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Chromatics – Shadow Lyrics 8 months ago
Agreed, it was the perfect choice for the closing song from episode one of Twin Peaks' last season. Heartbreaking and poignant, yet somehow transcendent. Seeing how much the actors changed in the 20+ years as they returned to these characters was equal parts lovely and melancholy at the same time.

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Wolf Alice – Beautifully Unconventional Lyrics 8 months ago
One of the most interesting songs lyrically from Ellie, packaged in a pop song that would easily fit in the late 1980s. There are clever little touchstones in phrases like "You're a walking contradiction....Cute with such conviction" echoing the kristofferson lyric made famous in Taxi Driver. The song seems to be aimed at a pop culture personality in the age of social media. Hannah and Heather may be direct references to a superficial girl who may be universally adored but only for as long as the fickle fans change their minds.

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Wolf Alice – Lisbon Lyrics 8 months ago
This is an 'Us against the world' song for getting back together with someone. Ellie is almost saying, "fuck it, there's nothing to lose, let's make this work this time, dammit." The studio vocals here are mixed for near perfection which makes it hard for Ellie to perform it well live, imo. Another fantastic song from the band.

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Wolf Alice – Giant Peach Lyrics 8 months ago
A song about the need to break out of a rut whether it's a relationship, a shitty hometown or a destructive lifestyle. This song is by far the heaviest from Wolf Alice and still sounds like a shotgun blast as if to announce their debut to the world. A fantastic song live, which displays the band's deft capabilities in performance. Why there aren't more comments for this great band, I have no idea.

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Wolf Alice – Freazy Lyrics 8 months ago
"Did you really wanna (fuck) with Alice? Did you really wanna (fuck ) like a wolf?" The band's name comes from a short story about a feral child of the same name. This song is about wearing your heart on your sleeve and being unapologetic about it. One of the most poppy songs with an irresistible hook from Ellie and co, almost to prove that they are more than capable for making mainstream music when they want on their terms.

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The Innocence Mission – Snow Lyrics 2 years ago
A song about tragic loss but also about the longing for absolution and the strength to move past tragedy. It's one of the saddest songs by Karen & Don but even in the context of loss, Karen sings wonderfully about the possibility of hope. Anyone who has seen Karen & Don live can attest to their amazing, lovely ability to convey subtle emotions beautifully. A testament to their song writing and Karen's beautiful voice. More people should hear them.

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Yo La Tengo – You Can Have It All Lyrics 3 years ago
Beautiful simple song about the course of life and love and all of the nuances therein. Georgia Hubley's parents were accomplished animation artists in the 1970s and whenever I hear this I picture in my mind the animated story of a couple falling in love, getting married, having a child, growing old together (tone change), suffering loss and reflecting on the past . All in the course of a 4 minute montage like the old man's life in pixar's Up….only instead of the CG characters, hand drawn figures like the classic comic strip Ziggy. Someday I will make a film like that.

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Yo La Tengo – Barnaby, Hardly Working Lyrics 3 years ago
This is one of the most beautifully cinematic songs from YLT, along with the more recent, "you can have it all." Barnaby is a fascinating character, perhaps inspired by the protagonists from Thomas Hardy's victorian-era stories. A flawed character who tries so hard but ultimately "falls down" in his pursuits. The solo guitar line almost echoes tragedy. In later retrospection, he finds peace in solitude. The final line can be symbolic or literal, the inevitable analogy of the river following the course of his life and death. A melancholy song though if you've heard them perform it live, is actually more uptempo and almost 90s indie-punk.

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Yo La Tengo – Barnaby, Hardly Working Lyrics 3 years ago
@[stormville:6456] The Muswell Hillbilly reference is spot on, as they are mentioned in the liner notes for Fakebook in reference to another cover song, "Oklahoma USA."

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Drop Nineteens – Kick the Tragedy Lyrics 6 years ago
I'm positive she says "fucking Phil, he's off on his board somewhere..."

This was a good road trip song for me. I remember staring out the train window up the pacific coast and being reminded of a girl i knew at university who had the same voice as Paula on this song. There's also a cool guitar squeak during the last half to denote the tonal change. I played this back for her later and she told me "it sounds really repetitive and boring.." never spoke to her again.

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My Bloody Valentine – Never Say Goodbye Lyrics 6 years ago
My favorite MBV song before loveless came out. Very simple & clean sounding. Another asian guitar motif, which I'm sure makes some MBV purists cringe. The back and forth vocals between Kevin and Bilinda were amazing. Still is. NEVER move on from greatness.

