Friday, July 01, 2005

Song of the day: Mahogany/"Chance"

One of the new additions to Rhapsody today is Memory Column, a compilation of singles, rarities and other work from the dreampop group Mahogany. I've been giving it a listen this morning, but haven't found anything that compares to "Chance," my favorite song on the band's 2001 album Dream of a Modern Day (pictured above). It's atmospheric pop at its best, with layered, shoegazey guitars and delicate female vocals, and a great way to float off into the holiday weekend. Enjoy the music.

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Song of the day: Pony Up!/"Shut Up and Kiss Me"

I'm still finding my way through Rhapsody's "Just Added" lists for the past week, and stumbled across the excellent self-titled Pony Up! EP, which was released earlier this year on Dim Mak Records. I saw this quintet of young Canadian ladies play in Austin at SXSW in March, and they put on a nice little show, busting out one lo-fi indiepop ditty after another for half an hour. Click here to check out "Shut Up and Kiss Me," the lead song on their EP. Enjoy the music, eh?

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Just added: Belle and Sebastian/Push Barman to Open Old Wounds

Wow, what a great find. As I've written, in the late 1990s the Scottish band Belle and Sebastian captured my little indie heart with a stunning series of import-only EPs, including Dog on Wheels, Lazy Line Painter Jane, and A Century of Fakers. These EPs, which contain some of the best music I've ever heard, were recently compiled and released stateside on the compilation Push Barman to Open Old Wounds. Last week, we added this compilation to Rhapsody. I'd highly, highly recommend that you listen to "String Bean Jean," "Lazy Line Painter Jane," and "A Century of Fakers," and soak up the band's music in all of its fey beauty. Click here to check out the entire comp. Enjoy the music.

Song of the day: Gang of Four/"Damaged Goods"

For the past week, I was on the East coast hanging with my family north of Boston and visiting with friends in New York. So I hope you'll forgive me for not noticing until now that late last week Gang of Four's seminal 1979 masterpiece Entertainment was added to Rhapsody. My favorite song on the album is without question "Damaged Goods," the yardstick by which all melodic post-punk is measured in my book. But the entire thing's worth checking out - try "At Home He's a Tourist" or "I Found That Essence Rare" to see the altar at which current "It" bands like Bloc Party and Moving Units pray.

*UPDATE*: Props to The Covalent Bond for noticing this one first.