The Cool New Music Chronicles: This Could Be a Little More Sonic

THIS COULD BE A LITTLE MORE SONIC (August, 2005)

 

No new developments again, but by this time my blog was in full swing. Here’s a post on it in which I’m trying to decide which songs to include:

Compilation Demonstration

and here is the post announcing it:

This Could Be a Little More Sonic!

  1. Doctor Who – Ninth Doctor Theme
  2. The Go! Team – The Power Is On
  3. OK Go – What to Do
  4. And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Worlds Apart
  5. Beck – Girl
  6. Snow Patrol – Wow
  7. M.I.A. – 10 Dollar
  8. Kasabian – Processed Beats
  9. Phofo – I Love Meatballs
  10. Her Space Holiday – Something To Do With My Hands
  11. Joy Zipper – Baby You Should Know
  12. Echoboy – Comfort Of The Hum
  13. Brazilian Girls – Don’t Stop
  14. Stereo Total – J’aime l’Amour à Trois
  15. The Guild League – Animals
  16. Fountains Of Wayne – Supercollider
  17. Rilo Kiley – The Execution Of All Things
  18. Matthew Sweet – Push the Feelings
  19. The Metric Mile – How to Beat the SAT
  20. Nada Surf – Killian’s Red
  1. Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
  2. Interpol – Evil
  3. The Arcade Fire – Wake Up
  4. Ben Folds – There’s Always Someone Cooler Than You
  5. Of Montreal – Requiem For O.M.M.2
  6. Graham Coxon – Bittersweet Bundle of Misery
  7. RJD2 – Ghostwriter
  8. Earlimart – 1st Instant/Last Report
  9. Splashdown – Mayan Pilot
  10. The Chemical Brothers – Marvo Ging
  11. The Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrist
  12. The Mountain Goats – The Young Thousands
  13. Built To Spill – You Were Right
  14. Weezer – Perfect Situation
  15. The Postal Service – Such Great Heights
  16. Vienna Teng – The Tower
  17. Cake – Palm of Your Hand
  18. Rogue Wave – Endgame

  • Doctor Who – Ninth Doctor Theme

In 2005 one of my favorite shows, Doctor Who, made its return to TV after being off the air for years. I was wary of this new show, but it turned out to be fantastic, and the new version of the theme was just triumphant, so naturally I gave it the first spot on the mix.

  • The Go! Team – The Power Is On

The Go! Team’s album, Thunder, Lightning, Strike is in a class by itself. I’ve described it before as a 70s kung-fu movie soundtrack performed by the pep squad. This song encapsulates the album, but the whole thing is wonderful.

  • OK Go – What to Do

This is a band that seemed pretty run-of-the-mill at first, but damned if they haven’t become a mighty pop juggernaut!

  • And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Worlds Apart
  • Kasabian – Processed Beats
  • Joy Zipper – Baby You Should Know
  • Echoboy – Comfort Of The Hum
  • The Guild League – Animals
  • The Metric Mile – How to Beat the SAT
  • Of Montreal – Requiem For O.M.M.2
  • Graham Coxon – Bittersweet Bundle of Misery
  • RJD2 – Ghostwriter
  • Earlimart – 1st Instant/Last Report
  • The Chemical Brothers – Marvo Ging
  • Built To Spill – You Were Right
  • Rogue Wave – Endgame

KEXP stuff, all of it. RJD2 and Of Montreal we ended up buying CDs of. Graham Coxon was with Blur, a band I should have been listening to instead of all that crap in the 90s.

  • Beck – Girl

Beck can always be counted on to put out some solid music. He’s an immense talent.

  • Snow Patrol – Wow
  • Fountains Of Wayne – Supercollider
  • Matthew Sweet – Push the Feelings
  • Nada Surf – Killian’s Red
  • Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
  • The Mountain Goats – The Young Thousands
  • Weezer – Perfect Situation
  • The Postal Service – Such Great Heights
  • Cake – Palm of Your Hand

Just some follow-ups here. It’s worth pointing out that for both Snow Patrol and The Postal Service were on, I believe, track three from those albums and both are still really good. And the Nada Surf song is amazing.

  • M.I.A. – 10 Dollar

I believe this may also be from KEXP, and this is a long I listened to over and over and over. Among my friends I can still ask what I can get for ten dolla and find out the answer is “anyting you wan”.

  • Phofo – I Love Meatballs

Not sure where I heard about Phofo…possibly from a music blog? But how could I say no when he personally asked to have this song included on the mix.

  • Her Space Holiday – Something To Do With My Hands

This reminds me. I have been meaning to buy this album for some time.

  • Brazilian Girls – Don’t Stop
  • Stereo Total – J’aime l’Amour à Trois

This is the sexy exotic portion of our program! C’est communist!

  • Rilo Kiley – The Execution Of All Things

I like some of Rilo Kiley okay, like this song and a few others, but in general, neither the band nor Jenny Lewis by herself does a whole lot for me.

  • Interpol – Evil

The problem with Interpol and their pals, Franz Ferdinand, is that I bought Entertainment! by Gang of Four around this time. Why drink Budweiser if you have Guinness available?

  • The Arcade Fire – Wake Up

You’re not wrong. This song was included on the last mix. I’m not sure how this happened, but hey, it’s a pretty incredible song.

  • Ben Folds – There’s Always Someone Cooler Than You

I’d gotten tired of Ben Folds by this point, but I couldn’t resist a song with lyrics like, “they’re into something that is to big to be expressed through their clothes.”

  • Splashdown – Mayan Pilot

My friend Anna dug these folks and turned me onto them.

  • The Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrist

There is nothing not to like about this song!

  • Vienna Teng – The Tower

My friend TJ introduced me to her, and this song really grabbed me for some reason.

The title is a quote from the new Doctor Who series, where the Doctor explains to Jack Harkness that he has a sonic screwdriver. Jack replies, “Who looks at a screwdriver and thinks, ‘This could be a little more sonic!’?” It was perfect for the title. The back cover is meant to evoke chalk on blue-painted wood — i.e., the TARDIS.

Click on the player below to listen to this mix!


(xspf player courtesy Lacy Morrow and Fabricio Zuardi.)

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