Posts categorized “Music”

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “Talkin’ About That Burden” by Warren Dunes

Warren Dunes: Talkin' About That Burden

Talkin’ about that, talkin’ about that, talkin’ about that, talkin’ about that…

Earlier this month perennial thisischris.com favorite Warren Dunes was on Nancy Guppy’s “Art Zone” show on The Seattle Channel. They performed a song that has not yet been recorded and released to the general public, so if you haven’t seen them perform it live, this is probably your first time to be able to hear it! It’s basically an instrumental, because the only lyrics in the whole song are “Talkin’ about that burden” repeated over and over.

The first half of this video is actually Nancy Guppy interviewing Julia, which you should watch if you are interested. The song itself starts at 3:25 (I’ve keyed the video to start then). Partake and be pleasured:

You have now been pleasured.

Categories: Music, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “No Time to Die” by Billie Eilish

No Time to Die: Billie Eilish

Fool me once, fool me twice…

There’s a new James Bond movie coming out this year! And that means there’s a new James Bond theme song. This is all rather exciting for me; I’m a bit of a James Bond aficionado. The Bond films were my go-to comfort films in my teens and early twenties. I’m also a connoisseur of Bond theme songs. If you meet me at a party, you could ask me to recite the title and artist of all the Bond themes in chronological order and I could probably do it.

Bond themes are a fascinating genre of music all their own. There are a few clunkers (*cough* Quantum of Solace *cough*), but they’ve also produced some of my favorite songs of all time (*cough* Skyfall *cough*). There’s also fun side-branch of secondary Bond themes: original songs that appear either during the movies themselves (á la the Pretenders song “Where Has Everybody Gone” in The Living Daylights) or alternate theme songs played over the end credits (á la k.d. lang’s excellent Tomorrow Never Dies alternate song “Surrender”).

But I digress. As you can see I can go on and on about Bond minutiae.

For No Time to Die, the 25th Bond film, they’ve roped in up-and-coming dark-pop musician Billie Eilish and her producer/brother Finneas O’Connell. The two are apparently as much fans of Bond as I am. Here is the result—partake and be pleasured:

Y’know what? I quite like it! It fits in the progression of the latter half of Daniel Craig bond films, Skyfall and SPECTRE. In fact it has a lot in common with Sam Smith’s “The Writing’s on the Wall” from the latter film. “No Time to Die” is darkly lush, a song ultimately about betrayal and defeat (which seems to fit what little we’ve seen of the film from its trailers). There are some great moments: the wet, Bond-ian brass that creeps into the background for a moment around the 1-minute mark; the guitar that comes in on the chorus about 1:35; the full orchestration that starts building up around the two-minute mark. In all it’s a great variation of a “building” song, where over time more and more elements seep into the initially sparse presentation. But “No Time to Die” is interesting in that it undercuts moments of possible cathartic crescendo, like the way Eilish hits the climactic high-note about 3:20, only to slide down into a lower note before it ends, as if resigned to defeat. And then all the building cuts out and the song ends as sparsely and darkly as it began.

Am I reading too much into it? Probably. But it is well done. I hope you have been pleasured by it.

Categories: Movies, Music, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “Different Windows” by Smokey Brights

Smokey Brights Different Windows

Is this the kind of monster that you need…

Thanks once again to Eva & Cedric, the Walker Twins of The Black Tones, and their music video show Video Bebop for once again introducing me to an amazing music video that I’d have otherwise probably never seen! (Seriously, you should watch new Video Bebops whenever they are released).

This time it’s local (of course) band Smokey Brights. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen them live at some point. But anyway, “Different Windows” is a fantastic song. It’s gots groooove to it. And the video is hilarious, full of dime-store costumes and bored musicians on their cell phones, all with a wonderful 80s VHS vibe to it. Partake and be pleasured:

You have now been smokily pleasured!

Categories: Music, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “What We Have Is You” From Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts

What We Have Is You

Wishes come from you and not a random shooting star…

Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts is a rather good new cartoon on Netflix, about a tween girl trying to find her family of underground dwellers in a post-apocalyptic surface world full of giant, sentient animals.

This scene is from a flashback to before all the craziness began, showing Kipo and her father (voiced by Sterling K. Brown!!) enjoying some domestic tranquility and a charming, lovely family song. Partake and be pleasured:

You can watch Kipo et al. on Netflix now, and you really should. I’ll write a full-length review of it soon. Honest!

Categories: Cartoons, Music, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “Ghetto Spaceship” by The Black Tones

Ghetto Spaceship by The Black Tones

Don’t you worry, baby(s)…

Didn’t I just do a Black Tones song as my Wednesday Listening Pleasure at the beginning of this month? Oh, yeah, I did. Shut up: they’re good and I really enjoy their music. Plus they’ve released their first-ever official music video! It’s for “Ghetto Spaceship” and features a dramatized version of a time when the Walker Twins’ mother was pregnant with them. Since they’re in utero, they’re of course naked. The Walker Twins do seem to enjoy to be naked. Here’s Cedric on the cover of their album Cobain & Cornbread for example:

The Black Tones: Cobain & Cornbread

Who want some cheese?

Anyhoo, “Ghetto Spaceship” is from Cobain & Cornbread. Partake and be pleasured:

You have now been nakedly pleasured.

Categories: Music, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “Birdhouse In Your Soul” by They Might Be Giants

They Might Be Giants: Birdhouse In Your Soul

“Though I respect that a lot, I’d be fired if that were my job…”

This month marks the 30th anniversary of the release of They Might Be Giants’s seminal album Flood. Their first major-label album, but still two albums away from creating a full backing band, Flood is still the band’s best-known and (arguably) most-lauded creation.

So popular was/is Flood that for many people it was a gateway drug of sorts; it served as the entryway to the rabbit hole of TMBG’s 22 studio albums plus uncounted singles/EPs, live albums, demo tapes, collections, samplers, and solo projects. Though some people never really explore TMBG beyond Flood (these people are derisively called “Flooders” by some), the songs from Flood still remain as iconic as any song in the band’s lexicon.

Here, therefore, is the official music video for Flood‘s lead single, “Birdhouse In Your Soul.” It is full of TMBG’s penchant for creepy imagery, bizarre-yet-highly-coordinated dance moves, and of course some William Allen White. Partake and be pleasured as if it were 1990 again:

You have now been pleasured.

Categories: Music, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “Bear Named Sue” by Vanna Oh

Vanna Oh! Bear Named Sue

“I put him in my pocket, saved him for another time…”

Vanna Oh is a local Pacific Northwest musician whom I’m deeply ashamed to admit I had never heard of until this week. I heard of them thanks to Eva & Cedric Walker (of The Black Tones) and their new music video show called Video Bebop on The Seattle Channel! Thanks, Walker Twins!

So anyway, Vanna Oh simply shreds and I absolutely adore this song and the resultant video, which does great things with primary colors and also with film speed. Partake and be pleasured:

You have now been pleasured!

Categories: Music, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.