So instead, I thought I'd write a regular blog that contained 5 songs I think people should listen to right now. Chances are they won't be current (I'd be surprised if ANY were) and there's a fair chance you know them already. I'm going to try to do this once a week so that I can get into the habit of writing regularly (any feedback or discussion will probably make this a more interesting and easier task - although I'm sure some of the stuff I post won't be everyone's cup of tea).
While I'll strive to stay away from the aforementioned favourite songs/albums saga that my train of thought usually resorts to, there probably will be themes to some of the weekly posts. Ideas milling through my mind right now are the following;
"Songs whose album version will never sound as good as when played live" E.g.Where Have You Been, from Manchester Orchestra's 2007 album Like A Virgin Losing A Child.
"Songs, which after a couple months of an album, release were relegated to "album track" status, but are fucking good" E.g. A Whole Child Ago, from Biffy Clyro's 2007 album Puzzle.
"Songs I like where the backing vocals/harmonies are more important to me than the lead vocals" E.g. Most John Frusciante era Red Hot Chili Peppers.
I'll also inevitably compile more standard lists involving things like favourite guitar solos or favourite cover versions also. But hopefully they'll be enjoyable.
Right... anyway. Let's start this shit. For this first edition, I don't think there's any theme other than Fuck, I Love This Song. I'm going to hit you up with 5 pieces of music I've been enjoying lately that I couldn't recommend you listen to enough.
First up is..
"A Conspiracy and A Devil" by Marmaduke Duke (The Magnificent Duke, 2005)
Next up we have...
My Friend Marcus by Manchester Orchestra (Mean Everything to Nothing, 2009)
This song isn't the title track to Mean Everything to Nothing (a definite contender for album of 2009), but it provides it, if that makes any sense. I just love this. The vocal melodies are so enjoyable and make me feel compelled to sing along, even if the lyrics are a bit dark. That being said, thing song contains one of my very favourite sing-along moments leading into one of the verses - "I don't give a good shit if you're lonesome, I think that you should go home son". Some of my favourite lyrics off an album that is home to an abundance of good 'uns.
Third of all ...
Have You Passed Through This Night - Explosion In The Sky (Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever, 2001)
One of only Explosions In The Sky Songs to feature any lyrics, and they belong to a monologue lifted from Terrence Mallick's "The Thin Red Line". All you really need to know about this song is that it's absolutely fantastic. The drums are a particularly special component, maintaining a wonderful presence through the maelstrom of guitars as the song reaches its climax.
GO FORTH AND SOMETHING...
"Balbo's Theme" - Mclusky (Mcluskyism [B-Sides], 2006)
This song never ever made it on to a Mclusky album. However, from the first time I've listened to it, I've thought of it as perfect. It might lack the usual energy and edginess associated with Mclusky, but fuck, it's such a wonderful song. Thinking about how under-appreciated this song remains, while bawbags wander the earth blissfully unaware of its existence makes me crazy sad.
A fifth is a type of booze bottle in the U S of States. Eminem just drank a vodka one. Dare him to drive?
The Ballad Of Burnt Dave - LaFaro (LaFaro, 2010)
This is some high-energy liveliness from Northern Ireland's LaFaro. Their first album is full of gems like this. I can't recommend it highly enough. After seeing them live a couple of times in the build up to the release of the eponymous debut, I fell hard for this song. It might not be a popular as the album's big hitter Tuppeny Nudger, but it's hard to deny this tune is catchy as hell. The relentlessness of the drums and the fact you can almost imagine the snarl on frontman Johnny Black's face as he delivers those vocals makes this song a favourite of mine. If you like this, look on yootoob for a great acoustic version they filmed for TG4 at Glasgowbury a few years ago. It'll have you wondering if you're even listening to the same song.
There we have it... 5 songs I thought of just now that someone might take some pleasure from, served up with some terrible writing. Enjoy.