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.
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.
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.
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.
As I feared, I have had less and less time to work on stuff for the blog because of a busy schedule. I’m not lucky in that I can’t edit or write stuff on the blog from work, but each job has its own downfalls that I’m sure everyone can attest to. Perhaps some day I will have this luxury, but for now I will need to write things in advance or get up early. Never mind my complaining, here is the next 1000 Minute post for your reading and listening pleasure.
54. Tripping Daisy – I Got A Girl (mp3) from I Am An Elastic Firecracker (4:03) [Time Remaining: 778:42]
Today’s two songs are very closely related for me. Both are from the mid-nineties amidst my formative music listening years. Both are rather catchy and have a familiar nineties rock aesthetic. I Got A Girl is actually a fairly humorous song. I recall as a youngster wondering why someone would wear shoes in the nude. As much as I didn’t necessarily understand it, I could certainly get on board with thinking someone would possibly do so.
55. Superdrag – Sucked Out (mp3) from Regretfully Yours (2:46) [Time Remaining: 775:56]
I don’t exactly have sentimental feelings about either song, they were just catchy rock tunes that I think for certain shall remain fresh for the duration. I can always play one and bob my head and just got lost in the tune. Not all songs have to impact you emotionally, and while neither of these songs do, my love for them is no less than songs that tug at the heartstrings.
Today’s 1000 Minute post is going to be quick and to the point. Check out the linked page if you have no idea what this is about.
52. Spiritualized – Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space (mp3) from Ladies and Gentleman We Are Floating In Space (3:42) [Time Remaining: 786:42]
This song is fucking gorgeous. It should be since it is basically Pachelbel’s Cannon. And once again it was used in Vanilla Sky. Cameron Crowe certainly knows his music.
53. Spoon – I Summon You (mp3) from Gimme Fiction (3:55) [Time Remaining: 782:47]
I haven’t included a Spoon song thus far, because I couldn’t quite place which of theirs would be my favorite. They are pretty high on any list of favorite bands I might make, and since this is clearly an Sp bands type of day in my 1K, I felt it was time. To limit my search I started looking at albums as a whole to quickly eliminate possibly unworthy selections. Immediately Ga x5 was eliminated, and as much as I love it, so too was Kill the Moonlight. I also eliminated some older stuff and EP’s, and decided to focus on their modern masterpiece Gimme Fiction. From this album I selected a few favorites and ultimately decided the above track was my favorite, but man was it incredibly tough.
As you may notice, we have removed the Essential Albums page from the blog. Andy and I both wrote two relatively early, but then lost interest in doing more. We also didn’t think there was much interest out there in others reading about what albums we thought were essential. So it’s gone. We are formulating plans to add another page of some sort. In the meantime, here is my latest 1000 Minutes.
50. The La’s – There She Goes (mp3) from The La’s (2:42) [Time Remaining: 793:00]
Today I am going with two early-nineties classics. Both have seen somewhat of a resurgence, either having been covered for a film soundtrack, or used in a soundtrack itself. I recall listening to both, yet again, on BER when I was younger and loving them. Neither song’s luster has faded over time and mainstreaming. The La’s There She Goes is a beautiful song that easily fit into my early impressions of love. I love the guitar parts and the vocals and the drums all the same. For me this is just about as close to a perfect song as you can get, despite it being an incredibly simple tune. And it isn’t about heroin, as far as I’m concerned.
51. James – Laid (mp3) from Laid (2:36) [Time Remaining: 790:24]
This song is rather hilarious, and always surprising to me when played on mainstream radio. I don’t think that anyone is paying attention to the lyrics, though I can see that being easy since it is catchy as hell. The hilariousness only adds to my enjoyment of the song itself.