Tuesday, November 21, 2006

A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind.

Lifetime: "All Night Long"

Do you love/hate emo-pop bands like Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance? Thank/blame these guys. The wildly influential '90s proto-emo-punks have reunited, but they're already guilty of false advertising: "All Night Long"? This tempo-shifting punk romp doesn't even last two minutes.

Peter Bjorn and John: "Let's Call It Off"

Move over, Peter, Paul and Mary. These Swedish pop crooners have written a breakup song so cheery, it's hard not to wonder what they could do with "Puff the Magic Dragon."

Julie Sokolow: "Violins"

"Something about violins traveling softly through the air," Sokolow ponders as she thumbs an out-of-tune guitar. She pronounces "violins" like "violence," giving this lonesome, Cat Power-ish ballad a subtle sense of menace.

The Heatmakerz: "Revolution"

The production team responsible for providing gaudy 'n' glitzy tracks for rapper Cam'ron and his Diplomats takes a stab at old-school reggae, incessantly lacing the track with air horns and laser beam blips.

The Twilight Sad: "And She Would Darken the Memory of Youth"

Fans of shimmering indie rock and singers with thick Scottish accents will rejoice in the Twilight Sad's emotive ". . . Memory of Youth." (Also good for those who won't cop to liking U2.)

-- Chris Richards

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