This playlist is available on Spotify, search my username, Mileserickson-354, New songs will be added every two weeks.
TV Dinners, MJ Lenderman
Sex and Candy, Slothrust
Once More For The Ocean, Slothrust
Someone Get The Grill Out Of The Rain, MJ Lenderman
Body Paint, Arctic Monkeys
TV Dinners, MJ Lenderman. I had reservations about making the content of this weekâ€™s volume essentially a spotlight for two specific artists, but the objective of this column is to discuss what Iâ€™m currently listening to, and lately, Iâ€™ve been enamored with MJ Lenderman and Slothrust. So letâ€™s go ahead and Start with â€śTV Dinners.â€ť
What do you call this genre? Nu Country? Neo Honky-Tonk? I never thought Iâ€™d be talking about how much the beat of a line dance song slaps. Lenderman isnâ€™t quite a contemporary of artists like Waylon Jennings or Merle Haggard. Honestly, his country inspiration seems like it comes from TV sitcom, King of the Hill, more than anything else. Sort of a spiritual successor to â€śOld Town Road,â€ť MJ Lendermanâ€™s â€śKnockinâ€™â€ť is one of the most interesting EPs Iâ€™ve heard in a while.
Sex and Candy, Slothrust. Slothrustâ€™s fantastic guitar playing adds an acute depth and maturity that heightens almost every song they touch on their cover album, Show Me How You Want It to Be, elevating songs like â€śSex and Candyâ€ť and â€śHappy Togetherâ€ť in a way that brings the original songs to their full potential. Slothrust approaches these songs from a completely new direction, doing â€śBaby One More Timeâ€ť by way of â€śWar Pigsâ€ť and â€śHappy Together,â€ť in a way that makes it sound like it was written by Panic! At The Disco.
The only songs that donâ€™t really come out of this album for the better are â€śElectric Funeralâ€ť and â€śLetâ€™s Stay Together,â€ť mostly because theyâ€™re not approached as creatively.
Body Paint, Arctic Monkeys. This song, this album, took a while to grow on me. I havenâ€™t been crazy about an Arctic Monkeys album since before AM. Me being the only person on the planet who didnâ€™t like â€śWhyâ€™d You Only Call Me When Youâ€™re High.â€ť I think Alex Turner probably feels the same way as his other band, The Last Shadow Puppets, that is clearly the project that gets all the love and attention. With â€śEverything Youâ€™ve Come to Expectâ€ť and â€śAge Of The Understatementâ€ť being as good as their titles are long and annoying to type, â€śBody Paintâ€ť is clearly the standout of this album, but thatâ€™s not saying a whole lot. The album is definitely a spiritual successor to Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino, which is a bold move considering that album was maybe their most disappointing commercially.
Miles Erickson is a recent graduate of CalArts, published author. Long Distance Listening Partyâ€™s vague intention is to discuss topics framed in the context of what Iâ€™m currently listening to.