Sunday, September 15, 2013
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Long time no post! It's still 4/20 and it's national Record Store Day. I did not buy any records, I was working all day. But every time I have extra cash to spare it's "Record Store Day." I'm grateful to live in Chicago that has so many great record stores. It saddens me anytime a record store closes. And my beloved discogs...I love thee.
Anyway.. I'm feeling punky. This is my favorite Husker Du album. I completely adore Bob Mould - I love the band's sound, his lyrics, his guitar work, everything. This band is flawless in my eyes. I was first familiar with Bob Mould's solo work, then I listened to Husker Du and was blown the F**K away. So cool...
Enjoy this album. I will be back with more stuff this week, I have so much to share :)
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Spizz? Spizzenergi? Spizzoil? Atheltico Spizz!?
I just call them Spizz...but they were known by many different names. Spizz went though several name changes through their punk/new wave existence. This is a compilation I got my hands on. I enjoy it for it's post-punk/new wave blend and quirky sensibilities. I recall playing this album on a car ride from Ann Arbor to Chicago during a snowstorm. It was a lot of fun introducing people to this album. It's fun, brash and ideal for those who appreciate English punk music and the weird new wave.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Have you ever experienced a desperate, unrelenting love in your youthful stupidity? At the time, the rejection was the most excruciating pain you had ever thought imaginable. The longing in your heart was unbearable, so you traveled out into the moonlight for distraction and decadence. Surely, if your true love won't have you, some stranger will be delighted by your endless charms. However, instead, you found yourself alone and highly intoxicated, battling the most ferocious feelings of self-pity and self-loathing you had yet to face in your short life. Hours passed in this manner. Then, somehow, maybe for the most fleeting moment, you reached some sort of understanding acceptance and whatnot. You wanted to think of spring tulips pushing their way up through the leftover gray snow, and baby chicks breaking out of their shells for the first time and whatever else beautiful nonsense. That is the essence of this song.get it here
Thursday, November 22, 2012
This is the quintessential feel good Indie pop album. Very fresh, catchy, reminds me of that first glimpse into a spring day. I didn't think I'd care for this album but I came across it recently and fell completely in love with it. "How come I haven't heard this before? This came out when?! I certainly wasn't going to guess 1996. I love albums like this that take you by surprise.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The idea for me to come into the Koala family was formed over a few drinks at an adorable bar that hands out free, fresh from the oven chocolate chip cookies to its patrons. I mentioned that I had dug up the Judy Bats album "Native Son" on C.D. from a used record store for a sweet $2.99. Since I've spent the better part of the summer being enamored by this album I was delighted to know J-Koala already had amassed encyclopedic knowledge about this great band! She has a tendency to be a walking, talking Wikipedia at times so I shouldn't have been surprised.
Anyway, here is a stellar track from a great group out of Nashville in 1991:
Friday, November 9, 2012
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Wait...this came out when? 1982? Hmmm where was I? A little seed perhaps. DAMN. So good and I have many fun stories about this album...It's the second Gang of Four album I purchased after their debut Entertainment.
First story is when I was really into this album I was dating this guy who wasn't into this type of music. He really wasn't into music at all. But he really really loved singing along to "I Love a Man in Uniform. He'd always ask me to play that one song and it always amused me to bits. But when "It's Not Enough" played he'd remark, "What the fuck is this?"
Now onto the good stuff... I want to introduce a new contributor to the Koala Mode blog; my best friend and music confidante, Jessica AKA Koala Yummi. She's a really special person to me - we've been through a lot together and our tastes in music is pretty identical. I can't express this enough...I know whoever reads this blog will enjoy her posts as well.
We've had new wave dance parties in previous apartments, ex-roommates, we were in a car crash while listening to Gang of Four...we've been through it all.
Gang of Four will always have a special place in my heart. It's a band that my parents weren't really into, a self-discovery shall we say. And it's an album that has brought Jess & I closer (car accident, ehem).
It brings out the punk in us...makes me want to ... stomp and say FUCK IT
Enjoy ;) Download is below
Sunday, September 23, 2012
What is my favorite thing to do on my day off? On a gorgeous Sunday afternoon? Catch up on my music listening and blast this stuff so loud the whole neighborhood can hear it. The only way I can really enjoy music is if it's loud...and amazing! Like this album from Andy Partridge aka Mr. Partridge. No one has a voice like this man. So distinct...one of my favorite vocalists and musicians to this day. I had a friend introduce me to this album years ago, and it's been a noisy/arty favorite since. Although it can be goofy, Partridge & the rest of XTC always manage to pull off this nostalgic feeling for me that makes me warm & fuzzy on the inside.
"The cover pictures on the album's back and front are taken from a post card of Jayne Mansfield in a swimming pool. The figures floating on the water are hot water bottles shaped like her, on the back cover some of which Partridge scribbled out.
The back cover reads as follows:
"This used to be some XTC records. It is now a collection of tracks that have been electronically processed/shattered and layered with other sounds or lyrical pieces. All initial sound by XTC.
Andy took existing XTC songs and separated different tracks from the songs to give the experiment/addition of sounds of the track a whole new identity."
Good stuff :)
Sunday, September 9, 2012
1. The Things That Dreams Are Made Of
2. Open Your Heart
3. The Sound of the Crowd
5. Do or Die
6. Get Carter
7. I Am the Law
9. Love Action (I Believe in Love)
10. Don't You Want Me
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Not the first The The album I heard. In fact Soul Mining was my first intro to The The followed by Infected...then I decided to go as far back as I can, beyond Cold Spell Ahead and came across the most beautiful sounds that have ever emerged from Matt Johnson's mind. Originally released by Matt Johnson, it was then re-released in 1993 by his band's name, The The.
I can't express how happy this album makes me feel. It's so dark, emotional & uplifting. It really takes you to a beautiful place...
It makes you see the beauty in all that is gloomy, ugly, & depressing.
The last few weeks I've been a total wreck. I haven't been feeling good about myself, was in Ireland for reasons not too pleasant, came back and was sick, job has been stressful...
But all this music makes those negative feelings go away.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do :) This is all the therapy I could ever need.
1. Red Cinders in the Sand
2. Song Without an Ending
3. Time Again for the Golden Sunset
4. Icing Up
5. Like a Sun Risin Thru My Garden
6. Out of Control
7. Bugle Boy
9. The River Flows East In Spring
10. Another Boy Drowning
Tuesday, July 31, 2012