Since WOXY is on my poop shoot blacklist because of their crappy 24 kbps feed (of course you can pay for the good stuff) tonight it is Last FM. We’re going with “neighbor radio” which must be stuff related to stuff they think I might like.
Kind of a more melodic or maybe less French song by Broadcast called “I Found the F” is the song of this set. 10/10 for being new and awesome- who are these intrepid ladies?
1. Second Hand-Underworld
Last FM has some weird stuff, and I never know what is what. This apparently is from a Dj mix album, Ibiza Afterhours. This sounds Underworldy in the way I like. Basically it is like the opener of “Cowgirl” (you know if from the Hackers soundtrack) spread out like spaceship music a la Rez (the song “Cowgirl” fades into on the maxi-single) instrumental, trancy with no cheese, basically what Michael Mann would have done well to use in the new Miami Vice instead of crap. 8/10
2. Kinda Nice, I Like It-The Pretenders
Most things with Chrissie Hynde is by definition passable. I just don’t like them when they sound like a studio band just playing out the string. From Loose Screw. Sounds newer. Incomplete/10.
3. Sex Style-Kool Keith
So this started playing and I didn’t look at the artist and I was all, that is damn foul- thinking Dr. Octagon? Well, basically. Pass. Like an R. Kelly private video with more scatology and words. -infinity/10.
4. Keep Nothing-St. Etienne
My prob with St. Etienne is that I want all their songs to be “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” and everything else just sounds like it is for Pitchfork cobags. This seems tastefully boring. 3/10
5. Sixteen-No Doubt
Why does everything hate me. Of course if it were Spiderwebs, I would have dedicated it to Fulsome and given it an 8. Skip 1/10
6. Heroes-Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie
Well, see this song is so good I even will admit to liking the Wallflowers version of the Bowie track. This one is kind of played down the middle. I mean what can you say about this song, I pretty much think anyone playing this song straight up would sound good, and given how a reworking could just be terrible, might as well karaoke it. In fact, I give extra props for givin’ it the old college try and not mucking it about. 5/10
7. Focus on Sight-Thievery Corporation
There is a reason I all of a sudden felt I was in a Minority Report elevator or dentist office of the future. Thievery Corporation came on. 70s tinged chill out loafmunchery. Chuckles how could you? 1/10
8. Tame (live)-Pixies
TAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMME! A realistically scary Pixies song. Several hundred thousand times scarier than even the love child between Marilyn Manson and Linkin Park. Pixies live are very workmanlike so it sounds like the album, athough scarier. 7/10
9. Pumping On Your Stereo-Supergrass
Professor Booty will attest that I couldn’t get this Britpop neo-Stonesian stomp out of my head for a two week period after they showed the video for a couple of days in the ol’ Buzz Bin. Awesome. Life is a cigarette, you smoke til the end. 8/10
10. Blown a Wish (suppsoedly live)-My Bloody Valentine
Sounds like a studio version but I can kind of understand the words and that is odd for these usually million times multitracked gauzy female vocaled shoegazer layered guitar legends. I love love love Loveless, their oft namechecked album, but it is overrated. It has a cult around it kind of like Surfer Rosa/Doollittle by the Pixies. The little junior Pitchfork cobags in waiting find they are supposed to name check it and act like they listen to it all the time. They don’t and if they do they are shallower than you think. I really do like all the albums just mentioned, but it is a personal feeling, one where I know it is not quite legend. 7/10
11. Aspray-Kitchens of Distinction
Mr. kind-of theatrical on vocals always bugged me. Sounds like the Chameleons guy fronting an uninteresting tinny back that is Inspiral Carpets gone shoegazey sans keyboard, i.e. what’s the point. 3/10