“Brooklyn Bound” - The Black Keys, “The Big Come-Up” (Alive Records, 2002)
Last year I jinxed myself by posting a Brooklyn song when I thought my roommate and I were about to move to Brooklyn. Well (I think) I’m about to move to Brooklyn again, hopefully the curse doesn’t continue.
I’m going to see the Black Keys at Housing Works tonight and am really excited. I’ve liked them for a long time but this’ll be my first time seeing them in concert. I haven’t had a listen to their new album yet, so tonight will be my first exposure. I still thing “The Big Come-Up” is their best album, but everything since then’s been pretty damn good too. I hope they play at least one Junior Kimbrough cover.
On Wednesday night I had a dream that included this as diagetic music, playing on a tape deck (tape deck) in a car. I don’t think I’ve ever had a dream where a song played so vividly, and certainly not a non-canonical song like this (maybe “Happy Birthday” or something). Not sure why, since I hadn’t been listening to it especially recently. But it is a very pretty song, so I wanted to share it.
“The Mystery Zone” - Spoon, “Transference” (Merge, 2010)
I am a little behind getting around to listening to this record, but what a great song! I love Spoon’s ability to take things lightly but without a hint of irony or flippancy. I can hardly think of a song that is simpler than this one musically, yet it still manages to be incredibly beautiful. Spoon has never been at the very top of my list, but they are a truly great band (anyway).