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1000 Minutes: Dave #48

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 1000 Minutes: Dave #48I drop to under six hundred minutes left in this project with my two selections today. I’m learning it is incredibly difficult to type with a baby on the desk that is kicking the keyboard of my laptop, so if any typos are overlooked blame the baby. Onwards.

98. The Besnard Lakes – For Agent 13 (mp3) from The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse 1000 Minutes: Dave #48 (5:12) [Time Remaining: 596:36]

This song was my introduction to the swelling, atmospheric sounds of The Besnard Lakes. Yet another product of Montreal that I happen to adore, The Besnard Lakes fit one aspect of my music tastes perfectly; I love slow songs that take their time in building to an emotional and sonic point of eruption. This song just happens to do it beautifully as well.

99. Tokyo Police Club – Graves (mp3) from Elephant Shell 1000 Minutes: Dave #48 (2:35) [Time Remaining: 594:01]

I’ve given it time for the preoccupancy to wane. Perhaps weighty lyrics within an all too familiar pop/punk setting such as this can be somewhat forgettable or easily dismissed. Tokyo Police Club had a ton of heat based on their multiple introductory EP’s coming into their first album’s release, and to music critics it seemed like a lot of that was lost with such a serviceable album as Elephant Shell. I disagreed in 2008 as I chose it to be my favorite album of the year, and this particular track as my favorite song as well. I thought perhaps I would fall off the wave of populism and forget about the album like critics assumed I would, but then I hear this song and just have to turn it up.

  • Deucemckenzie

    Wow Dave, I continue to be surprised by how similar our tastes seem to be. “For Agent 13″ is among my very favorite modern rock songs. I absolutely love the way it combines the shimmering guitars of 90s shoegaze, with the moody atmospherics of Mogwai style post rock and the gorgeous Brian Wilsonesque vocals. The last minute-thirty of that track are about as beautiful as pop music can get.

    I'm also in the minority on Elephant Shell, although it took me a while. I really couldn't get enough of the Lesson in Crime EP when it came out. It was such great, stupid fun. The lyrics on that record are some of the most preposterous I have ever heard, but the energy of the whole thing was absorbing and infectious. When the LP came, the level of polish and refinement was shocking. I later came to appreciate the modern TPC as a shambolic (and wildly Canadian) version of early Death Cab. I saw them live in both eras, and they were awesome each time. They are one of those names I keep hoping to see posted at the Bug Jar.

  • tympanogram

    I didn't mean to neglect this comment, so I’m sorry it took so long to respond…

    Based on your previous comments and the music knowledge we can ascertain from them, I am in good company if you agree with my selections. So thank you.

    And if we have our druthers, TPC will come here soon.

  • tympanogram

    I didn't mean to neglect this comment, so sorry it took so long to respond…

    Based on your previous comments and the music knowledge we can ascertain from them, I am in good company if you agree with my selections. So thank you.

    And if we have our druthers, TPC will come here soon.