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Old 05-12-2021, 10:10 PM   #1
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Desert Island Mini - LP Island - Group 2 Listening Thread

Please post any commentaries or running diaries in this thread. If you have any general questions or comments about this installment of Desert Island, please refer them to the master list thread.

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IS THIS PAIN FUTILE OR SOMETHING MORE?



It goes without saying 2021 is just as uncertain as 2020. Economic crisis. Political and social tensions and divisions. Oh, and this thing called COVID is still changing the very fabric of our society; so many deaths-and smiles and hands shakes are a custom of yesterday. But is there hope?

During this pandemic, I began to reevaluate my faith in God. Some things I uncovered weren’t pretty, but some discoveries were a catalyst for change in my life. And this ignited a new purpose for me. These times of isolation have been challenging, but they also gave me a lot of time to think.

This playlist features some “Christian” artists, but the songs themselves aren’t overtly Christian. My purpose in including them was to spotlight my soul-searching for this year. “Don’t Stop the Madness” by Tenth Avenue North says, “All I hear is what they're selling me/That God is love; He's isn't suffering/And what you need is a little faith in prosperity/But oh my God I know there's more than this/If You promise pain, it can't be meaningless/So make me poor if it's the price for freedom.” The part of “If You promise pain, it can’t be meaningless” really stood out to me and became the framework for this playlist and trying to make sense of pain and even denial about suffering in our society.

Other songs on here capture a feeling of isolation, anxiety, relational conflict, and depression. I tried to make this playlist more introspective than heavy on the instrumentation. I hope you enjoy.

1. Love and Rockets - Ball of Confusion (Single Version) - Sorted! The Best Of (3:33)
2. Tenth Avenue North - Don’t Stop the Madness - The Struggle (4:43)
3. Coldplay - 42 - Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends (3:58)
4. Oasis - Slide Away -Definitely Maybe (6:33)
5. Fort Frances - Another Life - The Front Page of the Modern Age (3:28)
6. Will Reagan - Your Love Is Better - Endless Years (5:21)
7. Local Natives - Garden Of Elysian - Violet Street (4:37)
8. Young the Giant - Superposition (Reprise) - Superposition (Reprise) (3:47)
9. Longwave - I Know It’s Coming Someday - The Strangest Things (4:16)
10. The Beatles - Taxman – Revolver (2:39)
11. Cat Stevens - Trouble - Mona Bone Jakon (2:48)
12. U2 - 13 (There is A Light) - Songs Of Experience (4:20)
13. Nick Waterhouse - Dead Room -Holly (2:52)
14. Josh Garrels - A Long Way – Home (5:01)
15. Blur - No Distance Left to Run – 13 (3:29)
16. The Airborne Toxic Event - Half Of Something Else - All At Once (4:39)
17. Delay Trees - The Atlantic – Readymade (7:12)

LINK: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3e...vEMxAIjFMgVMlx
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POP SANDWICH



From the same people who brought you Bonocat on the iPod commercials, Pop Sandwich is filled with big hits - the fans will love it!

A little background - I used to make playlists once monthly for nearly six years straight. The rules were straight forward - ten to twenty songs, loosely broken up into a third of music I know, a third of music that's old and people generally know, and a third of music that's new(ish). In addition to that breakdown, some attempt to transition or phase between songs. On occasion, I'd also try to mimic concert structures. Consider this playlist to be me playing an old game. In all likelihood, I'll provide a longer explanations in conversation for those who care for additional info!

1. Britney Spears - Lucky - Oops!... I Did it Again (3:26)
2. Outkast - Dracula's Wedding (feat. Kelis) - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2:32)
3. Mashrou' Leila - Aoede - Ibn El Leil (4:37)
4. Sir Sly - You Haunt Me - You Haunt Me (3:42)
5. Gnarls Barkley - Just a Thought - St. Elsewhere (3:43)
6. LCD Soundsystem - Get Innocuous! - Sound of Silver (7:12)
7. Editors - Papillon - In This Light and on This Evening (5:24)
8. And One - Military Fashion Show - Bodypop (4:28)
9. New Order - Regret - Republic (4:10)
10. VHS Collection - Stranger - Stereo Hype (4:15)
11. The Naked and Famous - Blinding Lights - Blinding Lights (3:07)
12. Night Riots - Young Lore - Young Lore (4:18)
13. Kid Wave - All I Want - Gloom (3:50)
14. Joy Division - Atmosphere - TOTAL (4:12)
15. Phosphorescent - Song For Zula - Muchacho (6:10)
16. Cubicolor - Points Beyond - Hardly A Day, Hardly A Night (5:27)
17. FM Attack - A Million Miles Away - Astrowave (3:57)
18. Coldplay - A Spell a Rebel Yell - Violet Hill (2:48)
19. Issam Alnajjar - Turning Me Up (Hadal Ahbek) -Turning Me Up (Hadal Ahbek) (2:24)

