New discoveries

3 of the bands I already love have released new albums in recent months – She and Him, Camera Obscura, and Saturday Looks Good To Me. But I haven’t bought any of them yet. And no, I haven’t downloaded them either.

For each album, something was just holding me back, and I wasn’t sure what it was. Granted, they had a couple of nice tracks on each, the sort that I wanted to replay over again. Eg. She and Him’s I Could Have Been Your Girl. I worried I was losing my music obsession or morphing into a responsible adult.

Thankfully that wasn’t the case, because yesterday I finally discovered something that compelled me to buy buy buy. Adam Green & Binki Shapiro released this record in January 2013. Overall, it reminds me of slightly smokey, mysterious duets of the 60s – Serge Gainsbourg/ Jane Birkin, Lee Hazlewood/ Nancy Sinatra. Especially this track:

And this sounds like it could have been taken straight of an Ace Records obscure 60s girls compilation:

Zooey Deschanel is still a girl crush of mine, but I have to admit that Adam Green & Binki Shapiro’s record just sounds so much more authentic and heartfelt than She & Him’s Volume 3.


most tragic song?

One of my favourite songs. I have a fondness for some 70s / 80s sappy rock songs ok?

Most people remember this as a Mariah Carey song. Granted, she helped to popularize it, topping the charts in multiple countries. In fact, I didn’t know about the history of the song until 4-5 years ago. But no, it was written and recorded in 1970 by Badfinger and was not even originally released as a single!

Did you know how tragic this song is? Or rather, the tragic story of Badfinger. “Without You” was written by bandmembers Pete Ham and Tom Evans.. both of whom committed suicide several years after the song was released. And I guess what makes it more tragic is that Badfinger is now not more than a footnote in music history.

Paul McCartney once described this song as “…the killer song of all time.”

Black Tambourine

I like fuzz pop but I don’t really like shoegaze where there is so much noise and layers until the melodies aren’t clear. Is that confusing? It took me sometime to really listen to Black Tamborine, even though their names kept coming up in twee … Continue reading