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Okay, team. Tuesday. And Tunes thereof. You know the drill.

I've included my usual link to this week's MP3 below, but first, before you hear the song on its own, you should check out this really insanely well-done American Psycho-inspired music video. Umm, unless you've never seen American Psycho, in which case, a.) you're probably not going to have any real appreciation for the video, and b.) remind me, why are we friends again -- ?

And now, if you can manage to get the imagery of the video out of your head, just listen to the MP3, and read the lyrics if you're not familiar with the original, and see if you can tell why I've been listening to this song over and over again for days now:It's a cover of the old Talking Heads song, and gives it a fresh coat of slick, cheerful, AutoTuney goodness. This has been making me feel happy, light, calm but energized, accepting and Zen. It's just what I need right now, in other words. I guess I am already there.

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Time for Tunes for Tuesday, kids.

First, shock yourself awake with everyone's favorite twenty-first century disco band bringing their own insanely glam touch to an old Pink Floyd standard:Now knock your chair over and kick it out of your cubicle, 'cause you're gonna need room to dance:Finally, take the rest of the afternoon off, and drive around with your windows down, listening to this:
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So usually, when I do a Tunes for Tuesday post, I put up something I've been listening to for a little while -- a few days, at least. I can't remember when I've ever heard something new on a Tuesday and turned right around and posted a link to it. But today's that day!

Some of you may have already heard a truncated version of this already; I understand it's being used in television ads for the 2010 Lincoln MKZ. It's a cover of a song you already know, and probably like, if I know my friends list correctly, so here it is:

Shiny Toy Guns - Major Tom

Let me know if you do like it. Cheers.


Feb. 10th, 2009 11:37 am
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.... Okay, let's try this again. Last week's Tunes for Tuesday was met with a deafening silence, so I'm going to assume that I just dumped too many songs on you at once.*

Here's just the one, then: a song that's the clear heir of bands like The Smiths and Joy Division, but still unmistakably twenty-first century in its sound and outlook, fighting sadness with a cheerful and distant indifference.

Datarock - See What I Care

* .... On the other hand, my Steamcon site launch announcement only got one comment. Ummm, is anyone still reading this?
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Been a while since I did a Tunes for Tuesday post.
  • David Byrne and Brian Eno are both kinda brilliant, really, and the new album Everything That Happens Will Happen Today is their first collaboration in almost thirty years. Byrne calls the album familiar but completely new as well," and that's a fair assessment. You can hear the whole album at the website, but here's a track I cheerfully stole from the KEXP Song of the Day podcast: David Byrne and Brian Eno - Strange Overtones

  • I don't want to tell you too much about this song, but I will say that the first time I heard it, I nearly drove off the road laughing. It's a smooth, sexy Barry White style track. Well, almost. Flight of the Conchords - Business Time

  • This one's a little hard to describe. Little bit glitchy and techno-y, it's got a relentless wind-up toy quality to it, and underneath all the bright and spangly, there's something unpleasant going on. Give it a listen. Man Plus - A Ghost Is A Ghost Is A Ghost Is A Ghost

  • This one is mainly worth listening to if you're familiar with the original version by Rihanna, because the way it takes that dance number and deconstructs it into something slow and sad and unsettling, is really kind of impressive. But even if you haven't, it's worthwhile in it's own right. Sharif - Disturbia (Raw Version).mp3

  • Here's an old one. I realized yesterday that I hadn't listened to The The in a long time, and they used to be one of my favorite bands when I was an angsty young man, so I dug some out. This is one of their best -- only slightly angsty, but mainly just beautiful and hopeful. A good song if you need to be reminded that Spring is on its way, in either a literal or metaphorical sense. The The - Love Is Stronger Than Death

  • And if Spring is coming, then surely Summer isn't too far behind. Here's a little piece of it right now, in the form of an incredibly catchy, bouncy, irresistable little indy pop song. I've been a huge fan of the Scott Pilgrim series of graphic novels since the first volume. I knew that our eponymous protagonist, a clueless young man who's met the girl of his dreams but has to defeat her seven evil exes first, was named after this song, but it had never dawned on me to track it down and listen to it. I'm glad I did. If you've ever known that a completely hopeless crush can actually be exhilirating fun, this song is for you. Plumtree - Scott Pilgrim


Sep. 16th, 2008 12:53 pm
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On today's special movie-themed edition of Tunes for Tuesday:

If you're a comics geek -- and that's most of you, I think -- then you've already seen the trailers for the upcoming adaptations of Watchmen and The Spirit. The relative merits of these movies aside (Watchmen looks like it'll be excellent, if it makes it's way out of lawsuit hell and onto our screens, whereas The Spirit looks like the equivalent of Frank Miller tracking down every last fan of the original comic and slapping them slowly in the face with his dick for two hours), I have to admit that both trailers have some pretty striking music. (Even if the song in the Watchmen trailer is originally from a Batman movie.)

