I know this might come across as a shallow question, but I've been thinking about it for a very long time, so I thought I'd ask. What is your song "Source Decay" talking about? I can feel that there's a ton of emotion there, but I can't quite trace the story it's telling. The imagery in it is beautiful (particularly the highway being a mobius strip) but I feel like I need the backstory you imaged or experienced to make the whole picture make sense. Thanks so much for your time, I'm a huge fan.
Well, there are two stories in the song: the present-day one, in which a person relates how he makes a weekly trip to Austin from somewhere two hours west, which he does specifically to retrieve mail from a P.O. box. He takes a long route there so he can drive through a place where he used to live - “our old neighborhood” - presumably the “our” is him & whoever he’s talking to, though that’s neither explicit nor certain. Then he drives home, brews some coffee, “walks the floors” (this is a reference to an old Ernest Tubb tune; Tubb was from north Texas) to sort out his thoughts, and, adding the one he just brought back from Austin, examines an ever-larger pile of postcards on the table, trying to put together the story he hopes they’re trying to tell. That this story, the backstory, the ones the postcards don’t tell, is obscure and uncertain — that’s kind of the point of the song. The backstory blurs and won’t cohere, the evidence mounts and is available but it just won’t gel into a satisfying narrative, which is a longstanding theme of mine, this way you sometimes really deeply and desperately need to get a clean narrative line through some story in your life, and when life won’t give you that, you finally have to smile about it, but it’s a pretty bitter smile, not the kind you smile when you’re feeling good about something.
The second story in the song is the one that refuses to come clear; the above is just a parsing-out of the extant detail in the song, but to fill in the outlines of the second story would be very uncool of me because the song is about how those outlines are like blurry shapes in fading light that you eventually have to just accept as they are.
Has there ever been a more sweet and tender song about choosing your girlfriend over an 8th Avenue hooker?
This song sometimes gets credited to New Jersey’s own Bruce Springsteen (who performed it live throughout the ’80s), but it’s pure Waits. This alternate version—just Waits with a guitar and bass—appeared on the 1981 sort-of best-of collection Bounced Checks. It’s not substantially different from the version on 1980’s Heartattack and Vine, but is an interesting peek at the skeleton of the song.
My first cover Friday reblog apparently didn’t take — the internet is capricious here — so I’ll go with this one instead.
Technically not a cover, but close; on my phone I can’t tell whether newspeedwayboogie originally posted this or I did, but either way it’s a good one.
“The Stones wanted to be loved. Feared too, but loved. Or at least lusted.
Zep wanted to be worshipped in the Hammer of the Gods way.
Stooges wanted to scare the shit out of you.
The Velvets didn’t even see you.”—
A couple of big things and many small ones meant broken sleep that ran late into the morning. Turning everything in my head off for six minutes of loud, fuzzy, looping riffs, and then starting up the day.
The Almighty Rhombus - The Good in Everyone (Sloan cover)
I don’t know much of anything about The Almighty Rhombus beyond the fact that they do a nice job with this track, but I do know that it’s a shame that Sloan never made much of an impact in the US. The second you step across the Canadian border you’re handed a Sloan album, but they never broke through here.
The band has released ten abums and two EPs over the course of twenty two years, ranging from quite good to utterly fantastic. If they’re new to you, the early years are probably the best place to start: the Peppermint EP through Navy Blues.
I’m hoping these guys tour the east coast on the back of their upcoming LP. They’re nothing like Parquet Courts, but if you like Parquet Courts I’d recommend trying this track for reasons I can’t fully explain.
The underlying musical philosophy:
“It’s like the Spinal Tap thing about the fine line between smart and stupid,” Maheu explains. “We want our shit to be fucking retarded, but we want it to be retarded on purpose. There’s a thought process behind how stupid it is.”
I like a lot about Courtship Ritual’s debut record. Overall it has a rather more processed sound than is to my general taste, but the record works for me.
When it comes down to it, though, it’s about Monica Salazar’s voice. If you’re looking for something to tide you over until the new She Keeps Bees record comes out to satisfy your addiction to Jessica Larrabee’s singing, this is worth a listen while you wait.
i heard this on Songza’s Lush Life channel yesterday and i was like “what the fuck is this?” so i pulled out my phone, saw that the band was called KhruangBin, went to SoundCloud, and i’ve been obsessed with their sound for the rest of the day and night. they call it Thai Funk. I call it awesome.