Featuring lead vocals by Peter Koppes and a riff that doubles back on itself, “A New Season” was my favorite song on The Church’s breakthrough album, Starfish. Everybody else remembers that album for the actual Top 40 single, “Under The Milky Way,” which is a fine song, but maybe about the 4th or 5th best song on the whole record.
In late 1984, I saw The Church for the first time in concert. Tim & I drove up to San Francisco and we saw them at now-gone Wolfgangs on one of the last shows of their very first U.S> tour. I don’t think Wolfgang’s was very crowded, because we were up front, and even then I never really fought to get right near the stage. But that’s where we were, and it was utterly ferocious.
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With its army of lushly-strummed acoustic guitars and overall aura of melancholy and sadness, the utterly gorgeous “A Month of Sundays” is a serious candidate for The Prettiest Song Ever Recorded (Indie Division).
With his bass pretty much playing the lead instrument on top of those acoustic guitars, Steve Kilbey tells a story of going to a party with people he hardly knows and maybe getting a bit too wasted:
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Not only is “Dropping Names” my favorite song by The Church, it’s probably one of my Top Ten songs of the 1980s. (And to those of you who point out that I’ll probably designate more than ten songs as such, hush!).
It’s a fools errand to try to onomatopoetically describe the infinite psychedelic riff that tunnels through the song, but I’m exactly that kind of fool, and this is exactly my kind of errand:
The week, Kirk, Jim & Tim take a look at the Stop Online Piracy Act, and how its destroy-the-net-to-save-it approach towards internet piracy (or “piracy,”) threatens pretty much the entire internet as we know it.
Thank the gods that the United States House of Representatives is on the case!! (05:19 – 13:29)
Meanwhile, Louis CK (whose name I inexplicably mispronounce) shows exactly how stupid the screams of “piracy is killing our business” are by releasing a DRM-free, consumer-friendly concert. (13:31 – 24:22)
Then, it’s my latest Barry Bonds theory: he’s the Gaius Baltar of MLB! (24:23 – 27:06)
Finally, what’s in my mix? Real Estate, Wild Flag and a great single by Yuck. (27:07 – 30:36)
All that, and pot-smoking raccoons!
You can talk about genres, artists, albums, or even songs, but sometimes what keeps us coming back to music is the discovery of the transcendent musical moment. For me, “the moment” is the part of the song that fully and utterly engages me; the reason that I keep coming back to it.
I’m not necessarily talking about hooks here, because the purpose of a hook is the draw you into a song. I’m really talking more about traps: the part of a song that that keeps you there.
Every single moment I’ve listed below kills me single every time I hear it.
Oh, and this isn’t in any kind of order, despite the numbering.