As fun as it is to sit by myself in a dark, musty room, wallowing in my own crapulence and ranting about music like an embittered melomane approaching senility, sometimes it’s refreshing to actually converse with someone else and be exposed to a voice other than my own. My good friend Aly Fields joins us in this edition of the Every-ist and Every-ism Blogcast, to talk about her love of outsider music, scuzzy lo-fi rock songs and sappy love ballads, as well as the secret origins of our 10-year friendship. This is accompanied by the occasional participation of her cat Juno, and an impromptu duet a capella performance of a Japanese hardcore punk song.
I tasked Aly with creating a short playlist of songs for the podcast– stuff that represents her general music tastes, songs that she’s currently into or all-time favorites. This is Aly’s playlist:
Hüsker Dü- “New Day Rising”
Henry Plotnick- “Field 3”
Over the Rhine- “Circle of Quiet”
The Minutemen- “History Lesson Pt. 2”
Everything But the Girl- “The Night I Heard Caruso Sing”
The Replacements- “Left of the Dial”
Kate Bush- “The Morning Fog”
Aly makes insightful and poignant observations about each one of her picks, veering into topics such as classical minimalism and how a band can be misrepresented by a Top 40 hit. I mostly just nod and agree.
As background music to our prattling, you’ll also hear tunes by Urban Achievers Brass Band, The Missing Season, Crooked Fingers, Bash & Pop, Joanna Newsom and others.
Listen to the episode by clicking the link below: