Friday, March 18, 2005

Songs With Stuttering

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The Who's "My Generation" is probably the best known Rock song which uses stuttering as a singing technique. It is also one of the first. Stuttering was a problem among 1960's mods. The high incidence was thought to be caused by the drugs they took. (Via: Rhapsody Radish

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Song of the Day - 'This Year's Love' by David Gray

I first heard this song in a movie and immediately thought "Wow!" It's simple and evocative, but not overly contrived like some love songs can be. David Gray's voice has a rough and scratchy, Bob Dylan-esque quality that makes this song even more powerful than it has any right to be.

You can listen to it here.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Song of the day: Longwave/"Make Me Whole"

NYC-based dreampop band Longwave released one of my favorite albums of 2003, the highly-recommended Strangest Things. Prior to that album, the band's major label debut, they released another LP, Endsongs, on indie label Luna Sea. Endsongs was more uneven than the band's second release, but included some strong songs that indicated the direction the band was heading. One of my favorites off that first album is the ballad "Make Me Whole." The song is awash in distorted guitars and swirling vocals. Enjoy.

Monday, March 14, 2005

Song of the day: Mahjongg/"Aluminum"

I don't know much about the band Mahjongg, aside from the fact they've got a delightfully weird name. I picked up their full-length album over the weekend, in preparation for seeing them at South by Southwest later this week, but didn't realize until this morning that they released an EP last year on Barsuk Records or that it was available through Rhapsody. The song "Aluminum" chugs along like a turgid post-punk b-side, replete with angular, quickly-strummed guitars and hushed vocals (and a little keyboard & drum machine to boot). If your coffee didn't wake you up this morning, this song will. Enjoy the music.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Found sounds: Everything But the Girl -- remix album

Over the weekend, Everything But the Girl's Adapt or Die album, featuring 10 years of remixes of the band's singles, was added to the Rhapsody library. It's more downtempo than the stuff I usually listen to, but there's no question that this is great music for 2:30 am in a dark, post-clubbing apartment. Or so I'm told. Ahem.

You can check it out by clicking here. Enjoy the music.

Song of the day: New Order/"Krafty"

A new New Order single, "Krafty," was added to Rhapsody this week, with little fanfare. The excellent song (which just may be my song of the week) is a prelude to the band's upcoming album, Waiting for the Siren's Call. Click here to check it out--you won't regret it.