I blame all the weird songs I’ve ever liked for “I Love theValley OH!” by Xiu Xiu. It’s not criminal or anything. It’s also not hanging around my world going forward unless it kicks down the door, a la Beat Happening…
This morning is mostly about wrapping up the week, a concept I’m not sure I’ve totally nailed down just yet. Personal problem, personal problem…moving on.
I think the most interesting thing I can throw into the ring is the question of which songs joined (for example), Magna Carda’s brilliant “The Root,” or Dan Reeder’s (perhaps too) clever, reference-packed “Clean Elvis” on the giddy ride to renewal, what the people of my world call, Carrousel. (Again, the Logan’s Run thing…I just like that framing for a song that rises out of a playlist.) And the stuff that’s still stuck on the fence feels like the right place to start.
These come in different categories, for one. On the one hand, you’ve got The Clash’s “Charlie Don’t Surf,” not their best or anything, but a useful reminder that you don’t really know much about Sandinista, arguably The Clash’s “lost album.” It's a case of save it now, or forget it for another 10 years. On the other hand, you’ve got…picking at random…let’s go with “Black Rice” by Women. I’m guessing the parents of everyone involved with “Black Rice” have urged its members to keep whatever day jobs they have – i.e., it’s not an obvious song to love (but what has a week with The National taught me about obvious? That I’m unfamiliar with it, generally). That song has a certain numbness to it, and it’s up to the listener to pass or pick up.
There’s also Gillian Welch’s “Black Star,” a song that’s going to knock it out of the park for the right person. So close to a spot in the knockout rounds....hold up, another cover? (Is playing country versions of songs by bands people like me like one of Spotify's favorite shortcuts to the psyche?)
Turning now to the songs that rode the Carrousel to freedom by the end of this week – tentatively, most of them - Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson’s “Buriedfed” has a vague “Modest Mouse Unplugged” thing about it. It picks up nicely too (god knows I hate songs/bands that just sit there), so it might survive. Hop Along’s “Tibetan Pop Stars” kicks off great, but it’s pretty straight alt-pop, down even to arrangement. Still, it’s a good song…the “creeping on you so hard” line does draw the attention. Finally, Spotify included an ALL CAPS act named BOBBY and their song “Sore Spores.” I think I have at least two songs to blame for this one, maybe three, but the algorithm could do worse.
That’s pretty well it for now. I have dreams/delusions of trying something else next week, maybe cutting into the research on the features, but that’s fucked everything up in the past (...hold on, that BOBBY song is still going…do I like this?). At any rate, that’s it for this week. Well, the post on The National goes up tomorrow, but that’ll kill it off.