A Fun-tastic Friday 5!

Saul Williams – “List Of Demands (Reparations)” from Saul Williams

I guess you could call him the Trent Reznor of the alternative hip hop world (which would be fairly accurate considering that he’s worked extensively with various members of the NIN party)…yeah, this song was in some Nike commercial, but it’s still an ear-catching, relentless tune that kinda sorta scares me…also check out Saul’s awesome take on “Sunday Bloody Sunday”…

Wolf Parade – “Language City” from At Mount Zoomer

What’s really funny about this song from the indie-favorites’ new album is that it features the same barreling piano that’s in so many other modern rock tunes…Transplants’ “Diamonds & Guns”, The Raconteurs’ “You Don’t Understand Me”, it seems that the piano is the new guitar…just don’t tell Keane, or else they may record another album…

Peter Gabriel – “On The Air” from Peter Gabriel II

I’m not exactly sure why, but I’ve been on a big Peter Gabriel kick as of late (possibly due to the recent release of the fantastic and long-delayed Big Blue Ball album)…With his first album, Gabriel went out of his way to make music that was unlike what Genesis was doing after his departure (as detailed in his debut single, “Solsbury Hill”)…his second record is slightly more rock-inflected, though Robert Fripp’s production maintains the experimentalist vision that is present in all of Gabriel’s work…

Mission Of Burma – “Peking Spring” from The Horrible Truth About Burma

One of the band’s best songs, and it’s not even on any studio recording…this song is also one of their earliest, and is frequently on their live setlists, but never made it to a proper studio release…then again, now that Mission Of Burma are back together, “Peking Spring” might get the full treatment it deserves sometime in the future…

The Last Shadow Puppets – “The Chamber” from The Age Of The Understatement

More than just Favourite Worst Nightmare with strings, The Age Of The Understatement is Arctic Monkeys leader Alex Turner’s answer to last year’s moody British masterpiece, The Good, The Bad & The Queen…this song is especially dissonant, a quality you’d never use to describe the music of the Arctic Monkeys…at least, not yet

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~ by E. on July 25, 2008.

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