Television: Marquee Moon(1977)
Kicked off the morning with one of the great rock albums of all time and it more or less set the tone for the day—I skipped forward a few decades after this but I stayed in guitar territory all day.
Superchunk: Foolish (1994)
Here’s what always happens with this album: I think about Superchunk and I think about the opening track on this record and then I think about “The First Part” and I think man, what a stone classic this record this is. And then I actually play it and I continue to believe in it for its first half but I always, always, always start to lose interest in the back half. (In reality it’s On the Mouth that is the stone classic, but the first half of this album kills.)
Vampire Weekend: Modern Vampires of the City(2013)
Vampire Weekend: s/t (2008)
Vashti Bunyan: Some Things Just Stick in Your Mind (1964–66)
Documenting one’s daily listening habits has the potential to make one self-conscious about how much one plays the new Vampire Weekend, but one must be unapologetic and honest if one is really going to do this. PS: the s/t album and Vashti Bunyan simply came on alphabetically. (But did you notice it didn’t segue into Van Morrison? My wife, god bless her, couldn’t take it any more—she deleted Astralweeks from our library and we’re all the better for it.)
Eleanor Friedberger: Personal Record(2013)
My second time through with this album, and I still don’t really “know” it very well. I’m a little disappointed that it’s not as immediate as her first album, but I recognize that that’s an unfair assessment and I’m trying to overcome it.
Midlake: The Trials of Van Occupanther (2006)
What made me play this today? I don’t know. This was my essential album of 2007, when I first heard it. I played the hell out of this record and thought I had found a band for my life. I cooled substantially after the one-two punch of a lackluster live show I caught at the Henry Fonda, followed by the absurdly flaccid Courage of Others. And I think I simply played this album so many times I’d finally reached burnout. Anyway: this is still a terrific album and I really enjoyed having it on today, after a long while away from it.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra: II (2013)
By dinnertime I was still feeling Indie Rock about my soundtrack desires so I went for this, which has turned out to be a very slow-burning highlight of the year.
Daily Playlist (expires in 24 hours):
- Television: See No Evil
- Superchunk: Like a Fool
- Vampire Weekend: Diane Young
- Vashti Bunyan: Coldest Night of the Year
- Eleanor Friedberger: I’ll Never Be Happy Again
- Unknown Mortal Orchestra: From the Sun
- Midlake: Head Home