Friday, October 24, 2014

Jam of the Day: Oyinda - "Rush Of You"


London-based, Nigerian-born singer Oyinda singer's "Rush of You" is a fairly minimal alt-R&B track that hits all the right marks for me. Her subtle voice is the key to this track, as it equates love to a drug addiction, with the withdrawals giving her false hope that her lover will come back. The end of the track is simply the voices in her head clipped and chopped into another instrument as the feelings wash over her.

Videos of the Week


Friday cometh! Herein lies this weeks best videos:



Lonely and forlorn video for Interpol, finds the band playing in a dive bar.



A mother leaves her child in a forbidding forest that is inhabited by some weird cultists, in this eerie and odd clip from Thurston Moore.



Really cool clip from Museum of Love (a collaboration between former LCD Soundsystem drummer Pat Mahoney and Run-Roc labelhead Dennis McNan) shows a sculptor working on a piece in fast-motion.



Elaborate video from The Head and the Heart.



Chvrches share this anime-inspired video for their song "Under the Tide."



Extremely bizarre clip for this collaboration between art-pop icon Scott Walker and drone-metal titans Sunn O))).









Thursday, October 23, 2014

Non-Sequiturs


Gorgeous furry chest.


Woof.


Very hot.


Beautiful belly.


Cute.


Beefy daddy.


Lovely.


Grrrrrr.


Too much cuteness.


Adorable.


Likewise.

Bobcat kittens are so cute.

It's pretty shitty when someone tells another person about a tattoo they are going to get and other person steals the idea and has it done.

The whole U2 album release for Songs of Innocence was an unqualified disaster.

If you start off giving your opinion on science facts with the phrase "I'm not a scientist....," you just need to shut your mouth right there.

Not that I won't drink them, but shots are really not my thing.

I know I am a bad indie music fan for saying this, but I really don't care for Sleater-Kinney.


LOL.

Waze is amazing.

Coffee and a fruit smoothie do not go well together.

"Hyper-Ballad" is a perfect pop song.

I think it is incredibly lazy when an artist does a covers album.


Exactly.

The new Gwen Stefani single is very underwhelming.

I am not a fan of plastic surgery. If you want to get some to make you feel better, have fun with it, I personally would rather just age the way I am supposed to age.

I've been watching some re-runs of Sex In The City and there have been some scenes that I have some issues with. For example, the scene where Carrie interrupts Natasha's lunch in order to seek forgiveness she is wearing this quite slutty looking Christian Dior dress that is barely more than a slip. Wouldn't you think said situation would require her to dress a little more demurely?

Remember when Depeche Mode was fun? Every record since Violater and Songs of Faith and Devotion has been a over-dramatic bore.

I don't understand all the critical affection for Ariel Pink. Overrated!


Fire drills suck.

My mouth is small, so when I get back from dentist's cleaning it is sore as hell.

I really hate writing thank you notes.

Whenever we move, we are seriously considering giving up cable tv altogether. All of the streaming services basically have what we want, and we rarely watch television in real time.

Andrew exclaims "God Almighty!," while I am more prone to exclaim "God A Mercy!"


For all my tall friends.

I've always liked the beach during the winter.

I've never had a stand-offish cat. All of my cats have been very needy and attention starved.

Music is amazingly subjective. With the new Arca album Xen, I hear intricate, amazing collages of sound that constantly surprise and amaze me, while my friend Donovan only hears noise. I agree it is not for everyone, but for me, it is brilliant.


Your cute for the day.

Lyrics Rattling Through My Brain

"I've waited hours for this,
I've made myself so sick
I wish I'd stayed asleep today,
I never thought this day would end
I never thought tonight could ever be
This close to me

Just try to see in the dark,
Just try to make it work,
To feel the fear before you're here
I make the shapes come much too close,
I pull my eyes out,
Hold my breath,
And wait until I shake

But if I had your faith,
Then I could make it safe and clean
If only I was sure,
That my head on the door was a dream

I've waited hours for this,
I've made myself so sick,
I wish I'd stayed asleep today
I never thought this day would end,
I never thought tonight could ever be
This close to me

But if I had your face,
Then I could make it safe and clean
If only I was sure,
That my head on the door,
Was a dream."

The Cure
"Close to Me"

"Innocent idols who turn me on
While selling bibles to babies
We sleep for a while but then you are gone
All I have left is the story

All I can see before me is the darkest blues
Because I slip to the depths without you

If I met a waitress could she turn me on
I got the time to let her know me
I keep my focus but my dreams keeps me strong
I come abreast of it slowly

All I can see before me is the darkest blue
Because I slip to the depths without you

So many hours that I see before me
Now the stars are out of view
Because I slip to the depths without you."

Interpol
"The Depths"

Appealing Things

Caribou's egg white and turkey bacon sandwich
Making travel plans
My cat Missy feeling better
Weekends with nothing to do
That distinctive fall smell in Atlanta
My new office with a spectacular view of Piedmont Park
Klo.

Annoying Things

Key lime pie flavored tooth polish at the dentist
Candy corn
Fall weather when it is chilly in the morning then turns hot in the afternoon

Video: Chvrches - "Under the Tide"


One of the few songs sung by Chvrches member Martin Doherty gets an anime video treatment, interspersed with performance from the band.

Monday, October 20, 2014

New: Chvrches - "Get Away"


From the BBC Radio host Zane Lowe comes this specially curated soundtrack to the movie Drive, which features this sleek new track from Chvrches.

Jam of the Day: Aquilo - "I Gave It All"


As a rule, I don't discount any song/genre of music until I have heard it for myself and determine whether I like it or not. Pop music seems to the be the one area where certain friends of mine become surprised that I like something. In my opinion, if a song is good, a song is good, and I will be the first person to try and get the word out. There is nothing monumentally striking about atmospheric pop duo Aquilo, aside from the fact that they know their way around a dramatic ballad. "I Gave It All" is just 4 minutes of pop song beauty.