Gonna Kill Me a Cupid
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It's time for my annual audio holiday card, a mix CD of what I've been listening to lately. As in previous years, if you're a regular here, drop me a line with your snail-mail address and I'll be delighted to send you a copy.
|Gonna Kill Me a Cupid|| ||Stuff I've been listening to in 2004|
|Eli Goulart e Banda do Mato|| 1 ||Sunny|
Samba saves another piece of 60's pop from itself. Goulart was a Germany-based Brazilian who died in 2003 just as his career was taking off.
|The Brunettes|| 2 ||Loopy Loopy Love|
Gonna kill me a cupid, 'cause a cupid causes love.
|Racey|| 3 ||Kitty|
I thought this was a switcheroo cover of the hit "Mickey" but it was the other way around. (1979)
|Spek|| 4 ||Smell the Coffee|
Whatever you're thinking, that's a floating home. Desi hip-pop from Toronto.
|Skalpel|| 5 ||1958|
Jazz reassembled from 50's Polish samizdat tapes, when swing was a crime against the state.
|Barcelona|| 6 ||I Have the Password to Your Shell Account|
I tried your mom's first name, I tried your cat's name. I don't think you're smart enough.
|Momus|| 7 ||I am a Kitten|
My girls ask me, daddy, has that ever really happened? (1996)
|Emilio Santiago|| 8 ||Bananeira|
What's the right way to see a banana tree? (1975)
|Trio Mocotó|| 9 ||Onde anda o meu amor|
The old guys get together with the young cats of Zuco 103.
|Single Tear|| 10 ||Jugando joqui con el mono|
All the scientists are looking for the monkey, but he's playing hockey with the children.
|Los Ocho de Colombia|| 11 ||Cumbia del beso (Por cuánto me lo da)|
How much for a kiss? Twenty pesos. Where? In the kitchen. When? After the dance. (~1982)
|Grupo Fantasma|| 12 ||Utility Rock|
It's hard being a broke slacker by day and a cumbia god by night.
|Ghandaia|| 13 ||Odara|
Let me sing so the world becomes beauty, Odara.
|Bersuit Vergarabat|| 14 ||Perro Amor Explota|
|Orquestra Jean Kelson|| 15 ||Berimbau|
One string becomes six, six become an orchestra. (1965)
|Lemon Party|| 16 ||Spalding Gray is Missing|
A sad theme for the songwriting contest at SongFight.
|Barbara Morgenstern|| 17 ||Kleiner Auschnitt|
I am a very small excerpt.
|Shane Bartell|| 18 ||Don't Believe Everything|
Hurry up and grab the money and nothing needs to change.
|Franz Ferdinand|| 19 ||Take Me Out|
Sometimes the art history nerds do good stuff.
|Heloise and the Savoir Faire Dancers|| 20 ||Odyle|
Love the song, love the choreography.
|Scanty Sandwich|| 21 ||Because of You|
The scary sampled voice is that of a young Michael J.
|Bobby Conn|| 22 ||We Come in Peace|
Theme song for W's second inauguration.
|Thalma De Freitas|| 23 ||Tranqüilo|
I am not afraid of the world.
This year developments like MP3 blogs and Webjay have made a big difference in my listening habits. I'm hearing lots of new things I never would have heard any other way. You can tell from all the indie pop and DJ/electronica/dance creeping onto the list, normally not "my" genres. I like the novelty, but the downside is that I'm a sucker for a lot of one-hit wonders: when I manage to track down additional material by these people it doesn't always match my expectations. Not a good sign for the "give them a taste for free on the net and they'll buy the album" school of thought. Oh, well.
My one regret about this list is that I had to leave out what might be my favorite tune of the year, Take Off Your Clothes (click there! that's an MP3!) by Morningwood.
It's missing strictly because I was shooting for a PG-13 rating, not NC-17. The sacrifices we make for our children. Sigh.
If you know anything about Single Tear, please please pass it on; they elude my Google skills.
I thought about trying to track down videos for these songs but the ones I found were pretty dismal except for the must-see Odyle and the would-be-better-in-hi-res Take Me Out. [Update: Grupo Fantasma also has a great video out for Utility Rock.]
Finally, Momus and Thalma de Freitas both have blogs which are worth a look.
There. Now I can start my playlist for 2005.