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HINDSIGHT IS 2020

I know “the year that was” is not a particularly original concept, but I hope this list might introduce some of you to a few good tracks you missed. I’ve tried to give it a bit of structure beyond just being a mixtape of cool tunes. It opens with loud and intense songs from the realms of punk and shoegaze: heavy tunes to thrash out the heaviness of the plague year and all it entailed. It then works its way through some tunes that articulate depression and others that express affection—I had a strange year on both fronts. It fairly well covers the diversity of material I enjoyed last year and in preparing the list I had a handful of moments that drove home just how profoundly music affected and sustained me in 2020.

I should say that my original concept was to do a “top 20 for 2020”, featuring my top 20 songs on the one-per-artist rule, but although this is indeed 20 tracks, it is not quite my actual top 20. The following songs from my top 20 missed the cut:
  • "Stardew”, Purity Ring. This is my favourite song of 2020, but I used it in last year’s DI and wanted to avoid repeats. I was going to include “Pink Lightning” to give Purity Ring representation, but as much as I adore the song, its intro sucks. Nah.
  • “Ancestral Recall”, Emma Ruth Rundle and Thou. This is my second-favourite song of 2020, but I suspect that it will not be to most tastes on B&C. I have not shied away from heavy music in making this list, but “Ancestral Recall” is straight-up harsh-vocal sludge metal intensity. When it came to the crunch (i.e. my list was about 30 seconds over the limit), I ditched it for a shorter song that had been on the brink of inclusion and might be more to B&C’s satisfaction.
  • “Cascades”, Sleepmakeswaves. It too was in last year’s DI, so I put in my second-favourite from their album instead, “Zelda”.
  • “Sandcastles”, Cable Ties. Last year’s DI, again. I chose my second-favourite from the album, again.
  • “Folding”, Hum. It was too long, and the extended outro was a drag on the list, so I brought in the more concise “Step Into You”.

I name these so that you can put together a little “extended cut” if you enjoy what’s here. I really hope you do: these songs mean a great deal to me, some in ways that I cannot properly articulate. We are fortunate to live at a time when we can enjoy a wealth of music from around the globe even when we are stuck in our houses. I’ve missed live music dearly, but through music streaming and emptying my wallet every Bandcamp Friday, I’ve derived meaning and pleasure and still felt connected to the world at large. The album name of the last song on the playlist, The Long Now, describes the times very well.

Take care everyone, and I hope that wherever you are, you and yours are keeping well.

1. Cable Ties – “Tell Them Where to Go” – Far Enough (4:03)
2. I Like Trains – “Dig In” – Kompromat (3:26)
3. Stay Inside – “Monuments” – Viewing (3:21)
4. Hum – “Step Into You” – Inlet (4:04)
5. Phoxjaw – “Half House” – Royal Swan (3:55)
6. Peel Dream Magazine – “Pill” – Agitprop Alterna (3:19)
7. Soccer Mommy – “Circle the Drain” – Color Theory (4:40)
8. Egoism – “You You” – On Our Minds EP (2:53)
9. Katie Dey – “Darkness” – Mydata (3:01)
10. Kučka – “Ascension” – Ascension single (3:22)
11. Young Ejecta – “Call My Name” – Ride Lonesome (3:56)
12. Empathy Test – “Love Moves” – Monsters (4:06)
13. Mint Julep – “Some Feel Rain” – Some Feel Rain single (4:56)
14. Blondfire – “Marigold” – Marigold single (3:31)
15. Mild Orange – “First Taste” – Mild Orange (3:08)
16. Aleah – “The Tower” – Aleah (5:05)
17. Myrkur – “House Carpenter” – Folkesange (3:38)
18. Health – “Cyberpunk 2.0.2.0.” – Disco4 :: Part I (5:13)
19. Sleepmakeswaves – “Zelda” – These Are Not Your Dreams (5:31)
20. The Luxembourg Signal – “When All That We Hold Decays” – The Long Now (4:36)


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There's a band on Axver's list called I Like Trains? The more things change, the more they stay the same.
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There's a band on Axver's list called I Like Trains? The more things change, the more they stay the same.
I knew this would elicit comment.
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Guess I'll be the first one to post some commentary.

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I don't have a lot to say about this one, as it wasn't really my thing at all. It's a very earnest and emotional list with a clear theme that is carried through the list quite well, which is not easy to do! But I was more in the mood for these kinds of songs toward the start of the pandemic than I am now.

Mostly the sequencing here is fine, but you lose me in the Beatles/Cat Stevens section. Thematically, I'm not quite sure what Taxman even adds to this list. But overall I felt it all cohered pretty well, even if I didn't like the full picture.

My favorite songs were the selections by Coldplay, Oasis and Blur.

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This was fun. As was the case with Tourist, I think you did a really great job with utilizing the time constraints in a productive manner. The list flies by with focus and efficiency thanks to good pacing and consistent quality. I didn't notice any egregious shifts from section to section.

My biggest issue with the list was that I like most of these bands but these are not my favorite songs by any of them. There weren't a lot of huge highs for me, outside of maybe Regret, Atmosphere and Song for Zula. Those are great songs. That being said, my base level of enjoyment was still high because I disliked hardly anything here.

OK, I dislike Editors. Here and always.

The run from Cubicolor to the end was a blast. Very warm and sweet. I always forget how much I like that Coldplay song because I'm bad about listening to non-album material.

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iYup probably has my favorite list so far, but this one is a close second. As with LN7's list, there weren't a ton of huge highs for me, but I enjoyed everything here. Plenty of bands I didn't know going in that delivered in a big way (Cable Ties, Stay Inside, Peel Dream Magazine, Mint Julep, etc.) I fucking loved that Mint Julep song in particular.

As far as flow goes, I had zero issues up until the last few tracks. Those almost felt like leftover pieces that could have landed elsewhere in the list or else not included at all. The list shifts gears a lot at the end without a potent closer. But prior to that, it was smooth as butter, shifting between genres without any issues.
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This is the most U2-inspired list I have heard in a Desert Island. A few of those tracks have a clear debt to Bono and co - one in particular reminded me a lot of Every Breaking Wave in its structure and mood.

I'm still a huge Oasis fan, so I was pleased to see Slide Away here, which is a monster of a song - one of their more emotionally resonant efforts. There was a lot of new stuff to me here, of which the Nick Waterhouse track was my favorite.

I generally agree with LM that there was a clear mood to this list despite some sequencing that suggested otherwise.
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So, I'll be honest, this wasn't my favorite list, but you know, I do like about half the tracks, so let's focus on those.

The Coldplay/Oasis two-fer worked real well...VLV remains one of Coldplay's best albums, and I'm actually not familiar with Definitely Maybe(I know Morning Glory and beyond better), but I dug Slide Away. Great rock track.

The five-song stretch from Longwave to Nick Waterhouse is the strongest point of the list, imo(so I guess I'm disagreeing with LM). I know nothing about Longwave, but I love the guitar tone on that track.

Maybe Taxman's relation to the theme isn't clear, but I'm never going to not like a Beatles' addition.

I've always been a Cat Stevens fan and had considered some of his tracks for my list. I liked "Trouble" quite a bit.

Our friends here are going to think I'm insane, but I've always liked "13" and consider it one of the high points of SOE(and I think it's far better than SFS).

I concur with iYup that the Nick Waterhouse track - I too am completely unfamiliar with him - is one of the best new discoveries on the list.

The Josh Garrels track takes a while to get going but finishes strong with a big crescendo.

Some interesting guitar work on the Blur track.

I also very much enjoyed the closing track "The Atlantic". Another artist I am clueless about it, but I loved the atmosphere and the disparate moods this track created in its different sections. A rollercoaster ride.

The rest of it didn't do so much for me, but it was pleasant enough. A good effort!
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Awesome, LM, very glad you enjoyed it. I was wondering how this would go down, so nice to get some positive feedback.

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Funny you say that: literally the only thing I knew going into this list was that "When All That We Hold Decays" had to be the closer. It's such a perfect closer on its album, already an all-time favourite closer of mine, and I reckon people here would really dig The Luxembourg Signal's discography in general.

