Ehh... umm... I'm a bit worried that after doing a rudimentary histogram on my song of the month blogothing you will find an alarming distribution with this month's addition. Only 5 different artists in 8 months? And two are Andrew Bird
and The Shins
? What is wrong with this supposedly worldly fellow? Is he like not caught up on The OC
reruns or something? But even though this month's song is another one by the Magnetic Fields there were a lot of contenders so let me tell you about that first which will at least get me an asterisk on that embarrassingly heavy-tailed histogram. They Might Be Giants
put out a new album after a pretty long break called, the album not the break, The Else
. Even though as I mentioned in a previous post I haven't been paying much attention to these guys since college, I think this album is pretty good and I have listened to it many times. Favorites include Upside Down Frown
and I'm Impressed
, and even Careful What You Pack
which is especially noteworthy since it has been an even longer time since I've liked a Flansburgh song. But anyway, one of those could have been song of the month for May but they're not.
My pal mat64
put out a new internet chiptune
album called Noise Feeder
which I think is pretty good. I really like the songs Noise Pulse
, either of which could be a song of the month but they're not.
Also right at the end of the month I tried Belle and Sebastian
's The Life Pursuit
and was quite surprised by its creativeness. But, a little late to find a song of the month, so maybe for June.
I checked out The Curtains
, the band that Chris Cohen betrayed Deerhoof
to go phoenixize, right before by my coolometer Deerhoof really exploded in popularity but I don't think these events are related and we still do miss him. Curtains is very good and much more subdued so it might have had something to do with a desire to be generally less convulsive
. The best song is Fell On A Rock & Broke It
. But it is not song of the month.
No, again The Magnetic Fields
have sneak-attacked me with an oldie that I probably first heard ten years ago but somehow didn't realize the rulezness of until listening through their entire catalogue recently in search of such gemstones. The song is The Saddest Story Ever Told
. Wow, nice! I learned this on piano just to verify that again the music is extremely simple, and am still puzzling over why I love it so hard. I think it basically comes down to three aspects: the melisma when Anway sings "those summer nights" and "diving for a girl you'll never find" the surprising shortness of some chorus phrases compared to their analogues in other parts of the song, and I just find the lyric "do do do do do, come on!" so funny especially in the context. No doubt there are other oldies waiting to sneak attack me in the MF back-catalogue. But let me pose a question that is two questions: Everyone knows that 69 Love Songs
is pure gold, and if the Anway-era stuff is so underrated (I argue it is), why is i
(the album's title is so narrow you can hardly click it!) so off-broadway
disappointing? And when is their new album coming out?