Your Friday Five: Earshine
February 4, 2011
The 4th of July is just around the corner… right?
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…).