Lap-pop II!


Glyph is worse than some and better than others. He believes that life is just one damned thing after another, that only pop music can save us now, and that mercy is the mark of a great man (but he's just all right). Nothing he writes here should be taken as an indication that he knows anything about anything.

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  1. trizzlor says:

    A superb playlist, though it hinges a lot on your definition of pop music (yes, let’s make this political). I feel like Dntel can’t be brought up without also mentioning bands that eschew vocals but still create songs that follow a pop structure. In particular, Four Tet – Smile Around the Face and Ratatat – Seventeen Years (I would love to pick some more obscure Ratatat track, but this is undoubtedly their masterpiece). Going even further into electronica, there’s the dance-pop of Yelle (Cooler Couleur) and Fischerspooner (We Need a War, I would say the Sontag-penned lyrics are timely but they’ve been timely for almost a decade). Which wraps around into “socially-conscious” (whatever that means) dance-pop like The Blow (True Affection, though the whole album is fantastic and I never quite understood why it didn’t have the following that The Postal Service got), The Knife (Forest Families, these guys are absolutely the antithesis to Ben Gibbard’s career as a human wet blanket), and Metric (The Police and the Private whose early work has a few synth gems like this, though they’ve transitioned into a “real band” since then with cameos from Lou Reed and everything). And for all the shit that Belle & Sebastian get for being twee and un-serious, as soon as they dipped their toe into synth-pop with Electronic Rennaisance they captured the sound entirely (even if they did sorta steal A-ha’s beat).

    At this point I got stuck figuring out if Joy Division still qualifies as laptop pop since there were no laptops at the time or if Girl Talk qualifies as laptop pop since he’s only extensively sampling pop music, and I realized I’d gone off the deep end.Report

  2. Chris says:

    Just saw that Chromatics/Glass Candy are playing Fun Fun Fun. We’re trying to decide if we’re going to buy tickets.Report

    • Glyph in reply to Chris says:

      Man…I would. Just for them. Must be nice to be Johnny Jewel and get paid 2x per festival.

      I see Deltron 3030 & Jurassic 5 are going to be there, and Deerhunter – those would also be pluses in my book.

      So’s Television…but not sure how they’d be, now that Richard Lloyd is gone.

      I’d have to see Johnny Marr, just in case (wow…if he played with Television….)

      Do not bother with Tycho. I like his records (and his graphic design) but live they are dull, dull, dull. They just play the songs exactly like they sound from your sofa at home, and make you miss your sofa. Don’t make the same mistake I made twice.

      I’d cautiously see Beach Fossils, who I LOVE on record – but I have seen some live footage and the singer seems to have some trouble staying on key. AKA “The Stone Roses problem”.

      BODY COUNT!!!Report