Look! There Goes Another Leaf!

Meera’s Music Monday Madness is back from its month-long hiatus, finally. However, to mock the very witty creator and sarcastic leader of 1146 miles (Ian), it’s not like I’m syndicated or anything…yet.

So what’s been going on in the past month? So much randomness that it all just seems like nothing. Know the feeling? 

Summer ended a few weeks ago, what a shame. Though I did manage to end the summer the way I started it, with a Bright Eyes show followed by the Virgin Mobile Free Fest the next weekend. All in all, I believe it was one of my best summers yet. 

So now the nippy autumn season has begun, where every day feels like perfect football season weather, though I’m personally ready for college basketball to start up again.

Now to the point: to show how happy I am to be writing again, and how crummy it felt not writing for the past month, I have here for all you wonderful people a playlist of “Look! There goes another leaf!” music. Hardly any of it is new; in fact most of it is at least a year old. I did my best to not put tracks on it that have been featured on 1146 miles before, repeat artists on the other hand-–there was no way around it.

And as always, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. 

Until next Monday (for real this time), catchya later tricks!

Glowbug – Maps (Cover of Yeah Yeah Yeahs)

Glowbug

I was about to go out the door and was sorting my way through the submissions mailbox and this made me stop in my tracks, not leave, and write about it immediately. I found something I really like from a band I’ve featured before. It turns out today Glowbug released an EP of covers for free, called Covered In Lights Vol. 1 on Bandcamp. It is awesome.

It’s just four songs but what a great four songs to pick. The tracklisting is as follows:

1. Where Is My Mind (By Pixies)
2. Shoplifters Of The World Unite (By The Smiths)
3. Gagging Order (By Radiohead)
4. Maps (By Yeah Yeah Yeahs)

I’m absolutely in love with the cover of Maps and had to share.

Glowbug is now based in LA, but they’re still making great music. Check out the Facebook page. Enjoy the cover of Maps.

Glowbug – Maps by 1146miles

Pinkerton, Fifteen Years Later

I’ve read a lot over the past week about the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind, but while folks were showing off their teen spirit, I was commemorating what Rolling Stone magazine dubbed, “one of the worst albums of 1996.” Yes folks, it’s been fifteen years since the release of my all-time favorite album, Pinkerton. I’ve been a huge fan of Weezer since the mid-90s, and while I have no idea what the hell was going on with their last few releases, I still have a crazy obsession with the band. I have all the albums, the b-sides, live recordings, tees, and even my own Weezer lunchbox. I’m that fan. And while the Blue Album may have been what originally roped me in, it was Pinkerton that kept me hooked.

I was trying to think of how to properly articulate what it is about Pinkerton that makes me love it so much, but I am struggling. The songs have good harmonies with a few pretty raging guitar solos, but I think the beauty of this album is its ability to relate to my life. I don’t know what it says about me–that an album filled with some particularly depressing songs, which was panned by critics, makes me feel good, but it does. And I am not alone in this sentiment, as the album has amassed quite a cult following over the past decade and a half.

So instead of rushing out to buy the band crystal (the traditional anniversary gift, of course) I am sure they’d be much more appreciative if you pulled out your copy of Pinkerton and gave it a whirl. I know I did.

Real Magic – Hard 2 Keep

Real Magic - Hard 2 Keep

New Real Magic. Yes, please.

Here’s the song to kick off your weekend. Denver’s own Drew Englander created another dancy noise pop gem. You can lose yourself in the drum machine and strobing synths. As you should. Plus you’ll be able to say you were into his early stuff before he blows up, which is almost a foregone conclusion to me at this point.

He’s playing CMJ if you’re in the NYC area.

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HARD 2 KEEP by REAL MAGIC