Archive for February, 2010
As youth I seem to remember a lot of popular music gaining notoriety because of the creative videos that accompanied them. As I grew older I found videos to be less important in my musical tastes. I think that it came about because of the limiting aspects videos have on music. Once you see a music video you can’t un-see it, so your visual association with the song will always be the same memory.
I would prefer music to be more like a book, where I can make up what the visuals are that connect with the music. Isn’t it true that the book is always better than the movie?? In my opinion the song is always better than the video.
I know that video can never be subtracted from the industry. That is why I have fallen in love with KEXP 90.3′s YouTube channel. KEXP is a independent radio station that is based out of Seattle. On their YouTube channel they have live performances of great indie bands and the video production is so stellar that there is no need for the artist to produce a music video. Also I think that watching a band or a set of musicians is more interesting to watch than a short film that is edited to fit the meaning of the song
Below are some of my personal favorites.
If you notice Eric Elbogen of “Say Hi” is sitting in on the set!!
“A Place to Bury Stranger” How can you not love that band name??
This is this video that inspired this post
About a month ago I went on my usual music run to the local hot spots. When I make these runs I never touch the CD section as I have no need to collect CDs, vinyl is my game now. That means that I usually have to crouch down and sift through piles and piles of useless albums before I find anything I like. This trip held a little more promise than previous trips I just didn’t realize it until my last stop of the day at F.Y.E. I did not exactly have high hopes, but I flew through the milk crates they use to hold the albums and eventually found that Radiohead had released a set of EPs of many of their singles.
Each EP was on a 45 with one song on the side A and one on Side B. Side B was usually a obscure song that only hardcore fans would recognize. The set included all the usual suspects like Creep, Fake Plastic Trees, and even Kid A. It took me awhile to settle on which one to purchase. Hell, I needed to convince myself it was even worth buying one much less which one. After I ran through the lineup one more time the selection was made for me when I read these words, “Karma Police”.
Some may argue it isn’t their greatest song, and they might be correct, but it is my favorite for one simple reason, nostalgia. The song reminded me of my time as an undergrad at Montana State and how my roommate would blast this after a night of drinking. He would yell, “This song is us dude, we are this song”. Even now I am not sure I agree that the song was a direct representation of who we were but I know this, every time I hear this song I hear his voice in the background and for a minute… I will lose myself.
I am often a little skeptical of artist who seem to be featured on tons and tons of tracks. I tend to see quantity as a lack of quality. This remains true for Miike Snow but with one caveat, the original works that the group releases on their albums I find irresistible. Where as when they are featured on a song I find their presence unable to convince my mind that it is worth sticking around until the end.
Here are two examples. The first is an original piece from Miike Snow’s latest album and the second a track featuring them. You decide which is better
Miike Snow – “Silvia”
Crookers – “Remedy” (ft. Miike Snow)
I have reached my limit. Reading other blogs on music has wore me down. I need to express my opinion and give recommendations on good music. This blog, I hope, fills that void I have felt after being off the radio for two years.
For my first post I would like to share a track from Barsuk artist Ra Ra Riot. It is a remix of “Too Too Too Fast” by label-mate Say Hi and it has captured my imagination on how great Say Hi could be at remixes. I love his original work but any way I can get Eric producing more music the better my life will be.
- T. William