I've realised that I don't talk enough about music on this here blog; I know I maintain a pure reviews site, but sometimes that's too much writing when all I want to do is note how good some songs I'm listening to are, or just want to talk about bands that have excited me. So, here's a partial list of tunes I've heard and liked lately:
- The High Speed Scene, "The IROC-Z Song" - a song about Camaros and spinning donuts out in front of Taco Bell is totally SoCal - didn't even need to look it up, but a Google search confirmed that the band is from El Lay (as Christgau might say). A classic candidate to be featured on "The OC", if it hasn't been already. Whether that's a good thing or not is up for debate.
- The Silent League, "Christmas Time Is Here" - totally out of season, but it's delicate.
- Death Cab For Cutie, "All is Full of Love" - I love cover versions, and this is one to love. Points added for daring to cover Bjork.
- Louis XIV, "Illegal Tender" - ooh, that dirty guitar sound. Reminds me of the Standells and other "Nuggets"-type garage bands. For that matter, Louis XIV's Illegal Tender EP is really good, with tunes like "Marc" and the obvious but insanely catchy "Finding Out True Love is Blind". More Treaty of Ratisbon than Revocation of the Edict of Nantes i.e. a high point for Louis XIV. (Thanks to A-level history I know more about 17th-century French history than I will ever use, so I might as well slip in references to the Sun King where I can...)
Regardless of my disagreement, write more about music! There aren't enough Singaporean bloggers who write decently about music!
Funny you say that about Ben Gibbard's voice, I always find it quite appealing at first, and then after a while it gets cloying for me. The best thing he's ever done for me is that cover of Complicated, beyond that I experience rapidly diminishing marginal utility.
Funny again that you like the austerity of the cover - that's exactly what I found unimaginative about it!
But vive la difference, yes? :)
Bjork to me is more like an old standards singer, adopting personas for the songs she sings, an interpreter of sorts (even if she writes the songs herself). That tends to create a certain distance between singer and song. (Steely Dan do similar things with technology to get that very cool feel.)