First Friday 5 of 2005!…or 8!!

Papercuts – “John Brown” from Can’t Go Back

Essentially the brainchild of Jason Robert Quever, who has collaborated with the likes of Vetiver and Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, the reverb-heavy dream pop project makes the upcoming tour with Beach House intriguing, if not unsurprising…Taking the same organic, Mazzy Star-like approach to music as Beach House, Papercuts released this album in 2007 to little attention, even though it was featured on WXPN’s My Morning Download…

The Aliens – “Setting Sun” from Astronomy For Dogs

Not to be confused with The Chemical Brothers’ song of the same name, The Aliens’ “Setting Sun” is a total slice of retro psychedelic blues rock fun…former members of The Beta Band make up 2/3 of this group, but don’t expect anything remotely trip-hop…if The Good, The Bad & The Queen had been a bit more upbeat, they may have ended up sounding more like The Aliens than like 50 minutes of “Ghost Town”…not that there’s anything wrong with that…

Fisherman Xylophonic Orchestra – “Otto’s Shrunken Isle” from Psychic Jungle Malfunction

Combining the mondo exotica of Martin Denny with the appreciation for camp and kitsch of Los Straitjackets, the Fisherman have been providing music for the modern burlesque revolution since 1995…this song, an homage to the New York tiki bar that the band calls home (at least every first Monday), could be right at home at The Enchanted Tiki Room, or even your next hukilau!

Big Star – “Femme Fatale” from Third/Sister Lovers

Never attaining much success during their short existence in the early 1970s, Alex Chilton and his group Big Star bridged the gap between the British Invasion and American power pop and punk…this was especially true on this, their adventurous third album…exploring less upbeat material as well as their own roots with this cover of The Velvet Underground’s classic, it’s no wonder that everyone from The Replacements to The Afghan Whigs cites Big Star as a major influence…

Sea Wolf – “Leaves In The River” from Leaves In The River

While Leaves In The River was four spots short of being my favorite album of 2007, a line from the title track is definitely my favorite lyric of the year:

“Her hair was still just getting wet/the water running down her neck/
collecting the handprint in cement beneath her feet”

…the song features no chorus, but an impossibly catchy piano line and sets a lovely stage for the rest of the album…


~ by E. on January 4, 2008.

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