Yeah...for the last few days, I've mostly been listening to this new Girl Talk. Assisted by the fact that my roommate is as well, it's been on a lot. Part of the fun, once you get past the initial mind blow, is obviously how layered and complicated each track is. Every listen yields new discoveries and favorite parts. It might just make the actual creation of music obsolete. Soon you'll be hearing mashups of mashups, and then, of course, mashups of those tracks. I suppose someday creating actual music will come back into vogue, but for this week, consider it a forgotten art.
Ok, it's not all I've listened to...
Sonic Youth - Incinerate (mp3)
I find it pretty remarkable that Sonic Youth can be so influential for so long without ever sounding derivative of itself. Been over 20 years now? And the sound hasn't changed THAT much. But there's still nothing that sounds like this. Name another band that's been around this long and is still making some of the best music they've ever made. I don't think there are many.
Okkervil River - Westfall (mp3)
I was thinking about posting another track off the first two albums...'Song about a Star' off 'Down the River...' was my next choice, but this is such a great song, I don't care if it's their most popular pre-BSB jam. I had never heard it before the Castle Clinton show, and I imagine I'm not the only fan who hadn't gone through the back catalog yet. Great storytelling style. I think 'Dylanesque' is pretty played, but all I can think of when listening to these old discs are songs like Hattie Carrol and Tangled up in Blue. As much as I love their newer stuff, I hope (and expect, hearing 'The President's Dead') the forthcoming songs hark back to these old ways.
Jets to Brazil - Chinatown (mp3)
Random e-music download at the end of last month. This is what I LOVE about emusic. If forces me to take chances and listen to stuff I may not have otherwise bought/downloaded. I got this album with some leftover credits and was listening this morning when this song jumped out at me.