I like this song, and I want to share it with you. It’s not new, and I didn’t just hear it in a show or movie. The song came on over the weekend while I was laying in bed sick, and it made me forget just how crappy I was feeling for a few minutes. It also doesn’t hurt that the name of their band makes me smile every time I read it.
I have been a fan of Stephen Malkmus since the days of Pavement and not just because he knows how to spell Stephen. Something in his music really resonates with me, so I chose the song “Senator” by Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks from the album Mirror Traffic as this You Need To Hear This song. I’m sure you’ll spot a few familiar faces in the video. Enjoy.
Consider this a warning: “Dancing in the Factory” is one of those songs that doesn’t let you sit still. Whether that movement is tapping your toe or bouncing your head, part of you will move rhythmically. It has that cool 80s vibe that makes you feel like you should be doing cocaine in a Countach (or maybe an Infernus if you are like me and too young to remember most of that particular decade).
This isn’t a new song, and it’s not even their most recent album. It is, however, one of those great songs that tells you a story so vividly that images play in your head like your own personal movie theater. Does a story of revenge on the high seas sound good to you? Hear it after the jump.
If you know this band, you’re probably wondering why a 46 year-old song is my You Need to Hear This song instead of a Thursday Throwback. Well, I didn’t hear it until about two weeks ago when it was featured prominently in an episode of Supernatural. Even though that show generally features older music, it sounded pretty new and fresh to me. Hear it for yourself after the jump.
Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com, announced Thursday that his team had found the engines that put the Apollo 11 mission in Space. Using deep-sea sonar, the team located the engines 14,000 feet under the water. Then on Friday, NASA announced that those Saturn V F-1 engines that helped take the Apollo 11 mission to the moon still belong to them.
Bezos and his team still intend to bring them to the surface, but have requested that one of the rockets be placed on display at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. NASA says this is possible if more than one engine is recovered and the Smithsonian declines the second engine.
A while back, I took it upon myself to find new music. A whole lot of it was crap, but some albums were absolute gems hidden in there for anyone patient enough to look. One of those gems included “When Fast at Home” by Wooden Satellites. After realizing just how far behind I was on my promise to bring you 26 You Need to Hear This songs this year, I looked through what I had posted and was shocked to find that I never did a post about Wooden Satellites. Today that changes because today Wooden Satellites gets a long overdue post on Anomic Office Drone.
“When Fast at Home” by Ford Wayne, Indiana’s own Wooden Satellites comes from their 2011 album Let’s Make Crimes. Hear it
If you’ve ever seen How It’s Made or Ultimate Factories, you’ve probably seen robots scurrying around plants and warehouses moving materials around with little to no help from their human coworkers. You probably thought to yourself, “I wish I had one of those to bring me another beer.” Well, apparently when someone at Amazon saw them doing their thing he thought, “I wish we had those to bring everyone another beer.” Because Amazon has not only gotten a set of robots for themselves but also purchased Kiva Systems, a company that makes and deploys those little worker bots.
Maybe one day when your Roomba can bring you a beer one of these robots will ship it to you.
In 2009, Julian Casablancas of The Strokes released his first solo album Phrazes for the Young. Somehow, I managed to miss it completely. That doesn’t mean much. I miss good stuff all the time, but it seems weird that I missed it because I really like The Strokes. Chalk it up to the fact I rarely know anything about the personal lives of artists.
Anyhow, today’s song is “11th Dimension”, and not only is it a great song, it’s a great video. Get interdimensional after the jump.