In the desultory effort to improve the workings of the Curious Mechanism, we’ve added the Panegyric, an item of note. This section is little more than a list as Mr. Thursday will, from time to time, bestow onto you the music that sooths the beasts which turn our wheels, as well as anything else they might have interested in during free time. Catalogued below is our tabulation of some of the Good music, books, and anything else that we are familiar with, though certainly not all. If any of you fine habitués care to advocate for an addition to this index, please let us know of what we should be listening to and with our seal of thumbs-up it shall appear below.
For now however:
10/31/07 – Radiohead – “Bodysnatchers” – Off Radiohead’s spectacular new album comes “Bodysnatchers”, their hardest rocker, easily, since OK Computer’s “Electioneering”.
06/06/07 – Amy Winehouse – “Me and Mr Jones” – Miss Winehouse is getting a lot of attention for her single “Rehab”, which is a fine enough song, but the real gem on Back to Black is this vulgar, snotty ballad, throwing back to Philadelphia’s own, Billy Paul.
04/04/07 – Globe Trekker TV – I’ve never seen this show before, and I’ll probably never see it again, but I definitely just watched a cute girl buy underwear from Bjorn Borg, so that warrants mentioning, right?
04/04/07 – Text – “Sound Is Compressed; Words Rebel and Hiss.” – Refused was a good, good band. An experimental band. Genre shattering. Text is a band comprised of 4/5 of Refused. Text makes Refused seem boring. Okay, well, not boring, but certainly more mainstream. This song has reggae, jazz, noise, sound collages, and rock. Sometimes all at once.
04/03/07- Fool on the Hill– The favorite book of Mrs. Thursday and the story of the parallel tales of many individuals. ST George is a writer, a professor at Cornell University, and dragon slayer. Luther is a dog looking for heaven through his nose. The Bohemians, modern knights, decide to spend their time at the J.R.R. Tolkien Frat House. Need I say more?
03/19/07 – “30 Rock” – Someone recommended this show to us, and so we started downloading the episodes from iTunes. Then we kept downloading them. Then we ran out of episodes to download. It’s made by people who were involved in SNL in recent years, and yet, it’s the funniest show we’ve seen in years.
02/24/07 – Arcade Fire – “Keep the Car Running” – Yes, we’ve illegally downloaded poor quality mp3s of the new Arcade Fire album, Neon Bible. But, come on, you know us, we’ll pay for it when it comes out in a few weeks. In the meanwhile, we promise you, you’ll like this song. Promise.
2/17/07 – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – “Yankee Go Home” – Their new album, Some Loud Thunder, is not what we expected, but it’s possible we like it all the more for that. It’s a hard album to listen to, often, but his is the song that we identified with most readily.
2/04/07 – Mika – “Grace Kelly” – http://mrthursday.com/2007/02/05/queen-me/
2/02/07 – Menomena – “My My” – Really, we recommend the entire album (“Friend and Foe”), but this is the track that happens to be playing now. Menomena has gotten some notoriety for their unique song crafting process–plug in ideas into a self-made computer program, let them repeat, and then learn how to play what you’ve almost accidentily created. That being known, they create really good songs.
1/10/07 – Yusuf – “Midday (Avoid City After Dark)” – Yusuf is Yusuf
Israel Islam (whoops!), who used to be Cat Stevens. If you liked Cat, you’ll like Yusuf. This is the first secular recording by the man born Steven Demetre Georgiou in nearly 30 years, and it’s good. This song in particular, is devastating.
12/13/06 – The Dears – “Whites Only Party” – Mr. Thursday would like to be the first to nominate Murray Lightburn for the responsibility of the theme for the next James Bond movie.
11/22/06 – Tom Waits – “You Can Never Hold Back Spring” – Tom Waits’ still gots it.
11/09/06 – Wolf Parade – “I’ll Believe in Anything” – In order to retain Scene Points, Mr. Thursday is obligated to note that we bought Wolf Parade’s album, Apologies to the Queen Mary the day it came out. The reason? 3 weeks beforehand we heard a story about how the band was kicked off the Queen Mary, a cruiseliner, with the words: “We’ve had Led Zeppelin, the Sex Pistols, and Guns’N’Roses all on this boat, but no band has ever been kicked off of the Queen Mary. Right now, I’m kicking you off of the Queen Mary.” The album is almost as good as the whole story, and this is easily the best song from the album.
11/08/06 – “The Economist” – British newspaper/newsmagazine that covers stories from all over the world. Last weeks issue featured 37 stories in a two page span. Enthusiastically recommended for those seeking more information about worldwide shenanigans and goings-on.
11/06/06 – Pela – “The Trouble With River Cities” – Imagine Coldplay, if they developed smoking habits and played dive bars for a year. And imagine that Coldplay’s cool. They’d be Pela, and even then, Pela would be better than Coldplay.
10/29/06 – Mewithoutyou – “Oh, Porcupine” – The opening drumbeat is taken directly from “My Sharona, but we’re okay with that. The rest of the song involves enough intensity that we could listen to this track from Mewithoutyou’s newest (and best) album for a long time.
10/23/06 – Tom Waits – “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up” – Waits is known to Mr. Thursday as one of the greatest musicians of all time, featuring mostly ballads written for “piano and fire extinguisher”. This song is straight blues, and we’re still mesmerized.
10/23/06 – Andrew Bird – “Fake Palindromes” – Andrew Bird is reminiscent of both Jens Lekman and Sufjan Stevens, which is good. We came across the album from whence song is taken after an obsession over the album title: Andrew Bird and the Mysterious Production of Eggs.