I usually try to stay away from listicles, but this one was way too much fun to make.
David Bowie – “I’m Waiting For The Man”
R.E.M. – “Femme Fatale”
Joseph Arthur – “Heroin”
Note: Joseph Arthur recorded an entire Lou Reed acoustic tribute album that you can find on Spotify.
Bryan Ferry – “What Goes On”
Galaxie 500 – “Here She Comes Now”
Nirvana – “Here She Comes Now”
Joy Division – “Sister Ray”
Swervedriver – “Jesus”
Cowboy Junkies – “Sweet Jane”
Phish – “Cool It Down”
Note: Phish covered all of ‘Loaded’ live. It’s also on Spotify and it’s pretty great.
Cat Power – “I Found A Reason”
The Decemberists – “I’m Sticking With You”
U2 – “Satellite of Love”
Note: I know this was officially released as a Lou Reed solo song, but this song was written while Reed was in VU. You can hear a rough demo here.
Just like I made a playlist for the 60s, the good old 1970s gets its own spotify playlist.
I’ve tried to cover as much ground as I could – from disco (Bee Gees, ABBA), Heavy Metal (Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin), R&B, funk, and soul (Al Green, Isaac Hayes, Marvin Gaye), lo-fi and punk (Buzzcocks, The Clash, New York Dolls), soft rock (Fleetwood Mac, Elton John), singer-songwriter (Cat Stevens, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor), to good old rock & roll (Bowie, Springsteen, Aerosmith). I also tried to throw in some deep tracks, including songs from Ann Peebles, Candi Staton, The Damned, David Essex, Dr. John, Fela Kuti, Freda Payne, Jorge Ben Jor, The Osmonds, Richard Hell, Rodriquez, The Slits, and more.
And yes, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Dazed and Confused soundtracks are on here too.
Well it’s the end of the first month of 2012 (supposedly the last January of our existence?!), and there was plenty going on in the music world. Here were some notable stories from the past month, along with my favorite album of January.
Lana Del Rey’s Debut Finally Drops…And There’s Nothing Much There.
With an official debut coming out and tons of hype behind her, Del Rey had nearly impossible expectations to meet in January, and of course she failed to meet them. She bombed her performance on SNL – it sounded like a bad American Idol audition – and her debut album didn’t match the excitement that the hype had created about her. Looks like we have another victim of the Internet Hype Machine. I’ll always love “Video Games” though.
Disney Starts Selling Joy Division Shirts…Then Takes Them Off The Market
Disney finally started listening to their post-punk demographic and began selling Disney shirts with the famous Unknown Pleasures‘s album cover in the shape of the famous Mickey Mouse head. However, the shirts created quite a stir among some people, and they were quickly removed. It’s a shame – now what am I supposed to wear on Space Mountain?
RIP Etta James
Etta James left us in January, and she took with her one hell of a voice. She will be greatly missed.
My Album of the Month: Cloud Nothings – Attack On Memory
Cloud Nothings third album, and the first with a proper producer, is a short but sweet kick in the ass. Much like Yuck’s debut last year, Attack On Memory will take you back to the good old days of the Lo-Fi 90s.
The Song I Listened To The Most: James Blake – “A Case of You”
This Joni Mitchell cover was released in October, but it was all I listened to in January. After hearing James Blake on piano without any electronics, his excellent debut album sounds more like Blue than Kid A.
I guess Walt Disney was a Joy Division fan. Disney is now selling T-shirts based on the album cover of the band’s famous album, 1979’s Unknown Pleasures. This is actually kind of cool, but I’m confused that, of all the album covers to pick from, they would pick an album from a somewhat obscure band whose lead singer committed suicide and whose most famous song is called “Love Will Tear Us Apart”. I was thinking a Sgt. Peppers reference with all the Disney characters would be more appealing.
Now the album cover is technically a reference to CP 1919, but I think Disney is trying to appeal to their post-punk audience, which clearly makes up most of Disney’s demographic. It’s an odd choice, but it’s clever enough that it could be a success.