I’ve decided to start a monthly feature on Existentialist Weightlifting in which I post a list of fifteen songs for you to check out. If you have any thoughts on any of these songs, please feel free to leave a comment.
Prince – Erotic City – probably my favorite Prince song; worth all 7 and a half minutes. Even better is the rehearsal video floating on Youtube.
Carly Simon – Why – Just found out about this song a few months ago. Carly Simon is one of the last people who you would expect to have a 12″ dance remix.
The Kinks – Sweet Lady Genevieve – A gem from their spotty early-70s concept albums.
Stereolab – Metronomic Underground - reminds me of the time my friend was visiting, and we drove around the city listening to this over and over again.
Dr. John – I Walk On Guilded Splinters - Dr. John at his eerie voodoo best.
Earth, Wind & Fire – Evil - Early latin-tinged track by the group. With lots of kalimba.
St. Vincent – Apocalypse Song - The song that stood out for me the most on Marry Me. Seems like the kind of thing that would play during an extended slow-motion sequence.
Robert Fripp – Exposure - Terre Roche’s wails over Frippertronics sound ahead of their time.
Pat Metheny – Finding and Believing – Widescreen epic worldly orchestral jazz. I think my favorite part is right when it goes into the third section. I always see this accompanying cross-country travelers at sunset.
John Martyn – Solid Air - Dedicated to Martyn’s friend Nick Drake.
XTC – This Is Pop? - This is the rerecorded single version produced by Mutt Lange, with a little bit more muscle in the sound. Love the sound of the intro.
Mary Margaret O’Hara – When You Know Why Your Happy - One of those voices that seems just so otherworldly and Catherine O’Hara’s sister just happens to be the vessel in which it travels.
Ted Leo – Old Souls Know - This just ROCKS.
Chicago – Song Of The Evergreens - Early Chicago wasn’t bad. A Terry Kath-penned ode to winter that has this certain melodic quality to it that I like.
Neil Young – Sample and Hold – Neil Young’s synthesizer and vocoder album Trans actually is pretty damn good.