Maybe it’s the group singing and loose style of the song, but this is something I’d love to group sing in a bar. Need to organize a flash mob at a bar with a good jukebox. (Do people even do that anymore? Flash mobs.)
I remember the first time I heard the last line of this song: “In 27 years I’ve drunk fifty thousand beers…” At the time, 27 seemed so far away because I was only 20. When I listen to it now, 27 seems so far behind me. I still haven’t reached 50,000 beers, so that’s something to look forward to.
I’ve got so many blogs these days I don’t even know which is the right place to post my writings. Just put up a rundown of Tortoise’s discography at Pretty Goes with Pretty, including this track and six others.
This is such a great record. Here’s a post I made last October of the flipside (partial).
Things in Herds is Pete Lush joined by Miss Ping on drums, harmonica, and vocals. Their music is stripped down, delicate, earnest, and always beautiful. I’m sure Lush is probably often compared to Nick Drake and Iron & Wine due to his restrained, warm and soulful voice. When Ping joins him on vocals the effect is not unlike Sparhawk and Parker’s (Low) chilling harmonies. This is good stuff. Check it out.
I was sitting at my desk unconsciously bouncing my leg when this song came on in my playlist. Matched my twitch perfectly. I was also working on a wireframe at the same time (aka: controlling my creative). So there you go.
Years ago I took a chance/guess and picked up this single because it was on the Rough Trade label (or was it Cherry Red?). I remember the crackle of the vinyl as the strings faded in. For an instant I thought I’d picked up a dud, and then the beat and vocals kicked in. A dozen listens later, I was out hunting for more of their music. After visiting a few stores without any luck I decided to give Tower a try, despite it not being a place I liked to shop. You gotta understand, though. I become obsessed when there’s a band or piece of music I want. I need my fix. Tower came through for me and I ended up finding a double CD “History” of their music. The high of the CD didn’t match the single, but my appetite for hearing more was satiated. I even began to shop at Tower from time to time.
I know I said I’d post some Declining Winter, but I wasn’t “feeling” it today. Instead, I’ll post another track from a Hood/Themselves split 7”. Themselves are made up of Jeffrey “Jel” Logan and Adam “Dose One” Drucker (cLOUDEAD). If you’ve listened to Cold House by Hood you’ll recognize Dose One’s vocals. The track is like a mix of Hood, Radiohead, and just some whacked out rap. Me like.
If you like Hood you might should dig the directions each brother & co-founders have taken their solo projects. Bracken (Chris Adams - lead vocalist of Hood) pushes the experimental electronica direction some more. Tomorrow I’ll post a track from Richard’s band The Declining Winter.
Another early lo-fi recording off of the ‘Singles Compiled’ CD.
This post actually reminded me that I uploaded “You show no emotion at all” from the Cold House LP last year (See here). If you want to hear how they progressed from this track check it out. ‘Cold House’ is probably my favorite Hood release so far, followed by ‘Outside Closer’ and ‘Rustic Houses Forlorn Valleys’.
This is one of Hood’s earlier lo-fi recordings before they began to polish their sound and introduce more electronic elements. The vocals on this one are uncharacteristically low, as well. I enjoy this track for its simplicity and its ability to take me back to college jam sessions recorded to a boombox. Fun times …
Maybe I’ll post some more of their music in the coming days. When I listen to Hood I tend to get caught up and it can take me a few days to slowly untangle myself.