Friday, October 3, 2008

Moby Grape - Moby Grape (1967)

What the fuck going on here, I'm doing this.

We're starting this off with a record that I really enjoy recommending, because people always love it.

Moby Grape's self-titled debut from 1967 is a fucking shining example of melody and songcraft. The hooks on this thing are so perfect - Grape mastered the quick build-up into a nice rhythmic vocal break. Take notes on Come in the Morning and Hey Grandma. Also, consider the call and response arrangements of Omaha and Fall On You. I love songs that are written like this. Super catchy next level hooks, but song structures with much more flow and subtlety than the arena rock "man this chorus has got to be huge" agenda that's become the standard for pop music today.

There's also a steady flow of busy but tasteful lead guitar riffing. But hey, unlike many other records by white dudes from this time period, this is not a manual on how to be really boring at playing the blues. This is a manual on how to turn my brain into a pleasure factory.

9 comments:

john said...

Hello,

I am wondering what are next level hooks please.

Thanx

John said...

Music suggestions that get around my problem of forgetting anything anyone tells me after thirty seconds!

Future Primitive said...

A next level hook is a Hook that is just totally above and beyond. Come on dude, Wikipedia is there for you.

lew said...

excuse me sir, but your batholith is showing.

Peter said...

stoked!

Peter said...

p.s. i have serious jealousy issues about your layout

Mike Fleming said...

wow that was a great blog too, just wanted to let you know that that was a really great blog. But seriously, I dig the music you are posting, you and Peters blogs have inspired me to make a blog about comics (poser!) so yeah, cool thanks.

Todd said...

Let me know that address when you start. I have some other internet friends with an interest in comics:
uberdionysus.livejournal.com
lostcosmonaut.livejournal.com

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