In today's episode Nicky P & Lizzie examine Happy Christmas (War Is Over) by John Lennon. I know we said we needed more lyrics but give us this one, it’s a political christmas song. That’s a pretty tall order, leave it to the commies to ruin Christmas.
This week in I Heard This Happened: some another deep dive into 90’s pastiche and some Ruski piano.
Nicky’s album this week is House Plants by House Plants. Imagine if you will, pavement meets The Ataris, with a lil Dashboard Confessional, Built To Spill & The Walkmen stirred in for measure. House Plants has one of my favorite qualities music can have. It makes me feel as though I'm 14 again and lamenting that girls aren't interested in me...despite not being sure what a relationship at that age would even look like. Also, don't hate me but I'm a sucker for wordy kinda crappy lyrical phrasing...I like to call it conversational. These guys are atonal in the way this music requires. It gives it the Joe everyman turned punk-rock songmeister cred. I'll add this to my running list of music that could have been on Daria, so it definitely gets my stamp of approval.
Lizzie brings us Android’s Lust by KikiMoon, the kind of album that can get you through chores, which is a solid litmus test. All the tracks are short which helps if you don't normally have the patience for instrumental music. It's soft and tinkly throughout as if it’s taking you on a fantastical journey, albeit a low key one. It’s conversational in a different way than the aforementioned album; like the half-audible dialogue of an indie chick flick if you will.
No interview this week, instead Lizzie and I talk about the economics of Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas. A classic Jim Henson Christmas special. We also take a look at the various ways in which the War On Christmas...Music is being waged.
Bribing Santa - Nick Piccone
Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas
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