Ten Songs For Hating On Stupid Idiot Valentine’s Day
By Jaime Lees
Wed., Feb. 13 2013
It’s almost Valentine’s Day, y’all. It’s time to hate on all of this love bullshit and have sex with people that you don’t even like.
But what music should accompany your dirty deeds or heartbroken feelings?
I’ve used my decades-long experience as an expert soundtrack-chooser to bring you this highly-recommended list of tunes to get you through this most terrible and torturous of holidays. I tapped ten of my all-time favorite artists for inspiration. Here you go:
The Ronettes – “Is This What I Get For Loving You?“
Key lyric: “It’s such a cruel world to be alone in”
When in doubt, turn to the classics. The Ronettes’ “Is This What I Get For Loving You?” is not just one of the best anti-love songs ever, it might be the best anti-love song ever. The Spector girl-group harmonies make the heart shrivel in unmeasurable proportions. Lyrics like “And now I’m so afraid I’m losing you” bring us all right back to our worst, most heartbreaking moments.
The Cardigans – “And Then You Kissed Me II“
Key lyric: “I tell you now like I told you before: Love is a powerful force”
My favorite Cardigans album is Gran Turismo, but it does not reflect the depth of the Swedish band’s love-hating. For that, you need to bust out SuperExtraGravity. “Losing a Friend” and “I Need Some Fine Wine (And You, You Need to be Nicer)” are for hatin’, but give “And Then You Kissed Me II” a spin. With lines like “Your name used to taste so sweet / Then you beat the love right out of me” it is bitter until the end.
Iggy Pop – “Some Weird Sin“
Key lyric: “Some weird sin / Just to relax me”
Forget making love. You just want to get laid. You want to give in to all of your worst desires and just get f-u-c-k-e-d. If you don’t have a sexy little thing and you just want to go to the bar and then pick up some one-night-only, then this is your song. If things get too straight, you can’t bear it and you are searching for some weird sin, son. Hopefully it’s weird enough that you forget this whole ugly day. This song comes on, and Good Lord, it is time to bang.
Sex Robots – “We’re Thru!“
Key lyric: “My girlfriend’s in therapy / I did too many dog shit things”
St. Louis band Sex Robots always gets right to the point. The songs are short and oh-so-sweet and this song blasts though all of those negative, crushed emotions with simple honesty. (“I think she’s beautiful she thinks I’m sliiiiiime!”)
AA Bondy – “A Slow Parade“
Key lyric: “Tide will bring and tide will take / Find another horse to break”
He’s not very well known, but this singer-songwriter single-handedly renewed my faith in new music some years back. His songs always remind us that all good love can go bad, and that all bad love can make you weaker.
Patti Smith – “Pissing in a River“
Key lyric: “What more can I give you, to make this thing grow? / Don’t turn your back now, I’m talking to you”
One of her most depressing performances, the poet Smith embraces the full emotion and the weird power that one can find in heartbreak.
Teenage Fanclub – “Mellow Doubt“
Key lyric: “I’m in trouble / And I know it / What I’m feeling / I can’t show it / But these feelings / Don’t go away”
Grand Prix is a emotional ride of an album, and “Mellow Doubt” is the song that you want if you’re feeling heartbroken. The song captures that miserable, regretful feeling perfectly. Think: driving in the cold winter rain with the windows up while an old lover is packing up your shit at their house.
R.E.M. – “Country Feedback“
Key Lyric: “You wear me out / You. Wear. Me. Out.”
R.E.M. was a band that was about feelings. This track off of one of the bands darkest albums, Out of Time, is slow and tentative and tiptoeing, much like an elongated breakup. (“It’s crazy what you could’ve had”) The song is sad, even gut-wrenching, and all of the obtuse lyrical dances that R.E.M. was known for are cast away in favor of a pure expression of grieving.
Beach Boys – “God Only Knows“
Key lyric: “If you should ever leave me… the world could show nothing to me / So what good would living do me?”
A deep song with conflicting messages, wrapped up in a beautiful package. Completely parallel, emotion-wise, with “Wouldn’t it Be Nice?” Brian Wilson is a genius.
Otis Redding – “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)“
Key lyric: “You are tired and your love is growing cold / My love is growing stronger, as our affair grows old”
An anti-love song list wouldn’t be complete without him, so we look to the king of heartbreak, Otis Redding. Otis always understands. I want to find the woman who made him so sad and bash in her face.
link: Riverfront Times
Ten Songs To Get Busy To On Valentine’s Day
By Jaime Lees
Wed., Feb. 13 2013
It’s almost Valentine’s Day, y’all. It’s time to get all up in your significant other or your someone special.
But what music should accompany your dirty deeds or love-struck feelings?
I’ve used my decades-long experience as an expert soundtrack-chooser to bring you this highly-recommended list of tunes to get you feeling lovey and freeee-kay. I tapped ten of my all-time favorite artists for inspiration. Here you go:
The Ronettes – “Be My Baby“
Key lyric: “I’ll make you happy, baby, just wait and see / For every kiss you give me, I’ll give you three”
When in doubt, turn to the classics. The Ronettes’ “Be My Baby” is not just one of the best love songs ever, it might be the best song ever. The Spector girl-group harmonies make the heart swell in unmeasurable proportions. Lyrics like “The night we met I knew I needed you so” bring us all right back to our best, most hopeful moments.
