Here are all of ifjuly's jams.
by Erase Errata
pretty sure this one's a rejam too, oops. but i never tire of it, and it pops in my head all the time, and it always reminds me of an adorable story R likes to tell about the time he was in NYC at an EE show crushing hard on all the hot women in the audience, then it hit him "oh right, they proooobably want nothing to do with me seeing as i'm a dude and all" (it's just cute to hear him tell it, where he always takes the moment to explain he gets that it's not like anything'd ever have happened ANYWAY, he never hits on people in a setting like that, but just, him remembering that epiphany...haha).
Jammed: 25th Sep 2015
by East River Pipe
feels like i haven't thought about cornog's stuff since my 'BER indie show high school listening days, but this popped in my head tonight (while making frida kahlo's zucchini salad no less, ha), maybe because of the soothing conversation i had with Kate today about this feeling and the things you do trying to make it go away. after dinner, i'll go for a walk, and perhaps write in my sekrit tumblr diary, and listen to some hypnotherapy recordings before sleep, and that will have to be enough tonight.
Jammed: 24th Sep 2015
how many damn times have i jammed this already, huh? i know, it's a waste give how few days of jamming are left, but i can't help it and it's in the singular minded lovely spirit of the site, i think. a song i turn to when i need late night lonely distressed comfort, or scintillant beauty, or whatever else, over and over still to this day, whether i'm trying to make my heart explode on the pavement running intervals in the dark on washington or just feeling overstimulated but alone safe and sound at home. "are too cold..." /teenage
Jammed: 23rd Sep 2015
by Julie Doiron
i would post either "echos myron" or "awful bliss" ("guaranteed sweetness/that you thought broken/and you were not fine" oh) in celebration of getting to hear live versions of them today at the festival, but this has been trapped in my head nonstop out of nowhere. "who will be the one you will kiss?/'cause we've all been waiting for this, and with no way it can be me/know it won't be me, but there's no one else here it should be/who will be the one you will take home?"
Jammed: 20th Sep 2015
by Father John Misty
gdmt i went something like a month or so cold turkey from this song (and i know, i know, i JUST jammed it) but now Genie's made me fall off the wagon. to be fair, this has been my "current mood" for something like a week solid; i texted pretty much the basic sentiment to R independently just this morning, alas. "someone's gotta help me dig...but i'm unsure of so many things"
Jammed: 15th Sep 2015
friday, aka "dance dance in your underpants" lunch break day. talking about that lower dens with Bryce reminded me of electrelane, and this song in particular (even though it sounds nothing like the organ/synth-y stuff that is more lower dens-ish) as he put it on a mix tape for me well over a decade ago. the acoustic version floating on the youtubes is great too in a different way. "I BET I'D LIKE YOUR UNDERWEEEEAAAAAARR!"
Jammed: 11th Sep 2015
by Mark Kozelek
"it's animal/livin' in a human zoo/animal, all the shit they tossed to you"
Jammed: 7th Sep 2015
by Broken Twin
something about the vocal work here reminds me of aspects of susanna's voice on "a sudden swing" (from meshes of voice). that is a good thing!! also weirdly and in a tiny way, a part of kristin hersh's singing (especially on "in dreams").
Jammed: 4th Sep 2015
having a nostalgia trip like whoa as i learned this morning taking pictures, the chicago spin off of pittsburgh's hurl, actually did put out an album of the material i saw them play live at WRCT that spring that's burned into my college memories (it was inexplicably a japanese import or some such, limited to 300 copies, only became available nearly 10 years later, and I ORDERED THE LAST ONE vfhqb hqrbv!!). so all those pittsburgh college memories are flooding back (those shows were some of the first times i was ever in smoky bars as a green and confused young'un, waking up for class the next day with my jacket smelling and ears ringing..worth it, fond fond memories). as i recall, this is pre-noah leger, and if i'd had my way i'd have maybe jammed "the advantages of temporary baldness" instead (it's not on YT though), aaaand they were always a "live band"...but i still like it. i wrote jencik a starry-eyed fan letter on myspace once (heh) and he wrote back.
Jammed: 2nd Sep 2015
one of my favorite EAers recently posted a link to this treasure trove 3 hour mixcloud mix of underrated goth gems and there's a lot of great stuff i'd never heard of on there. here's just one.
