May 18, 2005

The Left Banke- She May Call You Up Tonight

If there had been The WB in the 1960s, it’s a safe bet that the Frog would’ve raided the Left Banke’s catalog for any number of ready-made themes. That’s not a knock, either; the discography of Steve Martin and co. is young angst done right. A mid-tempo pop-rocker (no baroque pop here) rooted in piano, Martin’s trademark mix of ache and wistfulness elevate “She May Call You Up Tonight” into a proto-power pop stunner. Add great high harmonies and a ringing backing guitar, and you can trace the lineage to the Banke’s grandchildren in Zumpano. As pitiful as Martin’s narration can sound on paper, it’s when you hear his keening tenor, pushed to the bounds of its register, that you really get the resignation: “She may call you up tonight; then what could I say that would sound right?”

[find out more here]

The Crystals- Girls Can Tell

Cinematic, galloping, pedantic. Dig the percussion: castanets. Ringing kettledrum. That drummer pulling up stakes at the end. Mourn the state of modern pop production. Hear the studied yet joyously heartrending shout: “I gotta kiss you one more time! I gotta hear you say you’re mine!” One of Mr. Spector’s many, many highlights.

[find out more here]

Eddie and Ernie- Standing at the Crossroads

Phoenix’s soul heroes in their best form. From the 2002 Lost Friends reissue on Kent; I don’t pretend to be a classic soul wonk, but material like this makes the idea (becoming one, not pretending) tempting. Everything comes up aces on this song. Structually, it’s perfect, with plucked strings and woven horns building tension from verse to pre-chorus to that explosive, gorgeous chorus, where the two men’s harmonies create a canyon of regret. This should have been 1971’s biggest r&b track; it was released on Buddah, but I guess the label figured Melanie was a safer bet for promotion. Everything else I post may be shrugged off, but I swear this is a keeper.

[buy stuff here]

The styPod | 8:00 am

2 Responses to “Under the Stylus (Brad Shoup)”
  1. beta Says:

    i would pin more of them castanets and kettledrums more on mister jack nitzsche’s lapel than phil’s.
    and you should definitely peep eddie and ernie’s flipside, “hiding in shadows.” it’s on one of the deep soul treasures series. it blows away everything on lost friends, which is good, but not great.

  2. Brad Says:

    Will do. Thanks.

  • choice cuts
    • music for robots
    • honey, where you been so long
    • gutterbreakz
    • soulsides
    • fluxblog
    • number one songs in heaven
    • said the gramophone
    • moistworks
  • hot b-sides
    • *sixeyes
    • 20 jazz funk greats
    • 3hive
    • 4f
    • an idiot's guide to dreaming
    • analog arts ensemble
    • aquarium drunkard
    • aurgasm
    • banana nutrament
    • bedroom dancing
    • benn loxo du tàccu
    • big ticket
    • bigstereo
    • blackmail is my life
    • blow-up doll
    • brilliant corners
    • bubble death
    • byron bitchlaces
    • captain's crate
    • cocaine blunts and hip-hop tapes
    • copy, right?
    • crud crud
    • diddy wah
    • dilated choonz
    •'s downstream
    • domino rally
    • each note secure
    • ear fuzz
    • empty handed
    • emptyfree
    • fat planet
    • filles sourires
    • fingertips
    • funky 16 corners
    • gabba pod
    • garage hangover
    • headphone sex
    • home of the groove
    • into the groove
    • keep the coffee coming
    • kenneth trax
    • kingblind
    • la blogotheque
    • lacunae
    • last sound of summer
    • lost in the 80s
    • low end theory
    • moebius rex
    • my old kentucky home
    • mystery and misery
    • mystical beast
    • n1 in belgium
    • of mirror eye
    • orbis quintus
    • pardon my freedom
    • perfumed garden
    • pop view
    • pop77
    • radio crmw
    • radio krud
    • razorblade runner
    • rummage through the crevices
    • scene stars
    • schlocker
    • scissor kick
    • silence is a rhythm too
    • slow motion radio station
    • smudge of ashen fluff
    • some velvet blog
    • something i learned today
    • songsillinois
    • soul shower
    • sounds like funday
    • spiked candy
    • spoilt victorian child
    • spread the good word
    • stepfather of soul
    • stereogum
    • strange reaction
    • take your medicine
    • tofu hut
    • totally fuzzy
    • tuwa's shanty
    • two minutes of bliss
    • we eat so many shrimp
    • wfmu's beware of the blog
    • you ain't no picasso
  • labels that issue mp3-only releases
    • archipel
    • hippocamp
    • hybrism
    • luumu
    • no type
    • racewillbegin
    • rocketscience
    • soulseek
    • starving but happy
    • unfoundsound
All MP3s are offered for a very limited time (usually 72 hours), so there's every reason to check back often. If you are an artist (or represent an artist) featured on this blog and want a song to be removed, please let us know and we will do so immediately. The MP3s are offered for evaluation purposes only: if you like what you hear, we've done some of the legwork required for you to purchase these records and strongly recommend that you do so. Also, please be courteous: download one track at a time and don't direct link to the tracks.

We love music and only wish to share that love in the best way that we know how. If you enjoy what you hear, let us or, better yet, the artists know!
Today on Stylus
November 10th, 2006
November 10th, 2006
Recently on Stylus
November 9th, 2006
November 8th, 2006
November 9th, 2006
November 8th, 2006
Recent Music Reviews
Recent Movie Reviews
Entries (RSS) and Comments (RSS). Powered by WordPress