Music for 2017 | Part I

Who needs some fresh new tunes on their playlists? This is what I have been listening to:

Nothing Feels Natural
by Priests
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"I thought I was a cowboy 'cause I Smoked Reds. You thought I was disgusting. All the jock frat boys called you a hipster fag and I think you liked it, I think you loved it. I wrote a bunch of songs for you but you never knew and you never deserved them. Who ever deserves anything anyway? What a stupid concept!" — JJ by Priests
Anspieltipp: ▶︎ JJ/Nothing Feels Natural

by Xiu Xiu
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Too dead to be this dumb
Too dead to be this young
Sing me to sleep
Too dead to be a duck
Too bear to be a rug
What have I done
 — Jenny GoGo by Xiu Xiu
Anspieltipp: ▶︎ Jenny GoGo

50 Song Memoir
by The Magnetic Fields
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"Following his late-1990s triumph 69 Love Songs, Stephin Merritt began cannily organizing his Magnetic Fields songs. There was 2004’s alphabetic i, followed by the genre filters of 2008’s Distortion and 2009’s Realism. In 2012, Merritt took on a slightly defeatist project—“the concept is there is no concept!”—with Love at the Bottom of the Sea, an album whose lack of thematic unity resulted in a disappointingly uneven listen. Now, the Magnetic Fields return with a record that, like 69 Love Songs, forces Merritt to get focused and inspired. 50 Song Memoir is easily the best gimmick Merritt’s stumbled upon since the turn of the century. Arranged chronologically with a song for each of the first 50 years of Merritt’s life, 50 Song Memoir is a conceptually satisfying work, spanning five discs and two-and-a-half hours without feeling repetitive or samey." — Sam Sodomsky, Pitchfork
Anspieltipp: ▶︎ '68: A Cat Called Dionysus

See also: Part II | Part III

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