Nada Surf

TRACKING BEST OF 2012 EDITION: #12 Nada Surf - "Looking Through"

SOUNDS LIKE: A return to rocking form for this Brooklyn band
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: It's immediate hook and danceable groove puts it at #12 on the list!

Sometimes when you add a new member to a band it could go either way, be the best thing you've ever done or not the best idea the band has ever had.  In the case of Brooklyn's Nada Surf, when you add former Guided By Voices axeman Doug Gillard to the fold it's win/win.  This is the case for much of their new album, the acclaimed The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy, and the raucous "Looking Through". 

Both the lyrics and addictive melody have nostalgia written all over it.  Lead singer Matthew Caws sings of getting older and looking back, wondering is life neverending?  Of course it's not, as Gillard tears up one of his signature solos as Caws ask "Are you dancing, are you dancing at all?"  If you're not, clearly you're missing out on one of the best songs this band has added to their catalog this year.  It's been awhile since Nada Surf have written a song, let alone an entire album, that is as good as what they gave us in 2012.  One could only hope it's a sign of a new breath and a new chapter to their career.


ROCKTOBER 2012: 1996 - SHOW ME THE POGS!


People age and some things change, but you know what hasn’t changed much since 1996? The Simpsons. Ok...the show hasn’t been as funny in recent years, hell seasons seven and eight, which aired in 1996 still hold up today as two of the greatest seasons of the show that Matt Groening ever produced. Just because the show may have overstayed its welcome and is showing its age, the characters are still ageless! Bart has been 10 for almost 25 years! The Monkees celebrated 30 years in 1996 their music is still as timeless today as it was back then. The original members of Kiss got back together and reapplied their makeup and haven’t removed it since (that’s probably a good thing.)

But I digress…Homer sure did meet some great musicians, particularly in the legendary episode “Homerpalooza”, where are favorite animated father found himself as a sideshow staple on the annual Hullabalooza tour. It was there he met his new friends like Billy Corgan and the rest of The Smashing Pumpkins. Sonic Youth appeared on a TV show for the first and last time, and Peter Frampton tried to show the public that his talkbox playing was still relevant. Spoiler alert: it wasn’t then, and probably still isn’t now.