In addition to the sixteen albums I purchased in the last three months, I also acquired 170—170!—songs via mix CDs from friends and downloads from other blogs. That's an inordinately high number for me, as I don't usually receive multiple twenty-track CDs in the mail.
So, as a new feature of the My Listening Hours posts, I'm going to share a handful of my favorites every day for the rest of the week. By the end of the week you'll have twenty songs that have been stuck in my head over the last few months. Here are the first five:
- The Monkees, "Porpoise Song" (from A Barrel Full of Monkees, 1971).
Late-period Monkees sounding like late-period Beatles, to wonderful effect. [via We Eat What We Like]
- The Dukes of Stratosphear, "Vanishing Girl" (from Chips from the Chocolate Fireball, 1987).
XTC operating under pseudonymns doing fantastic 60s pop. Don't ask me about the kooky spoken stuff at the end. [Didn't get this from a blog; it came on a mix CD from the author Peter Cashwell.]
- Califone, "Pastry Sharp" (from Califone, 1999).
I used to own Califone's first album but sold it a long time ago. This is the one song I've really missed. If you dig it, Pop Headwound's post has numerous mp3s taking you through Califone's entire career thus far.
- Simply Saucer, "Instant Pleasure" (from Cyborgs Revisited, 1974)
An obscure Canadian psychedelice/garage/proto-punk band that never made it out of their home town. Great stuff. [via The Rising Storm]
- The Beau Brummels, "9 Pound Hammer" (from Triangle, 1967)
I was glad to finally hear these guys, as they seem to get namechecked whenever 60s nerds bring up the Byrds. This is a great song—and do you think Devandra Banhart listens to these guys? I hear it in the vocal delivery. [via Setting the Woods on Fire]