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1000 Minutes: Dave #31

I was set on doing an all Tokyo Police Club 1K today, but then I came across something that was most worthy of mentioning. So I’ll explain that in a minute. Onward.

62. Tokyo Police Club – Nature Of The Experiment (mp3) from A Lesson In Crime EP (2:01) [Time Remaining: 750:26]

63. Tokyo Police Club – Nature of the Experiment (RAC Mix) (mp3) from RAC Volume 1 (2:12) [Time Remaining: 748:14]

Dave Monks has a way with words. One of the preeminent lyricists in my opinion in fact. He has a way of talking about something and getting his point across fluidly without clubbing you over the head with its meaning. I love that. This song is off one of the band’s early EP’s, demonstrating their prowess in garage rock/post-punk and shaming other debuts handily. I have many a song from this young band that already deserves a place in my 1K, but today I’ve chosen to add what is very possibly my favorite TPC track along with its equal value in remix.

64. Dappled Cities – Fire Fire Fire (mp3) from Granddance (3:48) [Time Remaining: 744:26]

I hadn’t planned on including this particular song on this week as I mentioned previously. It would assuredly make it onto the list at some point, but I had visions of an all TPC post to glorify them as one of my favorite bands. Then I came across this. If you check out the zip archives section of this particular page you will see the ability to download the entire album from whence this song came, not to mention and additional zip comprised of three additional songs. Not bonus disc, bonus zip. Though all of this could be considered a bonus I think.

I already own the album, almost solely because of first hearing Fire (x3). It is very catchy and impeccably done, and I think you should not be disappointed if you haven’t ever heard of the band. They are from Australia but it isn’t their fault. So give them a chance. I’ve given you the chance to do just that.

1000 Minutes: Dave #XXX

I’m impressed that Andy and I have not duplicated any songs between us thus far. I find that impressive because we wouldn’t have started writing this thing together unless we had at least similar tastes. There are certainly some songs on his list that will eventually make it onto mine. I’m specifically referring to one he chose to write about this week. I don’t know if there are any on my list he thinks he will add because I haven’t asked him. But nonetheless I am still slightly impressed we have gone so far with no redundancies. Onto my next installment of the 1K.

60. The Coral – Dreaming of You (mp3) from The Coral (2:21) [Time Remaining: 756:20]

This song was written and performed by a very young group of gentleman in the early Aughts. It has a decidedly retro feel and simple, yet powerful lyrics. I had this song as a ring-tone for a long time a few phones back. I don’t have any deep emotional attachments to it but I have always very much enjoyed the brief two minutes whenever I hear it played.

61. Mellowdrone – Fashionably Uninvited (mp3) from A Demonstration of Intellectual Property (3:53) [Time Remaining: 752:27]

This song has been a mixed cd staple of mine for a very long time. I don’t recall where and how I first heard it and I don’t know who else, if anyone has had the pleasure of enjoying it. All I know is I was immediately caught by the power of this song – more so for the music than anything else – but the pain is discernible within his voice when he is wailing that he’d die if someone or something is leaving him. The lyrics don’t convey any direct emotion about a particular person, it seems more about what is going on around him. What is apparent to me at times is that this guy doesn’t actually have the greatest singing voice, but that has never really diminished my enjoyment of this song in any way.

1000 Minutes: Andy #32

Not feeling particularly creative or attentive apparently, for today’s chapter of my 1000 Minutes Project I chose two songs of exactly the same length.  I’m sure someone with more knowledge of fate/numerology/whatever might have something to say about the meaning of this, but I just kind of figure that when you choose 250 songs or so, two are bound to be the same length.  Anyway, let’s get into it:

65. Amos Lee – Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight (mp3) from Amos Lee (3:08) [Time Remaining: 684:30]

There’s a vein of simple, hopeful sadness running right through the opening track of Amos Lee’s eponymous debut album.  It’s thoughtful about the end of relationships – with a city, with a landlord, with a girlfriend.  While the song is at its most basic about the attempt to achieve a balance in one’s life, it’s also a gentle reminder to appreciate that with which we’ve been blessed.

