It’s a total Friday 5!!

Beck – “Chemtrails” from Modern Guilt

I’m a little late in addressing this tune as far as most blogs go, but I’m still trying to wrap my head around the newest tune from the musical chameleon’s upcoming…If you didn’t know it was Beck, you might guess it was some lost Moody Blues tape…produced by multi-tasking mastermind Danger Mouse, Modern Guilt (which might not even be the record’s real name) is likely to be rush-released this summer, much like Consolers Of The Lonely or The Slip…hopefully, the rest of the album will be as fascinating as this and not like, say, Guero…

Cocteau Twins – “Cherry-Coloured Funk” from Heaven Or Las Vegas

For one reason or another, the original dream-pop masters strayed away from their psychedelic folk roots for their last few albums…the songs still had surreal lyrics and subject matter, but the music got less weird…4AD founder and leader of This Mortal Coil, Ivo Watts-Russell, said that this was one of the best releases on his label…In your face, Surfer Rosa

Scarlett Johansson – “Town With No Cheer” from Anywhere I Lay My Head

If all that’s been keeping you away from the work of Tom Waits is his gruff voice and sinister persona, Anywhere I Lay My Head might be for you…then again, do we really need an album from Scarlett Johansson?…probably not, though the music that overshadows her just-okay singing voice is pretty neat (thanks mainly to TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek, who produced the album)…it’s funny how Waits himself could pull off acting, but that an actor can’t quite pull of Waits…

The Prodigy – “Firestarter” from The Fat Of The Land

It’s a wonder that this song is so unique since it’s based around two samples from other songs…the guitar part comes from “S.O.S.” by The Breeders and the classic “Hey!” is from The Art Of Noise’s “Close (To The Edit)”…still, the double-mowhawked blokes from Essex were one hit and controversy after another…sometimes, they even made hits out of controversies (or the other way around) in the case of another hit from this album, “Smack My Bitch Up”…we Americans are such prudes…

The The  - “Your Cheatin’ Heart” from Hanky Panky

In 1995, just two years after the release of hit album Dusk, Matt Johnson took The The into a wild new direction…an all-covers album of Hank Williams songs might not have been the best choice to follow up such a popular string of discs, but widespread success weren’t exactly what The The were about…today, the album plays like Almost Blue (another album of questionable material), but with a more alt-country, tongue-in-cheek vibe…just goes to show that some albums (unless they’re Punch The Clock) get better with age…

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~ by E. on May 23, 2008.

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