The Uberpop


Weekly Mixtape 12/13-12/19

Posted in Weekly Mixtape by theuberpop on December 16, 2009

Christmas is less than two weeks away, and I’ve about had it with Christmas music.  Over the last 10 days, I have spent four of them playing “Christmas Gigs” (various gigs at which some form of Christmas music is played…depending on who you’re playing with and where you’re playing the arrangements of these songs can range from good to detestable.)  So I’m going to pretend it’s January for a minute and suggest you listen to something else:

1) “Dig a Pony” The Beatles, Let it Be…Naked (2003, Capitol): For whatever reason, I associate this record with this time of year (I think I got it for Christmas one year) and though it’s not considered the post-fab four’s best work by most, I feel that this remix does better justice to the songs and performances on this record than the original reverb and string-laden mix.  The stripped down mix draws a more raw, visceral tone from the songs.  That and, for whatever reason, I can’t get this song out of my head.

2) “Atoms for Peace” Thom Yorke, The Eraser (2006, XL): In the years between Radiohead’s Hail to the Theif and In Rainbows, the esteemed Mr. Yorke released this fine collection of bleeps, bloops and simultaneously frenetic and beautiful vocals.  In true Radiohead fashion, most of these songs fall carefully into a solid groove and perform some kind of sonic hypnosis on you and “Atoms for Peace” is no exception.  The rather unusual groove starts as unsettling and unstable but makes more and more sense the longer you listen to it…so…listen to it.

3) “Centennial” Tokyo Police Club, Elephant Shell (2008, Saddle Creek): Unrelentingly catchy, oddly syncopated, self-assured yet self-conscious and synth heavy…nope, it’s not The Killers, not even close.  On Elephant Shell, Tokyo Police Club honed their craft into a quirky pop sensibility that is absolutely undeniable.  This record is fun, lots of fun, and this track (the album opener) accurately sets the tone for the rest of the album.

4) “Just Like Heaven” Dinosaur Jr., You’re Living All Over Me (2005 [reissue], Merge Records): Legendary band, this track would be a more than viable candidate for best cover ever.

5) “Tombstone Blues” Bob Dylan, Highway 61 (1965, Sony): No explanation needed.

6) “Does He Love You?” Rilo Kiley, More Adventurous (2004, Brute/Beaute Records): Not quite a Beatles rip-off, although it comes close, this song is a painful kind of beautiful.  Following the two female ends of a love triangle and the fallout that ensues, but the track avoids the stereotypes of traditional “cheater songs” by dealing with the victims and consequences of infidelity rather than directly addressing the perpetrator.

7) “Flowers (Lullaby)” Jason Harwell, Rebuilt Family Sampler (2008, Rebuilt Records): Honest, understated, beautiful.  You win, Mr. Harwell.

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