Jammed: 1st Sep 2015
i'm always so ambivalent about chromatics. can never get through more than a handful of their songs at once because the derivativeness and sameness, purposeful muting of certain things mounts and starts to feel deafening/stifling, but there's a stable of songs of theirs i treat like singles, once in a while pulling out and getting into ("hands in the dark", "i want your love", the first part of "these streets will never look the same"...). i guess today it's this one. and they love a lot of the songs i do ("i'm on fire", "running up that hill", "blue moon", etc.), but eh i just don't know. very push-pull attraction i have with them.
Jammed: 21st Aug 2015
by Scout Niblett
i was not familiar with that "cheerleader" song until today. it immediately put this in my head, which i prefer, so it all works out, ha. "does anybody know a cute girl with some pom poms? 'cause everybody needs someone to spell out their name in a little song...please please please just send her along to cheer me on, cheer me up, cheer me on"
Jammed: 21st Aug 2015
by The Magnetic Fields
the more well known version with merritt on vocals came up on my spotify discover plist this morning, and i was mildly disappointed as this is the one i grew up in HS knowing. got dude friends in town who always go on about how impatient they were with anyone but merritt singing (read: women) and i always think silently "are you cray?" he's fine but the other singers were fantastic (where's beatnikside when you need him to back you up on something musically, huh). "we got beat up/just for holding hands"
Jammed: 18th Aug 2015
by Shirley Ellis
Don't really know what to say about the news TIMJ is archiving, except that I understand their explanation but I will miss this place oh so much. Let's get right down to the real nitty gritty: where are y'all pasturing off to? The community here is my favorite when it comes to music lovers...
Jammed: 13th Aug 2015
by Archers of Loaf
just got back from a memorable, possibly-the-last-time-after-a-lifetime-of-times visit to the cape that included among other things swimming on the open atlantic all down the coast, sometimes with seals (!), at best in ice cold water (!!), after seeing jaws for the zillionth time this year at a little chatham cutesy townie theater no less. lots of appropriate songs--"in sharky water", "dead shark", "be a fish", etc.--but we'll settle in with this for now anyway.
Jammed: 9th Aug 2015
i have no idea what's with the image; that's not pharmakon! anyway. for the coming week it had to be something like this or colleen's "lighthouse", which i already played recently. "i don't belong here"
Jammed: 31st Jul 2015
by Eno, Moebius, Roedelius
rest in peace, moebius. R put this on a mix tape for me, one of the very first when we started dating. i clearly remember driving out to arlington for god knows what bureacratic reason, something to do with getting a new title because the van/my residency had crossed state lines, during a hellacious rainstorm on like a wednesday morning (this was when my work schedule was wonky as all get out). this came on, and everything went from annoying to just right in a flash. it became one of my "driving to work" anthems for like a good solid year, along with pylon's "working is no problem" and some archers of loaf song, i forget which. really, i'm hardpressed to think of better songs than this in general, the grand scheme of things.
Jammed: 22nd Jul 2015
by Angel Olsen
"thought i had a clue, it was passing by/thought i had an answer, it was just a sigh/thought i had a dream once, don't remember what…thought i had some time here, left my watch at home/thought i conquered something, then it took me down…i can hear you crying, and i'm crying too…i can see you dancing, if you'd just take the step/you might still have it in you, give yourself the benefit/and dance slow decades toward the sun, even when you're the only one/don't look around, it's not right it's not wrong/dance because you know the song, i dance because i know this one"
Jammed: 17th Jul 2015
by Jenny Hval
i love my friends. i actually got the f out of bed tonight just now and rebooted my computer, waiting the 5 minutes or however long it takes (it's pretty old, hee), just to jam this because L shared it which let me know it's finally (!) shareable. i've been wanting to for over a month, along with everything from this album, as i've listened to it what feels like 500 times, often just over and over all day long in bliss. though "take care of yourself" is the one that drew me in first and "sabbath" feels like the twin to this song you best not overlook, this one, "heaven", is likely to remain my favorite from the whole thing. but this record works best as a single complete entity. "i want to sing religiously, airy, you know, more than necessary/climbing the ladder just to fall uncontrollably to heaven"
Jammed: 15th Jul 2015
by Susumu Yokota
i didn't know Susumu Yokota's work at all until today, thanks to the abrupt phenomenon where "every related jam" to that colleen i posted was something of his, presumably because of the news of his death today, which i learned about courtesy the wonderful Naomi. i am sad it took such news for me to become familiar with him, but also enjoying discovering it. sakura is really quite good.