Anyway! With no further ado, here they both are:
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Oh, say, what day is it -- ? That's right, it's Tuesday. I haven't done this for months and months, but -- it's time once again for Tunes for Tuesday!

See, at the Fremont Fair, Torrey and Arthur and I were walking by the stage where We Wrote the Book on Connectors were playing, and we ended up turning right around, coming back, and staying through the entire rest of the set. They were entirely fun and awesome.

If you ever listened to They Might Be Giants and thought to yourself, "gosh, they're fun and all, but I really wish they were a pop-punk band instead," then this is probably the band for you.

Their MP3s don't quite capture the energy of their live performance -- but then again, whose do? They're still worth checking out anyway. Start with these:


Aug. 6th, 2007 01:37 pm
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Hey, kids, it's time for MP3 Monday! (Which is, essentially, Tunes for Tuesday with the serial numbers filed off. I don't have a lot of free time on Tuesdays any more.)

Turn up your headphones and get ready to dance in your cubicle: You may well have thought that "Icky Thump" by The White Stripes was, in fact, already the perfect rock song. Well, that's what I thought, but I was wrong. It's vastly improved by, of all things, throwing a little Led Zeppelin into the mix. No, seriously, give it a listen:

The White Stripes vs. Led Zeppelin - Icky Thump
DJ Zebra 'Wholelottafunk' Remix

(Edited to add: Broken link fixed.)

Today's bonus tracks:
Battles -- Atlas: The soundtrack to your Munchkinland nervous breakdown
Office - Wound Up: High tension for lazy summer nights
Spoon - I Turn My Camera On: Slow, stompy, glitchy, sexy, strut-down-the-sidewalk music
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This has been a mostly horrible day, so I wanted to take a minute to bring you a little bit of awesome. This has really been making the rounds online lately, and the first night I heard it got more votes for 107.7 The End's top-ten list than the other nine songs combined (not bad for a couple of unsigned guys on the Internet), so my apologies if you've already encountered this one. But if you haven't, gosh, you need to:

Thou Shalt Always Kill - Dan Le Sac vs Scroobious Pip

It makes a great companion piece to Losing my Edge, one of the songs I posted last time. (You listened to all those, right?)


Jan. 20th, 2004 01:36 am
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I'm a few weeks late posting this, but:

If you haven't been listening to The End lately, you should give them another try.

I still remember how much I enjoyed The End back when they first started. They were full of life and fun. I still have a T-shirt, from back in those days, bearing their original logo. It's nearly worn out.

Somewhere along the line, that verve dwindled away, and they started playing corporate, computerized playlists full of indistinguishable grrr-arrgh Linkin BizKorN stuff. Ehh. I still listened to it, sometimes, when I couldn't find anything better on the radio, but my heart wasn't in it because their heart wasn't in it.

The only thing that was any good any more was their lunchtime all-request show, where they played a lot of excellent older stuff, and I kept wondering why, if that's what their listeners were requesting, they didn't get a clue and just start playing that kind of stuff the rest of the day.

They finally did. Not long before Christmas -- The Stranger had an article about all the whys and wherefores, but I can't find it on their website -- The End changed their format.

I've been hearing The Cure, REM, the Sex Pistols, The Clash, Postal Service -- all kinds of good stuff from all over the map.

I couldn't be more happy with it. I actually get excited now, when I get in my truck, to hear what's going to be on the radio next. I haven't felt like that about radio in years.

The DJs are clearly into it, too. They're thrilled. It shows in how they talk about the music they're playing.

Which brings me, finally, to this week's installment of, that's right, Tunes for Tuesday.


DJ Harms played this one night a couple weeks back. Something he was clearly personally enthusiastic about. It was then that I finally keyed in that now, finally, the music I was hearing wasn't just some committee-approved pablum -- there was a real person on the other end of the radio who was sitting around playing records he thought we might like. I was overwhelmed at that realization, seriously almost near tears over it, and then I heard this:

The Polyphonic Spree - Light and Day.mp3

Turn your speakers up for this one. The Polyphonic Spree are a band with about thirty members at any given time, including a ten-person chorus, and a bunch of other people playing damn near every instrument you could think of. They pack themselves onto stage wearing white robes, and -- Well, yeah, they're clearly quite mad. And wonderful. This song is the purest distillation of joy I've heard since The Beatles. Check it out and let me know what you think.


Dec. 2nd, 2003 03:14 pm
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Okay, the past couple of Tunes for Tuesday have been kinda gloomy. Enough of that. The weather is gloomy enough. Here's some bouncy pop goodness: What We Need More Of Is Science, by The John Benjamin Band. (This one goes out to [ profile] josefinek, [ profile] kespernorth, and [ profile] morgyne especially.)

