July 20, 2014

Modcast #303: How Are The Acoustics In Here?

This week on the modcast it's all acoustic tracks -- raw, stripped down, just the bare bones. I love how acoustic versions of songs can so drastically change a song. Sometimes that stripped down, raw sort of thing is just more pure. Sometimes it makes the song heavier, sometimes lighter and softer. Either way it really does give you something fresh and new. The way so many albums are overproduced these days, for me it's a real treat when an artist does the acoustic thing. It's one reason that MTV's Unplugged series was so incredibly popular. I remember reading that Nirvana's Unplugged album was one of the band's best selling recordings. Acoustical tracks aren't all I want to hear, but I do enjoy the occasional vocal and guitar alone and it certainly can make the songs have a more powerful impact.

As promised here is a link to Modcast #253: East Meets West with the Shibuya-kei Soul Sound


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Pizzicato Five -- Baby Love Child (1995)
Franz Ferdinand -- Walk Away (2010)
Teenage Fanclub -- Sparkys Dream (1985)
Blondie One Way Or Another (2002)
Beautiful South -- Don't Marry Her (1999)
Oasis -- Married With Children (1994)
Blur -- Sunday Sunday (1993)
Supergrass -- Next To You (2006)
Pete Doherty -- Don't Look Back Into The Sun (2004)
Dirty Pretty Things -- Bang Bang Your Dead (2008)
The Rifles -- Local Boy (2006)
Pauline Black -- Three Minute Hero (2005)
Dave Wakeling -- Save It For Later (2006)
The Style Council -- Headstart For Happiness (1983)
Social Distortion -- Reach For The Sky (2010)
Jane Weidlin -- Our Lips Are Sealed (2010)


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Blondie -- Sugar on the Side



Vaselines -- Son of a Gun (Live acoustic KEXP)













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