Sometimes our LxListening segment will have a certain theme or tone … this week I got nothing. Nothing but a cluster cuss of great tracks that is. Some have yet to be released, some have just been released, and some have been released for a long time. In any case, they are all fantastic, and have found their way into very heavy rotation in my playlist lately, and to be honest some of these tracks won’t be leaving that playlist for a good while. Listed in order of newest-to-oldest, here we go:
“Today’s Supernatural” by Animal Collective
The newest of the new tracks from Animal Collective’s forthcoming album. It’s easily my favorite of what they put out so far, and hopefully shows the tone for the rest of the album. Animal Collective has always had dense layers in their music, and this track is no exception. It does manage to wrangle in some strange yet welcomed original layers such as African pop hooks, all the while Avery Tare is shouting like an enraged homeless person, and it’s all numbingly blissful in a catastrophic, claustrophobic kind of way. This track could not get me any more excited for Centipede Hz.
“Elephant” by Tame Impala
Not unlike “Today’s Supernatural”, “Elephant” is the newest track released from Tame Impala’s forthcoming album, another album in which I am supremely excited for. Tame Impala’s first album was one that was grossly overlooked when it was released. I suspect now that years have passed and they have gained more notoriety, the same mistake won’t happen again. Listening to this track combines 60’s psychedelia with the thickness and attitude of a Black Mountain album … just typing that last sentence gave me a semi-.
“Brats” by Liars
I cannot overemphasize how underrated the Liars have always been. How they can release the albums with such caliber as they do and still fly under the radar is beyond me. In 20 years, if geeks like us our still writing about music in such a reflective and retroactive manner, people will look back and say, “what a bunch of handi-‘s, why the cuss didn’t the Liars get more recognition way back when?” I’d have to say I agree, our generation is a bunch of handi-‘s. But at least I’m one handi- that realizes that the Liars own.
“Puppet On A String” by Night Beats
Stop reading this cuss and just listen to how awesomely raw this track is … then tell me you wouldn’t want to listen to this multiple times a week. If you actually just told me that, I don’t think I want to know you this week.
“Spiral Staircase” by Kings of Leon
Recently the album Aha, Shake Heartbreak made it onto one of our Top Ten Thursday lists. When a frequent reader of ours (that’s you John S) pointed out how he really likes the album but still preferred Youth and Young Manhood instead, I decided I need to revisit Youth again. I’ve revisited the album many times since then, and I’d have to say that I do agree. Kings of Leon managed to get it totally spot-on right out of the gate with their debut album. Every album since has progressively gotten a little worse until they are now dubbed as the “American U2” … like that’s a good thing. It’s bad enough that we have to put up with an Irish U2. This song is a dirty southern punk song, and every time I hear it I feel like punk truly did resurge for a minute. (Full disclosure, I actually like-most, not all-U2, it just felt fun to type that).
Well, that sums up what’s been keeping my ear buds company lately. Thanks for listening!