Posts categorized “Music”

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.

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “Mama! There’s a Spider In My Room!” by The Black Tones

The Black Tones: Mama! There's a Spider In My Room!

“I’m just trynna go to bed…”

For this first Wednesday Listening Pleasure of 2020, I go back to late Summer of 2019 when local Seattleites The Black Tones appearead live on KEXP. Singer Eva Walker and her brother, drummer Cedric, have created one of the best local bands in existence right now.

Eva’s booming voice filters through Stevie Nicks by way of Joan Jett, with rounded, sliding notes that end in a delicious, warbling vibrato that has hints of Billie Holiday bubbling under the surface. “Mama! There’s a Spider In My Room!” is my favorite track from The Black Tones’s album, Cobain & Cornbread. Partake and be pleasured:

You have now been pleasured for the first time in 2020!

Categories: Music, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “Santa’s Coming For Us” by Sia

Sia: Santa's Coming for Us

That sausage tree is gross and weird and I want one so bad…

A bizarre video for a bizarre Christmas song whose name and chorus sound kind of like a threat, here is Sia’s “Santa’s Coming for Us,” which does not star Sia but instead Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, Susan Lucci, Henry Winkler, one of the kids from Stranger Things, and J.B. Smoove as a beardless Santa who steals the foods. Partake and enjoy, but be warned: Santa IS coming for us…

Did Santa get you? No? Whew! That means you’ve successfully been pleasured.

Categories: Christmas, Holiday, Music, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “White Christmas” by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: White Christmas

It’s a Holiday Soul Party…

Let’s have a good time this holiday season! Here are the amazing Sharon Jones and her Dap-Kings with a song from their holiday album, It’s a Holiday Soul Party, which is one of the very best holiday albums released in the past, oh, 50 years or so. Partake and be pleasured:

You have now been soulfully pleasured!

Categories: Christmas, Holiday, Music, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “Sleigh Ride” by Pomplamoose

Pomplamoose: Sleigh Ride

Come on, it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride toghether… come on… come on… come on… together… come on… together… come on…

It’s Chrissymiss time again! Enjoy this nice rendition of a holiday classic, even though Nataly’s weirdly intense stare is periodically a bid… odd.

You have now been pleasured (assuming you didn’t look Nataly directly in the eyes too long).

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

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” by Eva Walker, Julia Massey, & Alaia D’Alessandro

"Won't You Be My Neighbor" by Eva Walker, Julia Massey, & Alaia D'Alessandro

These guys…

Three Seattle musical powerhouses, Eva Walker of The Black Tones, Julia Massey of Warren Dunes, and Alaia D’Alessandro of Tres Leches, have collaborated on a cover version of the Mister Rogers theme song. With twinkling pianos, sublime strings, and soaring harmonies, it is as delightful and pleasurable as you would expect:

Go grab a tissue to wipe your eyes. You have now been pleasured.

Categories: Music, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.