Thursday Playlist: Calculated negligence and everyday noise

1. Psychedelic Horseshit – Both Sides Now
2. Blues Control – Mashpotato
3. Maximum Awesome – German Loser
4. Pink Reason – By A Thread
5. Immortal Technique – The 4th Branch (EXPLICIT LYRICS)
6. Roy Smeck – Steel Guitar Rag
7. Les Reines Prochaines – Opfer Dieses Liedes (Wicked Game)
8. Pascal Comelade – Prime Of Life
9. Christian Clozier – Lettre A Une Demoiselle
10. A Place To Bury Strangers – I know I’ll See You
11. Bill Wells & Maher Shalal Hash Baz – Cowtail Calypso
12. The Oh Sees – It Killed Mom
13. Sarah Peebles – Fast Kitchen

(Download the audio files here)

In The Orator, Cicero admits that in the case of the humble style of speech, the clash of vowels and other types of dissonance can contribute to a pleasing impression of negligence. Calculated negligence, he calls it. Sed quaedam negligentia est diligens. So here’s my playlist of calculated negligence and everyday noise. Here’s to dissonance. Let it please you.

Pink Reason, Psychedelic Horseshit, and Blues Control will be playing an epic show in NYC at the Cake Shop on Saturday, December 8th.


25 responses to “Thursday Playlist: Calculated negligence and everyday noise”

  1. I loaded this up this morning and took it running. Some quick observations, beyond the fact that it’s a really satisfying and ecclectic mix.

    1. the cake shop show next wkend should be fun. (speaking of cake shop i’m really bummed that i didn’t know about the clean’s shows going on this weekend until it was way too late to get in. anyone out there with an in at cake shop??)

    2. that immortal technique track really holds up to my first, blown-over impression. (e. tan and i first heard it last wkend in washington DC in a towncar from the airport back to stella’s house. imagine DC at night as a backdrop to that song.)

    3. “condoleeza rice is just a new age sally hemmings” is perhaps the line of the year.

    4. nice transitions — esp 5-8

    5. pierre bastien is credited along with comelade on the track info. do you know if his contribution is one of his sound-making sculptures? sounds like it could be.

    6. i’m still not convinced by A Place to Bury Strangers. I think I would almost always choose to play early Cure over listening to APtBS. This one has a lot of “Primary” to it — also “Jumping Someone Else’s Train.” A little more aggressive, but it still feels more derivative than original to me. I’ll give you that it fits the mix, though.

    thnx for some new music.

  2. Dave says:

    See, that’s why you go to college — to quote Cicero in your liner notes.

  3. Scotty says:

    And you totally pulled off the Cicero reference without sounding pretentious. Does he cite any linguistic equivalence?

    I look forward to listening.

  4. E. says:

    Glad you noticed the transitions. I didn’t know what could possibly follow Immortal Technique, but then I’d thought it might be interesting to contrast a song about the corruption of media with a song by the man who appeared on the first feature film released on Vitaphone in 1926. And Smeck is amazing – In the Banjo and Ukulele Hall of Fame. He also has some amazing videos on youtube, which is where I first heard him.

    The Pascal Comelade track does feature a few other French musicians — Pierre Comelade is one of them. The toy piano sounds are coming from Comelade. It’s his trademark. There’s a French documentary that came out last year about him. Haven’t seen it yet but the trailer is on youtube

    You’re right, APTBS isn’t as great as I originally thought — but this song is good. A song from Three Imaginary Boys came across my ipod the other day. I pulled it out to see what new band it was…

    I guess negligence might not be the proper word. I popped negligentia in a Lain translator and it came up as “carelessness”. I’m sticking with negligence though. Sounds tough.

  5. E. says:

    *Pierre Bastien

  6. Tim Wager says:

    Sometimes I think I know something about music, but then I read one of E.Tan’s playlists and realize that I know nothing at all. Nothing.

  7. Bryan says:

    those damn 24 year olds. if they’re not releasing The Unforgettable Fire, they’re just listening to a hell of a lot more new music than the rest of us.

  8. Bryan says:

    actually, tim, i don’t buy your old-man ignorance schtick for a minute, as the comments thread from this previous e. tan post will witness.

  9. Tim Wager says:

    It’s not really an old man thing, I think; it’s just a matter of not really keeping up with what’s goin down. It’s just disconcerting to see and hear so much that I don’t know that it shakes my faith in what I do know. Um, went to see Iron & Wine last night. Ever hear of them? Well, “they” aren’t really a they, it’s one guy with a big beard. Yes, beards are in these days . . .

  10. Dave says:

    You want to feel insecure about your musical knowledge? Try hanging out with Bryan and E. Tan for an hour. It’s humiliatin’.

  11. Bryan says:

    I know. Dave doesn’t even think Radiohead sounds like U2!

  12. Rachel says:

    Hey Tim, I hear the Eagles have a new album and you can buy it at Wal-Mart. I might take my walker over there this afternoon, after I’ve had my prune juice. Old? Hell, no!

  13. Jeremy says:

    Tim’s just used to being the music know-it-all in our West-Coast circle. Good to see him taken down a peg.

  14. Swells says:

    It’s true. No matter what you bring to record club, even if you recorded the song yourself half an hour before you came over, he’s always smiling and nodding with full recognition by the second note of the intro.

  15. Bryan says:

    Not only that, if he’s hosting he’ll pull it out on vinyl when your turn is through and tell you he bought it when he was 13.

  16. Tim Wager says:

    Okay, now I sound like an asshole. Maybe I’m an asshole.

  17. Dave says:

    I’ve found I’m happier when I can just embrace that fact about myself, Tim.

  18. Bryan says:

    oh, no. quite the contrary. i was impressed.

  19. swells says:

    In Tim’s defense, he never ever ever lords it over anyone that he knows way more than everyone else. He always makes you feel like you’re really cool for bringing, like, “Mmmbop” to record club. He just really loves music.

  20. E. says:

    one of these bands is coming to our next record club. hehe. ok, now i sound like an asshole.

  21. swells says:

    Wow, you invited Hanson to record club?

  22. E. says:

    should have seen it coming.

  23. Tim Wager says:

    Pushing this discussion aside, if I may, I’d like to say that I really enjoyed this playlist — really cool sounds and an excellent mix of genres.

    Also, I’ve learned about some bands I didn’t know about before. This, btw, is how I’ve become an expert music snob — nicking recommendations from other people. Next time I’m at a party I can say something like, “You’ve never heard of Psychedelic Horseshit? Oh my gawd! Where have you been?” It’s gonna feel awesome.

  24. cynthia says:

    I really enjoyed the list and all the comments here

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