Friday, November 20, 2009

Friday Five: Surf Songs

Simple-sounding song structures always impress me. I believe it's quite difficult to write a good "pop" song. A song that everyone likes without losing an element of credibility. The legends of surf-rock definitely had that ability and I'm glad to see surf making a resurgence. I've been listening to a lot of this surf-inspired garage/indie rock and here are some of my choice selections.
Girls have received a lot of press lately for their very-NSFW video for "Lust for Life", but this is a band I just can't get out of my head, pun intended.
Girls - Summertime
BTA's own G.R.O. gave me the tip about The Drums and their style fell right into what I've been listening to for a while.
Now, Surfer Blood is an "inbox gem", I got word about this group sifting through the many emails we receive daily. I'm not ashamed to admit that the name caught my attention. Think surf-rock meets BRMC.
I am embarrassed to admit that up until two weeks ago I was barely aware of The White Wires. They're based in Ottawa and run a label, Going Gaga Records, specializing in punk rock and all things non-commercial. Their brand of garage rock is dirty and simple. Most tracks have that familiarity that any good pop song should, not that these guys are in any way pop. I'm excited to have discovered another exciting band in the area. They're excellent 45 on Trouble in Mind Records called "Pretty Girl" is worth the six bucks, check 'em out.
Vampire Weekend needs no introduction. They are simply great. This is their great new single.
Vampire Weekend - Cousins (Track removed by request of XL and Web Sheriff)



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bridging the atlantic said...

We also received this kind message in our inbox, but it was marked
We respect the request of XL and have taken down Vampire Weekend's "Cousins".

Anonymous said...

you missed Sex Beet off the list!