From Menomena’s able Under an Hour which is only three tracks of instrumental goodness. This album usually reminds me of Christmas since I got it around xmas about 3-4 years ago. Plus it has a lot of bells in the tracks which help with that theme.
A song about drinking in Connecticut. The devil must be at work there because the liquor stores all close at 9, but the bars stay open late, which just doesn’t make sense to me. I don’t plan on drinking in Connecticut for a long time since the last time (a month ago) made a great day and badly.
Sorry about the delay between posts. Memorial Day weekend and all that. To make up for it, here’s some Modest Mouse, singing about marching into the sea on an album titled We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. Suffice to say, it’s got a fair amount of ocean imagery (Isaac Brock has even admitted himself that he uses marine metaphors a lot in his songwriting). This album is noteworthy for featuring the aweseome Johnny Marr (formerly of the Smiths) on guitar as a full-time band member.
Yeah, way to be totally self-serving! I decided I’d premiere a little surf rock I’ve worked up for myself here on the Medley. Matt had the early very-rough demo up a while ago, so here’s the “finished” product, complete with cheesy handclaps! While I’m whoring myself out, check in at the MySpace page for a selection music from yours truly, both marine and otherwise.
Yeah, more surf rock! I swear I’ll change it up eventually, but with Memorial Day and therefore summer approaching it seems appropriate to anticipate good times on the beach with some generously reverbbed guitar. You really can’t go wrong with a surf song that actually has the sound of waves in it.
Let’s see how long I can keep the surfing theme going, shall we?
Sick Electric are a four-piece band from Providence, Rhode Island. They have the distinction of being one of the first bands I ever booked for a show during my tenure at URI’s Musician’s Guild, and they and I have played the same bills on multiple occasions. I fully expect these guys to play at my wedding someday. Their badass mix of surf rock, punk, and stoner metal blended with apocalyptic sci-fi themes makes them quite pleasing to my ears. I think you’ll agree.
A little surf rock for you tonight. I’ve been a big fan of surf music for a while. Something about all the reverb and tremolo picking just does it for me. The intrinsic association with the ocean helps too. One of these days I’ll actually learn to surf.
I know you youngsters will have a hard time believing this, but Fountains of Wayne were just as good before “Stacy’s Mom.” In this tune, the power-pop masters expound on the virtues of just sinking into the ocean and leaving it all behind. Sounds pretty good to me, but I only recommend it if you have some kind of air supply.
Mark Mothersbaugh - “Ping Island/Lightning Strike Rescue Op”
The amazing soundtrack to the best scene in the best movie ever about being an old, grizzled, cynical marine biologist. I hope this is my future, and everyone in this field secretly expects to turn out just like Steve Zissou.
"Swamp leeches! Quick, check yourselves! …am I the only one who got hit!?"
Here’s another shipwreck song by a band too good to be called emo. I enjoy the use of the old sailor’s adage “red sky in morning, sailor take warning.” And as a shark fan I’ve always hoped that the “flash of teeth” is a reference to my favorite chondrycthians.