Nostalgia

Nearly 10 years ago…this happened.

And damn it’s still a magical memory. My saint of a brother drove my best friend and I’s crazy/silly 16 year old selves to see our favorite band in the entire world, The Killers, in Spokane, WA. Incredibly, it was a fairly intimate venue as well, probably held about 250 people. AND, Tegan and Sara, who had just released their debut album, were opening for them. It was April of 2005 and my besty and I were head over heels for anything and everything related to The Killers. I don’t know why they were on my mind last night, but when I was laying in bed and couldn’t sleep, this song came to mind:

I remember they played it at the concert and at that point in time, it was “new” material so we lost our minds when they played it. I have to admit, I’ve lost touch with The Killers’ new material. Their first album, ‘Hot Fuss’, was easily their best work and for me, goes down as one of the best pop/rock albums of that time. After reliving that whole 16-year old experience, I dug out these photos. I couldn’t help it. We waited for them to come out from backstage for about an hour and got our pictures with them…OF COURSE! But that’s not all, we also had them sign our Converse…because we were in high school and what indie rock and roll-loving teenager didn’t have Converse?!

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Then, this December this happened:

and they stole my heart all over again.

Liar Liar, Plants for Hire

I won’t go into full detail as to why this quote came to mind but, in general, I’ve been feeling a little nostalgic lately and Sponge Bob came to mind. Sponge Bob has nothing to do with the music I’m sharing today but I Googled this quote and I was pleased to see this little video come up.

Anyway, this nostalgic feeling has been mostly reflected in my music-listening and this old Caribou song from 2010 was on a CD I’ve been listening to in the car the last couple of days. “Odessa” is off of Caribou’s 2010 album, ‘Swim.’

The very first song by Caribou that made it into my ears was “Melody Day” off of the 2007 album, ‘Andorra.’ Early Caribou sounds more like psychedelic folk rock….

whereas current Caribou is more on the electronic/dance side. Most of the songs on Caribou’s 2014 album, ‘Our Love’ are too austere and full of sounds that my ears don’t particularly enjoy in large quantities. BUT, “Silver” is something extraordinary and I know it will likely be the soundtrack of the next week or so. It starts off sounding a little machine-like with a driving and circular beat, then Dan Snaith’s airy vocals enter the scene. From there, it changes subtly and slow builds until it opens up around 3:30. It sounds…and feels like I’m in a spaceship that’s taking off into musical interstellar space.

Thanks to Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton for sharing this song on their show, ‘All Songs Considered.’