The Accomodator

This week’s track, “The Accomodator“, represents another “one from the vault”. It’s actually from last year. I’ve always been intrigued by 80s tracks that are sonically paranoid, even though they might have a banal or sentimental lyric: Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer”, or Corey Hart’s “Sunglasses at Night”. Actually, scratch that second one: now I’m … Continue reading

Breathe Like Never Before

So for the first time in the life of this blog I find myself (relatively) at a loss for words. “Breathe Like Never Before” is a pretty simple venture into the world of Donovan-style 60s pop. Just the kind of genre experiment that I would tend to write off as worthless, save for the fact … Continue reading

Bass Is High

This week’s effort, “Bass Is High“, will be heard by some of you as a summer wipeout, a midsummer night’s scream, a palette cleanser. But not like lemon sorbet would be a palette cleanser… more like a handful of dirt. To understand this song properly, however, you must hear it as a tribute to Baby … Continue reading

The Swede

This week’s song, “The Swede”, does indeed take its name from the main character of Philip Roth’s “American Pastoral” (highly recommended). Without giving too much away, I’ll drop some plot: The Swede grows up as a Jew in postwar New Jersey, where his athletic and social gifts allow him to assimilate into Gentile society. So … Continue reading