WHEREAS, "brevity is the soul of wit" [Editor's note: I came up with that line]; and
WHEREAS, I have neglected the Friday Playlist for a while and thus have a longer than usual list of songs this week; and
WHEREAS, I don't feel like writing a whole paragraph about each song (well I do kinda feel like it but I have too much work to do today).
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that for this week's Friday Playlist I will be writing one-sentence (and only one-sentence) reviews for each track. Please enjoy.
- Broken Social Scene - "Meet Me In The Basement"
Their new album takes some getting used to (due to some changes in production style, most notably un-distorted vocals on some tracks) but there are some great tracks, like this instrumental showcase and the mellow "Sweetest Kill."
- CocoRosie - "Hopscotch"
Featuring their trademark mixture of playful insanity and operatic nonsense, this song is a pretty good barometer - if you like it, you'll probably like the rest of "Grey Oceans" as well.
- MGMT - "Someone's Missing"
Unlike the rest of the world, I didn't find this album all that hard to get into, and I actually liked it better than their (over-hyped) first one.
- Neon Indian - "Deadbeat Summer"
I discovered this neo-psychedelic band well after the rest of the world, and I am not apologizing for liking their (over-hyped) trippy-hippy album.
- Caribou - "Sun"
One of the better moments on Caribou's new album, which I'm sorry to say I don't like all that much.
- Plants And Animals - "American Idol"
Another fantastic album from these guys filled with deceptively simple rock songs that somehow end up being much more than the sum of their parts. [Editor's note: please fill in your own favorite over-used rock criticism cliche as needed.]
- Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings - "The Game Gets Old"
Yes, I am late to the Sharon Jones party, but that doesn't make this song any less great.
- Rjd2 - "Ghostwriter"
This one is all about the horns.
- Magic Man - "Nest"
Not surprisingly, I heard about this Boston-based duo from my brother. Bonus extra sentence: Download their album for free by clicking here! [ZIP file]
- The Blow - "True Affection"
I keep hearing this song in bars, and because I love simplistic repetitive songs I will overlook the fact that the rest of this album is pretty boring.
- Dr. Dog - "Shadow People"
At last, Dr. Dog has made the album they were always meant to make - don't let the fact that Wilco already made it stop you from grabbing this gem.
- Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - "Evol"
Somehow these sneering, grungy bar-rockers (by way of British blues-influenced psych-rock) just keep putting out better and better albums.
- Rafter - "Animal Feelings"
For some reason, Rafter put out a really great Prince album (well, not all of it sounds like Prince, but this other song sure does).
- LCD Soundsystem - "All I Want"
This album is not as great as every critic in the world would have you believe, but it does have some outstanding tracks.
- The Dead Weather - "The Difference Between Us"
Blah blah Jack White is so great blah blah blah just listen to it it's actually really good.
- Woods - "From The Horn"
Let's all travel back in time with Woods to the glory days when bands knew how to use backwards-looped guitar solos to make life worth living!
- Midnight Kids - "The Undertow"
Picture if you will: a basement, a blacklight, some depressed teenagers, and this album. Bonus sentence: the album is available for free download, and these guys are from DC - what are you waiting for?