Bless Playlist 23/8/2004

The Good Life. Richard Briers is in the suit

Tonight’s top tune was ‘Lovers Need Lawyers’ by The Good Life. Originally a side project of Cursive bloke Tim Kasher, this band seems to have matured into a wholly different and coherent prospect in their own right. Their new album, ‘Album Of The Year’ is a rip-roaring pop album, full of great pop moments. Although they have their own perspective, they seem to be part of the wave of North American power pop that also includes The Shins, Of Montreal, The New Pornographers and Rogue Wave. This Nouvelle Vague du Pop is my kind of wave!

The best old track tonight isn’t that old. It was ‘Secret By Design’ by Plans And Apologies. People think I’m taking the piss when I play this track (since I know the band) but I play it because it’s a damn good pop song. It was written by a great songwriter and played by a band who naturally, organically just work. There’s no laboured image construction, no deadeyed trend-following, just honest (often ramshackle) music. It’s always bitter-sweet playing this song because I know that it deserves to be heard by millions and hasn’t been. Maybe one day it will?

The pomise never broken:

American Analog Set – The Only One
Boards Of Canada – Olson (Version 3)
Chimaira – Power Trip
Stephen Malkmus – The Hook
Sweatshop Union – Us (Prod. By Mr. Marmalade)
Cylob – Cut The Midrange Drop The Bass
Pixies – Dead
De La Soul – Eye Know
Rilo Kiley – It’s A Hit
Atreyu – Bleeding Mascara
The Clovers – Love Potion No. 9
Huoratron – Male Bonding
Some Girls – The Prettiest Girl
Wordsworth – What We Gon’ Do
Converge – Concubine
The Velvelettes – He Was Really Saying Something
Deerhoof – Milkman
Bad Religion – Kyoto Now!
Doormouse – Puddy Tairs
Shabazz The Disciple – Red Hook Day (Prod. By Mista Jam)
Le Tigre – Let’s Run
Dresden Dolls – Girl Anachronism
Tigrics – Public Gameover
From Autumn To Ashes – Lilacs And Lolita
Ben Folds Five – Battle Of Who Could Care Less
Rogue Wave – Nourishment Nation
RJD2 – Through The Walls
Joan Of Arc – This Life Cumulative
Proof – Bring It 2 Me Feat. Killa Khan
Fats Domino – Ain’t That A Shame
Michael Fakesch – We Got A Generator
Spoon – The Fitted Shirt
Pedro The Lion – Foregone Conclusions
Eric B. & Rakim – Know The Ledge
Modest Mouse – Worms Vs. Birds
The Good Life – [November] Lovers Need Lawyers
Good Fight – Driven
America – A Horse With No Name
Plans And Apologies – Secret By Design
XTC – Making Plans For Nigel
Weezer – Island In The Sun
Venetian Snares – Tattoo
Futureheads – Tearing Holes
The Cars – Just What I Needed
Minor Threat – Minor Threat
Belle And Sebastian – The Stars Of Track And Field