Friday 5 is the merriest!

The Replacements – “Lovelines” from Hootenanny!

With its original lyrics ripped right from the personals section of a Minneapolis newspaper, Paul Westerberg used to get a copy of a local paper and improvise the song while on tour, using whatever he could find…not a far cry from their debut, Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash, you can still hear the energy that would be perfected on The ‘Mats’ later, more popular records…

Rufus Wainwright – “Vibrate” from Want One

As I have discovered, the first installment in RufusWant collection was the pre-rehabbed, totally hopped-up counterpart to the more introspective (but nonetheless fabulous) Want Two…of course, there are arrangements that would easily befit a Busby Berkeley flick, but also enough sparse tunes to offset the more bombastic numbers…and in case you were wondering (and I know you were), there are plenty of lyrics that will make you squirm, and then ask yourself if he really just sang that…

Yo La Tengo – “Emulsified” from Fakebook

Essentially a fake book in itself, the collection of covers from the indie heroes’ fourth album includes takes on The Kinks, NRBQ, and this tune from Rex Garvin and The Mighty Cravers…playful and garage-y while still folksy, Yo La Tengo have a knack for really making these songs their own…in fact, they slyly slip a few original tunes into the mix to further show how Yo La Tengo are totally worthy of all the love they’ve been getting over the past 20 years…

The Kinks – “Australia” from Arthur: Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire

Clocking in just under 7 minutes, this tune is one of the first more indie-leaning songs to feature such an extended solo section…no strangers to drawing out their songs in concert, The Kinks brought that sensibility to the studio and set the standard for non-jam band jams…where would Sky Blue Sky or Pig Lib have been without “Australia”?…

Jim Noir – “Eanie Meany” from Tower Of Love

Speaking of The Kinks, they had a direct influence on the debut album from this Manchester artist…listening to it, you might think that Jim was a contemporary of the Davies brothers, but you’d be mistaken…also influenced by The Beach Boys and The Beta Band, Noir incorporates a healthy dose of primitive electronica into his brand of pop music…


~ by E. on December 21, 2007.

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