Five tracks in my iTunes with sequential numbering, starting at “1”:
1. “Love Song #1,” Me’Shell Ndegéocello. The swampy sound of the guitars and bass is so mellow—the whole effect is like “drunk in love.”
2. “Song 2,” Blur. Because I haven’t listened to the song before I typed this, pretty much all I can remember is the “woo-hoo!” and crunching guitars. Easiest hook ever?
3. “Three,” Massive Attack. I’m keen to get my hands on “Heligoland,” which is due to be released next week. Nobody does atmospherically uncomfortable as comfortably as this band. Cases in point: “Teardrop” (and its video, which was especially innovative back in 1998); “Here With Me” (again with the video! it’s like the anti-“Tik Tok”); “Black Milk“; “Safe From Harm,” “What Your Soul Sings.”
5. “Five Fathoms,” Everything But the Girl. I think Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt had a lock on melodic melancholy for quite a while—the “Amplified Heart,” one of my favorite releases from them, is chock-full of it. (Sample titles: “Rollercoaster,” “I Don’t Understand Anything,” “Troubled Mind.”) And that didn’t much change even after they ventured into electronica. (Sample titles off “Walking Wounded”: “Good Cop Bad Cop,” “Wrong,” “Big Deal.”) And yet it all sounds gorgeous to me. (Tracey Thorn also sang on a few Massive Attack songs, including “Protection.”)
And two honorable mentions (which have both appeared on past holiday discs):
→ “8-3-1,” Lisa Stansfield. (That would be “8 letters, 3 words, 1 meaning.”) Such a happy song. It kicked off one of my 2004 discs …
→ “03.45: No Sleep,” The Cardigans. … and this not-so-peppy but equally beloved one ended 2005.
|WHAT SAM WORE: 02-2-10
I’m going to wear a tie dress up every day this week.
|The neck-to-toes shot is here.
|The jacket: Two-button modern fit wool sport coat from Banana Republic.
BTW, “kissing buttons” is the term for sleeve buttons that overlap one another.
|The sweater: Silk/cashmere V-neck from Banana Republic.|
|The shirt: Spread-collar cotton dress shirt by Thomas Dean, from Dillard’s.|
|The pants: Stretch wool trousers from Banana Republic.|
|The shoes: Leather loafers by Prada, from Last Chance.|