Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Primal Scream - "Ivy, Ivy, Ivy"

The next installment in my listening to/obsessing about/writing about the records I found in Scotland blog post series...

I'll admit it, I know far less about Primal Scream then I probably should. What I do know are trivial anecdotes, and personal feelings. Things like other bands Bobby Gillespie was in, and the fact that to me, "Gentle Tuesday" sounds like the aural equivalent of a deeply satisfying heavy sigh. I hold questionable opinions on the band's material. I prefer the title track A-side of their "Crystal Crescent" single to it's much revered B-side "Velocity Girl." I prefer Xtrmntr to Screamadelica. So when the "Ivy, Ivy, Ivy" 7" was held up to me at a record store in Edinburgh to be considered for purchase, I had to pause for awhile to wonder if I had actually heard the song, or if I just recognized the title. I was pretty sure that it was the latter, and when I arrived home and finally put the record on my turntable my suspicion was confirmed.

"Ivy, Ivy, Ivy" is a good song. It's fun, it's catchy beyond belief, and though many have probably analyzed this next statement to far greater effect than I ever could, it seems to serve as a nice bridge between the band's somewhat subtle pop past, and their considerably bigger rock future. Pop melody and lyrical theme, rock execution allt the way.

On the other hand, the B-side "You're Just Too Dark too Care" is a slow burning ember that never sparks a flame. Soft, pensive, remarkably pretty, and like "Gentle Tuesday," this one too gives me the feeling of an aural sigh. I once heard someone describe "sypathetic chords," chord progressions that were almost certain to receive a positive response from a listener. Any time I describe a song as an aural sigh, I can't help thinking that the song must contain some seriously sympathetic chords.

In a way this might be Primal Scream making the most of the best parts of certain sounds that they primarily operated within. Mostly these are just two very pleasant songs hear, and should guarantee a positive response every time.

Monday, April 26, 2010

KCRW 4/25

This past week was kind of a haze of residual exhaustion from the week before, the slight frustration brought about by the second false start of what I believe to be a very promising new club night, and Tetris... hours upon hours of Tetris. However, the week did manage to end on a productive note; the new club is well on it's way to having a new home, I'm starting to think about the 7" that will be obsessed over in the next installment of my "Obsessing Over the Records I Purchased in Scotland" series, and perhaps the most productive thing I managed (and certainly the most fun) was this radio show:

You can hear it by clicking this link...

... And here's what I played:

LCD Soundsystem - Dance Yrself Clean

Bad Dream Fancy Dress - Discotheque

Love Is All - Last Choice

Hot Chip - Take It In

Nada Surf - Love Goes On

Lindstom & Christabelle - Baby Can't Stop

Zoot Woman - Just A Friend Of Mine (Jump Jump Dance Dance Remix)

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Falling Over

Caribou - Leave House

Le Tigre - Well, Well, Well

Gil Scott-Heron - Running

Club 8 - Western Hospitality

Ana Tijoux - 1977 - 1977

Mavis - Feeling Lucky (Feat Edwyn Collins)

Saint Etienne - Spring (Air France Remix)

Ozomatli - Love Comes Down (Anne Litt's remix)

Guru - Loungin - Jazzmatazz Vol. 1

The Bamboos - Turn It Up

Esther Williams - Last Night Changed It All

Garotas Suecas - Codinome Dinomite

Kisses - Bermuda

Ancient Crux - Wingwalker

Gorillaz - Some Kind Of Nature

Serena Maneesh - Reprobate!

Memory Tapes - Bicycle

Stars On 33 - I Feel Music In Your Heart (Lifelike and Kris Menace Remix)

The Undertones - Teenage Kicks (From John Peel's edition of Fabric Live. This was both a tribute to Peel, and to the fact that the Glasgow club Optimo was coming to an end that night. "Teenage Kicks" was the biggest highlight of my one trip to the club. R.I.P to both)

Cosmetics - Honey Honey

The Pastels - Sit On It Mother

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Round And Round

Minus The Bear - My Time

Mos Dub - History Town

The Wake - Here Comes Everbody

Flying Lotus - Do The Astral Plane

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

KCRW Playlist from 4/11

For this show, I put the spotlight on a lot of bands that I would like to see if I make it out to Coachella at all (jury's still out). One thing is for sure though, if I'm not in the desert on Sunday night freaking out over the fact that well, you know, Pavement's there, AND Gorillaz. I will be front and center at the Echo jumping around giddily to Love is All. I've seen them three times now, each time I enjoy it more than the last. I might even go so far as to say that they are my favorite live band, and I would see them anytime I had the chance. If you are in Los Angeles on Sunday night, the Echo is the only place to be...

Listen to the show here.

And the playlist is as follows...

Dntel - This Is The Dream Of Evan & Chan

Black Tambourine - Lazy Heart

Love Is All - Early Warnings

Miriam Makeba - Pata Pata

Corinne Bailey Rae - Paris Nights/New York Mornings

P.I.L - This Is Not A Love Song

Caribou - Leave House

The Glass - Four Four Letter

The XX - Heart Skipped A Beat

Cornelius - Windy Hill

Girls - Headache

Quadron - Slippin'

New Order - Leave Me Alone

Galaxie 500 - Ceremony

The Lilys - Dreams Never End

The Soft Pack - Parasites

Dum Dum Girls - Blank Girl

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings - Without A Heart

Zia - Kofriam

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - Antivan Eyes

The Method Actors - Dancing Underneath

The Whitest Boy Alive - Promise Less, Do More

Toro Y Moi - Minors

The Ruby Suns - Cranberry

Matt & Kim - Daylight

Mayer Hawthorne - Your Easy Lovin' Ain't Pleasin' Nothin'

Yacht - Psychic City (Classix Remix)

Sex Pistols - Sub-Mission

Gorillaz - Stylo

Gonjasufi - Candylane

Pavement - Shady Lane

Joyce - Feminina

Camera Obscura - Razzle Dazzle Rose

Les Garcons - Encore L'Amore (Leo Zero Edit)

She & Him - If You Can't Sleep