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JAZZ, CLASSICAL MUSIC AND THE ARTS IN NEW YORK CITY

The Top Ten Songs of the Week Starting 1/5/08

Announcing a new feature at Lucid Culture: the weekly Top Ten list, our deliberately obscure blogosphere version of what Kasey Kasem used to do before he retired and that little sissy took over the mic. Which was just as well because there hasn’t been anything on the top 40 worth hearing in years. But as Jello Biafra so famously said, don’t complain about the media: BECOME the media. Therefore, our little hit parade. Ideally, this will help diversify what we – and hopefully you along with us – discover here. Our NYC live music calendar focuses on artists who play here; our Top 50 Albums of 2008 and Top 100 Songs of 2008 lists necessarily focus on the absolute creme de la creme. The game plan is to use our Top Ten lists to help spread the word about artists around the world who for one reason or another don’t play New York,  don’t yet have albums for us to review or play a style that for one reason or another we’ve neglected so far. We’re going to try to include something for everybody here: intense stuff, lighthearted stuff, loud stuff, quiet stuff. It’s also our chance to include some funny songs: the Top 100 Songs list has a whole lot of great stuff on it, but most of it is soooooo serious and we’d like to include some amusing stuff as well. We’ll archive these so if you forget to bookmark a link, you’ll be able to find it again.

 

American Top 40 used to air on Sundays, so we don’t want to be copycats. Mondays are busy. So we’re going to try doing this on Tuesdays. We’ve linked below to pages where you can hear each individual song. So here goes, Tuesday January 6 2008, happy birthday Monica!

 

1.  The Brooklyn What – Planet’s So Lonely

Our first #1 song is a fiery, wildly bluesy minor-key scorcher from the kick-ass band who brought you the classic I Don’t Wanna Go to Williamsburg. It’s on their myspace.

 

2.  Post No Bills – GDDUMOA

One of the funnest things about youtube and myspace is the amateur stuff you find there. We stumbled across this hilarious acoustic song while looking for another band with the same name. The title is an acronym for God Damn Donut Under Mike Owens’s Ass. Apparently poor Mike Owens, whoever he is, needed an operation, and the recovery process included sitting on a glorified inner tube. “I’m the only cure for the hemorrhoid you got from a strap-on,” sings the inflatable ring in a lazy southern drawl. Until Mike Owens finds out about this and fires off an irate message to myspace to take the song down, here it is.

 

3.  Mascott – Fourth of July (video)

Kendall Jane Meade’s gorgeously jangly indie pop band’s latest cd Art Project has this song on it, but it’s the video that really makes it. It’s mostly just Meade romping around, but the setting is even more heartbreaking than the song: look in the background and you’ll see the legendary, recently shuttered Astroland amusement park at Coney Island. Kudos to videographer Debora Francis for having the foresight to shoot this before it was too late. Click the myspace link above, mute the myspace player and then click the video link to your left. Mascott play Cake Shop on 1/19 at 9ish.

 

4.  The Brixton Riot – Deal with the Devil

“Too many people in the Garden State/Too many rocking vanity license plates,” fume these ballsy New Jersey indie rockers. “You better deal with the devil or the devil’s gonna deal with you.”

 

5.  Across the Aisle – Beer Song

Characteristically fun, upbeat, tongue-in-cheek ska from this tight, catchy crew recently relocated to New York from Boston. 

 

6.  The Passengers – Overpass

Legendary in Australia, the Passengers were fronted by a hauntingly beautiful singer, Angie Pepper, who would go on to marry Radio Birdman mastermind Deniz Tek. When the record label, who were just about to release the Passengers’ debut album, found out about the marriage, they cancelled the contract since they were afraid that Pepper would relocate to the States with her new husband (as it turns out, she did). To make matters worse, the original masters were subsequently stolen and have never resurfaced. In 2006, Pepper reunited the Passengers as an acoustic trio with bassist Jim Dickson and guitarist Jeff Sullivan. This particular track is a characteristically gripping excursion into Nashville gothic territory.

 

7.  Poor Bailey – Psycho Bitch

Somebody had to write this song and it’s a good thing this acoustic guy did instead of somebody with less of a sense of humor. Definitely good for a laugh. 

 

8.  Alexander Burnet – Black Water Soup Pt. 1

Southwestern gothic from Keene, New Hampshire. Go figure. Lo fi but good.

 

9.  The Big Takeover – Red Rum

Old-school roots reggae with a compelling female singer. They’re at Arlene’s this month every Wednesday at 10.

 

10. The Dead and Gone – Lounge Lizard Deluxe Take 1

An instrumental: upbeat minor-key punkabilly to end the list on a high note. We’ll be back with more next Tuesday. Stay tuned.

 

January 5, 2009 - Posted by | lists, Music, music, concert

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