Often the word home is confused with the structures in which we live; it’s stabilizing to remember that wherever we all end up, it’s our loved ones that are really our homes.  And if nothing else, I can’t get over how perfectly the sentiment conveyed right at the start of the second verse is:

I’m in love with a girl who’s in love with the world; I can’t help but follow.

66. Josh Rouse – Winter in the Hamptons (mp3) from Nashville (3:08) [Time Remaining: 681:22]

There comes a point each year – right around the end of March – when my spring fever really starts to kick in.  The winters around Rochester are long, often severe, and an overall pain in the ass.  (See: Lake-Effect Snow.)  After the Super Bowl, there’s another month and a half (at least) of terrible weather.  It’s enough to affect a person’s sanity.

But, as March draws to a close, things finally start to look up as far as our weather is concerned.  The ground is mostly visible – except for the two-story snow mounds in parking lots around the city, and the constant threat of snow is gone.  Despite the lingering chill in the air, Josh Rouse’s “Winter in the Hamptons” always puts me squarely in the mood for warmer days, as if having my car scraped by snow plows for three months wasn’t enough.

1000 Minutes: Andy #31

This week’s chapter of my 1000 Minutes Project is far more nostalgic than I intended it to be at the outset, but it’s not a bad place to look back upon.  To see where I’ve been already with this project, check out my full list.

63. Broken Social Scene – 7/4 (Shoreline) (mp3) from Broken Social Scene (4:54) [Time Remaining: 692:49]

While not nearly as affected by it as some, I certainly enjoyed – and even partially identified with – Steven Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  The most famous line of the novel – “and in that moment, I swear we were infinite” – even has a home on Urban Dictionary as being “one of the greatest lines from the greatest book ever.”  While that definition can almost certainly be classified as hyperbole, the feeling the quote describes is undeniably true.

This song gives me that feeling of the infinite.  It’s a hand outside of the window while on a road trip.  It’s the nervous twinge of excitement about what the next day will bring.  And it’s as unforgettable as any of the experiences that define us.

64. Ben Folds Five – Underground (mp3) from Ben Folds Five (4:11) [Time Remaining: 687:38]

Following close on the heels of The Perks of Being a Wallflower – at least in terms of the teenage need for finding acceptance – is the mid-nineties geek/piano rock of Ben Folds Five.  I’d be lying if I told you that I was up on Ben Folds Five when their eponymous debut was released; like most people, I heard them when I when “Brick” was everywhere.  Saving up my dollars from my teenage job stocking shelves at the local drugstore, I bought Whatever and Ever Amen and then, working backwards, I discovered Ben Folds Five.

When I look back at it today “Underground” was more influential than “Brick” could have been.  The thematic elements of “Brick” were so far removed from my seventeen year old mindset that they simply made for a sad, thoughtful song rather than one upon which I could have any personal claim.  But “Underground,” in all of its rollicking, inclusive glory, was much more my speed – just a little to the left (or right, as it was then) of where I assumed most everyone to be, and completely perfect.

1000 Minutes: Dave #29

Not that I’m getting to the point where I need to choose other songs off of favorite albums, not by any means whatsoever, but that’s what I’ve done today. If you’re new to the site, here is what this is all about.

58. Idlewild – Idea Track (mp3) from 100 Broken Windows (3:13) [Time Remaining: 763:41]

Idlewild is a favorite band of mine almost solely based on the strength of this album. I have enjoyed their subsequent records, but very few albums – by Idlewild or otherwise – will ever be able to measure up to 100 Broken Windows. This song has lyrics that are slightly nonsensical, yet poetic. Once again, as usually is the case for me, it is the conjunction of the music and the vocals that make the song a highlight. The harmonies and guitar work mesh so lovely together. Everything comes together perfectly to form a beautiful three minutes. Even the barely audible poem recitation in the background adds to what is an amazing song.

