May 4 Reviews, Songs you never get sick of hearing...

As mentioned in the review, the Beruit is easily one of my faves of the year so far, so at the very least check the podcast and see if it tickles your fancy. Do people like the podcasts?

Question for the week is courtesty of Moka (thanks!). What are some songs that you never get sick of hearing?

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You know, "California Dreaming" didn't pop into mind, but now that you mention it, that's such a freaking great song. It's upbeat, but has this undercurrent of melancholy that brings me back to it. Outstanding.

There's some Beach Boys songs on "Pet Sounds" that get me in the same way. Over and over again I can listen to them.

I love this topic.

Have any of you heard of a song by the British Black black group from the 70's called "Emma". It's a devastating song about suicide that will sometimes get rotation on shitty classic rock radio stations. That song really gets to me. Track it down.
Also, I never get tired of hearing California Dreaming by The Mamas and The Papas. So dreaming...echoey..a yearning summer song fer sure!

Soleo - Miles Davis
White Light Of - Do Make Say Think
Boys Don't Cry - The Cure
We Have A Map Of The Piano - Múm
Chomp Samba - Amon Tobin
Come On, Feel The Illinoise - Sufjan Stevens
Dear Sons And Daughters Of Hungry Ghosts - Wolf Parade
Turning Weels - Balanescu Quartet
Henryk Górecki - Symphonie Of Sorrowful Songs
Float On - Modest Mouse
Ravel - Bolero
well actually come to think of it.. There's a lot more.
Here Some Albums that always do it for me:
Keep It Like A Secret - Built To Spill
He Has Left Us Alone (etc.) - A Silver Mount Zion
Mysterious Production Of Eggs - Andrew Bird
The Planets - Gustav Holst
Te Deum - Arvo Pärt
Our Endless Numbered Days - Iron & Wine
The Pretty Little Lightning Paw EP - Thee Silver Mountain Reveries

Again there's more, but these are some of the ones I really can't get enough of.

praxis-every day people is sly and the family stone, check out family affair, hot fun in the summer time, if you want me to stay..listen to all their stuff

Ive got a few songs to mention....

Street Spirit (Fade Out)/ Radiohead
I Will / Radiohead
Talk Show Host / Radiohead
Zobione Pt.2 / Port-Royal
Folk Death 95 / Mogwai
Six Days At The Bottom Of The Ocean/ Explosions in The Sky
Star Wars / Mogwai
Nothing Has To Happen / Hungry Ghosts
Cold Water / Damien Rice
Parting / Boris
Mogwai Fear Satan / Mogwai
C Of People / Labradford
The Village Is Asleep / Epic45
Bird Gherl / Antony and the Johnsons
Winning Through Intimidation / Moly
Glass Shattering Under Water / Seven Ark
Velius/ Helios
Falling In Swirls/ Helios
Signal Flags/ Charles Atlas
1000 Paper Cranes / Mono
A History of Sport Fishing/ Thee More Shallows

and many many many many more....

Hippy War Machine by Pelt


alek eifel - pixies
one to three - les savy fav
the shape of things that never came - johnathan fire*eater
jelly 292 - jimi hendrix
black cab - jens lekman
willie and the hand jive - bo diddley
at the bottom - the clean

gouge away - the pixies
she's a rainbow - the rolling stones
crosseyed and painless - talking heads
warning sign - talking heads
temptation - new order
how can i love you if you wont... - silver jews
stereo - pavement
around the world - daft punk
les and ray - le tigre

rock and roll - the Velvet underground
everyday people - kool and the gang?
500 miles - the highwaymen
jewel - blonde redhead
fascination street - the cure
going to california - led zeppelin
san diego zoo - the 6ths

I'll never get tired of Stand By Me no matter how many times I hear it on the shitty Oldies station.

ah, I'm telling you folks, if ya need a 1 Mile North fix pick up some Peter Wright instead. He does the ambient guitar stuff better in my opinion.

As for Beirut, I don't get the appeal, but I've never liked melodramatic bombast in the vein of Rufus Wainwright either. He's got nothing on Neutral Milk Hotel or Stephin Merrit, but he's just a wee lad yet, so perhaps good things are yet to come (if all this fame doesn't go to his head).

Re: 1 Mile North, from their message board:

name: me

come on folks - have some faith. just because we have given up on site updates dosent mean we are done with music... new stuff is a ways away but it is on the way nonetheless :) have you heard this one: cheers -j

date: 10:56 pm - Wednesday,September 7, 2005


Only a ways away!

