The next Christmas, at the end my treasure hunt, I received my own synthesizer: a tiny, pink, toy one with no bass keys and no class. My father was waiting there to snap my photo when I found it, and I caught sight of him, then burst into tears. Not because he scared me, but because my keyboard sucked and so did Christmas.
When my brother left for college, I liberated the Casio from the top of his closet. Now it’s at the top of my closet, but I’m not crying about it.
» Hear Dance Sweet Dracula by Thrust Lab at 20 Jazz Funk Greats
I recently wrote about not-quite cover versions, songs that are based on existing songsand could even be the same songbut stand on their own, hardly inviting comparison to their original source music. Over at Moistworks, the Overton Berry Trio’s extraterrestrial, souled-up version of Hey Jude follows in this vein. (Don’t miss Ramsey Lewis’s Dear Prudence and Cry Baby Cry or Donny Hathaway’s Jealous Guy or the Wailers’ And I Love Her ordon’t miss any of it.)
» Hear Beatles soul covers at Moistworks
If you ever thought you knew jazz flute, you did not know it until you heard the Kashmere Stage Band’s cover of the Theme From Shaft. Now you know jazz flute. Brilliant stuff.
» Hear the Kashmere Stage Band at Gorilla vs. Bear
If you like early ‘90s guitar rock like My Bloody Valentine, Smashing Pumpkins, and even Swervedriver, you will like Silversun Pickups. But if you totally love Silversun Pickups but don’t know who any of those other bands are, then don’t worry about it. (Didn’t your dad listen to Smashing Pumpkins?) Silversun Pickups’ new video is the bees’ knees, though.
» Watch the Silversun Pickups’ video for Well Thought Out Twinkles at Blown by the Wind
With Lollapalooza back in business, it’s 15 years ago all over again. It’s enough to make you drop your smart drinkbut wait, it wasn’t all silly. Remember Dinosaur Jr.’s version of Just Like Heaven?
» Hear Dinosaur Jr. live from Lollapalooza 1993 at rbally
Viva Voce, who will soon be touring with Silversun Pickups, are getting a lot of attention right now. The anthemic We Do Not Fuck Around is a good reason why. It’s like We Will Rock You but for indie-rock types who play soccer in blue jeans. And expensive blue jeans, so watch out.
» Hear We Do Not Fuck Around by Viva Voce at Earfarm
Album of the Week: The Thermals’ new album, The Body, The Blood, The Machine, was released yesterday. Political music that’s crappy is too frequentthough never acceptablebut the Thermals are relevant no matter who’s in the White House.
» Hear Test Pattern by the Thermals at My Old Kentucky Blog