Heavy Rotation Vol. 30

January 3, 2010

Nothing going on here but the music. No tenuous threads tying these tracks together. Just good, solid tunes with what gamers refer to as “high replayability.” Like Peggle for your ears, I suppose.

Previous versions here:
The Heavy Rotation Archives

Sparks – Frankly Scarlett, I Don’t Give a Damn
The worst moustache in the business meets some of the brightest and smartest pop in the world. The Sparks take on a Southern legend with the purest of worst intentions, taking the jilted and none-too-pleased side of things. Catchy as hell and with some of the best couplets/triplets(?) ever written:

That soft southern accent
Delivered without the slightest trace of a British accent
Even that’s starting to wear on me

and this, which I’m dying to use out of context somewhere:

We cut each other so much slack
That we were both falling over backwards

!!! – Take Ecstasy With Me (Magnetic Fields cover)
The most plaintive of love songs, wherein love is replaced with lust and lust is altered chemically. New York’s funksters !!! take Stephen Merritt’s ode to the downside of unpopular lifestyle choices (“we got beat up just for holding hands”) and turn it into an ode to the simple pleasures of getting fucked up with someone else. Loads of additions to the original lyrics drive the point home:

I’ve got a new kaleidoscope and I’ve got a stack of records
It’s all in your head so don’t doubt it
We could have fun just listening to your pulse

Balkan Beat Box – Bulgarian Chicks (INSPKTR Bootleg Mix)
Normally when I hear the phrase “world music,” I start looking for the exit and elbowing my way past Paul Simon fans and various members of Vampire Weekend. The Balkan Beat Box, founded by ex-Gogol Bordello member Ori Kaplan, takes all the chin-stroking and masturbatory SWPL-ness out of it and shows everyone (including me) how all these disparate ingredients can rock the dance floor. Funky, fun and highly recommended to close-minded bloggers everywhere.

Soulwax – Any Minute Now (Vote Whitey Mix)
Time to combine two of my favorite things: the dance-rock express that is Soulwax with the main man of all things fucking great, Whitey. Prepare to have your lids flipped by Whitey’s undeniable backbeat and general electronic wizardry.

Whitey – Individuals
Speaking of fucking great, here’s yet another fucking great track from Whitey. Just another day at work for the master, combining an a distorted electro loop that defines the word “crunchy” with some great drumwork and a great set of cynical lyrics directed at all those people who insist on showing their uniqueness by doing what everyone else is doing:

I see places
Fashionable places
Where all the smart people go to stand in line
Stand in line
Makes their lives
All perfectly designed
For killing time

I see people
Fashionable people
Go where the right people go to watch themselves
For themselves
All for one
And none for all
Stand against the wall
Cause you’re so over it all

So this is nothing personal
I ain’t got nothing against you all
But if you can’t select something that’s really your own then why bother selecting at all
And if there’s anyone actually listening now who finds this uncomfortable
Just wait for the end of the music

All files in a smartly-ZIPped jumpsuit and armed with a harpoon gun:
Heavy Rotation Vol. 30
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[All music posted on Fancy Plans… is kick ass and too awesome to be contained. All music is also posted temporarily and, due to its high level of ass-kicking, should not be distributed without a prescription and care should be taken while operating heavy equipment or dancing around the living room (clothing optional, but do remember that the blinds are open/kids are still awake).
Should you wish to have your brilliant artistic statement forced back into confinement, please email me at 2timegrime@gmail.com. Feel free to leave a comment, as that will probably be noticed sooner.
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  1. I love Sundays!

    Balkan Beat Box and both of the Whitey-infused tracks corner like they’re on rails…

    • “Corner like they’re on rails…”

      Holy Fuck! Why didn’t I think of that?!? I may have to demur on the rousing job offer if I’m going to be held to such high editorial and writerly standards.

      Thanks for the visit, bschooled.

  2. I loved ‘Take Ecstasy With Me’. That’s one tight jam man.

    • It’s a sweet track, all bubbly and drug-addled. Makes you want to hug someone. Or a bassbin.

  3. All great songs again CLT! I also take ecstasy with me, but you really got watch the way you drive when your glove compartment is overflowing like that.

    I also am really beginning to love Whitey!

    • Try to put that shit in the trunk. They need a warrant for that.

      Careful where you say that, Scott. Downtown Detroit is probably not the best place to proclaim your love for Whitey.

  4. Thanks, CLT!

    My mad addiction was to cruise and listen to tunes, back when I was young, dumb, and a lot more fun.

    I mean . . . hundreds of miles. My favorite trip was from Boston to Qeubec City to the east coast and back in a black ’68 440 Charger, totally tweaked, giving the Talking Heads a lot of play. Hearing those tunes you’ve got, I just want to fire up the Z28 and go forever.

    Initiate launch sequence . . . thanks for the flashbacks!

    • Hey, thanks for the visit! Glad you found some suitable road trip (and acid trip) music.

  5. re: “They need a warrant for that.” That’s true; Jay-Z said so.
    What album/EP is that Whitey track from?
    “Take E w/me” has been a favorite of mine, despite the group’s silly name.
    Another good one, CLT.

    • If anyone knows their warrants, it’s Jay-Z.

      That track is the title track from the “Individuals” EP.

      The !!! get even sillier when you have to pronounce it “chk chk chk.” Even sillier is trying to google them.

    • Oh, you mean his widely available “Individuals” EP that you can only buy on vinyl, with pounds, from the U.K.

      Someone get this guy a legit record deal. He’s bleeding talent all over the internet.

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