Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The Pointed Sticks - Part of the Noise

Here is a nice collection of stripped-down pop songs with guitars. Now, you might be thinking "Huh, I have listened to a lot of boring, insincere white people playing this type of music." I am sorry that had to happen to you, but that is not what The Pointed Sticks are about. They are about using the same chord progression for both the verse and the chorus of their songs. Any time you can effectively do that, you are winning.

I listened to What Do You Want me to Do? like 100 times in a row yesterday. I accidentally put the song on loop while I was doing my important things, and I was like, "Man dog, I've been listening to really good music this whole time!" There is a really great internal dialogue between the two phrases that make up the verse on this song. Also, listen to Man of the Crowd to try to understand what I'm talking about.

Stuff like this makes me think of how fun it was to be a teenager and like scanning the classroom for THO. Then I remember teen angst, late onset puberty, and existential crises, and I feel good about my current life.

If you like Screeching Weasel and/or The Replacements, get this. This is what it sounds like to like music:

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Note: I couldn't find a linkable copy of the actual album artwork, so you get this weird cover to The Pointed Sticks' LP Perfect Youth, which is contained within the walls of Part of the Noise.

8 comments:

erik b and rakim said...

yea, im into it. thx4 the heads up, this is that fall back/ go-to white dude stuff that is hard to deny. its so weird to think there were like a million of power pop garage bands cranking this stuff out, like every town in ohio or something was churning out golden power pop singles. you ever listen to marshall crenshaw's self titled 1982 album? unfuckwitable

daniel shea said...

where the fuck has this record been my whole life.

Todd said...

EB you have to make me a data disc. It will take me forever to listen to it, but I want your knowledge.

lew said...

mr. j used to have big, pregnant THOs. remember?

Mike Fleming said...

Thanks Todd, this is really great

daniel shea said...

came back just to say i can't stop listening to this, fuck.

Todd said...

Glad you like it Shea Burgher - maybe I will let you partake in Erik's data disc as well.

daniel shea said...

i would like that.