Track of the Day: Elyse Weinberg - "Houses" (ft. Neil Young)


For those of you familiar with Vetiver, "Houses" is going to ring a bell. The group covered this tune by Elyse Weinberg on their album Thing of the Past. Weinberg's lilting and almost lackadaisical delivery is imitated almost beat for beat in Vetiver's version. The original plays heavily on the the jangling guitar which is overlain with Neil Young's angular guitar. Greasepaint Smile, Weinberg's unreleased 1969 album, has gotten the Numero Group treatment and features, in addition to Young, former Crazy Hourse & E-Street Band member Nils Lofgren. As per usual, Aquarium Drunkard got here before us, but we're more than happy riding on such prestigious coattails.

Stream Heaven Adores You Soundtrack (Elliott Smith Rarities Collection)


Rarities collections are rarely rare. In Elliott Smith's case, we've already had to suffer through an "Introduction to" his work following on the heels of the encyclopedic "New Moon," which fused a lot uncollected tracks with some of his later work that cut damn close to the bone (see "Placeholder"). The soundtrack to Heaven Adores You -- "an intimate, meditative inquiry into the life and music of Elliott Smith (1969-2003). By threading the music of Elliott Smith through the dense, yet often isolating landscapes of the three major cities he lived in — Portland, New York City, Los Angeles — Heaven Adores You presents a visual journey and an earnest review of the singer’s prolific songwriting and the impact it continues to have on fans, friends, and fellow musicians" -- is much more in the vein of Kill Rock Stars release of alternate versions from Either/Or in 2012. Including a number of alternate versions of songs (including "Christian Brothers" rocked out by Smith while in his band Heatmiser), live tracks, and some tunes which appear to be sketches or trials. The documentary, by the way looks awesome, hook some WLFY peeps up with a screening! 

Stream the album, from NPR here: 


Tracklist:
01. Untitled Guitar Finger Picking (1983)
02. Untitled Melancholy Song (1993)
03. Don’t Call Me Billy (early version of “Fear City”) (1993)
04. Christian Brothers (performed with Heatmiser) (1995)
05. Hamburgers (performed with Neil Gust) (1995)
06. Plainclothes Man (Elliott solo version) (1996)
07. Unknown Song (instrumental) (1994)
08. Say Yes (live at Yo Yo Festival 1997) (1997)
09. Unknown (instrumental) (1994)
10. Coast To Coast (early version) (1995-96)
11. Waltz #1″ (demo) (1997)
12. Untitled Soft Song In F (1993)
13. True Love (2001)
14. Miss Misery (live on Late Night With Conan O’Brien) (1998)
15. L.A. (1999)
16. Son Of Sam (acoustic) (1999)
17. The Last Hour (early version) (1999)
18. Everything Means Nothing To Me (1999)
19. Happiness (1999)
20. I Love My Room (1984-85)

"Capitalizing on Cool: The Music That Makes Girls" out in "HBO's Girls and the Awkward Politics of Gender, Race, and Privilege"


Life gets crazy. One of the reasons for the lack of posts has been that in my day job as a University professor, I've had to dedicate way more time to academic writing and way less time to bloggy writing. Sometimes, those two things converge, as it did in my article "Capitalizing on Cool: The Music that Makes Girls,"  which was published in August in anthology HBO's Girls and the Awkward Politics of Gender, Race, and Privilege. I reached out to our readership in 2014, while composing the chapter, and thought it only fitting to give back by offering the chapter up for your reading. 

My main contention is that the music of Girls operates as (sub)cultural capital which reinforces the consumerist paradigms of post-hipster commercialism. All that's pretty fancy language to say that the music of the show--in particular the musical choices--promulgate post-hipster consumerism through musical taste-making. Interestingly, this is mostly curative as the music makers on the show (in particular Adam and Marnie) are, generally, mocked for their musical endeavors.

If you want to read up more, check out the book, which you can purchase above, or read up on my chapter via Academia.edu. You can find me here.

Dënver - "Mai Love" (Music Video)


Dënver, our favorite Chilean pop group (sorry Alex & Daniel) dropped an album last year (Sangre Cita), which, sorry to say, we missed. Mostly because we've been letting things slide with...life. But, in a New Years resolution that's taken me almost a month to get around to, we're pleased to share the band's music video for "Mai Love," directed by Bernardo Quesney. If the 80s pop doesn't get you, the CANADA-esque video--featuring Mariana Montenegro in a variety of costumes from her skivvies (see above) to fake beard beer drinking--no doubt will. I described Dënver as what would happen if "ABBA had grown up in Chile with Wes Anderson movies." All I'll add to that now is that if you can't get on board with this band, I'm not really sure what's stopping you. Is it the Spanish? Is it the fact that they're not based in the US? I mean, c'mon, I'm resorting to publicizing this post with a picture of panties! Geez. 



Track Of The Day: Twin Limb - "Don't Even Think"



It's the lightning off in the distance that makes the eye shape with awe while the thunder that follows enters the body with an aggressive rumble that shakes the senses top to bottom.  This sensation has somehow been bottled up and transformed into sound by Twin Limb.  On "Don't Even Think", Lacey Guthrie and Maryliz Bender melt an accordion on top of thick drum hits that drive on a road paved by their smoky but invitingly warm vocals.

Every element they weave into the track is this beautiful flash of light that emerges out of a state of calm.  Then the thunder hits in the form of Kevin Ratterman's distorted and larger than life guitar. Around the 3:28 mark, Ratterman's guitar builds slowly until it reaches a full emotive level and invites all previous elements of the song back into play. This climax leaves the listener fulfilled with the journey and looking back from the end to the start, one can easily see the brilliance of Twin Limb: they're emotional architects that build sound with organic talent and creative composition.



Twin Limb
"Don't Even Think"
Anything Is Possible And Nothing Makes Sense
Release Date: NOV 13th, 2015

Music Video: Bomba Estéro - "Somos Dos"


Today is Colombian Independence Day. And, as a special treat, Bomba Estéro has released their second video from this year's incredible record Amancer. "Somos Dos" is at once a love letter to singer Li Samuet's native Caribbean & her partner. Watch out for vacation quality shots, more fruits than you can shake a drumstick at, and more than one ritual scene. Watch below. Also, be sure to check out Samuet's interview with Ed Morales about Amancer over at SoundCloud.