Friday, October 21, 2011

The Incredible Shrinking Tape (a playlist made with shorter-than-2-minutes songs)

From Stereogum: "Time is a valuable thing, and the musicians who can make a quick point in a short amount of time deserve their props. We’ve put together a quick list of ten excellent songs from indie’s past (and from a few associated genres), all of which end in 120 seconds or less. These tracks throw their shit on the table right away, drive their points home as fast as possible, and end quickly enough that they’re still rattling around in your head long after the next track has already started. The best part: You can listen to the whole playlist in less than 20 minutes".

This could have been the tiniest Spotirama playlist ever: less than ten songs (two Stereogum selections, Joanna Newsom's On a Good Day and Primal Scream's Velocity Girl, are not available on Spotify), less than twenty minutes. But I didn't feel fine with it. And that invitation at the end of the post ("in the comments section, name some of your favorites") made me curious. So I looked at the comments. And soon, the tiniest one became a kind of mammoth. In the playlist, you'll find all the shorter-than-two-minutes "indie rock" (with some exceptions) songs Stereogum readers named in the comments section. I only added a personal rule: no more than one song each artist (the first named, the good).

Many big acts are in the game: Wire, The Smiths, Guided By Voices, Neutral Milk Hotel, The White Stripes, Spoon, Animal Collective, Pavement, The Clash, Nirvana, Radiohead, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bad Religion, Pixies, The Lemonheads, Tom Waits, My Bloody Valentine and many more. 121 songs for about 200 minutes. Do you remember - I'm speaking with you, old reader who came from the analogical age - when you had to stuff the more songs you could on few tapes, before leaving for a holiday trip with your walkman? Well... in that age, to bring with you all these 121 songs, you would have just needed one C90 and a couple of C60. A tape-saving compilation, isn't it? 

Ok, after this useless prehistorical memory... enjoy! 

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(based on Stereogum's The 10 Best Indie Rock Songs Under 2 Minutes)

Wire – Three Girl Rhumba
Minor Threat – I Don't Wanna Hear It
The Smiths – Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want
Bikini Kill – New Radio
Guided by Voices – Game of Pricks
DJ Shadow – Organ Donor
Neutral Milk Hotel – The King Of Carrot Flowers, Pt.1
The Mountain Goats – Dance Music
The White Stripes – Fell In Love With A Girl
The Misfits – Braineaters
Spoon – You Gotta Feel It (demo)
Sleater-kinney – Little Mouth
The Vaselines – Molly's Lips
Madvillain – Accordian
The Morning Benders – Cold War
Animal Collective – Sweet Road
Vivian Girls – No
Orange Juice – Intuition Told Me, Pt. 1
Pavement – I Love Perth
Cloud Nothings – Rock
The Vines – Highly Evolved
The Vaccines – Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra)
The Clash – 1977
Nirvana – Been A Son
Radiohead – Fitter Happier
The Unicorns – The Clap
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Pin
Telekinesis – Palm Of Your Hand
Neon Indian – Laughing Gas
Jay Reatard – It's So Easy
The Olivia Tremor Control – Jumping Fences
The Brian Jonestown Massacre – This Is Why You Love Me
Super Furry Animals – Do Or Die
The Thermals – Our Trip
Bad Religion – Suffer
Jawbreaker – Boxcar
Minutemen – Political Song For Michael Jackson To Sing
Pixies – Tame
Sense Field – Outlive The Man
They Might Be Giants – Particle Man
The Suicide Machines – No Face
The Magnetic Fields – Reno Dakota
Kind of Like Spitting – Yes, You're Busted
Los Campesinos! – My Year In Lists
The Softies – It's Love
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Yr Broom
St. Vincent – We Put A Pearl In The Ground
Neko Case – At Last
Side By Side – You're Only Young Once
Oblivians – Something For Nothing
Royal City – Under A Hollow Tree
The Rural Alberta Advantage – Rush Apart
Why? – The Hoofs
Sebadoh – Good Things
The Lemonheads – Being Around
Death From Above 1979 – Pull Out
Sleigh Bells – Straight A's
Tom Waits – Bend Down the Branches
My Little Airport – Gi Gi Leung Is Dead
Typhoon – Kitchen Tile
Mountain Man – Honeybee
Parenthetical Girls – Abandoning
Emmy The Great – The Easter Parade Part 2
Pastels – Yomigaeru
Of Montreal – Tim I Wish You Were Born A Girl
Ólöf Arnalds – Ævagömul Orkuþula
Ty Segall – Pretty Baby (You're So Ugly)
Exploited – Punk's Not Dead
Dismemberment Plan – Soon To Be Ex-Quaker
King Missile – Martin Scorsese
My Bloody Valentine – Touched
Ramones – Judy Is A Punk
Microphones – I Felt Your Shape
Low – Sea
Archers Of Loaf – Fat
Deerhoof – The Eyebright Bugler
White Denim – El Hard Attack DCWYW
Frog Eyes – The Fence Feels Its Post
Phosphorescent – At Death, A Proclomation
Vashti Bunyan – Diamond Day
Titus Andronicus – Titus Andronicus Forever
iceage – You’re Blessed
Daniel Johnston – True Love Will Find You In The End
The Libertines – Mayday
Belle and Sebastian – Scooby Driver
No Age – Brain Burner
Best Coast – Crazy For You
Iron And Wine – Radio War
Death Cab for Cutie – Steadier Footing
At the Drive-In – Starslight
Elastica – Vaseline
The Fall – Industrial Estate (Peel Session 15/6/78)
Times New Viking – Don't Go To Liverpool
Dinosaur Jr – I Live For That Look
Graham Coxon – Fags And Failure
British Sea Power – Favours In The Beetroot Fields
Blur – Far Out
Flipper – Living For The Depression
Buzzcocks – Oh Shit
The Levellers – Just The One
The Breeders – Limehouse
NEU! – Cassetto
Mclusky – Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues
Mazes – Summer Hits or J+J Don’t Like
Crystal Castles – Xxzxcuzx
The Wipers – Messenger
45 Grave – Surf Bat
Muse – Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Clap Your Hands!
J Dilla (aka Jay Dee) – Time: The Donut Of The Heart
The Slits – Shoplifting
The Raincoats – No Side to Fall In
Half Japanese – Calling All Girls
Young Marble Giants – Final Day
Mekons – Never Been In A Riot
The Hold Steady – Crucifixion Cruise
Cat Power – Islands
Bon Iver – Team
Ben Kweller – How It Should Be
Mando Diao – Good Morning,Herr Horst
Okkervil River – Black Sheep Boy

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Previously based on Stereogum

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