I’m really pleased to hear this, especially seemingly so soon. I loved The Year of Hibernation, which played like an album-length reminder that the anxieties of young adulthood are valid. This sounds like thematic and sonic maturity from what was one of my favorite records of 2011.
The general consensus on Coexist feels about right to me: more of a consolidation than a great leap forward. “Angels” is basically perfect, though; one side of the sort of conversation that requires trust and vulnerability. The arrangement - especially the wordless drum break - capture that feeling, and those emotions, without parallel.
Eight days ago, I took Amanda out to a new Japanese steakhouse and sushi place. We both enjoyed everything about it, but this post is about two micro-stories related to that date, not the date itself.
1. The restaurant was playing what seemed to be a mix CD of au courant radio pop, heavy on female dance pop vocalists; it was pleasantly incongruous. At one point “Kiss Me Thru the Phone" played, and I told Amanda about the time I was driving to visit Tyler (and Bane and Skala) in the summer of 2009 and heard an Indiana State University radio station DJ sheepishly introduce what she said was a special song to her and her boyfriend. The song was "Kiss Me Thru the Phone." I suppose it’s appropriate that I heard it on a college radio station during the summer; a time when college students are often separated from significant others.
2. As I mentioned, the restaurant was exceptional. Amanda said that the pickled ginger that came with our sushi tasted “like Anthropologie. Or Christmas.”
I pre-ordered Best Coast’s The Only Place today, and the tracklist for it, revealed this week, has “Up All Night” as the record’s closing track. “Up All Night” is one of my favorite Best Coast songs, but I can’t imagine this version is what to expect on the new record - the band doesn’t hide behind nearly as much noise anymore. I expect lush Jon Brion strings on the album version, actually.
Regardless, it conveys the heartbreak and loneliness present in Best Coast’s best songs in a devastating way - perfect for a closing track, really, now that I think about it. I’m not about to complain about having two different versions of a great song, anyway.
Maybe I’m too young (although I’m a year or two older than primary CN guy Dylan Baldi), or too poorly versed in the touch-points on the new record, but I think I really just prefer a song with a catchy pop-punk hook to the direction the band has gone in since. I didn’t care for the first widely available Cloud Nothings full-length much, either.
I should probably add that, somewhat unsurprisingly, the one song I do like quite a bit on the new record is “Stay Useless”, what with its Strokes-y riffs and snide verses.
Johnny Boy - “You Are the Generation That Bought More Shoes and You Get What You Deserve (Crews Against Consumismo Extended Mix)”
Which makes sense, because it’s awesome. The remix doesn’t seem to be on YouTube, but the almost-as-good album version is here.
Last.fm says Purity Ring’s “Ungirthed”, but if it could count vinyl spins, Smith Westerns’s “Weekend” would gain the seven required to pass it. However, I definitely listened to Beyonce’s “Countdown” more than either of those - on multiple occasions Amanda and I would put it on repeat while driving.
Small Plates Records’ Crack Friday pack - this is the first six releases from the label run by the guys from yvynyl and I Guess I’m Floating. The releases are: Guards Resolution of One 7” on mixed color vinyl (it’s bluish) - “Resolution of One” b/w “Crystal Truth” and “Long Time” Campfires Dusty Mansions 7” on red vinyl - “Dusty Mansions” b/w “Time Flying By” and “Chasing Planets” Idiot Glee Don’t Go Out Tonight 7” on white vinyl - “Don’t Go Out Tonight” b/w “That’s All For Everyone” (Fleetwood Mac cover) and “Don’t Drink the Water” featuring Women Supreme Cuts Trouble EP 10” on black vinyl - “Amnesia” and “Months” b/w “Fools” and “Issues” TV Girl Girls Like Me 7” on black vinyl - “Girls Like Me” b/w “Sarah (Meet Me In the Sauna)” High Highs High Highs EP on marble charcoal gray vinyl - “Open Season” and “Flowers Bloom” b/w “Ivy” and “Horses”
[edited again to add] Florence + the Machine, Ceremonials (180 gram 2x LP as a gift to both Amanda and I)
This feels a little like one corner of my interests; my lists are probably a more complete picture (songs | records, 2011). Among the Small Plates records, I’m most excited about Guards and High Highs releases.