The Stooges - I Wanna Be Your Dog

fuck, this is the quintessential rock 'n roll song! Your first response is to that badass guitar hook but it goes much deeper than that. The drums swing like hell and slam down on the "up" beats, the bass anchors the song and re-emphasizes the guitar hook and that beautiful guitar fuzz is gorgeous atmosphere! There's someone bashing out the rhythm on a piano much like the Minimalists of the day did and even the guitar solo is a kinda mind-blowing anti-solo mess of noise, similar to what Lou Reed did in Waiting for my Man. But of course, the real capper here is Iggy Pop's rock 'n roll animal vocals and degenerate lyrics about submission. Oh, and those bells shakin' like mad are pretty fucking cool too.
This was the first song I learned to play with a band. Didn't quite get it at the time... but man, when I hear it now it's just better than the last time I heard it. check it out. It was released on their self-titled debut back in '69 when they were like 20 years old. John Cale produced it too (probably the reason for the minimalists influence).

First off, lots of great songs. I re-listened to some of the stuff mentioned below and was reminded of its greatness.

Second, what ever happened to 1 Mile North? They haven't even updated their website in over 2 years. I was hoping for another album from them after their last great album.

Personally, I still like Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart," but I haven't had anyone ruin it for me yet. Yet.

hey almostcoolaaron that beirut is indeed some great stuff! i just ordered it. not my usual genre that i listen to, but i can't sit still!

and one song i don't get enough of, is actually a ba da bing!-release, 1 mile north's return to from where we came.

Oh and by the way, the podcasts are an excellent addition to the site. I only rely on stylus and this site now for excellent writing/reviews/levity.

who's "joy division"?

concerning "love will tear us apart" it's probably the only Joy Division song that hasn't aged well. Funny, because that was my favorite back in high school.

I can safely add "Love Will Tear Us Apart" to my list of songs I can no longer stand.

Thanks to a moody boss, this song has lost all meaning.

peter t
yes - i love the podcasts. more please!

Richie -

I completely agree with you on what you are talking about. At my work, various employees have single playlists that they beat to death. Most notable are "Tiny Dancer" and the Smiths song that has a chorus of "Please let me get I want". "Tiny Dancer" is by far the two of the worst offenses, and it's sad beceause it is a fabulous song.

But it is THE friday song...shudder.

The worst, though, is that when ever I comment on the fact that they play it to death, I simply receive back words about how I am bitter and indier-than-thou or some such bullshit. Just play something else, that's all I ask.

Perhaps a topic for a different week are songs that you used to love, but now, for whatever reason, have grown sick of.

Unfortunately, Fake Palindromes by Andrew Bird falls right into that category. My little brother got a hold of that song and listened to it loudly in his room, day after day after day --- play count is something like 80 on his iTunes, and he's only had the song for a few months.

I hope I never hear it again, at least for a while.

I agree with so many of the songs here.
One that hasn't been mentioned yet, that I am addicted to, and will never tire of:
Orbital - Halcyon + On + On

Tired of Being Alone - Al Green
Windowlicker - Aphex Twin
Baltimore - Nina Simone
Alice - Tom Waits
Sea Song - Robert Wyatt
Random Rules - Silver Jews
Small Town Boy - Jimmy Sommerville
Spoilt Victorian Child - The Fall
Two Characters in Search of a Country Song - The Magnetic Fields

I have to say Lover's spit with Broken Social Scene. First listen to the version on Bee Hives and then the You forgot it in People version. Will never get tired on this song.

"Golden" My Morning Jacket
"Our Way to Fall" Yo La Tengo
"Sour Times" Portishead
"Saint Simon" The Shins
"Teen-Age Riot" Sonic Youth
"Alone Again Or" Calexico's
"Don't Let It Get You Down" Spoon
"Thirteen" Big Star
"In My Life" The Beatles
"Coumba" Orchestra Baobab
"Olsen Olsen" Sigur Ros
"Rasputin" Boney M
"Luckenbach, Texas" Waylon Jennings
"Frontier Psychiatrist" Avalanches
"Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta" Geto Boys
"B.O.B." Outkast
"The Bleeding Heart Show" New Pornographers
"For Real" Okkervil River
"La Femme D'Argent" Air
"I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" Hank Williams
"Palmcorder Yajna" Mountain Goats
"69 Police" David Holmes
"Bat Macumba" Gilberto Gil

Jon Perry
Do people like podcasts?

Yes! It makes a big difference to be able to hear clips of the music.

