Courtenay’s Cuts: Session 15

January 27, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Elton John – Someone Saved my Life Tonight (1975)

So I’ve basically been on a huge Elton John kick lately. Let’s just say I’ve listened to this track way too much in the past week. I’m just itching to sing this the next time I go out to do karaoke (a favorite pastime). Talk about a catchy refrain. This song is just one of many other things that are leading me to discover how great the 1970s really were. So expect to see a lot from this decade these next few months on Courtenay’s Cuts.

Vampire Weekend – Horchata (2010)

I loves this song from the very first line, “In December, drinking horchata.” I’d like to mention now that horchata is one of the best things to result from humankind. I’m always down for some sweet, milky horchata. So I can personally identify with this song. I’m also impressed with the rhyming of ‘horchata’ with ‘balaclava’. Nerdy indie pop at its finest. As a side note, if you’re looking for horchata in Dallas, my personal recommendation is the Fiesta at Ross and Henderson. You won’t be sorry.

Yo La Tengo – Little Honda (1997)

Yes, I know it seems like I write about Yo La Tengo constantly. But they’re so good! And how could I resist writing about their Beach Boys cover just two days before they will be in Dallas to play a show? Upon first listen of I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One (one of my FAVORITE Yo La Tengo albums), I didn’t even realize this was a cover. I was searching for the deep hidden metaphors in the lyrics, then I realized that it’s just a song about taking a girl out on your “motorbike”.

Dean Martin – Little Ole Wine Drinker Me (1967)

This is one of those songs that doesn’t necessarily sound sad because of the tempo and bouncy melody. But battling a broken heart with alcohol isn’t exactly lighthearted fare. When you’re crying in the corner of a bar over a lost love, it’s time to make a change. I love country music.

where you’ll find me
1/27: The Fiery Furnaces at The Lounge on Elm Street – I’m definitely taking advantage of seeing this band play in such a small venue! I can’t wait!
1/30: Yo La Tengo at Granada Theater – one of my favorite bands ever.

Courtenay’s Cuts: Session 5

September 22, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Uncle Tupelo – Train (1990)

Considered by many to be the first alternative country album, No Depression has really done it for me this past summer. I especially connect to this song – love the guitar! If you’re not familiar with Uncle Tupelo, this band consisted of both Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar, who went on to create Wilco and Son Volt respectively.

Yo La Tengo – If It’s True (2009)

I just picked up the sweet vinyl version of this record at Good Records last week and it is glorious. Check out the awesome cover art by Texas sculptor Dario Robleto! You’ve got to appreciate a band that can consistently release great records for 25 years. This song is a poppy little number – happy string arrangements! Ira and Georgia duets are always good times.

Jaydiohead – Change Order (2009)

I can always appreciate a good mash-up. Jaydiohead is the brainchild of producer Max Tanonne – he mixes Jay-Z a cappella tracks with various Radiohead samples. This track uses “Never Change” from Jay-Z’s The Blueprint and Radiohead’s B-side “Gagging Order”. I wouldn’t normally go back and forth between the crooning of Thom Yorke and Jay-Z’s tough guy persona, but I dig it. And it’s free!

Hem – When I was Drinking (2009)

Alcoholism, unhealthy relationships, and loneliness. Piano, violin, GORGEOUS vocals. I think that’s blue enough for me. If you haven’t heard folk act Hem, I really encourage you to check out this song. The beauty of their arrangements will stun you, and that’s a promise. This record makes me want to go up to my nonexistent cabin in the mountains somewhere and curl up in bed.

where you’ll find me:
9.22 Ra Ra Riot at Granada Theater
9.22 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Cymbals Eat Guitars at Lola’s Saloon (Fort Worth)

by Courtenay Paris