But perhaps the build-up did it no favours. I'll cop to Health and SMW maybe not fitting as well as the rest, a remnant of trying to break up the heavier stuff into two sections. Trying to make this disparate bunch of songs flow was a bit of a tall order at first. The transition I was most worried about, though, was Peel Dream Magazine into Soccer Mommy. I actually wanted to do PDM into Katie Dey, because there's a neat lyrical match, but it was really sonically jarring and I doubted anyone would listen closely enough to get what I was going for.
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I really liked The Luxembourg Signal track! It was the lack of buildup to it that made it not feel like such a climactic closer. Kinda seemed to bring the list full circle to its shoegazey dream pop section, if anything. But mostly I barely noticed your transitions, which means they were good.

For what it's worth, my list doesn't have a big closer at all. It goes out on a sweet, romantic note following a joyful, celebratory penultimate track instead of putting everything into one epic. It's a list full of miniatures, so that makes sense for what I was doing.
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If you've not already listened to The Luxembourg Signal, I reckon you'd get a lot out of them. Jangly dreamy hazy bliss. All three of their albums are ace. Probably start with the newest, The Long Now, but Blue Field would be just as good a starting place (its opener and title track might be their two best songs). I've fallen in love with them the past year having never so much as heard their name before, then I walked into one of my favourite Wollongong cafes last month and "Blue Field" was cranking. The guy who runs the place has awesome taste; I first met him at a Straitjacket Fits/Dimmer gig in 2018, then walked into the cafe a couple of weeks later and we were both "holy shit you're the dude from the front row!" Been a regular ever since.
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I have to admit, this list had a big hill to climb with me because it started with Lucky. I will forever associate that song with a dopey kid doing a hyper-earnest a-capella version of it at the talent show of a day camp I worked at many years ago. But after that it moved along smoothly and kept a pretty consistent tempo. I listened while taking care of some bureaucracy, as I do with a lot of these lists. There weren't many songs that made me switch tabs to see what they were, but after Lucky there also weren't any that distracted me - okay, only the Editors track, largely because of the vocal style. All in all a good listen with good energy in the middle of the day.
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I got out on a walk this morning and listened to Axver’s list and this is just incredible based on my tastes, but especially some of that middle stuff. Call My Name, Love Moves, and Some Feel Rain is one of my favorite trios in any desert island I can recall. Some Feel Rain especially is pretty much a perfect song for me. The beginning section brought me back to styles of music I listened to when I was younger, and it was definitely welcome even though it’s not really what I listen to these days. I also loved the build toward the end of the list. Each of those three songs were also highlights for me. Overall I think this may be the most I’ve ever enjoyed one of your playlists, and I typically always like them, so that’s really saying something.
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While I was listening to the Tenth Avenue North track I thought it sounded a bit like Coldplay, and then an actual Coldplay song comes right after it! VLV is their best album for my money, so this track is welcome. Can't go wrong with early Oasis, either. They had serious swagger.

I think these songs do a good job capturing the "isolation, anxiety, relational conflict, and depression" you talked about. Nice work.

TAXMAN! One of the best album openers ever. Did you know that McCartney (not Harrison) plays the blistering guitar solos on Taxman?? Incredible.

Delay Trees was an intriguing an atmospheric closer. Never heard of that band.

Good shit.
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Ax, this makes two DIs in a roll in which I really enjoyed your playlists. Is this a new trend? This one was delightful. I was walking outside listening to it, so didn't take copious notes for each song, but I just felt that it was such a smooth and pleasant ride through different genres. I tend to forget that you are into poppier/electro stuff, so the middle section (EGOISM/Katie Day/KUCKA in particular) was a nice surprise and pretty fun. As an aside, the "aaaaalll my life" melody in Ascension reminds me of some recent song - maybe something by Grimes? - but I can't for the life of me identify it. Great song. Circle the drain made a nice centerpiece for the setlist too, though I don't need to repeat how great it is. One of my favorite songs from last year. I also do appreciate good closers, and "When All That We Hold Decays" was that, especially in the thematic content of your list. Good job.
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I was 13 or 14 when Britney Spears hit the scene, absolutely right in the middle of the target audience for that late '90s pop explosion. Her early singles were completely inescapable at the time and I unironically loved a few of those songs...but "Lucky" was not really one of them. I appreciate you putting it on the list anyway, for a hit of nostalgia.

The Outkast track is fun but that's my least favorite Outkast album.

There are Gnarls Barkley songs that aren't called Crazy? Interesting. Maybe there shouldn't be.

LCD Soundsystem is pretty good, haven't heard this in years. The Editors track grew on me as I was listening to it.

New Order is my favorite track on the list so far. Love this band pretty much whenever I hear them.

I would have gone with the original version of Blinding Lights.

This singer for Night Riots is trying really hard to sound like Brandon Flowers!

