music-related; previously focused on obscurity, lately altogether unfocused
Sea Saw - “Stereo”
I posted from-about See Saw/Sea Saw/Magnétophone/hollAnd/Trevor Kampmann a while ago, but I thought I’d do it again, just because this song was in my head so much this week that I tracked down its digital incarnation (only a buck and a half! - has a sweet Simple Machines ad insert to boot). It sounds better on the Everyone Knows This Is Not Hot 7”, but this will suffice.
Graduate - “Elvis Should Play Ska”
Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith were the two main members of Tears For Fears. They met as teens in Bath in the ’70s, where they played in a band called Neon with future members of Naked Eyes.
Between Neon and Tears For Fears, Orzabal and Smith were in a mod-revival-with-a-side-of-ska project called Graduate. They released one album, 1980’s Acting My Age, and had a single out for their unfinished followup, which would have been called Ambitions (all of which is included on the 2001 release of Acting My Age) before bailing on the project to start Tears For Fears.
Not so subtle music cues let the listener know the Elvis in question is Costello.
I haven’t posted for a good long while, and for most of that time I doubted I would ever post again; yet, now I am here posting, and thinking that I’ll be doing a lot more of it.
One of the things I’ve been up to in the interim has been creating “expert playlists” for Songza. I like Songza quite a lot, especially when I’m wanting someone who isn’t me to DJ for a bit. And it’s been fun making the playlists as well. They’re presented on a shuffle play (to spread the plays/royalties equally among the artists on the playlist), which makes the curating process more challenging in some ways, and much easier in others. Each of the playlists I’ve created for Songza has between 80 and 120 songs, with, in my opinion, no filler. These are them: give them a spin and let me know how you feel.
This was my most recent project, a massive six-part series. We were going for a “timeless classics” thing here, but I’m not sure that’s how it turned out. A sizable percentage of the tunes here are definitely “of their time,” especially the punk/new wave contingency, but they were of a quality too high to be excluded. Also, I tended to pick my own favorites, which oftentimes meant excluding great songs that I couldn’t bear to hear for the gabillionth time. So it ends up with this nice eclectic flow, the flow coming from the simple fact that you most likely know and love the vast majority of these beauties.
"New wave, post-punk, synth pop, proto-goth, new romantic, mod and ska revival cuts from 1978-1984. No disco."
"Collecting the great tracks from 1967 that were not released as a single in the US or UK, this playlist recalls the most important year in rock album history; to this day, any reputable top-albums-ever list will feature a staggering number of LPs from ‘67."
"Take a trip from Haight on down to Sunset with these acoustic-centric songs by California artists from the late ’60s and early ’70s. Singer-songwriter, folk rock, country rock, soft rock. Lots of harmony, and plenty of mellow."
"Late-’60s-to-early-’70s bubblegum, with a touch of breezy AM pop and a few Saturday morning favorites added in for good measure."
“‘80-‘87 Prince, Prince’s side projects and protégés, and Prince’s influences and like-minded contemporaries at their most Prince-esque, all swirled in a dirty electro-funky grind and insert double entendre here. Purple.”
Bob Dorough – “Three Is A Magic Number”
This is a magic song. No more; no less.
what kind of monster are you? .. slant 6
my fav slant 6 tune.. maybe..