Thursday, May 10, 2007

Geek Sounds on Thursday #2: Androids and Spider-Men

Sorry for not posting last week -- it's been a hectic period in my life, to say the absolute least. I won't get into the mundane details here. What matters is that i'm compensating for my absence with two different featured MP3s this week. Better late than never, right?

Anyway, today's song goes out to a diverse bunch of individuals from pop geekdom, including erstwhile Avenger the Scarlet Witch, Nico Minoru of the Runaways, Deckard from Blade Runner, and JLA supporting character Kathy Sutton. What does such a random grouping have in common? They've all had relationships with articifical human beings.

"Yeah, I'm In Love With An Android" is taken from Ferocious Mopes (2005), the third album by Say Hi To Your Mom. The band started out with Brooklyn-based song-writer Eric Elbogen as its sole member -- he is loathe to describe it as a "solo project", as his snarky FAQ makes perfectly clear. But it has since evolved into a full-on musical group, dishing out moody indie-pop that veers wildly between dispassionate irony and earnest (dare I say child-like?) insouciance.

The song is fairly typical of Say Hi's ouvrve, blending lo-fi anomie with sci-fi romanticism. In his plaintive voice, Elbogen waxes sardonic about the unique highlights and frustrations of giving one's heart to a sentient machine:
Her kisses are metallic
And her touch is firm but cold
And I don't thinks she sleeps at night
But plugs into the wall

Download "...Android" (from the band's official site)
Download "...Android" (hosted by me)

Plus, in keeping with our declared theme of the month, I give you "Spidey" by Milky Wimpshake. I admit, it's hardly the most impressive track by the self-described "political twee" duo from the Newcastle/Slampt scene (heck, it's not even particularly representative of how they sound, in general). But it nicely captures the spirit of what makes Spider-Man tick, as a timeless, iconic character. Bonus points for avoiding the obvious route of sampling Paul Francis Webster and Bob Harris' familiar (read: over-exposed) theme from the 60s cartoon.

Download "Spidey" (from the band's official site)
Download "Spidey" (hosted by me)

Coming up, when I have the energy for it:
Free Comic Book Day 2007 round-up

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