Ok, so you’ve all been good sports and suffered through my Stones lists, rock lists, garage noise, rock / punk heavy A-list, axe wank list, etc. So i thought that as you were all probably dreading my week for the Spill Game, i’d put up something a bit different. Some of you may remember that i have a not-so-secret hankering for a pretty pop tune. So in honor of VD (i was supposed to be next week, but i switched off with DsD), i did a list of some pretty ear candy instead of the usual ear-splitting stuff. You know the drill – toss one or all, or keep as you see fit.
Will that do?
(Look, there are going to be guitars. There just are. It comes with the turf. But they’re gorgeous Byrds-y, Las-y, melodic, reverby, distorty, feedbacky, groovy, and even maybe some acoustic-y. Maybe a bit of saminess at the beginning of the list, but how can you complain when it’s this easy on the ears. Huh? I do promise that there’s nothing like Jimmy Page taking a dump on a Telecaster.)
Happy VD to all!
(Did this the new player way because a) it cut down on buffering problems, and b) makes it easier to find a specific song.)
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1. Swim Deep – The Sea Brummie grunge surf rockers have quite a few pretty surf pop tunes, but haven’t come across one as sublime as this one. Bonus buzzy guitar in the background. Bliss.
2. Nada Surf – Jules and Jim Popular it ain’t. Pretty fluffy summer pop it is. Hmm, i think i hear bells.
3. Allah-Las – Vis-a-Vis So far it’s me and Fuel counted as fans of these California surf garage rockers. I still think they maybe need another album or 2 to hit their stride, but the gorgeous hook in this song, wistful guitar solo and lyrics get it a place on the pretty list.
4. Pavement – Date With Ikea Still trying to scare up more Pavement fans, and another try with this beauty. If Chris and Shane agree on a band, they have to be good, right?
5. The Scientists – Frantic Romantic These Aussie punkers got a bit of love on my garage thread, and the guitarwork and catchiness on this one gets it a place on the pretty list.
6. Richard Hell and the Voidoids – Time Beautiful guitar melody, and maybe the best song about songwriting i’ve come across.
7. Teenage Fanclub – Ain’t That Enough Late to this party – one of those bands i’d heard of but never checked out. What i’ve been missing. Pure pop heaven.
8. The Dentists – Strawberries Are Growing In My Garden First heard this Byrds-y tune from these Kent rockers during Songs About Gardens week. Groovy and gorgeous, never tired of it.
9. Black Hollies – Don’t Be Afraid To Ask Beauty of a tune from these psychedelic garage rockers from New Jersey, USA. Bonus She’s A Rainbow-ish pianowork.
10. Rouge Wave – Be Kind and Remind Acoustic beauty from these Simon and Garfunkel-ish California indie rockers.
11. Wintercoats – Halogen Moon Lush, gorgeous post rock-ish tune from this Aussie – yep, it’s only one guy. Could have easily put this up for the Bells topic i think.
Bonus Track #1
12. Rouge Wave – Desperate Thought about leaving off Be Kind and Remind and tacking this Rouge Wave tune on at the end instead. Figured it would probably be a bit of a buzzkill at the end of a list that was supposed to make you smile though. Song seems to be a bit of an anomaly for them in style, and as far as i can figure, it hasn’t been released but is only available via a session. I wouldn’t call it pretty, but as it’s probably the most beautiful song i’ve heard lately, i thought you should have the chance to hear it anyway.
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13. Beatenberg – The Sultan of the Economic Cafe These Paul Simon-ish South African guys would have been on the list in a second if i could have located a download. Unfortunately i couldn’t, but there are more songs on both Soundcloud and Youtube. I could listen to this stuff all day.