Inspired by whay3s’ post below of tunes by the excellent Perfume Genius, I decided to dig through my own back catalogue of depressing songs (i.e. most of my catalogue) and throw down an old classic. This is a rarer, BBC Sessions edition of Mogwai’s “Hunted by a Freak”, off of their 2003 album Happy Songs for Happy People. The album is more subdued and definitely shows more electronic influence than previous albums, especially compared to their debut, Young Team. Maybe because of this, this song gets under one’s skin.
Watch M83 play their soul-cleansing (credit: GABRIEL SAMACH, SORRY) single “Midnight City” off their most recent, chart-topping album, “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Great sax.
Aphex Twin recently conducted a “Penderecki-inspired composition” in Poland… via remote control. It is terrible (the piece, not necessarily the performance). It’s also hard to see what the technology adds to the music, other than allowing Richard James to indulge in his love of anonymity. I guess that’s what happens when you live in a converted bank for too long.
This song is featured in Emerica’s ‘This is Skateboarding’ during Heath Kirchart’s part. It blew my mind (both the part and the song). Once I found out what the song was, I embarked on a quest to find the CD with it on it. This quest was fruitless for about 4 years. It ended when I joined WCFM. On a lark, I decided to search the stacks for a little known CD by an obscure French electro-pop band from the 90s. Minutes later, I had found it. I took it right home and listened to the album, all the way through.
Once in a while, I like to take a break from raging and listen to some ‘chilled-out grooves’. Here is a song by a group called Tortoise – they’re out of Chicago, and hate being referred to as post-rockers. Their album ‘Millions Now Living Will Never Die’ is a classic of post-rock, with a heavy jazz influence (and a heavy ‘this is the best music ever’ influence). Hilariously, this song is not off of ‘MNLWND’, but off of their next album, ‘Standards’. Listen to this song anytime. Also, check out any live versions you might find.
Hard in the paint,