This week's Weekday Wayback is the legendary David Bowie's Hunky Dory. Be prepared to get lost in his spacey melodies and absurdly gorgeous lyrics, but not too lost, finals are next week after-all. Above is his video Life on Mars?, which has undeniably influenced both music and the way people perceive male musicians in the modern age. Enjoy!
This week’s Weekday Wayback is Flake Music, AKA the band that went on to become The Shins. The album When You Land Here, It’s Time To Return features James Mercer trying to discover who he is as an artist. Because of this, while there are hints of what is to come, there is also a lot that is different from The Shins. As fans of music, anyone can enjoy watching a great artist in his early phases of musical life, which is why we’ve picked Flake Music as our Weekday Wayback.
Here at KRCX, we don't need a reason to play The Smiths. But this week, we're giving ourselves a reason and making their compilation album, "Louder Than Bombs", our Weekday Wayback. This is a collection of all sorts of famous singles and B-sides from their short, but prolific career. Almost all college rock bands are indebted to The Smiths, and so are we.
This week's Weekday Wayback, Brighten the Corners by Pavement, is undoubtedly worth your time and your ears. For their 1997 release, Pavement decided to take a much more self-aware turn, one of which was definitely needed after their incredible yet ill-received Wowee Zowee. With lyrics like "I'm sick of the forms, I'm sick of being misread by men in dashikis and their leftists weeklies," Stephen Malkmus is obviously very fed up with the over analyzation of his lyrics and even the direction that the music industry was taking. With this turn, Pavement saw an opportunity to show their awareness of the industry turns by releasing a record that was undoubtedly to be successful; Malkmus obviously knew this when he is screaming out "listen to me, I'm on the stereo!" in the first track of the album. Overall, this album is gorgeously filled with mockery, self-awareness, and self reference, leaving it both hilarious and worth your time.