- Go to an 80’s themed dance party
- Drive around in the rain
- Shop for some really upscale, nice clothes
- Make out and/or make love
- Buy it on vinyl (it sounds great)
- Play the title track, “VV Violence,” and “Never Enough” over and over and over again
- Immediately listen to the thing again and see why it’s a brilliant synth-pop record
I’m a huge dork and I’m really passionate about music. And as one who fits those two descriptions it follows that I am the type of person who is prone to ranking and categorizing music, especially the music that has come out in a particular year. As for every music nerd it’s exciting to recount what record came out this year that scratched every musical itch one could have and provided a soundtrack for being in the moment. Because if there’s one thing I love about being a music fan, it’s being in the moment, being there to experience an album you feel is truly great as it’s released. This is what Car Seat Headrest’s Teens Of Denial is for me
I’ve always vouched for Lodger as my favorite Bowie album, but have never been given the time to explain why I feel this way. When I saw that I was tagged to write this week’s Friday album I wanted to write a piece about an album I could talk endlessly about. This was one of the first that came to mind: a soapbox for me to lavish Lodger in praise was ready for me to sit on.
” I don’t want to be your friend…I just wanna be your lover. No matter how it ends, no matter how it starts.”
“Reckoner, Take me with you, dedicated to all human beings.”
“You are all I need. I’m in the middle of your picture lying in the leaves.”
Lyrical excerpts from A Moon Shaped Pool:
“Dreamers…they never learn beyond the point of no return.”
“Distance is a weapon.”
“Sweet faced ones with nothing left inside that we all can love.”
Cult legends never die; this is something that can absolutely be said in the case of Ron and Russel Mael, or as you know them (or don’t know them) Sparks. The Los Angeles based duo have been carving out a huge musical identity for themselves since 1968. It can be a daunting task getting into a band with a career as long as this and a discography that spans 23 studio records – including last years beyond stellar and underrated FFS collaboration record with Scottish Nu-wave revivalists Franz Ferdinand (which led to my exposure to Sparks). But Sparks pays off in huge dividends, and a great entry point is this record right here: 1979’s No.1 In Heaven.
One of the most joyous records of all time? I’m hard pressed to say I’ve heard a record that inspires as much joy in a listener as The Avalanches first and only record Since I Left You. Sounding all at once retro and like the future, this record is the musical equivalent of one’s proverbial happy place. For those of who have never heard of The Avalanches they are a group based out of Australia spearheaded by producers Robbie Chater and Darren Seltmann. Stylistically they can be categorized as electronic music, dance pop or more specifically plunderphonics, a sub genre in electronic music that relies heavily on the use of samples for its source material.
Heroin: For such a horrible substance, a lot of great art has been influenced by it. The Velvet Underground wrote a song about it (“Heroin”) The Flaming Lips made their best record under the influence of it (The Soft Bulletin) Acclaimed books which have been translated to acclaimed movies have been made about it (Trainspotting) Diiv’s new record Is The Is Are is a record about you guessed it… heroin addiction. Created in light of the arrest of Zachary Cole Smith and his girlfriend Sky Ferreira for drug possession Is The Is Are is a 17 track concept record that documents addiction in Diiv’s hazy white washed indie rock sound which in this context creates a literal soundscape to being strung out on smack. It’s a grim listen, but a highly rewarding one from an indie act that had a lot riding and a lot to prove with this album