Jammed: 14th Jul 2015
this album took a while to convince me--i love the sad/awful opening song's "you let me down sometimes/and only i know how" but the vocals are an acquired taste, for me a mix of both too cocteau twins-reminiscent and that specific mid-aughts goth-poppy thing (like where that breakthrough fever ray song veers) that feels too showy/theatrical to come off (again, just to me anyway) as truly intimate in its sorrow. but there's a lot in the small things here to like, and eventually i found i did. i need to check out her earlier nosier project HSY sometime.
Jammed: 8th Jul 2015
I'm also way into this album. Usually I don't love vocal flourishes, that kind of styling and emphasis, but it really works throughout the whole thing because for me anyway, it conjures the kind of hum-mumbling throaty daydreaming adolescent girls do half to themselves, that contains the seeds of genuine/illuminating yet private/usually hidden thoughts. It evokes a sort of intensely expressive yet intimate portrait, which goes well with the theme of the entire record which seems to be self-preservation/pride/maintenance/whateveryouwanttocallit in the forest of sexual relationships. I really love the thing as a whole; it was hard to pluck a single petal.
Jammed: 2nd Jul 2015
by John Coltrane
Rejammed from R. Last night he was wondering what to post today in celebration, having a hard time coming up with the right thing. Worth the time he spent--this is a really good choice.
Jammed: 27th Jun 2015
by Red House Painters
i've spent 15 years dreading this song in person, but ok. okay. if you wanna talk about it. finally, after over a decade of my displacement and avoidance over it, sure, let's try. yes. <3 it's been so long, so long. a long fucking time.
Jammed: 26th Jun 2015
by Father John Misty
guys i am so obsessed right now with FJM it's embarrassing. it took me so long to get into--when the hype happened early this year i gave it a whirl and assumed almost immediately it wasn't for me but felt sad bc it felt like i was missing why everybody loved it, AND I WAS. i may wind up jamming like an album's worth of songs eventually--"true affection", "nancy from now on", "holy shit", "funtimes in babylon", "bored in the USA", "nothing good ever happens at the goddamn thirsty crow", "when you're smiling and astride me", "i went to the store one day", etc. i really, really, REALLY want to see him play down the street in october. so badly. we'll see.
Jammed: 25th Jun 2015
by Ani DiFranco
still a great song 20 years later, the kind i can only enjoy unselfconsciously when R's not around. i don't frequent the electrical audio boards anymore, haven't in years--too much like a locker room for me back then, though i met plenty of awesome dudes through it who are honest to god feminists, whee--but i remember my surprise to learn one of the ookiest-about-lady-stuff dudes there, a prominent poster, was a huge fan/defender of difranco, citing in particular how good this song is. blew my mind. the lyrics to this one are excellent, perfect for this time of year.
Jammed: 23rd Jun 2015
by The Ronettes
someone at the lamplighter last night before the show kept playing hit songs on the jukebox i actually like, and this was one of them. i love that many years ago when i mentioned offhand to R as far as i'm concerned it's one of the best songs ever recorded he replied (and keep in mind this is not the landscape he dwells in) the singing is phenomenal. <3
Jammed: 20th Jun 2015
by Father John Misty
it's the first FJM song i finally get, yay. it's also fairly "dress sexy at my funeral pt. 2", which maybe mostly explains why i like it.
Jammed: 18th Jun 2015
by Viet Cong
sometimes i feel i've reached peak saturation for this kind of thing dating and living with the guys i have, but tonight as i do administrative housekeeping on my laptop that's gotta get done before bedtime, it sounds pretty good.
Jammed: 18th Jun 2015
by The Fall
I was making rosewater creme anglaise tonight after supper to complete a summer berry pudding courtesy the Wondrichs (as in, David of Imbibe and Punch and Esquire Drinks fame and his wife) via Melissa Clark (here: http://www.wnyc.org/story/297412-recipe-melissa-clarks-berry-summer-pudding-rose-scented-custard/ and I def. recommend it, easy and scrumptious) and as I was stirring I sang to myself "oh summer fruit and kitchen steam/I can't smell, I can't taste the english cream!" har.
