01. Intro

Essentially, what we have here is a communication error. What was meant to be said, well, of course, it cannot be said. Yes…sadly, what was meant to be said can only be heard, not said. Make sense?

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While we are on the subject of listening, it may be a good time to bring up what exactly we are doing here. You see, I am a cookie monster. Well, not the Cookie Monster, just cookie monster. Anyways, what I am getting at, is that I consume a lot of music. Everyday.

What these Shoe Box posts represent are the week’s best of the best of what I have listened to. New songs, old songs, it doesn’t matter. It’s just the cream of the crop. The cock of the walk. Big jams strutin’. Songs you should know, or re-listen to. The good stuff!

So sit back (well queue all the videos up first!), press play, and enjoy this weeks edition of The Shoe Box.

 

It’s weird that we cook bacon, and bake cookies.Cookie Monster

 

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02. Chvrches cover of Justin Timberlake’ Cry Me A River

This is quite the “electro-Timberlake” cover! While this doesn’t take any risks, the Chvrches give it a certain quality that makes it fresh. The lead singer,

While this doesn’t take any risks, the Chvrches give it a certain quality that makes it fresh.
Lauren Mayberry, definitely brings that extra quality that makes this cover so great. Timberlake himself retweeted a video of the performance. Be sure to check out their album The Bones of What You Believe. This isn’t their first attempt at re-creating pop songs (their cover of ‘Go Your Own Way’ is not too shabby either), but it’s by far their best.

 

03. Ginger & The Ghost – One Type of Dark

I will admit, this track took me by surprise. I actually first heard this song as the Ta-ku Remix (video below). The remix version was not bad at all (I’ve added it below), but the original version blew me away.

The lyrics are what take the show, both profound and ethereal.
It’s amazing how drastically different the song is from the remix. But the lyrics are what take the show, both profound and ethereal. This is neo-folk at it’s finest! Be sure the check out their Facebook page for updates, and check out their SoundCloud page for more music.

 

04. Infected Mushroom – Never Ever Land

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViiztLyShvU

This trance classic has been on repeat for me all week. This song just builds and builds, all the while creating a magical head space. Perfect for the Frission junkies of the world. As such, this track is a must with high equality headphones (or ear-buds if you don’t have anything else).

This song just builds and builds, all the while creating a magical head space.
While this type of music may not appeal to everyone, I really feel like this track stands outside and apart from it’s genre, even while living up to every stereotype of that genre.

 

 

 

05. Hop Along – Tibetan Pop Stars

 

This track was a gift from a friend. I love tracks like that, don’t you? What makes me love this song so damn much is the simplistic raw honesty of the music. It does not compromise on it’s sound and the lyrics are brutal, and at points just creepy.

It does not compromise on it’s sound
“My love is average, I obey an average law” still rings and echos in my head, long after the track has stopped playing. It should be noted that this song is best enjoyed with hot herbal tea and a general crestfallen awareness.

 

06. The Replacements – Answering Machine

 

Last up this week, we have an excellent track from one of the best albums released in the 1980s. It’s hard to explain why I love this song so much, but I do. Everything about it takes me back in time. The signature 80s alt-rock guitar riffs, the voice of the telephone operator, and the ‘answering machine’ themed lyrics, this song just screams of a different time in our (my) history.

 The signature 80s alt-rock guitar riffs, the voice of the telephone operator, and the ‘answering machine’ themed lyrics, this song just screams of a different time in our (my) history.

What made Let It Be such a great album, aside from the typical standards of what makes a classic, a classic, is the fact that this ‘punk’ album is one of the biggest mix of genres that I’ve ever heard. Especially form that time period. And each song is just pure bliss, both alone and contained as part of the entire album. Truly one of rock music’s greatest recordings. You can give the entire album a spin here.