The Cardigans – “And Then You Kissed Me“
Key lyric: “It hit me like never before / That love is a powerful force”
My favorite Cardigans album is Gran Turismo, but it does not reflect the height of the Swedish band’s lovey-dovey-ness. For that, you need to bust out Long Gone Before Daylight. “For What It’s Worth” and You’re the Storm” are for lovin’, but give “And Then You Kissed Me” a spin. With lines like “My heart overfloods,” it is super-duper smoochy squishy.
Iggy Pop – “Sixteen“
Key lyric: “Show you my explosion, sweet sixteen”
Forget making love. You just want to get laid. You want to give in to all of your worst desires and just get f-u-c-k-e-d. If you have a sexy little thing and you just want to go out to the bar and then get down and dirty, try out this naughty little number. You will both cream your jeans to lines like “Body and soul / I go crazy.” (Bonus points for lyrical nod to “leather boots.” Mmm-hmm.) This song comes on, and Good Lord, it is time to bang.
Sex Robots – “Think I’m In Love“
Key lyric: “I think I’m in love / I think I’m in la la la-la la la la la la la-la la la la la la-la-la la la la la la-la la la la love”
St. Louis band Sex Robots always gets right to the point. The songs are short and oh-so-sweet and this song blasts through all of those nervous, crushy emotions with simple honesty. (“I feel so outta my miiiiind!”)
AA Bondy – “There’s a Reason“
Key lyric: “The love that’s tearing you down / Is the love that will turn you around / Say it is so”
He’s not very well known, but this singer-songwriter single-handedly renewed my faith in new music some years back. His songs always remind us that all bad love can go good, and that all good love can make you stronger.
Patti Smith – “Because the Night“
Key lyric: “Love is an angel disguised as lust / Here in our bed until the morning comes”
One of her most uplifting performances, the poet Smith embraces the full emotion and the weird power that one can find in love.
Teenage Fanclub – “Sparky’s Dream“
Key lyric: “If she lived in space, man / I’d build a plane”
Grand Prix is an emotional ride of an album, and “Sparky’s Dream” is the song that you want if you’re feeling like you’re in love. It song captures that buoyant, effervescent feeling perfectly. Think: driving in the warm summer sunshine with the windows down while a new lover is at your side singing along.
R.E.M. – “At My Most Beautiful“
Key lyric: “At my most beautiful / I count your eyelashes… secretly”
R.E.M. was a band that was about feelings. This track off of one of the bands sunniest albums, Up, is slow and tentative and bashful, much like young love. (“I read bad poetry into your machine / I save your messages just to hear your voice”) The song is bashful, even tender, and all of the obtuse lyrical dances that R.E.M. was known for are cast away in favor of a pure expression of romance.
Beach Boys – “Wouldn’t It Be Nice?“
Key lyric: “Maybe if we thinkandwishandhopeandpray it might come true”
A deep song with conflicting messages, wrapped up in a beautiful package. Completely parallel, emotion-wise, with “God Only Knows.” Brian Wilson is a genius.
Otis Redding – “That’s How Strong My Love Is“
Key lyric: “I’ll be the rainbow after the tears are gone / Wrap you in my colors and keep you warm”
A love song list wouldn’t be complete without him, so we look to the king of love, Otis Redding. Otis always understands. I want to find the woman who made him so happy and send her some flowers.
link: Riverfront Times
The Phonocaptors with Sex Robots
10 p.m. Friday, June 5. Deluxe, 2733 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood.
By Jaime Lees
Published on June 02, 2009 at 10:11am
Local rockers the Phonocaptors were once a beloved Midwestern treasure, a band revered for dynamic live shows and for songs built on vibrant, fuzzy guitars. The trio created three albums full of powerful, juicy rock & roll candy — thanks to guitarist/songwriter Jason Hutto’s flashy riffs, Keith Voegele’s weighty bass and the slick drumming of Scott “Scooter” Hermes. The Phonos disbanded in 2004, and since then, its members have found success with other bands, including area favorites the Bottle Rockets, Bunnygrunt, Tight Pants Syndrome and Walkie Talkie U.S.A. However, these experiences have just added to the trio’s many talents — which it’ll reveal once again at this Friday night reunion show. Welcome back, Phonocaptors. We missed you.
Sex Robots: Fables of the Deconstruction
By Jaime Lees
It only takes one good local concert (or few strong drinks) and I’m primed to begin my often repeated sermon about how this city is filled with a disproportionate number of good people and great bands. St. Louis is not that big; we have no right to be so awesome. But like an opportunistic fungus, art finds fertile ground in the oppressive weather and dank basements of the Midwest. The right people just seem to find each other, and when the magic is poppin’ it seems like nothing short of divine intervention.
