Ain’t nobody straight in LA.
Oh, this song came out in 1975. They must be talking about drugs; as in, nobody’s straight, everybody’s on drugs.
It seems that everybody is gay.
Wait, never mind.
Homosexuality is a part of society.
It’s an enlightened view, at least.
I guess that they need some more variety.
Actually, that’s kind of mean.
Freedom of expression is really the thing.
Is it getting warm inside this skull?
The lyrics then switch to Spanish, and if that’s not enough, the song ends with dialogue between the band members, who are arguing whether or not they should go to a gay bar. The argumentin an extraordinary example of sticking with the concepttrades back and forth and back and forth, until: Blammo.
» Hear the Miracles at Marathonpacks
Not all songs that continuously morph have to melt your brain. In fact, some can be downright pleasing. Take the OhSees’ The Dumb Drums, for example. Subtle vocal effects come at you from almost every direction, and the only thing you can expect from this song is the oddly reassuring guitar/drum chug-along combo. Otherwise, the vocal squiggles and lead-guitar tangents are working on unexpected levels. It’s really a lovely song, though.
» Hear the OhSees at Said the Gramophone
Remember Bullette? She’s back, and in a band, the Sky Drops, and you only think they’re shoegazersbut did shoegazers ever use a flange effect quite like on Now Would Be? No, they did not, not quite like this. Pleasantly dissonant.
» Hear the Sky Drops at My Old Kentucky Blog
At some point and somewhat silently, Animal Collectivewhose Feels was one of the very best albums of 2005released a white-label, seven-inch record (read: rare!) with a Stevie Wonder mix of their own: The Purple Bottle on one side and a cover of Nirvana’s Polly on the other. The former is practically the same as the already top-notch track, though with a choice lyrical insertion at one point; the latter, however, is the real surprise: Tense like a highwire, it practically redefines the original.
» Hear Animal Collective at Skatterbrain
Anyone can do a cover version. How good it is, however, is a matter of discussion. And how many covers of Pixies songs must there be by now? And how many of them are faux celebrity versions? For example, a cover of Hey, if it were performed by Princeand, based on what happens during and after the breakdown, the Revolution.
» Hear Matthew’s Celebrity Pixies Covers at rbally
As Music for Robots attests, Call Around You from Certified Bananas sounds like Tortoise meets Usher, and I don’t believe a more accurate description is possible. Don’t be skeptical, though: On paper Tortoise meets Usher does sound like just another in a long line of ironic mash-ups, but the result couldn’t be further away: It’s a natural, soulful combination of influences.
» Hear Certified Bananas at Music for Robots