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Thursday, August 23, 2007

...ASAT trolls my lesser-known favorites

Guster: "Amsterdam"

The only time I have heard this song outside of youtube or my mp3 collection was a few years back on one of those digital MTV video channels. To me, the song is about the process of getting over a bad relationship of some sort. It seems that his girlfriend, a drug addict, has r.u.n.n.o.f.t.ed and left him to get over the pain of losing a loved one and not being able to help them before they leave. The video, however, seems to be an excuse to hit the 'Dam and visit one of the friendliest, most-tolerant, purtiest cities in the world. Oh, yea, and to smoke some of the stickiest ickiest at De Rokerij.

Manic Street Preachers w/ Nina Persson: "Your Love Alone Is Not Enough"

In all fairness, this song is quite well known in Britain and among the Continentals, but cannot seem to snag an airplay spot away from emo music and the same 12 coke-snortin' 70s songs that seems to get played over and over and over on American radio. and yes, this is another song about a failed relationship. This time, however, both lovers are lamenting the loss. I get the impression that both of them are saying "wow, if we could have trusted each other just a little more, this really could have been something beautiful. Something for the ages. Now all I can say is 'thank you...and fuck you.'"

Silverchair: "Across The Night"

While most Americans think of Silverchair as those 12 year-old antipodean grunge kids from 15 years ago. Well, in Oz, they have grown into one of the most popular homegrown music acts and lead singer Daniel Johns and his wife Natalie Imbrgulia are sort of their answer to Posh and Becks in the tabloids. In this 2003 single, Johns spins a story that resonates with anyone who has ever suffered from clinical depression, stating that he has "never seen the sunshine from higher points than sunrise" and that he doesn't "want to be lonely, (he) just want(s) to be alone." The arrangement is also probably one of the best this side of Smashing Pumpkins' "Tonight, Tonight" and the video, which stars Guy Pierce, is at the same time thoughtful, artsy, and coherent.

K's Choice: "Not an Addict"

Here is another song that may or may not be about drug addiction (or being in love or being obsessed or being a musician or...), this time from Belgian siblings K's Choice. What I like about this tune is the themes of self-denial, even in the face of self-actualization, that we all go through on a daily basis (ie believin' our own press, so to speak) and the notion that you cannot even hope to begin to understand someone's predicament or world view unless you have had their same experiences, influences, and brain chemistry. While not being postmodern music, per se, it sure does deal with the postmodern condition in a manner that very few other musicians even attempt.

If you like any of these songs, please consider downloading them through iTunes or Rhapsody or requesting their CDs from your favorite local music store. Unlike Britney, P Diddy, or Fallout Boy, these folks could probably use your money.

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