Jammed: 16th Jun 2015
by Nina Simone
the only jammable version i could find. i forgot about this one too. kinda want to see another performance of simply simone--it's playing through the 28th, and i mean, it IS just down the road, a 5 minute walk from my place...
Jammed: 14th Jun 2015
by Brian Eno
saw me and earl and the dying girl on a free preview pass whim last night. it's molded in a certain cuteness people often mention tiring of, granted, but there was no way i wasn't going to respond to a lot of what was going on in it, pandering or no. this among those things.
Jammed: 10th Jun 2015
y'all gonna be judging me over here, especially considering i nearly posted a susanna song in excitement over jenny hval's album dropping tomorrow, thennn something from souvlaki because of that pitchfork documentary coming out next week. but this afternoon i learned hum is touring with failure and mineral (i've jammed hum and mineral before) in august...and i won't be in town when they swing down to tennessee. GAH. joey guisto used to regularly play this song on the indie show in rochester when i was in high school, as a kind of closing inside joke-bond with his then-ladyfriend or something (he used to dedicate sunny day real estate's "song about an angel" to her all the time too, whee). so it became a sort of semi-ironic-but-secretly-kinda-not-really power ballad of choice for me for a while. sad to be missing the chance to see them.
Jammed: 9th Jun 2015
by Chris & Cosey
plugging away at work leftover from this slow-to-start week (no complaints--i've been on so many dates all around town, and talked so much about shit i actually care about this week, it's incredible), and the soundtrack that's keeping me going is volume 2 of the young lady's post-punk handbook (my favorite in the 3-part series), here: https://musicophilia.wordpress.com/2009/02/02/women-of-post-punk-%E2%80%98the-young-lady%E2%80%99s-post-punk-handbook-vol-2%E2%80%B2/ happy friday!
Jammed: 29th May 2015
by John Foxx
i didn't even know this tune 'til about a year ago when i became enamored with fact magazine's best of the '80s playlists. thennnn to my delight i learned about 8 months later still gazelle twin covered this, because of course she did, of course (god i love that woman's preoccupations). "he's an angle/she's a tangent/there's some flowers on the bathroom floor...he wears a sticky white shirt and tie/in those viscous clothes his watch hand glows...they get married too much/she's a soft touch...they read the bible about the flood/she draws the curtains 'cause now she's certain/he's a liquid"
Jammed: 25th May 2015
by Piano Magic
being reminded of one of the more dysfunctional relationships i've ever been in earlier this week, combined with idly composing a playlist over lunch today of one of ask mefi's favorite genres, "sexy/skeezy but sinister", brought this up. it was the only piano magic song my ex ever liked (i was more of an "i am the sub-librarian" and "fun of the century" fan myself), which in retrospect makes way too much sense. ah. it was this or post lydia lunch's "some boys", which maybe i'll regret not going with this week. we'll see, ha.
Jammed: 20th May 2015
by The Afghan Whigs
it's finally jammable! :D i've loved this cover for a long time, but it's never been on YT far as i could tell so i could never share it. a lot of the best dulli covers are like that--the twilight singers-era live bootleg "ex factor" segues from "when we two parted" (SUBLIME), prince quotations, the kcrw version of "hyperballd", the adele zeitgeist thing more recently, etc. so good.
Jammed: 18th May 2015
by The Arcade Fire
R is probably horrified i feel this way (and have for years--this was on our wedding playlist!), but i've always liked this version, a lot, while being kinda meh about the original TH one. yeah really, and i can't explain why precisely neither. "sing into my mouth."
Jammed: 10th May 2015
i've jammed this before--i love the air of wistfulness it has, more straight up vulnerable emotion than a lot of the most popular kraftwerk songs though i also love "neon lights"--but it only seems fitting given this morning's news.
Jammed: 4th May 2015
by Velour 100
why did nobody tell me Trey Many and Karin Oliver from HNIA did their own thing back in the day? i can barely find any details online (this might not even be Karin; there were other vocalists too), alas, but i'm digging this one today. there's a cold bright air and open spaces quality from the '90s shoegaze i liked that takes me right back whenever i hear it now, to wearing scratchy wool sweaters but still being cold on sunny afternoons in rochester.
Jammed: 29th Apr 2015
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