Depression Jig

With this week’s jaunty number, “Depression Jig,” 52 Teeth is goin’ country, y’all.  I woke up on Saturday morning with the Stones song “Dead Flowers” in my head.  Mick’s reference to “makin’ bets on Kentucky Derby day” makes it an anthem back in my home state, and here it was, at long last, the first … Continue reading

All About to Happen

A few suggested study questions to assist in your enjoyment of “All About to Happen“: 1. Is this song too callow a rip-off of Yo La Tengo’s “Autumn Sweater”? 2. What’s with the New Order/Cure fetish lately?  Isn’t {songwriter} aware that the synth-rock revival has come and gone? 3. BONUS: What is the secret connection … Continue reading

Cereal and Beer (for Barack)

The other morning I had a strange dream about Barack Obama.  I was watching him do an interview on CNN.  Suddenly, the footage began slowing down drastically, and instead of talking, he began to sing, in a slow, deep voice that suggested the ingestion of lots of codeine.  The lyrics were full of plaintive regret … Continue reading

Diamonds

My reference points for this week’s song, “Diamonds,” are  the Stones’ “No Expectations,” various Wilco slow jams in the vein of “Poor Places,” and “Estranged” by Guns N’ Roses.  I’ve had a longtime love of the latter, the most ostentatiously epic track from the Use Your Illusion albums, and I was excited to find a … Continue reading

And If You’re My Master

One of my favorite Rolling Stones songs has always been “I Just Wanna See His Face” from Exile on Main Street. For most of the song, there are no real lyrics, just a swirl of atmospheric voodoo (a production aesthetic nicked from the great Dr. John album, Gris-Gris, which had come out a few years … Continue reading

The Last One

No, come on now, don’t get upset. Just because I post a song called “The Last One” doesn’t mean I’m actually hanging up this whole blog thing. It’s just a song title, that’s all. I should say this, though: I’m hereby officially abandoning even the thought that there will be a freshly-created song each week. … Continue reading