KEXP Music That Matters Podcast, Vol. 57: Over-Listening Therapy

Mason Proper live at Beat Kitchen, Chicago 7/26/07
photo by Sid Sowder

Music is my boyfriend, my crack, my religion. But where does one draw the line on music addictions? Has anyone sought help for a stereophonic overload? I’ve almost reached the point of no return with a few up-and-coming bands on my latest Music That Matters podcast Vol. 57 and I’d like to pass the obsession torch.

Take this quiz to see if you should check yourself into a silent sanitarium before your friends plan an overdue intervention and haul you away with noise-canceling headphones.

    *You’ve listened to the album (or maybe it’s only one track) more than humanly possible in a 24-hour period.

    *You wake up during the night and pick up singing a song right where you left off when you fell asleep reciting lyrics.

    *You talk about the band as if they’re family and it confuses those around you. (It helps if the band’s name is a person’s name.

    *You travel hundreds of miles to see them again and again.

    *You get a band-related tattoo on your chest (over your heart) to show the world how dedicated you are.

    *While waiting on Hold, you are repulsed by the music and quickly retreat to humming your band’s stuff.

    *Your neighbors have yelled at you to stop replaying the same cd.

If you answered to Yes to any of them I recommend a music therapist. “Get thee to a music nunnery!”

Music That Matters, Vol. 57 – Therapeutic Music (download)

  1. Mason Proper – The World is Smaller Than You Think
  2. The Twang – Wide Awake (radio edit)
  3. Engineers – Three Fact Fader
  4. Editors – Bones
  5. Jamie T – Salvador
  6. 586 – Money is the Drug
  7. The Sticks – Floor to the Ground
  8. Crystal Castles – Alice Practicing (demo single)
  9. Data.Select.Party – She’s An Eyeful On The Alley
  10. Ra Ra Riot – Each Year
  11. The Twilight Sad – I Took the Train Home (Live @ KEXP)

My #1 obsession is Mason Proper. Their track, “The World is Smaller Than You Think” perfectly captures my overnight show in a nutshell and that’s why I play it as my theme song.

There is a Moth in Your Chest, the debut album from this experimental synth pop band out of Alpena, Michigan, was remixed by John O’Mahoney (Emily Haines, Matt Pond PA) and then re-released this year.The album flows with energetic Blur-esque pop and dreamy melodies and gets stronger with each track and better with each listen. I’d heard their live shows were equally as impressive so I flew to Chicago (see I told you, obsessive) and saw them play the Beat Kitchen along with NY band, Ra Ra Riot – also featured on this podcast. What a great bill!

But how do the songs translate onto the stage? Exceeded expectations even though I have yet to hear my favorite song, “Life’s Cornucopia.” I loved their suitcase full of random gadgets used to re-create the magic that is Mason Proper.

Also I’ve included two Birmingham, UK bands : Editors and The Twang. Editors were my non-stop faves last year and I couldn’t be happier with their new album. “Bones,” while not the first single, is definitely one I’m familiar with after seeing them 180 times last year. Get past the Interpol association and go see them live already.

London-based band Engineers are back with one of my most highly-anticipated sophomore releases. It’ll be available on iTunes soon. Can’t wait to hear it but you can hear a sneak peek.

The Twilight Sad’s “I Took the Train Home” was recorded live at KEXP on my birthday this past April. If you listen carefully you can hear singer James Graham sing me birthday wishes. How cool is that? Check out the review for their recent Allston, MA, show on the KEXP Blog. Their album is on my top 10 for 2007.

I’ve overplayed Jamie T’s “Salvador” for months now, as one should. He’s playing the John in the Morning at Night party at the Crocodile on September 22nd so do check him out on his first Seattle show. (buy tickets)

“Alice Practicing” by Toronto band Crystal Castles is from their first microphone test during their first practice and it was released on Merok Records.

Not to be missed, The Sticks bring energetic garage rock direct from Brighton, UK, while 586 and Data.Select.Party will make you dance your pants off.

Email me your major praise and minor criticisms. Thanks for listening.

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