To be young (is to be electro snake, is to be high)

Various music for the morning.

Electro Snake, Ryan Adams. My favorite part of the song is how the title is two words. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy the rest of it. It’s a mix of the Rock and Roll loud jangle and Ryan’s pre-Whiskeytown screamers. I like that. I wish I could comment on the rest of the album, but it hasn’t surfaced anywhere. (Ryan is only selling the album on fancy vinyl with no previews. Other songs include Imminent Galactic War and Ghorgon, Master of War. And now the album’s sold out. So, after the spelling and the song, my third favorite part has to be this reader comment on the album art, “I would note that the typeface appears (without checking) to be the one designed for the Mexico City Olympics of 1968.”

I Should Have Known It, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. A new song so fuzzy-good that Petty and the band look surprised to be playing it. Lacks any nuance, especially in late in it, but I like how they recorded live with no overdubs and I’ve played it too many times this week.

Mixtape, Tift Merritt. Recently an NPR Music song of the day. I was all kinds of skeptical about the strings at first, but the more I listen, the more I like them. (The rest of the album hasn’t done this for me yet.) The phrasing is perfect, too. Lyrics alone nearly don’t do justice. Still: “Rewind, it comes to an end, turns over again, another a thousand times / Me, I’ll be the same, no I never change, I’m like a rare B-side.”

Panic Switch (Live at KROQ), Silversun Pickups. You know I love this song, and an airing live and loud is fantastic. Here, though, we get a near-acoustic version. Works. For such a juiced-up, electric song, you see in the video how the best of those songs have unplugged roots.

Month of May, Arcade Fire. Via Kellen. No opinion yet. (That’s a lie. I like it but have found no emotional connection yet. Not sure I’ll find one.)

Cotton Fields, CCR. Because I sang it in the shower.

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