This spring I’ve been going through a Roy Orbison period, and then entered Coles Corner by Richard Hawley, crooner and flower-boy, bearing my favorite album of the last two months which Andrew recommended a little while ago on TMN (and thankfully pointed me to).
» Hear exclusive and live tracks on Richard Hawley’s web site
That said, You Can’t Have Me by Clearlake makes me jumpy. I need a glass of water. I bet adding together all the band members’ ages sums to less than my predicted lifespan (even with the new low-mayonnaise regimen).
» Hear You Can’t Have Me by Clearlake on No Frontin’
Our new TMN intern Jen pointed me yesterday to a story (by terrific audio blogger Christopher Porter) about Extra Golden. Good timing, since I need new summer music and I have a weakness for almost any album released by Thrill Jockey. Afropop and American strumming and somewhere, in there, do I hear hardcore plus Allman Brothers? Nine stars out of five! (Try It’s Not Easy.)
» Hear tracks from Extra Golden’s Ok-Oyot System on Thrill Jockey
That note above about Clearlake? I’d like an edit: Clearlake is very five blips ago and now I’m hop and humpy for the Medics, particularly Bloody Up Your Dress. This will be my go-to New York Sports Club track for the next three days; I will punch my fists while useless calories incinerate around the inferno of my Elliptical Machine; and then I’ll only listen to the song again when iTunes picks it randomly from my 3,000-song-strong Dinner mix and I’ll wonder, who?
» Hear Bloody Up Your Dress by the Medics on Music for Robots
Other playlists in the orgasmatron’s moods folder: Drinking, Quiet, and Ambient, which holds about 700 songs of ideal airport music I use for when I’m working (living in New York, I find, is easier when your imagination believes your flight is departing soon). Hopefully someday every song by Yuichiro Fujimoto will be safely stored in the little white box. For work, or napping, or finishing Lolita.
» Hear tracks by Yuichiro Fujimoto on Yuichirofujimoto.com
Finally, to college for a moment, during an hour when I wasn’t listening to Oasis: discovering that Ui (which was part SFJ in the day, you know, though now his new non-Remnick foray, the Sands, features the before-mentioned Chris) and Stereolab had combined for an album as Uilab to cover Brian Eno’s St. Elmo’s Fire was a lot more exciting than my Oceanography class. To hear, a few years later, the now-vogue-ish Williamsburgerettes Au Revoir Simone throw a nod to the song in their wonderful Through the Backyards was like a secret poke in the ear.
» Hear Through the Backyards by Au Revoir Simone on TalkieWalkie