloody Valentine, M83, etc.), so I  posted a link to this song on her Face Book page. Because posting music on people's FB pages - even if their first name is somehow involved - isn't annoying in the least. Nope. Not at all.

3. Title Tracks "All Tricks"
From the album In Blank (2011, Ernest Jenning)
You know that dance white kids used to do in all of those teen movies from the '80 where they bop up and down and move their arms side-to-side like they're holding ski poles? This song is perfect for that dance!

4. The High "Take Your Time"
From the EP Somewhere Soon (1990, Polygram)
You like Stone Roses? You'll like this. You like James? You'll like this. You like Inspiral Carpets? You'll like this. You like nearly every jangle-pop band that came out of the early '90's Britpop scene? You'll like this. Now eat something; you're so skinny!

5. Lower Dens "Tea Lights"
From the album Twin Hand Movement (2010, Gnomonsong)
Words cannot express just how awesomely understated this bittersweet gem from Lower Dens truly is, which is a shame since you are reading words right at this very moment. Just listen to this subtle song build to its peak and use grunts and coughs to express your opinion, if needs be.

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