59. Interpol – PDA (mp3) from Turn On The Bright Lights (5:00) [Time Remaining: 758:41]

This song is all about Daniel Kessler’s guitar. Much like all other Interpol tracks, the lyrics are deliberately (or perhaps not) obtuse. Written about the end of a relationship where the narrator believes a portion of the blame should be placed on his former partner; I don’t relate much to what is actually being said. The bridge is fantastic, and it’s really the music – not the lyrics – along with the harmonies towards the end that sweep me into an imaginary world where the actual lyrics are nothing close to what I imagine the band is trying to convey. I guess I’m just not much of a lyrics analyzer and focus more on what songs mean to me instead.

1000 Minutes: Andy #30

Welcome to the unofficial start of fall.  My hours at work are extended by an hour starting today, so I’ll use that as a reason to keep the introduction to the latest installment of my 1000 Minutes project short.  Let’s get into it:

61. The Tragically Hip – Escape Is At Hand For The Travellin’ Man (mp3) from Phantom Power (4:23) [Time Remaining: 700:21]

Now sixty songs in, I’m going to repeat a couple of my favorite bands – starting with the grossly under-appreciated Tragically Hip.  Perhaps it’s that this album came out over a decade ago now, during my late teens when my world was much less in order that the music remains so intriguing to me.  Musically haunting and lyrically vague, “Escape Is At Hand for the Travellin’ Man” tells the story of a missed connection – a cosmic “What if?”  Eleven years later, the song’s taken on new meanings – not ones that are nearly so sad, but ultimately hopeful, thankful.  And aren’t those songs – the ones that grow with us – the best ones anyway?

62. The Black Keys – Meet Me In the City (mp3) from the Chulahoma EP (3:38) [Time Remaining: 696:43]

As a recent convert to The Black Keys, I’ve been making my way through their back catalogue since discovering them with last year’s Attack & Release.  Their Chulahoma EP – a collection of 6 Junior Kimbrough covers – is simply spectacular.  It showcases the band’s blues influence in a different form than the straight-ahead rock that they most often employ.  “Meet Me In the City” is a song that hearkens back to something simpler while The Black Keys make it undoubtedly modern in their take on it.  It’s easy, comfortable – a testament to the song’s creator that it is still as fresh today as it would have been to the song’s intended target.

1000 Minutes: Dave #28

I hope everyone has an enjoyable Labor Day weekend. If anyone has no idea what Labor Day is, it’s a holiday made up by Canadians that the United States adopted, essentially because people wanted an extra day off. Read about it here. Listen to some Tympanogram-suggested music while you enjoy the fruits of their….complaining I guess would be the word. Onto my latest installment of our 1000 Minutes.

56. Arcade Fire – Une Annee Sans Lumiere (mp3) from Funeral (3:41) [Time Remaining: 772:15]

It’s surprising to me that neither Andy nor myself have mentioned Arcade Fire at all at any point during the first several months we’ve been writing about music. When this album was released I had it in my car repeating for months. My enjoyment of this song does is not fostered by the lyrics, the french vocals, nor the meaning of the song. It all boils down to the last minute or so of the song where the slow build up breaks out, and it always gives me shivers.

57. Band of Horses – The Funeral (mp3) from Everything All The Time (5:21) [Time Remaining: 766:54]

Writing about this song almost seems poser-ish at this point. It feels like everyone in the world knows this song, and I almost considered adding Wicked Gil instead. Though I may do that at a later point because I love that song too, the symmetry was too powerful. The Funeral is damn near a perfectly constructed song which is just about impossible to dislike. Every single facet of the song screams awesome. I’m sure there are some haters out there, just like that guy who commented the other day that KoL are shit. But never mind those people and just enjoy the music you like, regardless of its popularity. But then again maybe I’m making a mountain out of a much smaller thing, like a mole hill perhaps.