Posts Tagged ‘ff-p’

Ladies y Gents, it’s been too long. Where have you been? I’ve been listening to some music and not writing blog posts. I actually haven’t been listening to as much music as I previously did. I am no longer privilege to hours upon hours of music enjoyment. Because of this I will be cutting back on how often I post a Friday Four-Play. Fret not, for I will be coming out with a couple “Best of 2012” lists. Other than that, Friday Four-Play should be a monthly endeavor. Perhaps this will allow for some movie reviews? Maybe even that Court Jester one promised years ago?

As for this week, we have a wonderful slew of modern track with twists from the 80s. I must admit that I’ve been listening to this playlist as often as possible. I was pleased to finally see even an EP from Adam Green & Binki Shapiro. I want an LP but I’ll have to wait just like I am for Shout Out Louds new album that should drop in the early part of 2013. I’m a fan, to say the least and another album added to their repertoire is welcomed.

Track list:

  1. Here I Am – Adam Green & Binki Shapiro
  2. Homewrecked – Empires
  3. Blue Ice – Shout Out Louds
  4. When I Dream – Ra Ra Riot

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Ladies y Gents, welcome. Bienvenidos! It’s time for Friday Four-Play because it’s Friday! Cue theme music! Dum-duh-doo dee, dum dum dum dum, do-do-deeeeee. Thanks for stopping by. Boy (and/or girl), have I got four tracks for you. They are as always catchy and contain notations of the musical variation. I have recently come to the idea that I don’t know much (i.e. zilch) about music or its analysis. I just have an insatiable ear for its chicken soup-like qualities. So please tell me what you think about the music posted here. Heck, you could even go back listen to old playlists and retro-post, it still counts. Just be sure to listen to this weeks (do-do-deeeeee) Friday Four-Play. Cheers!

Track List:

  1. Blue Eyes – Ladyhawke
  2. Heavenly Bodies – Tamaryn
  3. Visions – Letting Up Despite Great Faults
  4. Runnin’ – Sinkane

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Ladies y Gents, it’s the weekend! Time to relax drink a glass of Ruby Red Grapefruit juice before returning to work on Monday. Enjoy this melancholy playlist in the meantime. There’s not much to say this week. Really it’s just that everything to be said is said in the lyrics, so read into everything.

I will say that the playlist opener is one of my current favorite bands and I happen to know them. Mere coincidence, I assure you. You can find their EP, released a year ago, free (or pay what you want) on their bandcamp. Plus they’ve been working on an LP to be released sometime in the not-too-distant future. I just saw NO perform with Best Coast and they put on a great show. Go check them out if they travel to somewhere near you.

Track List:

  1. Stay With Me – NO
  2. All the Wine – The National
  3. Where I Found You – Future Islands
  4. These Days – Jackson Browne

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Ladies y Gents, after a unannounced week off, I’m back to continue to give your tiny ears something to imbibe. We have two playlists to finish off August and to give you a little taste of what’s become available in the year twenty twelve.

I’ve already presented you with a track from The Walkmen’s Heaven, but here’s another one. “The Love You Love” has that same driving sound but this one might be a bit catchier for those who can dig it. We transition to “Yet Again” an single from Grizzly Bear’s forth-coming album. I love their sound and look forward to the growth “Yet Again” shows in their sound.

“Ekki múkk” from Sigur Ros goes into new/familiar territory with their airy, beautiful album Valtari. Sigur Ros has a way to make epic music seem so personal. Here We Go Magic’s song “How Do I Know” from the album A Different Ship, released in May, is what I would call “easy listening.” It goes down easy but gets stuck in the best of ways. Enjoy it in the car, in a bar, at your house, with a mouse. Cheers.

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Ladies y Gents, it’s practically the weekend. Huzzah, as it were. This week I’ve got a vintage playlist for the masses. Hopefully this will please everyone. I realized recently that I made a break-up mix for FFP #4 but I’ve not gone on the other side and made one for the lovers young and old (alluding to the love and/or the lovers being young/old). So enjoy this trip down memory lane to the future.

Track List:

  1. I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever) – Stevie Wonder
  2. All Day and All of the Night – The Stranglers
  3. Like to Get to Know You Well – Howard Jones
  4. Lady-O – The Turtles

We begin with that über talent, Stevie Wonder. I knew from the first moment I heard this song that it would be forever. Cheesy? Absolutely. It’s a great song that I first came across as part of the soundtrack for High Fidelity. It’s been a very influential soundtrack, introducing me, essentially, to Mr. Wonder, The Velvet Underground, and The Beta Band. “I Believe” can be found alongside “Superstition” amongst lesser-known but equally compelling tracks on the album Talking Books. Check it out, for your health.

The Stranglers cover from 1988 of The Kinks’ song “All Day and All of the Night” comes next. I don’t think the Stranglers get enough credit when it comes to there influence in the rock scene. They were primarily punk-rockers in part because of the way they subverted contemporary culture, though I don’t know if I’d categorize their sound as “punk rock.” So there’s that.

I’m just now realizing that I’ve put two track from two different John Cusack movies. “Like to Get to Know You Well” comes from the underrated classic Better Off Dead. The song, I realize, is very 80s but the sound is back whether you like it or not. Let’s face it, this song is a guilt pleasure best enjoyed after enjoying a viewing of the movie. Go see it. The song is great to work-out to or you could fix-up an old Chevy Camaro like in the movie. Either way the song fits in this week’s playlist as that pining away for someone that is oft to happen.

Oh, The Turtles. I could listen to them all day (and all of the night). This melodic beauty of a song has those strings and the plucked guitar that means “instant classic.” I guess, then, that it doesn’t hurt that the song is over forty years old. I have loved this song for a long time. Sometimes you are so drawn to a person that you can’t help but be in love with them. Where it goes is up to you, but The Turtles capture that place perfectly, ending this week’s Four-Play. Cheers.

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