I have seven nephews, all adults now, and I have very different relationships with each of them.  A few years ago, my brother’s boy, Tr, asked me if I listened to The Pixies.  ?  Of course I do.

I advised him that a first take might suggest that The Pixies are about one fat man screaming and singing, and another man attacking his guitar like he’s trying to strangle it.  Only good can come of such things.  Continue on down the road and The Pixies are about so much more.  I recommended some Pixies’ songs for him to try out, like this one:

“Is She Weird”:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z-Orh7dpKU

We shared a few other things, and, apparently, his son learned to dance when listening to Beat Happening:

“Other Side”:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpymHxlmfUM

He’s really into Wolf Parade.

“Fine Young Cannibals”:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyfTlvizc1M


Since then, we seem to have developed a really good relationship around and about music that we’re listening to.  It’s been awhile now.  He hasn’t been on FB much recently.  I guess having two little boys is blowing his free time. We were able to chat a little bit at Thanksgiving this year.


He had to say “whah whah, wha, whah whah whah” to me over and over and over.  Sometimes I really struggle with the spoken language.  I finally heard him right, the band is Car Seat Headrests.  I guess the bloke used the back of his car as his recording studio, so named himself after what was in front of him.

“Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales”:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccztRby3FAk


It’s good sing-along music.  I’d heard this song before on the radio.  It didn’t knock me over.  The problem with the radio is that I’ll have it on when I’m doing stuff, so it really takes something to knock me over.  (Jack White’s “I’m Shakin’” is an example of something on the radio that knocked me over good.)  So that’s another good reason to read/write a blog – you have to designate time to pay attention and listen to what you’re listening to.  I’m starting to like this stuff.  Here’s another sampling, this one more noisy.  I like noise.

“Vincent”:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEsItsZphwQ


That same weekend, Tr sent me an e-mail with another recommendation.  Next up, we have Operators playing a couple of songs for us.

“Cold Light”:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7I97s00II0

“Blue Wave”:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_u9GLyaWgXg


Operators are good.  There’s a nice feel to these songs, lots of good sounds and instrumentations.  It’s a full sound.  Are they a little too poppy?  Dunno.  I’m still trying to figure this out.  For some songs, here and there, I think they’re really pretty enjoyable to have on the stereo.


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