In other news, I'm working on putting together the TFT mix CD, just in time for the holidays, including several of the previous Tunes and a bunch more stuff you probably haven't heard. It's yours in return for a blank CD-R, or even better, in return for a mix CD of your own devising. Lemme know if you want one.


Oct. 21st, 2003 12:12 am
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"I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead;
I lift my lids and all is born again.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

The stars go waltzing out in blue and red,
And arbitrary blackness gallops in:
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.

I dreamed that you bewitched me into bed
And sung me moon-struck, kissed me quite insane.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

God topples from the sky, hell's fires fade:
Exit seraphim and Satan's men:
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.

I fancied you'd return the way you said,
But I grow old and I forget your name.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

I should have loved a thunderbird instead;
At least when spring comes they roar back again.
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)"

That's Mad Girl's Love Song, by Sylvia Plath.

Perhaps it's morbid of me, or at the very least a little trite and obvious of me; but I'm fascinated by the artistic output of the suicidal. I want to know, to feel, whatever it was they couldn't bear to carry around in their hearts. Maybe to try to carry it for them. I don't know.

Anyway, I bring this up because it is time again (now that it's after midnight) for Tunes for Tuesday, and I want you to hear how a band called Fisher have set this poem to beautiful, haunting music.


Sep. 30th, 2003 12:02 pm
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So on this week's edition of Tunes for Tuesday, I thought I'd play a little Interpol for you. Interpol is a band from New York who have a very British sound; their history mentions how they "cultivated a unique aesthetic", but frankly, you can mark me down with the people who think their "unique aesthetic" consists largely of sounding a hell of lot like Joy Division.

But that's cool, I always liked Joy Division, and I like this new stuff coming out of New York. So without further ado, here's Obstacle 1, one of my favorites. (Here are the lyrics, too. I keep forgetting to post lyrics when I do this .... )


Sep. 16th, 2003 11:22 pm
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I don't remember what I was searching for when I found these. (Did you know that searching Google for "index.of Apache" is a good way to find MP3s by band name?) But I tripped across this directory of MP3s that just had titles for filenames -- no band listed. Ever curious, I downloaded all of them to see what they were.

I soon found I now had a whole album by Kidneythieves called Zerospace. I'd heard one of their songs before -- Before I'm Dead is on the soundtrack of Queen of the Damned. I listened to these new tracks and liked them quite a bit. Kick-ass, dark music with female vocals. [ profile] wendolen commented that they remind her of Luxt, and I think that's an apt comparison.

Anyway -- I seem to be posting a lot of covers here on Tunes for Tuesday, and this week is no exception. Here's a nice, growly, sexy cover of, of all things, Patsy Cline's Crazy.


Aug. 19th, 2003 07:10 pm
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I nearly forgot, on account of the novelty of actually being awake in the mornings this week, but it's time once again for Tunes for Tuesday.

It's not like all I ever do is download covers of eighties Goth favorites, but when I heard that trip-hop artist Tricky had released a cover of The Lovecats, I had to go find it. You know I *heart* The Cure, right?

I like it. You might not, but give it a whirl. It's breathy, slinky, sexy, intimate; a strange little styling that suits the lyrics. In a word, it's swanktastic.

We should have each other for tea, huh? / We should have each other with cream


Aug. 12th, 2003 07:08 pm
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A little less melancholy than last week's offering, and definitely back into that summertime vibe, is this week's rendition of Tunes for Tuesday.

I keep forgetting to upload this one -- I mean, haven't I already played it for everybody? Haven't I already put it on enough mix-discs for people? But no, I haven't spread the love far enough yet. Time to correct it. Here's Crush, by AC Acoustics.

I had no idea how I ended up with this MP3 for the longest time -- now I think I found it accidentally while looking for Placebo tracks, since I just found out while looking for the lyrics that Brian Molko (swoon!) sings the backing vocals.



Aug. 5th, 2003 08:50 pm
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Hello again, and welcome to a slightly more melancholy version of Tunes for Tuesday.

In honor of the upcoming showing of Donnie Darko at the Egyptian Theatre (this Friday and Saturday at midnight), I just had to bring you this cover of the Tears for Fears song, Mad World, as performed by Gary Jules -- a haunting, pretty version of the song for an equally haunting and clever little film.



Jul. 22nd, 2003 02:49 pm
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So, yeah, I meant to start doing this as a regular thing, but I got distracted by having no net access for a while .... That said, welcome once again to Tunes for Tuesday!

For your listening pleasure, here's Such Great Heights, by the Postal Service. As bright and hopeful and happy as the last song I posted was dark, I would strongly suggest listening to this really loud while in a fast car with the windows down.



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