Secret Cave Office Chart [JULY 2017]

I’m not sure how it ended up this way, but this month’s is the most disparate offering I’ve curated yet. Still, there’s only one point in it that I think is uncomfortable and jarring. Be aware of the transition between Boards of Canada‘sย Satellite Anthem Icarusย and Modest Mouse‘sย Ocean Breathes Salty; it’s a particularly nasty one. Unfortunately, it was a bit too late to do anything about andย Ocean Breathes Saltyย is good enough to get past it. Beyond that, this month’s playlist skips from genre to genre without a moment’s rest. On the whole, it works quite well with a playful verve.…   [continue reading]

Pavement – Brighten the Corners

Pavement are one of those cult bands that you just eventually come across one day, and it may be hard to pin down exactly how they appeared in your life. ย For me, I can’t at all remember who introduced me to them, or how I found their work. ย Despite the vessel that brought them into my life being clouded in mystery, I can still recall strongly how I felt upon hearingย Stereoย (Brighten the Corners‘ opening track) for that first time. ย I was already a big fan of Pixies, and a few other calling card bands in that alternative-guitar-rock style, yet Pavement backed up their raw and esoteric ditties with an amazing intelligence and wit that I hadn’t heard before. ย …   [continue reading]