Atmosphere is a classic.

Hey, back to back playlists that have songs from the Viva La Vida sessions! This song steals the melody from "Mothers of the Disappeared". Very on-brand for Coldplay.

Overall, the list genuinely holds together very well. Great flow. A fun listen. Good shit.
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Just for everyone’s awareness, I literally chose the song Lucky so you’d have to start my playlist with “This is a song about a girl named Lucky...” lmao. Not far off of using the James Bond theme which I appreciated. Also I’m way behind on giving feedback. Gotta go do that.
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I don't have a lot to say about this one, as it wasn't really my thing at all. It's a very earnest and emotional list with a clear theme that is carried through the list quite well, which is not easy to do! But I was more in the mood for these kinds of songs toward the start of the pandemic than I am now.

Mostly the sequencing here is fine, but you lose me in the Beatles/Cat Stevens section. Thematically, I'm not quite sure what Taxman even adds to this list. But overall I felt it all cohered pretty well, even if I didn't like the full picture.

My favorite songs were the selections by Coldplay, Oasis and Blur.
Thanks LM for sharing your honest thoughts with me. I admit if I created this playlist now I probably wouldn't make as dense and depressing. While I felt lonely and confused when I created this playlist a few moments ago, I don't feel the same way now. But I still enjoy looking at this playlist as time capsule to how I once strongly felt.

Yes, glad you enjoyed those Coldplay, Oasis and Blur tracks. They aren't the obvious choices for those artists but I thought still great additions.

I choose "Taxman" as a representation how controlling our government can be, imho. Not just through taxes but rules and regulations. Maybe that was a reach in the theme. I am not sure now. But glad you enjoyed a few songs LM!
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This is the most U2-inspired list I have heard in a Desert Island. A few of those tracks have a clear debt to Bono and co - one in particular reminded me a lot of Every Breaking Wave in its structure and mood.

I'm still a huge Oasis fan, so I was pleased to see Slide Away here, which is a monster of a song - one of their more emotionally resonant efforts. There was a lot of new stuff to me here, of which the Nick Waterhouse track was my favorite.

I generally agree with LM that there was a clear mood to this list despite some sequencing that suggested otherwise.
Glad you enjoyed some of the playlist Iron Yuppie. Yes, I can see the U2 influence on the list as you mention it. That wasn't the plan at all but I guess I did it subconsciously. lol.

Yes, Slide Away puts you on quite a ride, esp. with that solo.

Check out Nick Waterhouse's Holly album. If you liked "Dead Room" the rest of the album sounds very similar.
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So, I'll be honest, this wasn't my favorite list, but you know, I do like about half the tracks, so let's focus on those.

The Coldplay/Oasis two-fer worked real well...VLV remains one of Coldplay's best albums, and I'm actually not familiar with Definitely Maybe(I know Morning Glory and beyond better), but I dug Slide Away. Great rock track.

The five-song stretch from Longwave to Nick Waterhouse is the strongest point of the list, imo(so I guess I'm disagreeing with LM). I know nothing about Longwave, but I love the guitar tone on that track.

Maybe Taxman's relation to the theme isn't clear, but I'm never going to not like a Beatles' addition.

I've always been a Cat Stevens fan and had considered some of his tracks for my list. I liked "Trouble" quite a bit.

Our friends here are going to think I'm insane, but I've always liked "13" and consider it one of the high points of SOE(and I think it's far better than SFS).

I concur with iYup that the Nick Waterhouse track - I too am completely unfamiliar with him - is one of the best new discoveries on the list.

The Josh Garrels track takes a while to get going but finishes strong with a big crescendo.

Some interesting guitar work on the Blur track.

I also very much enjoyed the closing track "The Atlantic". Another artist I am clueless about it, but I loved the atmosphere and the disparate moods this track created in its different sections. A rollercoaster ride.

The rest of it didn't do so much for me, but it was pleasant enough. A good effort!
I am glad you liked my playlist namkcuR. I can understand how there is a clear feel of this playlist but there are certainly more poppier songs (songs 5-8), and how it takes on a different path afterwards. I knew I was being bold including a song by the Young the Giant but I still like that track. But I know bold move. lol.

Yes, that Josh Garrels song starts off slowly but really picks up momentum towards the end of the track.

Delay Trees is actually a Finnish dream pop, shoe gaze band, two of my favorite subgenres in music. Readymade is one of my favorite dream pop albums. So well created. I hope you check it out. I like finding obscure artists. lol.
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