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7.08.09 Listening Assignments

In Listening Assignments on July 10, 2009 at 6:04 pm

It’s not Monday. And I started this @ 3:38 in the morning. Screw it, anyway. I’m jumping back in headlong…

1. Discovery – So Insane – Someone said this reminded them of the Postal Service and I fought the urge to reenact what the five fingers said to the face. Yes, it’s electronic. Yes, it’s over-hyped to such great heights (which tends to happen if you’re the musical offspring of two legit powerhouses: Vampire Weekend and Ra Ra Riot). But this is not in the same stratosphere as TPS. Anyhow, they decided they didn’t care about meter and tempo in this one, and it suits them well. This LP is growing on me, despite my initial best efforts to loathe it. [from s/t|buy]

2. Slaraffenland – Away – If you’ve been following my twitter feed during the blog’s hiatus, you heard this yesterday. It begins like any song could, but ends like few songs can. Looping arpeggiation deployed to the utmost effect, building for the song’s entirety. It feels imperfectly perfect, which I’ve determined to be exactly what the doctor ordered. [from Here All Beautiful Collides: A Sampler|site]

3. Kurt Vile – My Sympathy – Fingerpicked on strings bent to death, this song is a gasp of evaporated air in a solitary cell. The last breath of a man whose days are written, stone-carved, in the virtual tombstone of an almost-wasted life. I only wish it could be longer than 2:31. It might make more sense if it were 3:48. [from Overnite KV!!!|myspace]

4. George Benson – This Masquerade – If you’re under 30, you’d swear it was Stevie singing this beautiful sauntering melody, but you’d be wrong. It’s George Benson, full of soul and moxy. And you’ve learned something new today. [from The Greatest Hits of All|buy]

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