“The Drum” by Car Seat Headrest
Somehow I only discovered Car Seat Headrest recently. Glad I did though, because they’re right up my alley. This is from Teens of Style, which was their debut on Matador, and was a bunch of rerecorded tracks from when the “band” was just Will Toldeo’s solo project on Bandcamp. This one was originally on My Back is Killing Me, Baby. Will said on the Bandcamp page this song is about roommates.
“Humiliation” by the National
Matt Berninger said this song is a “what if” scenario in which the narrator, “outside a dinner party… [gets] blown up by a drone missile, out by the pool.” I don’t think anyone would’ve ever guessed that.
“The Wall” by Yuck
Found out about this band recently even though the album is ten years old. They’re still together technically, but apparently they changed lead singers and everything they’ve done since their debut is mids. At least we have that though. I included this because it fit the mood better than the song I’d had queued up, and every now and then I keep getting it stuck in my head.
“Berlin Got Blurry” by Parquet Courts
I don’t get to play them a lot, but Parquet Courts are probably my favorite band of the last decade. Glad I got to include them. From their 2016 album Human Performance, which was nominated for the Grammy for Best Recording Packaging.
“Hot Knife” by Fiona Apple
She’s got a new album called Fetch the Bolt Cutters coming out this Friday, and I read somewhere that one of her session musicians said a lot of it is in a similar style to this song, from her previous album The Idler Wheel.. (8 years!)
“Balloons” by Foals
From their first album, Antidotes. Just felt like hearing this one.
“What You Know” by Two Door Cinema Club
This song and its parent album (Tourist History) in general have a special place in my heart because I was really into it in my preteen years, when it came out. I first heard of the band when they won the MTVu Woodie Award for “Breaking Woodie,” a weird fact that brings a smile to my face when I remember it.
“Brooklyn Bridge to Chorus” by the Strokes
I know I said I wouldn’t write notes for Strokes songs unless I felt the need to, and here I do. This one’s the best track from their new album The New Abnormal, which I wrote a review of this past week.
“Sweet Dreams, Sweet Cheeks” by Los Campesinos!
Yes, more LC.
“My Body’s Made of Crushed Little Stars” by Mitski
I thought of this early today when I went to the store and spent $20. It expresses a certain feeling of young adult unease really well.