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소녀시대 – “I Got A Boy”

Plain and simple: this tune (these tunes?) has been in my head for days.

yvynyl:

Doprah - Stranger People

Call it ‘cloud rap’ or ‘odd pop’ or whatever, this song by New Zealand duo Steven John Marr and Indira Force supported by this incredible video by my pals THUNDERLIPS is slaying me tonight.

Played 11 times

A major influence, though a crucial piece of the resolution has been edited out here. I wish I had a more complete version.

[Edit: video embedding disabled by request :( … Link]

"Goin’ to Acapulco"

I’m going down to Rose Marie’s
She never does me wrong
She puts it to me plain as day
And gives it to me for a song

It’s a wicked life but what the hell
The stars ain’t falling down
I’m standing outside the Taj Mahal
I don’t see no one around

Goin’ to Acapulco–goin’ on the run
Goin’ down to see fat gut–goin’ to have some fun
Yeah–goin’ to have some fun

Now, whenever I get up
And I ain’t got what I see
I just make it down to Rose Marie’s
’Bout a quarter after three

There are worse ways of getting there
And I ain’t complainin’ none
If the clouds don’t drop and the train don’t stop
I’m bound to meet the sun

Now, if someone offers me a joke
I just say no thanks
I try to tell it like it is
And keep away from pranks

Well, sometime you know when the well breaks down
I just go pump on it some
Rose Marie, she likes to go to big places
And just set there waitin’ for me to come

The Turtles – “You Showed Me”

The Cure – “Lullaby”

I’ve just noticed, in light of Lana Del Ray’s “West Coast”, how the above tunes are suspiciously similar.

The Turtles’ “You Showed Me” was a hit when released as a single in 1969, but was written (and demoed) five years earlier by Gene Clark and Jim McGuinn.

In 1989, it was sampled by De La Soul for "Transmitting Live From Mars" on 3 Feet High And Rising. The Turtles successful sued De La Soul for using the sample without permission.

The Cure’s “Lullaby” just so happened to also show up in 1989, as the first single off Disintegration.

Played 38,127 times

captainharrison:

dreambeatles:

forgetbacktome:

Imagine by John Lennon sped up and Band On the Run by Paul McCartney slowed down.

this is amazing

Not only is this incredibly good, but it shows how they still composed with/for each other despite the end of The Beatles

perpetua:

I am playing around with a new checklist quiz format at BuzzFeed, and decided to start off by making a canon of pop music from the past 40 years. I looked around and found it weird that there haven’t been many lists like this made elsewhere. If nothing, it’s kinda neat to just scroll down and look at it like a chronological history of pop music.

The greatest-hits-albums-are-for-housewives-and-little-girls quotient for this list seems a bit high here. Really underscores how non-album-oriented pop was even in the album-oriented era. Maybe that’s why there’s not many lists like this.
I know for myself there is pop I intensely adore and pop I intensely loathe, so I’m interested in knowing if there were any “objective” criteria for curating the list – not for the sake of criticism, but for the sake of ongoing discussion of definitions of “pop,” “greatest pop albums,” “most perfect pop records,” &c. Can there be any consensus beyond the obvious (i.e. – lots of folks bought these records)? This is something of keen interest to me.

perpetua:

I am playing around with a new checklist quiz format at BuzzFeed, and decided to start off by making a canon of pop music from the past 40 years. I looked around and found it weird that there haven’t been many lists like this made elsewhere. If nothing, it’s kinda neat to just scroll down and look at it like a chronological history of pop music.

The greatest-hits-albums-are-for-housewives-and-little-girls quotient for this list seems a bit high here. Really underscores how non-album-oriented pop was even in the album-oriented era. Maybe that’s why there’s not many lists like this.

I know for myself there is pop I intensely adore and pop I intensely loathe, so I’m interested in knowing if there were any “objective” criteria for curating the list – not for the sake of criticism, but for the sake of ongoing discussion of definitions of “pop,” “greatest pop albums,” “most perfect pop records,” &c. Can there be any consensus beyond the obvious (i.e. – lots of folks bought these records)? This is something of keen interest to me.

Played 209 times

everygreatsongever:

The Stooges: “1970” (Funhouse, 1970)

Scott Asheton died the other day. I’ve hardly written anything here this year, but I couldn’t let that pass without some sort of tribute. Asheton was the drummer for a lot of bands, but the one that really matters is the Stooges.

Formed in Ann Arbor in 1967, when the band hit the Detroit rock scene, it was truly something different for its time. Iggy Pop gets a lot of the credit for that. He was hte wild frontman, after all, and it’s pretty much impossible to spend much time around someone who’s been on the Detroit scene for more than 20 years without hearing some sort of weird story about him.

But Iggy getting shirtless and bloody and confusing the hell out of people is just a fraction of what made that band special. Asheton and his guitarist brother Rob each brought a sound to the band that hadn’t been heard before, and on record, where you can’t see any of the flailing, their presence is arguably greater and more important than Iggy’s to what the band left behind. (Dave Alexander was great too, but it’s honestly harder to carve out a space that’s totally your own as a bass player.)

I wanted to feature a track from their second album, because Don Gallucci’s production on Funhouse really puts Asheton’s drumming right in your lap, dry and unadorned. “1970” in particular is Asheton at his best, holding down a shuffling rock beat, but doing it in a way that simultaneously grounds and contributes to the sense of chaos and madness at the heart of the song. He rarely just pounded out a straight beat (ironically, the tightest conventional rock beat on the whole album is on “Loose”).

His drumming created the sense that everything could fly apart at any minute, but that we were going to keep surging forward as long as it held together. It was a little like the rivets on an airplane wing rattling out of place as the pilot barely avoided catastrophy by sticking a rough landing. If you wanted to be an effective rock drummer after Scott Asheton, you had to learn more tricks than just throwing in a fill here and there.

Asheton was great at what he did. He was influential—Mogwai even named an album after his “Rock Action” nickname—but he was also the kind of musician other musicians liked to work with, as evidenced by his extremely long CV. He’ll be missed.

douglaswolk:

mirrormaskcamera:

The original hand-written Oblique Strategies by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt, 1974

(via BRIAN ENO/ DARK SHARK)

Auto-reblog for being one of the greatest influences on me.

Wow

(Source: kadrey)

Kraftwerk – “Numbers/Computer World”
1981.09.13
Nagoya Shi Koukai Do, Nagoya, Japan

Echo & the Bunnymen – “All My Colours”
1982.07.14
The Haçienda, Manchester

Elvis Costello & The Attractions – “Lipstick Vogue”
1978.05.04
Orpheum Theatre, Boston

Incendiary!

The Clash – “The Call Up”

Was all their time in New York beginning to affect The Clash at this point? Um… maybe a little :D

Love this one.

The Police – “Spirits In The Material World”

This sounds better elsewhere, but it’s good to see the group having a bit of fun here with Kenny Everett. This is my favorite Police track by a wide margin.

There is no political solution
To our troubled evolution
Have no faith in constitution
There is no bloody revolution

We are spirits in the material world

Our so-called leaders speak
With words, they try to jail you
They subjugate the meek
But it’s the rhetoric of failure

Where does the answer lie?
Living from day to day
If it’s something we can’t buy
There must be another way