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Your Friday Five: Earshine

February 4, 2011

The 4th of July is just around the corner… right?

I wanted to put "Rasberry Beret" on this post, but Prince won't have it... sorry.

Recommended tunes to ease your winter woes.

  • “Melody Day” – Caribou. The opening track of 2007’s Andorra takes hits of 60’s sunshine pop, sleigh bells, and bubbling guitars, melts them all together and then lets them boil over into a technicolor hippy dance trip. More Dan Snaith (the man behind the curtain) can be found under the nom de plume: Manitoba.
  • “Holiday” – The Pink Mountaintops. How glad am I that people in bands are from my generation now? Or at least they discovered the music I grew up on. And this means more bands that try and ape the F-Mac sound. That Fleetwood buzz of Lindsay/Stevie harmonies and a loose, sexy beat are in good hands with Steve McBean (of Black Mountain) and Amber Weber (also of Black Mountain and Lightning Dust).  This is definitely Linds style F-Mac. Free Taco Bell on tour to whatever band goes after the “You Make Lovin’ Fun” Christine McVie F-Mac.
  • “I Need Direction” – Teenage Fanclub. One of the great “Shoulda-Been” bands. They effortlessly aped the greats (The Beatles, Big Star, The Byrds, The Beach Boys, etc, etc.) They carry on the age-old tradition of songs that sound sweet but are sometimes slit-your-wrists sad. They are the favorite band of your favorite band (Kurt Cobain, Thom Yorke). They have never had a top 10 or 20 or 50 hit. That’s ok, more for me.
  • “Letter From an Occupant” – The New Pornographers. I’m convinced that when New Porno’s leader, A.C. Newman, pees it sounds like pop songs. The man just can’t help himself. And Neko Case, well, I could write book. If this doesn’t get you to at least entertain the idea of running away and joining a band, I pity you and your cold, hard, frozen, grey heart.
  • “Bros” – Panda Bear. Pop music drunk on home-made everclear and kava kava tea. 12 minutes of swirling, tasty pudding for your ears (there’s those sleighbells again…).
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5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 4, 2011 1:12 pm

    “Holiday” – The Pink Mountaintops. How glad am I that people in bands are from my generation now? Or at least they discovered the music I grew up on. And this means more bands that try and ape the F-Mac sound. That Fleetwood buzz of Lindsay/Stevie harmonies and a loose, sexy beat are in good hands with Steve McBean (of Black Mountain) and Amber Weber (also of Black Mountain and Lightning Dust). This is definitely Linds style F-Mac. Free Taco Bell on tour to whatever band goes after the “You Make Lovin’ Fun” Christine McVie F-Mac.

    I have been wondering about this a lot lately. A lot of bands are aping the F-Mac sound and it makes me wonder if they are exploring F-Mac beyond Rumors. The video posted sounds like it’s tinged with some Rumors but also a hint of Tango in the Night too.

  2. February 4, 2011 5:17 pm

    Remember when Spin magazine picked Bandwagonesque over Nevermind for album of the year? They reneged on it years later, which I thought was uncool, they should have stood by it!

    Also, I totally have Caribou and Manitoba in my library, yet didn’t realize they were the same person. I’m not entirely surprised that happened though.

  3. February 4, 2011 5:19 pm

    Prince is still standing by his “the internet is a phase” thing, huh?

  4. February 4, 2011 6:21 pm

    Remember when Spin magazine picked Bandwagonesque over Nevermind for album of the year? They reneged on it years later, which I thought was uncool, they should have stood by it!

    Cosigned. Bandwagonesque was a perfectly slamming disc. Never mind was good too, but these days it’s out pacing “Legend” for the most ubiquitous and terribly annoying formerly great album blasted out of college dorm windows.

  5. evmaroon permalink
    February 6, 2011 2:37 pm

    “How glad am I that people in bands are from my generation now?” YES to this! Although sometimes it just makes me feel old.

    Great New Pornographers choice! Someone got a little happy in the editing booth while it was playing, methinks.

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