Music Saved My Life Podcast - Episode Three Companion Guide

By Matt Keath

MATT'S COMPANION GUIDE TO EPISODE 3: MUSIC SAVED MY LIFE POD

 This week we’re talking about The Beach Boys’  Pet Sounds  and Japanese Breakfast’s S oft Sounds From Another Planet , two experimental pop albums put out 51 years apart. It’s hard to imagine  Soft Sounds  will have the kind lasting impact  Pet Sounds  did (but it’s possible nothing ever will).

This week we’re talking about The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds and Japanese Breakfast’s Soft Sounds From Another Planet, two experimental pop albums put out 51 years apart. It’s hard to imagine Soft Sounds will have the kind lasting impact Pet Sounds did (but it’s possible nothing ever will).


 Japanese Breakfast " Soft Sounds From Another Planet" (album art)

Japanese Breakfast "Soft Sounds From Another Planet" (album art)

Japanese Breakfast basics:

Members: Michelle Zauner

Founded: 2013

Studio Albums:

  • Psychopomp, 2016
  • Soft Sounds From Another Planet, 2017

What they’re saying about Soft Sounds From Another Planet;

Inspired by the cosmos, Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner addresses life on Earth. Her voice shines over melancholic arrangements, evoking Pacific Northwest indie rock as much as shoegaze
— Pitchfork
For a record with its aspirations in the allegorical freedom of the cosmos, Zauner returns over and over to the painful architecture of this world. There’s beauty in it, too, this seeing more clearly, this holding of two things in mind at once. There are no bromides or reassuring aphorisms here.
— Consequence of Sound
Soft Sounds From Another Planet… [is] a somber, starry lullaby that results in periods of fitful sleep marked by struggles with fading love and death’s vague mystery.
— Paste

 Dennis Wilson aka “The Hot One”

Dennis Wilson aka “The Hot One”

Beach Boys basics:

Members:

  • Brian Wilson
  • Dennis Wilson
  • Carl Wilson
  • Mike Love
  • Al Jardine

Founded: 1961

Audio Albums: 20+ wikipedia that shit

What they’re saying about Pet Sounds;

But Pet Sounds....nobody was prepared for anything so soulful, so lovely, something one had to think about so much. It is by far the best album Brian has yet delivered, and it paradoxically began the decline in mass popularity that still plagues this band. It also reflected Brian’s preoccupation with pure sound.
— Rolling Stone
Almost predictably, as the deserved praise for the vocal arrangements may never wane, I’ve heard more fine things said about the instrumental tracks recently than any other aspect of the record. In any case, the technical achievements of the record (only given further support by the stereo issue of the record in the late 90s) have tended to overshadow the emotional and spiritual ones, at least in my lifetime.
— Pitchfork

Appendix:

Townes Van Zandt

Hayley’s been dipping her toes in the catalogue of a songwriting legend. Check out my favorite Townes track with a cover from Andrew Bird thrown in free


The Modern Lovers


Emo Revival

http://www.stereogum.com/1503252/12-bands-to-know-from-the-emo-revival/franchises/list/

Stereogum published this nice Emo Revival primer. I’d add the following three artists to their list:


Songs: Ohia


Otis Redding

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/otis-redding-the-crown-prince-of-soul-is-dead-19680120

Jann Wenner had no idea he was leaving out what would become Redding’s most famous song when he wrote this obituary in 1968. Also, here’s the song that almost made Hayley crash on I-20:


Feist


Louvin Brothers/Andrews Sisters


Here’s Mike Love on meeting Charles fucking Manson


Bill Mallonee

https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2006/07/pastes-100-best-living-songwriters-6170.html

Paste named Bill their 65th-best living songwriter in 2006. He shares the list with some absolute powerhouses. While he’s probably had less commercial success than anyone else on the list, his lyrics are pure class. He also replied to a fanboy Facebook message I sent him when I was 16. What a dude.