Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Details of the War
Runner-up: The Postal Service – Sleeping in (for exactly the same reason :))
I was one of the cool kids, back in 2005. I was a fan of CYHSY, and had my ticket for their show in the pocket before the mainstream indie folks even knew about the existence of the band. Proof? After I bought my ticket, the show in the Ancienne Belgique moved from the Club (capacity: 250) to the “Zaal” (Hall) (capacity: 2000). And it was (nearly) sold out! But I don’t need to proof anything to anyone. The reason why I chose this song for “a song that reminds you of somewhere” is because the self titled album literally camped in my CD player for about 2 months, without every leaving the player. It was in my first year at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, I didn’t have a computer to keep me busy in the evenings, so the only thing I could do in my 3m x 4m room was listen to music and study. So practically, all I did was listen to this album, never hesitating to
sing shriek along.
Now, 6 years later, each time I hear Details Of The War I literally smell and feel that small room where all the “magic” happened. My first real steps in the indie genre, my effort to catch up with approx. 10 years of TV history, etc. Good times!
Broke a promise cause my car broke down
Such a classic excuse it should be bronze by now
My past week in music:
- blink-182 – Take Off Your Pants And Jacket: a real classic (for me): I got into blink-182 when I was 14, and since then this album has been around to cheer me up. Best track: Anthem Part 2!
- Modest Mouse – Building Nothing Out of Something: this is one of my all time favorites. A bit weird, considering it’s a compilation album with all their early stuff. It also lacks in “5 star material”, but today I actually gave one the tracks a serious bump in my iTunes ratings system: Broke jumped from 2.5* to 4.5* (so it joined the league of the 5* candidates). Please, please!, enjoy Broke at the bottom of this post.
- Handsome Furs – Plague Park: their best album. I like Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs best when they take it slow to explode at the exact right moments. Something Dan Boeckner clearly does not agree upon; case and point: Wolf Parade – :Expo 86: and Handsome Furs – :Face Control:.
- Titus Andronicus – The Monitor: my top album of 2010! Well built songs with great lyrics, has “anthem” written all over it!
- Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: this album camped in my CD player for about 2 months straight when it was released (in 2005). It was the year I discovered indie music and CYHSY certainly was one of the defining bands.. till this day I still get pulled in a nostalgic singalong mood when I put this record on :)