Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Life is lived in a straight line, but I find that the present rarely feels like it does. It's more like stumbling through a room full of junk, where every new thing you uncover is accompanied by bits of life you've lived before. Memories and moments lost to time coming back to colour what's new. No doubt due to the way that our brains our wired, always aiming to classify the novel in terms of the old.
Nowhere do I find this truer than with music, of course. Where I find old records, even ones I've loved for years, suddenly gaining new meaning. Or new records can spark old memories. Either way, it's all just part of the soundtrack I guess. It'll make sense once the credits roll.
I was put on the spot and asked what my favourite Beach Boys track was. I blurted out "All Summer Long". I always assumed it'd be something deeper from Pet Sounds or Smile, but there it is. Long, carefree summer days. Sounds good to me right now...
1. Sufjan Stevens - Vito's Ordination Song (Demo) [I didn't realise it was the demo version til I heard the proper one from the CD release]
2. The Velvet Underground - I'm Sticking With You [Oh Juno Juno Juno...]
3. Menswe@r - Bones & Red Meat [The secret track that was the best thing they ever released]
4. White Lies - Death [Worth dying for]
5. The Go! Team - Junior Kickstart [A pleasure to rediscover]
6. Manda Rin - DNA (Blood Red Shoes Remix) [Dream line up]
7. Daniel Land & The Modern Painters - Within The Boundaries [Sounds like the Cocteau Twins Pearly Dewdrops Drops but even more dreamlike and ethereal, which I thought was impossible]
8. The Crimea - The 48A Waiting Steps [With scrawled handwritten lyrics on the sleeve from Davey]
9. Paramore - For A Pessimist I'm Pretty Optimistic [Or maybe I'm just a pessimistic optimist. The glass is half full, but of warm flat lager]
10. Kansas - Carry On Wayward Son [Guitar Hero & Anchoman have a lot to answer for...]
I'm sure I'll start making sense sometime soon...
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