That is why, with a heavy heart, I called up singer/guitarist Mario Viele and asked him about his upcoming semi-permanent move to New York. Viele is a ridiculously skilled musician. He seems to jump on any instrument with a virtuosity rarely witnessed — dude really does play the guitar just like he’s ringing a bell. Truthfully, his ubiquitous talent would be flat-out annoying if he wasn’t so damn humble.
Though only in his mid twenties, Viele has left deep footprints all over the local scene. His own label, Roadhouse Tunes, promotes and presses local records and his recent bands include St. Louis favorites such as Bunnygrunt, the Pubes and Sex Robots.
I’m not ashamed to say that Sex Robots have saved my life, or at least my wee rocker heart, on more than one occasion. I’ve had some of the best nights of my life watching the Robots play energetic, shambolic sets in dirty dive bars. The bands hooked-out sound and simple melodies reflect everything amazing about rock and roll, all rolled up into tight, two-and-a-half minute songs. I’m too young to have seen the Replacements in their prime, but I can’t help but imagine that a Robots show is very similar.
With only two more local shows scheduled, Viele’s upcoming move, rumors of bassist Tracey Morrissey going back to school and drummer Maysam Attaran working with a new band, the future of the Robots appeared grim. Robots go bye-bye? Really, I couldn’t stand the thought.
Determined to get to the bottom of this, I caught up with Viele a few days ago to discuss the status of Sex Robots. He was with Bunnygrunt, finishing recording its album at Bel*Air Studio in Athens, Georgia. When his duties were complete he called to set the record straight. After I relayed my breathless, fangirl fear that his move marks the end of the Sex Robots, Viele seemed to try hard not to laugh, reassuring me that I couldn’t be more wrong. Me? Wrong? I guess there’s a first time for everything.
“The thing I like about 2009 is that there’s definite plans,” Viele explains, “There’s plans to tour and make an album and because of that, our working energy is going towards making those things happen and therefore everything else, as far as where we are and where we will be, is all kind of a big x-variable, and that’s really cool.”
Sex Robots have one show scheduled tonight at Mangia and another set for February 13 at the Schlafly Tap Room, but are going on an East coast tour between these dates, with plans to record an album in St. Louis in the summer and tour again in the fall. Viele, for one, relishes traveling and the time on the road and seems completely unconcerned with the upcoming change of surroundings or the strength of the band.
“I feel that if we went and recorded now, it wouldn’t be as good as if we took a little time away and then got back together to play it out. That way it will be all worked out, but also be totally fresh. I’m following what my brain says and my brain wants two things: to make music and tour. I just do what my brain says. The voice in my brain goes ‘Hey, do this’ and I go ‘Okay, Brain, I don’t know why, but I trust you.’
“I’m getting to the point where I trust what my brain tells me to do. I just look at it as, the more we’re traveling, the more I see it as gaining ability to write and operate from anywhere. It’s an adventure. I think of the band as the best excuse ever to make ridiculous decisions and go on the road with my best friends.”
TV Blinded Me With Science
My favorite major release of 2008 was TV on the Radio’s Dear Science. Holy crap, was I unprepared to deal with the magnetic, schizophrenic brilliance of that album. I tried to listen casually — you know, in the car, while doing the dishes, etc. — but I soon found myself up late at night, incapacitated by the weight of big-ass headphones, wide-eyed in wonderment and smiling in the dark.
After bumping hip-hop newcomer Kid Sister’s tune “Beeper” on the daily, I spent an unprecedented amount of time — and a sickening level of ass-kissing — trying to scam an advance copy of her debut LP, Dream Date, from better-connected industry friends. Though it won’t be released until March 2009, Kid Sister’s playful, fly girl charisma permeates every song on the debut, and this hip-hop cutie has the skills to back up her Next Big Thing hype.
There were some hot reissues this year, including R.E.M.’s Murmur, Verbena’s Souls for Sale, A.A. Bondy’s American Hearts and the remastered Replacements discography. All were greatly appreciated — and rocked accordingly.
The best concert I saw in town was Sharon Jones at Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room in January. I knew she would be good, but I had no idea how good. The sold-out, sticky, sweaty, shoes-off, swinging hair, soul-filled basement show had me jumpin’ and forced my booty to do things heretofore unthinkable. Hallelujah.
Locally, I still crush on Bunnygrunt, the Humanoids, Sex Robots, Rum Drum Ramblers and Pokey LaFarge. I’ve seen each about 27,856 times this year and I’m still amazed at the spirit and passion their performances ignite. In addition, I can’t say enough good things about the Livers. This extraordinary rock duo is relatively new, but it consistently churns out one of the most exceptional live acts in the city.
— Jaime Lees
[“the RFT’s music writers weighed in on what they liked this year” – HERE]
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RFT Music Awards Nominees: St. Louis’ Best and Brightest
Published on May 28, 2008
Please follow this link to read about the nominees listed below.
Best Americana/Folk – Rum Drum Ramblers
Best Untraditional Americana/Folk – Rats & People
Best Funk/Soul/R&B – Kim Massie
Best Hard Rock/Metal – Head On Collision
Best Local Release (self-released) –
Rats & People’s The City of Passersby
Best New Artist – The Livers + Wooden Kites
Best Pop Band – Sex Robots
Best Punk/Hardcore – The Humanoids