Quiet around here! How do you like the new Daft Punk album, “Random Access Memories”?
Speaking of which, I was suffering from horrific ‘file not found’ syndrome until I finally found it. “Instant Crush” is basically a discofied version of Midlake’s “Roscoe” – which has been discofied before, in a mellow sort of way.
And here’s another funny musical experience you can have: you are listening to a band that is known for a certain sound, and you realize that one of their songs – which isn’t really a paradigm of their sound – is sort of a paradigm of a different sound paradigm that came later … if you get me. For example, the Police’s 1978 tune “The Truth Hits Everybody”, which was not a hit, doesn’t sound like their signature rock reggae post-prog-compacted-into-punk power trio sound. It does sound the Foo Fighters – it’s that chorus. And I can’t really think of anything else from 1978 that sounds like the Foo Fighters. (Here you can hear the Police trying to turn “Truth” into a Police song, but it doesn’t quite work. It just sounds like Sting trying to cover a Foo Fighters song.)
In other musical news, I’ve been listening to a lot of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Kurt Vile and Foxygen. Their new albums. It’s all such … erudite and manneristic but really great stoner rock. Foxygen takes it to extremes. It’s all Mick Jagger Satanic Majesty (“On Blue Mountain”) one moment, Velvet Underground with Dylan guitars the next (“No Destruction”), Syd Barrett (“In The Darkness”), then some more California Kinks-Meets-Jefferson-Airplane thing (“San Francisco”). I can’t figure out whether “Shuggie” is a Shuggie Otis reference. It sounds a bit like it, but then the chorus? Something else. Can’t put my finger on it.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra is this great, heavy kind of post-psychedelic pre-heavy metal thing. “From The Sun” is the best T-Rex song since “Telegram Sam”, for example. And “Little Blu House”, from their first album, has a hilarious video. Smoke and drop of vaseline on the kaleidoscope lens flare hippie chick pearls and a kind of earth-tone “Penthouse” 1973 color palette.
Kurt Vile seems to be more comfortable with showcasing his talents as a guitarist on 9 minute tracks like “Wakin On A Pretty Daze”.
The new Vampire Weekend album is great, too.