Archive for June, 2013

Selafuku o nugasanaide – Onyanko Club

Hmmm… There are a million things i could say about this song: defense, implication, the critical ground it opens up, cold facts, ardour, etc. But i’d just like to focus on what it meant for everyone in this moment below. The first and last song they ever sang.

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Royals – Lorde

Staying in on nights you’re not supposed to, watching Rage and having the outside brought in, feeling the gap. There’s something in me that makes me think that this disconnect i have with new music and the attractive people that make it is my fault, not theirs. If i could get over myself and every other barrier between me and a happy existence, ignore the controlled and contrived elements seemingly everything out there thrown at me has, and have the patience to put up with it, then maybe i’d be happy amongst the approved and delivered songs of the generation appointed to erase mine. But then again music has always been terrible. I’ve just not always been this old, ugly and bitter. Well, not this old at least. I haven’t found any evidence that her name isn’t a reference to Audre Lorde. Good luck in your NCEA exams.

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Volverás – Vacaciones

Incredibly, i’ve not posted this Vacaciones song before. I thought i’d exhausted everything and by now any new song of theirs would be one of their lesser style explorations, but here, Volverás, is one of their best. I listened to them on a very long train/bus/train ride home last night in an effort to make myself feel good and it worked. Although whatever i offer comes through random, subconscious means, now that this song came up i’m posting it as well to maybe make you feel good.

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Girl From Mars

Girl from Mars – Ash

I remember reading years ago in one of those glossy publications that write about him that this was Prince William’s favourite song. We had that in common. I wonder if he still holds it there, or if he even can remember the he he was when this song meant that much to him. He may have more important things to worry about now. Impending fatherhood, for one.

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Technopolis – Yellow Magic Orchestra

Tokyo. I have this album. It seemed incredible to me to find it, Yellow Magic Orchestra being for so long this secret phenomenon and landmark in music history kept out of the official books. They’ve climbed back somewhat now, as have most things that aren’t Kraftwerk, but still it is hard to have come across just how huge they once were, in the West as much as Japan. They played on Solid Gold! Finding this album for $5 in its original annoying Japanese plastic sleeve with that paper band around it just seemed to work against all that effort or not, intentional or not, to obscure them as the vitally important and exciting band they were. Setting history back on track. Connecting the lost then with the now it helped make.

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Sunday, June 23rd:
Kiss in the dark – The Undertones

Monday, June 24th:
Kindan no telepathy – Kudo Shizuka

Tuesday, June 25th:
Guitarras y tambores – Cola Jet Set

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Love at first sight – Kylie Minogue

Is the high-concepting Kylie Minogue achieved in her reinvention around the turn of the century a result of people touched by and aware of the power of pop growing up and seizing the castle. Or as much of it as they could. Injecting their inspiration into it. Something akin to people once in punk rock or metal working their way up in media organisations to positions of content shaping and delivery, helping their friends, promoting as much as possible what they think is important. Before reality sets in and they either conform wholly or never work again. There’s probably a lot of reasons, the majority of them traceable back to money and the standards and expectations of pop at the time, but i think it’s a factor. A boring one, but a factor nonetheless.

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Heart no ace ga detekonai – Candies

The more i get into this Japanese pop the more i’m told by connoisseurs and collectors (not personally of course, just by reading and eavesdropping) that the mid 70’s to early 80’s was its true golden period. And Candies are one of their most treasured groups. They and Pink Lady. It was a different time. Orchestras instead of synthesizers, singing quality, and a lingering Japaneseness in the music that you just don’t find in later stuff. Maybe that’s because for me that later stuff has been marked so overwhelmingly by the Onyanko Club, but really in ten years the costumes, songs, record covers, haircuts, tones in voice, image, gaze, it seems a world away.

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Harcourt Public School song

If i wake up at the wrong time or am woken by this, it is going to overwrite whatever song i should be posting here. I’ve still no recording of this song. I could make one easily by just sticking a microphone out my window. Or go and ask them for a copy. And if their basketball courts are available after hours. I see people but i just don’t know. Maybe they’re the cleaners’ children or something.

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I Love It

I love it – Icona Pop

Where do i hear this song? Often and unknowingly enough to have it stuck in my head? As bumper or commercial music on TV? In shops while i shop? Wherever it is, imposed on me as it comes, i have no idea if Icona Pop are a cool band or one with the right connections and press agents, nor any idea of who this song is for. Fun havers and people who don’t care about such things, i guess. Just like the song says. When will the lonely prudes get their anthem?

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