Thanks and keep them coming.

billie holiday-that old devil called love
cannonball adderly-spontaneous combustion
beach boys-god only knows
daft punk-music sounds better with you
spoon-paper tiger
starlight mints-pages
charlie parker-scapple from the apple
george harrison-apple scruffs
beth orton-paris train
mouse on mars-sui shop
magnetic fields-strange powers
interpol-obsatcle 1
talking heads-this must be the place
..and a zillion others

"The Way Young Lovers Do" Van Morrison
"What Goes On" Velvet Underground
"Cold, Cold Ground" Tom Waits
"Hallelujah" Jeff Buckley
"So What" Miles Davis
"Nightswimming" REM
"The Man Comes Around" Johnny Cash
"Me Gustas Tu" Manu Chao

Brakes : Cheney

Speaking about Arthur Russell, I think "Little Lost" should also be on my list. Any plans on reviewing his new album? I haven't managed to pick it up yet myself.

My Bloody Valentine- 'When You Sleep', 'What You Want', 'Never Say Goodbye'
Boards of Canada- 'Melissa Juice'
Bardo Pond- 'Sentence', 'Capillary River', 'Back Porch'
Can- 'Mushroom'
Cap'n Jazz- 'Oh Messy Life!'
Built to Spill- 'Randy Described Eternity'
Mogwai- 'Helicon II'
The Velvet Underground- 'Run Run Run'
Tortoise- 'Night Air'
Tim Buckley- 'I Had a Talk With My Woman' (goddamn)

mike jones
i'm gonna stick to songs from the last year or two here:

midlake - roscoe
why? - rubber traits
wolf parade - shine a light
tom vek - i ain't sayin' my goodbyes
the chap - auto where to & the premier at last
lansing-dreiden - a line you can cross
radio dept. - i wanted you to feel the same
johnny boy - you are the generation who bought more shoes
jens lekman - black cab
phoenix - long distance call
quiet company - we change lives
j. tillman - seven states across
great lake swimmers - bodies and minds
page france - chariot
spinto band - oh mandy
sufjan stevens - chicago
beth orton - conceived
sam prekop - c + f
seu jorge - queen bitch
feist - mushaboom
devendra banhart - quedate luna
cass mccombs - sacred heart
colleen - the happy sea
sanso-xtro - the last leaf
dead texan - the struggle
isolée - schrapnell
daft punk - robot rock
the knife - heartbeats
caribou - bees
out hud - old nude
the go! team - huddle information

what? that's all.

and, oh, yes. i do like the podcast reviews. load 'em onto my iPod friday mornings before heading off to work (if they're posted before i leave the house), and listen to 'em during my commute. it's perfect.

Though there are PLENTY of instrumental tracks I will never tire of, this is just a smattering of songs that never fail to get me singing along - even after hundreds of listenings over the years:

Astrud Gilberto - "Corcovado"
Belle & Sebastian - "Seeing Other People"
The Cure - "All Cats Are Grey"
David Sylvian - "Waterfront"
Iron and Wine - "Upward Over The Mountain"
Talk Talk - "The Rainbow"
Lisa Germano - "Cry Wolf"
The Czars - "Drug"
Roxymusic - "In Every Dream Home A Heartache"
T. Rex - "Jeepster"
Chris Bell - "You and Your Sister"
Everything But The Girl - "Laugh You Out The House"
Felt - "My Face Is On Fire"
Super Furry Animals - "Hometown Unicorn"
John Foxx - "This City"
Low - "I Remember" (7" Version)

I better stop...

It's a full release rather than just a song, but I could listen to Arvo Part's "Alina" just about any time for any span. It's so gorgeous.

Boards Of Canada - "Happy Cycling"
Talking Heads - "The Great Curve" (my absolute favorite) or "This Is The Place (Naive Melody)"
Arthur Russell - "Being It"
CAN - "Chain Reaction/Quantum Physics"
Yume Bitsu - "Truth"
The Clash - "Death Is A Star"

They've already posted some nice songs already I specially second mike, almostcool, remo and andreas picks so far. Well here are some of the songs I could listen to forever, I'll think of some more during the week:

Ralph Vaughn Williams - the lark ascending
Red House Painters - all mixed up
Bob Dylan - most of the time
Debussy - claire de lune
Satie - gymnopedie #1
Dntel - the dream of evan and chan
David Bowie - letter to hermione
Nick Drake - pink moon
Mazzy Star - fade into you
Cat Power - metal heart
Tom Waits - alice
Lhasa - de cara a la pared

And a friend recently got me into "arundel", great song-

Papa M - arundel

many thanks for the song suggestions! hopefully most of these will work on a comp ... also, 'autumn sweater' is the sweetest - good to know others love it as much as i do.

