Centro-Matic- Fuselage (It’s Starting to Look Like Christmas Once Again)
This is another installment in my Christmas music exhibit. It’s Will Johnson’s indie rock tribute to the holiday season, from the Idol Records compilation, Electric Ornaments. Normally, I cringe when someone puts the word “rock” too close to the word “Christmas”. There have been so many disasters, so many crimes against nature and humanity whenever that happens. But… I like this one. It doesn’t try to be too Deep And Meaningful, and it doesn’t seek to fill your ears, mouth and lungs with high fructose corn syrup. Instead, the lyrics point, kinda sorta, towards a general sort of optimism in the season. I’ll take it.
Just a little something to kick off the Christmas season. I’ll probably be curating some of the standards and oddities I have in my holiday collection throughout the coming month. This is a track from the Christmas Time Again album, which is a compilation of power pop artists giving their takes on some old songs and some original work. We lost Alex Chilton this year, so I thought it might be fitting to remember him with his wonderfully understated recording of this Mel Torme standard. It ain’t Mel Torme…
The Quietus is pleased to report that US indie-poppers Danielson have signed with our friends at Fire Records, with their new album set to be released next year. The band - also varyingly known as Danielson Famile - will release Best Of Gloucester County on February 11 in the US next year, and in March in the UK. The album will be Danielson’s first since 2006’s Ships. Swedish singer Jens Lekman will make a guest appearance on the record.
Oh my. I think I’ll listen to When I Said I Wanted To Be Your Dog and Ships back to back tonight…
This is a Seattle band a friend of mine has turned me on to recently. I kinda think of them as a more Beatles-y version of Sea Wolf. Interestingly enough, “Beatles-y” doesn’t trip the spellchecker. It must be an Actual Word?
But check these guys out. Their self-titled LP is out now, and it’s very good stuff. Click the pic below for more music and information: