Monthly Archives: September 2007

“Like arrows with no target”

Leonard Cohen – “True Love Leaves No Traces” from Death of a Ladies’ Man (1977)

I don’t like Phil Spector – mostly because he’s a murderer.

However, the bombast of his arrangements on this record are the perfect backdrop for Leonard Cohen’s characterization of a pathetic, aging philanderer. Of the two, I would say Cohen probably understood best the irony of the record (and the whole era, for that matter).

Spector was probably just really coked-up.

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“Here we come again”

Otis Redding – “The Hucklebuck” from The Dock of the Bay (1968)

Hucklebuck, ya’ll.

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“But darling, what can I do?”

Roy Orbison – “Crying” (1961)

Look at that man. He made some of the greatest, most passionate rock and roll records ever.

Notice the abnormally long neck. That’s what allowed him the range to climb from 1:25 of this song to 1:50. Wow.

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“Me with nothing to say”

Yo La Tengo – “Autumn Sweater” from I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One (1997)

It’s starting to get cool and cloudy down here in North Carolina. Sorry, Jordy.

I tried to post the Tortoise cover of “Autumn Sweater,” originally released on a 1997 Yo La Tengo EP and rereleased on 2005’s Tortoise rarities comp A Lazarus Taxon, but I bought the Tortoise on iTunes, and therefore it is “protected.” Bunch of bull.

“I have it!” here

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“Yes, yes, yes”

The Kinks – “Autumn Almanac” (1967)

Summer officially ends this weekend and we welcome the crispness of autumn. Except for me, since I’m in southern Arizona and it’s still terribly hot.

This song is so British.

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“If I waited for you to signify”

Robot Boy

Guided By Voices – “Gold Star for Robot Boy” from Bee Thousand (1994)
Guided By Voices – “Game of Pricks” from Tiger Bomb EP (1995)

I can’t believe it took me until two months ago to listen to Guided By Voices. This is the good shit. One million emo bands have tried to write a chorus as anthemic as “Robot Boy”‘s opening verse. Damn.

Thanks to Ryan for “Game of Pricks.”

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“Listen to your junkman”


Painting by Bernard Safran

Bruce Springsteen – “New York City Serenade” from The Wild, the Innocent & the E-Street Shuffle (1973)

This is among Springsteen’s most beautiful songs.

Now, I haven’t spent a lot of time in New York City and certainly not in 1973, but this tune seems intimately connected to that time and place in my mind.

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