@ Mike: "Take The Pointing Finger For The Moon" is from their debut album "Our Bed Is Green". It's this trippy, folkish, hypnotic tune that could go on forever. Every time I hear it I don't want it to stop. Still have to explore their discography further than that album though. After getting their new album (which will be out soon on Kranky) I will work my way back through their discography. Lotís of good stuff to discover there I reckon.

@ Remo: Big thumbs up for naming "Autumn Sweater"! Should have been on my list too.

magazine - definitive gaze
minutemen - king of the hill
ulrich schnauss - blumenthal
shuggie otis - strawberry letter 23
strawberry switchblade - secrets
margo guryan - i don't intend to spend christmas without you
can - moonshake
polysics - black out fall out
the beatles - dear prudence
lungfish - nothing is easy
gardette sonica - gibraltar
art ensemble of chicago - theme de yoyo
cocteau twins - iceblink luck

There's a few songs that seemed to be played over and over:
Songs: Ohia - Farewell Transmission
Xiu Xiu - I Luv the Valley Oh
Animal Collective - Leaf House
Buck 65 - Roses and Blue Jays
John Vanderslice - Trance Manual
Evan Dando - Hard Drive
Eluvium - Taken
Les Savy Fav - Yawn, Yawn, Yawn
Yo La Tengo - Autumn Sweater
Luna - 23 Minutes in Brussels
Wrens - Happy

In the City - Junior Kimbrough
Waiting in Vain - Bob Marley

I rarely get sick of songs, there is too much flux in my collection to settle on anything for more than a couple of listens. I will say, however, that I did get quite sick of Broken Social Scene and Arcade Fire. Not that I don't like them, they just played themselves out, and that's pretty rare with me.

Beatles - Blue Jay Way
Spaceman 3 - Billie Whizz
Rolling Stones - Under My Thumb
Flying Saucer Attack - In the Light of Time
Labradford - Soft Return
Fripp/Eno - Heavenly Music Corporation
Talking Heads - Born Under Punches
Velvet Underground - Here She Comes Now
Neil Young - Helpless (& many more)
Bruce Springsteen - Atlantic City
Six Organs of Admittance - Spirits Abandoned
John Coltrane - Alabama
Acetone - Drop
Silver Mt. Zion - Three Galloping Dogs
Popol Vuh - In the Gardens of the Pharroah
Echo & the Bunnymen - Killing Moon
Pharoah Sanders - Black Unity
George Harrison - My Sweet Lord
The Smiths - There is a Light...
Yo La Tengo - Damage 2
Ivytree - Winged Leaves
Burger/Ink - Bring Trance back to Las Vegas
Supremes - You Can't Hurry Love
Slowdive - Rutti
Talking Heads - Ascension Day
The Stooges - I wanna Be Your Dog

(Hey Bubbachups, what album is that Charalambides song from?)

Good review of the Beirut album, I certainly understand your enthusiasm about Gulag Orkestar. I especially find the similarity between his and Andrew Bird's voice striking. It's nice to see this album getting more and more attention. Itís a charming pop album well worth it.

These are just the first that spring to mind:

Red House Painters - Grace Cathedral Park
Grace Cathedral Park - Play Delicate Desire Quiet
Charalambides - Take The Pointing Finger For The Moon
Songs: Ohia - Hold On Magnolia
Max Richter - On The Nature Of Daylight
Neutral Milk Hotel - Two Headed Boy Pt.2
Eluvium - New Animals from the Air
Jackson C. Frank - Marlene
Townes van Zandt - To Live Is To Fly
Dirty Three - The Restless Waves

some among hundreds:

Flying Saucer Attack - "Crystal Shade"
Cocteau Twins - "Sultitan Itan"
Part Chimp - "Bring Back The Sound"
Mogwai - "Ex-Cowboy"
The Human League - "Almost Medieval"
Dead Can Dance - "Avatar"
Ultravox - "The Thin Wall"
OMD - "Joan Of Arc"
Cindytalk - "Disintegrate..."
Magoo - "Swiss Border Escape"
Telstar Ponies - "Brewery Of Eggshells"
Butthole Surfers - "I Saw An X-Ray Of A Girl Passing Gas"
Scarce - "All Sideways"
Sigur Ros - "Vidrar Vel Til Loftarasa"
Isis - "So Did We"
Lightning Bolt - "2 Towers"

I'm going to pick a couple random ones off the top of my head...

CAN - "Vitamin C"
The Books - "Vogt Dig For Kloppervok"
Aphex Twin - "Girl/Boy Song"
The Orb - "Little Fluffy Clouds"
Broken Social Scene - "K.C. Accidental"
New Order - "The Perfect Kiss'
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - "The Curse Of Milhaven"