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Bohor ([personal profile] bohor) wrote2010-07-20 06:50 am

Overdue memepletion...

A task voluntarily taken from [profile] junkshop_coyote

Music initials - Instructions:
1. Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
2. List (and upload, if you feel like it) 5 songs that start with that letter.
3. Post them to your journal with these instructions.

I got a C, so in no particular order:

"Coast to Coast" by Love as Laughter. The first track of an album called Sea to Shining Sea, a song called "Coast to Coast", opens with the line "with a hundred miles, can you drive fast?" If you're going to do something like that, you better be armed with some serious earworm riffs and energetic vocals that seduce aging hipsters into singing along shamelessly while bruising their fingers on the steering wheel in a futile attempt to keep up with the barrage of drum fills. LAL delivers the goods.

"Come On! Feel the Illinoise!" by Sufjan Stevens. There were a few songs I like more, but one of the things I considered was which songs weren't simply great, but were the best songs by that artist. This song is an absolute triumph for Stevens, capturing all his creative strengths in one stunning package.

"Crest" by Stereolab. On the surface, this song really isn't that creative. A crunchy guitar grinds out the same 2-bar riff repeatedly without much variation. The rest of the band lays down an 8-bar progression on that, over which Laetitia Sadier repeatedly chants a single line without any changes in rhythm or pitch aside from the slight warbling of her French accent. For six minutes. There's a vague sense of verse and chorus, but it's really only an illusion - it's the same rhythm and the same chords, just with wordless vocal harmonies instead of the song's one lyric. So what makes it brilliant? What they somehow manage to do within such an artistic confinement with those limited materials. They use timbre and musical complexity to make the music breathe - it's almost like a magic act, except they've pulled down all the curtains to make sure you know exactly what they're doing.

"Cat Track (He Has No Balls)" by SJ Esau. Even if the lyrics weren't so oddly inspired, I'd still love this track. The meters are constantly shifting (usually between 5/8 and 6/8), yet the rhythm doesn't feel exotic or strange, but organic and natural.

"The Chairman Dances: Foxtrot for Orchestra" by John Adams. Yes, there has been some phenomenal Classical music composed in your lifetime.

If you're interested in hearing these, I've thrown them up here.