Worth Shouting About: Givers

I’m certainly not the first one to recognize something noteworthy about Givers of Lafayette, Louisiana. Paste, Spinner, and others beat me to the punch. However, they certainly get a “highly anticipated” vote from me based on what I’ve heard so far. Seeming to combine influences ranging from Flaming Lips to Peter Gabriel to Talking Heads to Vampire Weekend, I’m thinking these guys will be playing SNL sometime around summer 2011. It may be effervescent, but I’ve got a gut feeling that the bubbles are only the run-off from a hyper-creative hot spring residing in this collective. For now, go ahead and enjoy yourself some free mp3s via Daytrotter (below) and get to know this band before everyone else does.

get the Daytrotter session

get their debut EP

Tracks of the Decade (so far)

1563_Pieter_Bruegel_the_elder_The_Tower_of_Babel-wl400There’s still more to come, but here’s a list of the Sweet Georgia Breezes’ Tracks of the Decade so far (in no particular order). What do you think of the list? What are your top 5 or 10 tracks of the decade?

Counting Crows – Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby
Wilco – I am trying to break your heart
The New Pornographers  – Myriad Harbour
M. Ward – Poison Cup
Kathleen Edwards – In State
Vampire Weekend – M79
Johnny Cash – The Man Comes Around
Built to Spill – The Weather
Neko Case – Star Witness
Belle and Sebastian – Funny Little Frog
Interpol – NYC
Wilco – Impossible Germany
Coldplay – Lost!
Ryan Adams – To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High)
Fugazi – Cashout
Flaming Lips – Fight Test
Nathan – The Wind
Radiohead – Everything In Its Right Place
Rachel’s – Water from the Same Source
Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal
Bruce Springsteen – My City of Ruins
The Low Anthem – Charlie Darwin

Tracks of the Decade: “Fight Test” by Flaming Lips

“Fight Test”
by Flaming Lips
from YOSHIMI BATTLES THE PINK ROBOTS (2002)
How ironic that such a funny little song could bear so much weight. We’re all a little lost out here, aren’t we? Coyne and co. seem to get this, searching for the alpha and omega but finding it all shrouded in mystery. While they may have lifted the melody from Cat Stevens, you can’t really blame them because the sugary tune only makes the hard truths go down a little easier. The lyrics are concerned with when to fight – when to “stand up and be a man.” There’s a transformation taking place here in the heart of the lyricist, and I can’t help but think that he’s been inspired to recover his inner-protagonist after witnessing the horror of that one Tuesday morning a year before. “There are things you can’t avoid/You have to face them when you’re not prepared to face them.” Sounds more like the sage advice of Atticus Finch than the guy who sang “She Don’t Use Jelly.” Ultimately all about the continuous exam that is life, “Fight Test” is a lyrical manfifesto for our age, a tune so backwards and brilliant that it could only come from Flaming Lips.

flips_fight“Fight Test”
by Flaming Lips
from YOSHIMI BATTLES THE PINK ROBOTS (2002)

How ironic that such a funny little song could bear so much weight. We’re all a little lost out here, aren’t we? Coyne and co. seem to get this, searching for the alpha and omega but finding it all shrouded in mystery. While they may have lifted the melody from Cat Stevens, you can’t really blame them because the sugary tune only makes the hard truths go down a little easier. The lyrics are concerned with when to fight – when to “stand up and be a man.” There’s a transformation taking place here in the heart of the lyricist, and I can’t help but think that he’s been inspired to recover his inner-protagonist after witnessing the horror of that one Tuesday morning a year before. “There are things you can’t avoid/You have to face them when you’re not prepared to face them.” Sounds more like the sage advice of Atticus Finch than the guy who sang “She Don’t Use Jelly.” Ultimately all about the continuous exam that is life, “Fight Test” is a lyrical manfifesto for our age, a tune so backwards and brilliant that it could only come from Flaming Lips.