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My Bloody Valentine – Strawberry Wine Lyrics 6 years ago
This song best embodied spring time just turning the corner, that girl you really really loved but couldn't tell anyone, that cool feeling in the air. The jangly, eastern motif guitars are the only link MBV had to the rest of the UK pop scene at the time. Very pop-py but still lovely. It would only get denser and fuzzier from here.

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My Bloody Valentine – Sugar Lyrics 6 years ago
pure beauty. This was originally on a flexi-disc vinyl from Rockpool magazine way back in the day and the version that's floating out there still has all the pops and clicks associated with it. Very appropriately named, this was MBV distilled to fuzzy perfection.

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Belle & Sebastian – If You're Feeling Sinister Lyrics 6 years ago
The intro is amazing. It reminds me of parochial school & recess time and the way the trees look in the fall when school or mass is about to begin. I agree with most everyone here - this is about disillusionment with religion which in Anthony's case ends with suicide. It's a very glib view of suicide which is typical of Murdoch. Hillary's is more about disillusionment with televangelism and the media but not explicitly ending with suicide. I have to say the end of this song (music or lyrics) does not do it justice. Murdoch almost resigns himself to snide humor that undermines the beauty of the rest of the song.

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Camera Obscura – Razzle Dazzle Rose Lyrics 6 years ago
The most beautiful song about death in the world. I think the James Frey book is a coincidence but an apt one- it was definitely the favorite crayon for many. "When I choose my color" implies the narrator choosing to describe or paint her (or his) life at the end of it. The only way to come close is razzle dazzle rose.

The mariachi horn at the end feels like walking into the white light. The bass line and the light snare drums during the intro and throughout are wonderful.

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Feist – Now at Last Lyrics 6 years ago
Melancholy and beautiful. I like the album version much better than the upbeat live version Feist performs. The album track is closer to the Blossom Dearie original.The last verse where Feist holds the note for "lonelyyy" is sublime and perfect.

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Band of Horses – Laredo Lyrics 6 years ago
"Put a bullet in my Kia , Lorenzo" - why do some here think it's so odd that he named his car Lorenzo? It's not the tires!

"Kitchen knife up to my face" the censoring in the video is probably for the implied drug reference not "fucked to my face" which makes no sense.

I love the guitar harmonizing during the bridge.

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Joan Jett – Crimson And Clover Lyrics 6 years ago
I think the Tommy James and the Shondells original was left open to interpretation (his fave color?) but never too deep. "Crimson" is the flush of red color from sex and "clover" like the "rosebud" of citizen kane/howard hughes lore. Whenever I hear the Joan Jett version now...I think of Kristen Stewart and sex...over and over.

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Suede – This Time Lyrics 6 years ago
a beautiful song. One of the greatest B-sides from any band ever. A song about rising above the grey doldrums of urban decay. Right up there with Bowie's Heroes in terms of self indulgent, transcendental epic-ness. The keyboards and guitar on this are perfection.

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Blur – Sing Lyrics 6 years ago
This was actually on the UK CD of blur's Leisure. Awesome song. I always crank the volume right before the end and freak out all my neighbors or anybody in the car with me when the feedback kicks in full blast. love it.

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Blur – She's So High Lyrics 6 years ago
Definitely a simple getting high and getting laid song. Anglophiles may try to find something deeper but this was released just after the Madchester scene and easy drugs (extasy) and easy sex were only just falling out of favor. I recall being at a show of theirs in Glastonbury and the crowd around me were all chanting "I want to *** all over her" instead of "Climb" ..heh, not too obvious, eh?

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Missing Persons – Destination Unknown Lyrics 6 years ago
Dale definitely had a lot of input on their lyrics. One of the best new wave-era songs with surprisingly unselfish lyrics. I think music and musicians from the 80s tend to get pigeonholed into a "me first", capitalist/reagonomics, self-centered schtick. I do NOT think this song is that at all. There's a lot of uncertainty and self doubt in it....but ultimately perseverance which she gets through before the end. Catchy lyrics and melody..... a great song.

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Fruit Bats – Born in the 70's Lyrics 6 years ago
"Taking gulps...of big blue sea" always reminded me of big gulp slurpees from 7-11. "Georgia Peach" - bubble yum flavor? "Texas Tea" from the Beverly Hillbillies.

"The Ins & Outs" - A Clockwork Orange reference
"Lost in Space" - one of the best syndicated shows ever!
"for .44s" - dirty harry magnums?
"454s" - the big block chevy engine of choice.

Generation X blues, yes. but more probably nostalgia for a much maligned decade that wasn't soo bad in retrospect.

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