Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Muzak For Cybernetics Mixtape #16

They say great things come to those who wait, and while I'm not sure that totally applies in this case, I do apologize for the long wait. The important thing is that we're back with another eclectic mix of songs to keep your head bopping and your street cred fully intact. While Zak is once again absent, he did contribute a set of music for this episode that he assures me is suitably obscure. Believe it... the next Muzak For Cybernetics Mixtape is only a click away!

Islands - J'aime Vous Voire Quitter
Ratatat - Mirando
Crazy Q - Local Hero
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Day Tripper
Au - Are Animals
Sigur Ros - Gobbledigook
Sloan - Witches Wand
Langhorne Slim - Hello Sunshine
Spoon - All I Got Is Me
The Hold Steady - Magazines
Nick Lowe - No Reason
The Memories Attack - Murmur
Hercules & Love Affair - True False, Fake Real
Subtle - Exit ARM
Titus Andronicus - Upon Viewing Brueghel's Landscape WIth the Fall Of Icarus
Retribution Gospel Choir - Destroyer
Wolf Parade - California Dreamer

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Weezer - Meri Kuri (BoA cover)

The excitement surrounding Weezer's triumphant comeback has long since faded, leaving fans with the difficult task of deciding whether post-Pinkerton Weezer still qualifies as Weezer, as opposed to a group of imposters touring under the same name. While there is certainly some familiarity to be found in their new material, and leeway should be granted for line-up changes and the evolution of their sound, I can't help but feel that something crucial was lost along the way.

No, The Red Album is not the return to form that some people were hoping for, but at this point I'm pretty much convinced that such a return will never come. What it does have is a handful of better than average songs ("Pork and Beans", "Troublemaker" and "Dreamin'"), and a few tracks where other band members take their turns singing, which is a nice change of pace. Sadly, Rivers' lyrics have long since stopped being quirky and endearing and are now just completely cheesy. Perhaps that's why I dig this cover of Korean pop star BoA, where the lyrics aren't in English anyway! "Meri Kuri" is a bonus track on the Japanese version of The Red Album, and one of 5 or 6 b-sides that you can currently find floating around out there on the world wide web.

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