Sunday Song Survey

Today’s edition of Songs That Played During My Meditation Time1

  1. The Besnard LakesDisaster

    The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse

    Like this pulsing bass line a lot, and actually this song is really growing on me. The band has a new album coming out early next year, I’ll probably pick up a copy.

  2. DestroyerEuropean Oils
    2006 Pitchfork Music Festival Sampler
    I went to the Pitchfork Music fest this year2, I think, but I don’t remember seeing Destroyer. Probably would have been fun, as I like the album this song is taken from.
  3. Louis Jordan & His Tympany FiveYou Will Always Have A Friend
    Disc E: 1949-1950
    you will always have a friend, as long as you have money to spend. True, cynical, but true. Recently picked up a 5 disc box set of Louis Jordan: a slightly forgotten, R&B jump blues jokester from the 1940s and 1950s. Highly enjoyable. This is a danceable calypso-esque song, with horns, drums, piano and percussion.
  4. Beastie BoysGet It Together

    Ill Communication

    With Q-Tip providing additional vocal contributions, one of the better tracks on Ill Communication, the last great album the Beastie Boys released, so far anyway. Ma Bell got the Ill Communication. Indeed.

  5. Stone Roses, TheMade Of Stone

    The Stone Roses

    from one of the many golden eras of British pop, now reissued and remastered.

  6. Marley, Bob & The WailersDuppy Conqueror


    speaking of ululation, this track from one of my Desert Island discs3 has some funky background vocal effects. I suspect Peter Tosh is making sounds with his mouth emulating a cat purring, but who knows. Lovely track, not my favorite on this album, but every song by the classic edition of the Wailers4 is excellent in my estimation.

  7. O’connor, SineadAll Apologies
    Universal Mother
    and speaking of trills and spills, love how O’Connor’s Irish brogue is noticeable on words like marriage, buried. Also imagine she sings in the son I feel as one, instead of the Kurt Cobainin the sun I feel as one, but I could be wrong.
  8. Callahan, BillDiamond Dancer

    Woke On A Whaleheart

    Bill Callahan’s5 decent, observational song about a girl who danced by herself so hard she became a diamond, gave the world her light. His baritone is so emotionless, he probably irritates you or enthralls you, depending upon your mood.

  9. We The PeopleYou Burn Me Up And Down

    Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era, Vol. 4
    Florida based garage rockers, a favorite song from my favorite compilations of garage rock, the Nuggets series.

  10. Butthole SurfersMexican Caravan

    Psychic … Powerless … Another Mans Sac

    I came of age in Austin during the Butthole’s heyday, so of course I love this song and this band. Not everyone loves psychedelic punk rock songs about scoring Mexican heroin, that is their loss.

  11. The Black KeysStack Shot Billy

    Rubber Factory

    Modern garage rock, slightly derivative6 but still quite fun. One could compile an eclectic mix of Stagger Lee songs, ranging from the original recorded versions of bluesmen from the 1920s and 1930s, to the R&B versions in the 1950s to the 1960s British blues-rockers to The Clash to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds to The Black Keys. That Stagger Lee is a bad motherfucker.

all in all, a pretty good meditative soundtrack

  1. no playlist today, just a shuffle []
  2. 2006 []
  3. an album I would theoretically take with me if I had foreknowledge I was going to be stranded on a desert island []
  4. before Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh left []
  5. aka Smog aka (Smog) for some reason []
  6. but then what rock music isn’t? []

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