Friday 5 from the Funplex!!

Cut Copy – “Lights And Music” from In Ghost Colours

Every year needs a good dance record…in case you’ve been wearing out the grooves on your copy of Hot Chip’s Made In The Dark, there’s a new record from Australia’s Cut Copy on the shelves…featuring a very full sound akin to later New Order, “Lights And Music” is an ode to the two things that good dances are known for…so far, the album has tied a few others at Pitchfork’s highest-rated album of 2008 so far, with an 8.8/10…but really, who cares what they think?…

The Long Ryders – “Looking For Lewis & Clark” from State Of Our Union

I grew up listening to The Rainmakers, a group of political country-punks from Missouri…turns out, Bob Walkenhorst and his crew were not alone in reviving the music of Gram Parsons and The Flying Burrito Brothers with a grittier sound…of course, more alternative country bands would follow, like Uncle Tupelo, Whiskeytown and The Avett Brothers, but The Long Ryders were one of the earliest groups to define the new sound of America…

Laurie Anderson – “O Superman (For Massenet)” from Big Science

There’s art-rock, there’s avant-garde, and then there’s “O Superman”…weird music had been around for many years by the time Laurie Anderson’s minimalist tale became an unlikely hit in 1982…rising to #2 on the UK charts, “O Superman” is 8 minutes of vocoder-vocals, sampled voices used as chords, and lyrics from outer space…what’s even weirder, though, is the large number of hip-hop musicians that have sampled this song and other from the album…

Nine Inch Nails – “Discipline”

Trent had better slow down if he doesn’t want to make his own head explode…between leaving his label, releasing the immense Ghosts I-IV, and reinventing the music industry, he somehow found time to record and release a new single…you can get the mp3 here, but keep an eye out on your favorite radio station’s website, since stations are being encouraged to pass the mp3 directly on to the listeners over the next few weeks…on top of all that, the song is terrific…

The Pretenders – “Middle Of The Road” from Learning To Crawl

Admittedly, I’m not a big fan of The Pretenders’ material after their first two albums (and event that statement is giving a lot of credit to the lukewarm Pretenders II)…the deaths of James Honeyman-Scott and Pete Farndon cost a lot not only to the group, but to new wave music as a whole, as we lost two dynamite musicians…returning in 1984 with a new lineup, The Pretenders scored some of their biggest hits with this record, including “Back On The Chain Gang” and holiday favorite “2000 Miles”…this song, the first on the album, was a back-to-basics reintroduction…not as ballsy as “Precious”, but still pretty darn good…

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~ by E. on April 25, 2008.

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