Title: Charmer

Artist: Kings Of Leon

Album: Because Of The Times

Year Released: 2007

What It Is: Right now, my favorite song of the 00’s from what could be my favorite band from the 00’s. It’s real rock-and-roll in an autotune and lip-synch world. And I think the Followill’s can kick any candy-ass emo punk’s behind by just screaming at them like Caleb does in this song.

Riffage / Hookage: Tremendous bass part throughout and some rockin’ guitar work. There’s nuttin’ fancy ’bout this stuff, which makes it great.

Cowbell?: I don’t hear any, but the drumming is nice.

Words Of Wisdom: “SHE’S ALWAYS LOOKIN’ AT ME!”

Mixology Report: Mix it especially for those who need to have a big can of rock-n-roll whup ass opened on them!

Top Five Genius Results: Arctic Monkeys – Teddy Picker
Bloc Party – The Prayer
Vampire Weekend – Oxford Comma
Arcade Fire – Keep The Car Running
The Strokes – Juicebox

I guess Genius thinks that it has to be from the late 00’s to match this. Hmpf.

For The Good Of The Order: This was a band that I had to give a second and third chance to. Because of hype, I bought their first album, but it didn’t click. I missed their second one, and then I heard the single “On Call” for this one. It was that song and my friend Lauren who kept quoting this song to me that I then really went back and listened to their catalog. And then, of course, this song took the cake. YEEEEEOW!

Got some live vids. Enjoy!

And a studio treatment!


Title: Hatchet

Artist: Low

Album: Drums & Guns

Year Released: 2007

What It Is: A bit of a departure for this generally slow, moody, downer (in a good way) of a band. This is a spritely little number about ‘burying the hatchet like the Beatles and the Stones’. There are two versions of this track (online at least). The regular version, at a fast tempo, which Alan Sparhawk takes the lead, and the “Optimimi Version” (which is the clip below), which is more mid-tempo and textured and uses Mimi Parker’s voice double tracked. Both are excellent.

Riffage / Hookage:The melody is pretty catchy. And I like the way that Alan’s and Mimi’s voices blend together on the regular version. The regular version has a neat guitar part, while the organ part on “Optimimi” is also pretty much of an ear barnacle (again in a good way).

Cowbell?: Not really.

Words Of Wisdom: “I know you got a thing
For ordinary guys
But I’ve heard your records
And they sound a lot like mine”

Now, musical compatibility is important in a relationship. What’s more important is music TOLERANCE. Which  my spouse has in spades.

Mixology Report: Yeah, throw ’em on there. Why not. These won’t depress the bejesus out of people at least.

For The Good Of The Order: Reading reviews on “Rate Your Music” really shocked me. A lot of die hard Low fans did not like this album. The main reason is that they were updating their sound and moving directions. OH NO! Artistic growth! We can’t have that around here!

Here’s the vid for the “Optimimi Version”. Verrry interesting!