Okay, okay – so, TECHNICALLY it’s the first “Saturday Scoop”, but it goes with the third “Friday Fiver”, so it would offend my sense of order and logic if I didn’t connect them.
Moving on! Below you’ll find the Song/Artist info on the Mystery Tracks, along with my .02…
Faces by The Happy Hollows from their current CD, Spells.
So, I honestly couldn’t tell you WHERE I got this track. Didn’t even know it was in my iTunes. (I suppose things like this are bound to happen when you download as much free music from Amazon mp3 as I do.)
Y’know…I get that it’s annoying and repetitive and even a bit grating, but this doesn’t totally suck. It’s great mood music for angst-ridden drinking, or perhaps to motivate you while doing some heinous job involving elbow grease…like scraping paint off walls or scrubbing burned barbeque sauce off the grill grates.
(That’s me…finder of silver linings everywhere!)
Give Up the Fright by Buckman Coe on his current CD, Latest Waking
This song? Comfortable. Soothing without being patronizing. Lovingly crafted and balanced yet delivered with an effortless ease that belies its complexity. I love it…and I have to say that it took a few listens for me to “get it” – it’s almost TOO smooth, and flies under the radar. Listen again, though, because it’d be a shame to miss this.
(It’s like a snuggle in a comfy couch with down-filled pillows and a big glass of wine. Niiiiiice!)
We may have to do a complete post on Mr. Coe in the near future, eh? I have a feeling this onion’s got some interesting layers. 😉
Happy to Have a Job by Seasick Steve on his newly released CD Man From Another Time
Our buddy, Steve! Ha – just checking to see how many of you actually do listen to the songs I put up, and pay attention. Seems as if at least a couple of you do – holla, Pook and Mari!
Steve has become a staple in my personal playlists, so I’m not going to pretend to be objective about this one. If you don’t just love a dude who can make sounds like THIS come out of a homemade cigar box guitar, well then I may have to conclude that you have no soul, Voldemort.
Steve is the awesome, and I heart him. You should, too.
Crash Years by The New Pornographers on their just-dropped-this-week CD Together
What’s that, you say? Never heard of The New Pornographers? Tch, tch. You’re missing out. This Vancouver based band consistently puts out great stuff, with catchy hooks, unexpected twists and a sort of cohesive energy throughout…even on the slow stuff.
The fact that they’re Neko Case‘s “tribe” makes them all the more endearing to me.
Yes…how can you NOT love a song that includes harmonies and whistling?
Proof by The Northern Key on the self titled CD, released in February
Ahhhhh…I’m torn on this one. Though I found it repetitive and a bit contrived (insert sad, mournful cello HERE), I didn’t hate it.
Of course, I instantly thought Elliott Smith when I heard his vocals on this. But, the longer I listened, them more I felt like he might be trying to sound like Elliot Smith. And while that might be fine for folks who’ve never heard Elliott Smith or felt his music…
Well. Dude is NO Elliott Smith. He’s not even Iron and Wine. But I think if he eased up on the affectation, I’d give another shot. Song itself isn’t bad, and the lyrics were intriguing.
(And, again – NO idea where I got this track. I seriously need to pay more attention – the hell, Ri?)
So, that was fun! (I mean – for me, Pook and Mari. Stern, raised eyebrow frowny face to the rest of you who didn’t join in the fun Friday.) I’m sticking with this as a feature, though, because I thoroughly enjoy it and it amuses me to do so. You may as well play along.
And bring your friends. Just sayin’… 😉