Friday 5 (Not Friday 5)

Elvis Costello & The Imposters – “Turpentine” from Momofuku

With his newest album, Elvis was only going to have a release on vinyl (which, in turn would come with a digital download coupon)…however, he eventually conceded on that and Momofuku was released on CD earlier this week…while each of the songs recalls a different era of Elvis’ enormous career, this song in particular channels the primal stomps of Blood & Chocolate, especially that record’s bombastic opener, “Uncomplicated”…though Momofuku isn’t exactly Imperial Bedroom (though, seriously, what is?), it’s the Elvis record I’ve been waiting for since The Delivery Man disappointed…

Peter Bjorn & John – “Amsterdam” from Writer’s Block

It’s easy enough to be a one-hit wonder, but to have two great songs in one year is a little tougher to do without actually becoming popular…that’s exactly what the Swedish trio did last year with their whistle-laden indie pop…the whole album isn’t horrible, but the best two songs also happened to be two of the best songs of 2007…I guess that kinda makes up for the lukewarm album tracks, huh?…

Phantom Planet – “Leader” from Raise The Dead

The new record from Phantom Planet is supposedly a fictional account of frontman Alex Greenwald’s stint in a cult…it’s unclear as to whether he is the leader of the cult or just one of the acolytes, but the upbeat-yet-creepy vibe of this song carries through the whole of the record…throw in a chorus of singing children (or possibly the choir from The Polyphonic Spree) and you’ve got the makings of a(nother) cult that I’d totally be into…

DeVotchKa – “How It Ends” from How It Ends

Goodness knows where a bunch of kids from Denver found such a liking to gypsy-mariachi-classical-folk music, but damned if this song (and the album from which it gets its name) isn’t the prettiest thing this side of Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant…if Gogol Bordello would calm down for a few minutes, they might end up sounding like DeVotchKa…the group has a new album out this year, A Mad And Faithful Telling, which, while enjoyable, lacks the sweeping charm of their 2004 masterpiece…

Was (Not Was) – “Knocked Down, Made Small (Treated Like A Rubber Ball)” from Born To Laugh At Tornadoes

Kicking off one of their most infamous albums is one of the avant-disco godfathers’ most beloved songs…I use “infamous” because this is the record that features guest vocals on almost every track, namely from Ozzy Osbourne and Mel Tormé (though not both on the same song)…this song, though, is straight-up funk the way that only Was (Not Was) can twist it…

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~ by E. on May 9, 2008.

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