Did You Know It's Shark Week?
Of course you did, because you don't live under a rock. Or maybe you do live under a rock. Probably so you DON'T GET EATEN BY A SHARK, which seems to be the leading cause of death in the world today. I decided to dig into my iTunes to see if I could scrounge up a Shark Week Playlist and the results were ... obscure. Really obscure. But here they are. What more popular shark songs am I missing?
Shark - The Dead C
Like many songs by the New Zealand noise merchants, it's not quite a song. It's close to five minutes of meandering, sometimes shapeless noise. It stays too abstract to ever work up a real head of steam, although it chugs along nicely at its best moments. I may lose some cool points for admitting that I usually hit "next" before a Dead C song ends when I'm listening on shuffle, but I mean, lots of them are 11 minutes long.
The Day the Sharks Flew - Erectus Monotone
This one is working with the same general aesthetic as the Dead C but cuts it down to 100 seconds and at least tries to put some hooks in there. "This is what indie rock sounded like before blogs made every band think they were just thisclose to making it big and friends just bought cheap equipment, learned a few chords and simply tried to write songs that didn't fall apart, but when they inevitably did, it least it was in an appealing manner." I said that a couple weeks ago. I stand by it.
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Shark - Gary Charlson
This is from a compilation called "Titan: It's All Pop!" released by the Numero Group. The land of reissues/compilations is a scary world to enter but here's an easy way to navigate it -- simply buy everything on the Numero label. They mostly specialize in long lost funk and R&B -- the Eccentric Soul series is the best place to start -- but it's not the only genre they dig around in. This double-disc of buried power pop gems can be a bit too sugary at times, but it's great to throw into your library and enjoy when a random track comes up. Hooks galore.
Sharks & Minnows - Lame Drivers
These are friends of mine. But they are friends of mine who are in a really great band that plays ragged indie rock that draws on all the right influences. This one sounds like it's right off the "Our Band Could Be Your Life" tribute CD -- a little Husker Du, a little Dinosaur, a little Sonic Youth.
Shark N*****s (Biters) - Raekwon
I've purged almost all skits from my iTunes, but it just feels wrong to break up "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx," so this one remains.
Shark F***s - Tronics
OK, I must amend that earlier statement about only buying reissues from Numero Group. If you are into weird, off-kilter, DIY post-punk stuff from late-'70s/early-'80s U.K. -- what, you're not? -- then you must check out the Messthetics series from Hyped to Death. Yes, it's a very narrow focus (and the label has some other reissue goodies as well) but there's a shockingly good success rate from these bands that in many cases produced no more than a handful of songs in their brief existences.
Suddenly It's a Folk Song - We Versus the Shark
This is a Future of the Left cover by a band I know nothing about and I have no real clue how it ended up in my iTunes. Probably just during some random blog trolling. It turns the decidedly non-folk original into an actual folk song with acoustic guitars and even some female vocals, which sound very weird in the context of a Future of the Left song. This has always been one of my favorite FOTL tunes. I wish they played it live.
Season of the Shark - Yo La Tengo
File this one under Mellow La Tengo, with a nice bossa nova beat. It's very soothing. Until you remember that we are in constant danger of being eaten by bloodthirsty sharks.
By David Malitz |
August 5, 2009; 2:50 PM ET
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