New Five at 5 to take for a spin. Tune in.
The Indiecision Five at 5 is our attempt at sharing our musical tastes with you, and showcasing music from around the world. Each day at 5pm sharp, one NH7 writer or staffer will bring you five songs he/she is listening to on the day. This Friday, space cowboy Siddhant Mehta makes a playlist out of whims, fancies and other superfluous things.
1. Merchandise – ‘Anxiety’s Door’
When I found this sound on Youtube I thought to myself “Look at these good ol’ boys, they sure know how to act cool.” I listened to the song and found that the beginning of the song must make it somewhere as montage music. Imagine it now, walking down the street acting like Fonzie’s henchmen, that’s how I’d roll with my gang of cool cats in the 70s. Unfortunately, we’re in the 21st century so the fiery guitar solo at the end and the devil-may-care singing style would have to be replaced by 140 characters laced with irony and pop culture references. I’d like to tell the 21st century to “Sit on it.”
2. Dropkick Murphys – ‘The Battle Rages On’
I was told about this new Dropkick Murphys’ album in the most fitting place possible, in a dark bar after I drank at least three beers. Can you imagine how pleased I was to come home to hear this? (Of course, you can’t! You don’t know me!) This has all the best parts of a Dropkick Murphys’ song – it’s fast-paced, an awesomely catchy tune, enough elements of Irish music to give you yet another reason to wish you were Irish, and the strange need to either drink a pint of Guinness or break the pint on someone’s head. Seriously, I’d like to get into a bar fight with this going on in the background.
3. Mr. Muthfuckin’ eXquire – ‘Telephuck’ feat Gucci Mane
I’ll be honest here, I picked this because I liked all the names. In fact, I think most music should be approached in this manner. The song itself is by a rapper that is having a hard time living up to the hype of his first mixtape, Lost in Translation and while his latest releases leave a lot to be desired, this song ain’t too bad. The lyrics are a but silly but over-produced beats grow on you over time.
4. Poolside – ‘California Sunset’
Look at the keywords here. “Poolside”, “California” and “Sunset” are just incredibly inviting already but if you add “Disco”, then you know you’ve got a winner on your hands. This is great music to put on in a party that’s not really going anywhere but that’s fine because you’ve just put on this great tune and that means you’re allowed to help yourself to an extremely large girly drink (complete with fruit and little umbrella) that’s preferably blue, pink or green. The lovely disco beats get to a really nice happy place and by God, they stay there. Now’s a good time to go make another one of those incredibly huge girly drinks but this time put enough Malibu and white rum in it to make your sweat smell like a coconut grove for the next two hours and listen to the rest of Poolside’s excellent album, Pacific Standard Time.
5. Tyvek – ‘Midwest Basements’
At first, Google told me that Tyvek was some kind of fibre created by the DuPont corporation but I felt that there was more to it than that. Detroit punk band Tyvek seemed more for me and they duly delivered. The song encompasses pretty everything you need to know about Tyvek. It’s a punk song about a Midwest basement and they’re a punk band that are from the Midwest that sound like all their music was recorded in a basement. If you like some Ramones-esque punk rock but you’re afraid to tell your friends then try Tyvek out.
Check out previous editions of Five at 5 here, and stay tuned for more picks from NH7, Monday through Friday.