Skip to main content

12 More by The Honeydogs

 Sometimes an artist just needs 12 more songs to summarize their career. Case in point...


A fixture on the Minneapolis indie music scene since the mid-1990s, The Honeydogs swing from alt-country to bar rock to Stax-style rock 'n' roll to Beatley power pop. Since the artistic high of 2004's 10,000 Years, the band has put four additional records of smart, solidly-constructed tunes. 

Since songwriter Adam Levy has a gift for one-liners, I'll limit my commentary to a favorite line from the song.

Check out 12 by The Honeydogs for a summary of their first 8 years. And if you have Amazon Music Unlimited, you can listen along here.


1) "Too Close to the Sun" (from Amygdala, 2006)
"I have no regrets, only epithets"

2) "Mrs. Ketchup and the Arsonist" (from Amygdala, 2006)
"Jettisoned up to the stars / Close to god, but no cigar"

3) "Amygdala" (from Amygdala, 2006)
"Too good for words, too good for me, too good to be true"

4) "Stash" (from Sunshine Committee, 2009)
"Well is it written on my forehead, 'I'm gonna crash?'"

5) "Sunshine Committee" (from Sunshine Committee, 2009)
"Analog rules in a digital world"

6) "Aubben" (from What Comes After, 2012)
"Beware of the murder of crows in your backyard"

7) "What Comes After" (from What Comes After, 2012)
"She's like candy / It's never better than the first time / Savor it / Don't devour in a gluttonous haste"

8) "Better Word" (from What Comes After, 2012)
"Shame begets shame and lies beget lies / and the glimmer of humanity disappears from your eyes"

9) "Smile To Yourself" (from "Indomitable" single, 2015)
"Witches will burn / opinion will turn"

10) "Devices" (from Love & Cannibalism, 2016)
"Doors are closed on the avenue of the righteous"

11) "Wheels" (from Love & Cannibalism, 2016)
"Our tank is on empty / We'll make it on fumes"

12) "Look Through the Sun (Photokeratitis)" (from Love & Cannibalism, 2016)
"Whole milk in the veins / cupcakes for brains / battling for billboard space in the endzone"

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

12 by Weezer

Here's the drill: 12 songs to summarize an artist's career, in chronological order (of course). This one features... I decided to take an unconventional route for this 12 by, and pretend Weezer have already released a "greatest hits." Here's what I think that would look like:  1) "Buddy Holly", 2) "Undone - the Sweater Song", 3) "My Name Is Jonas", 4) "The Good Life", 5) "El Scorcho", 6) "Hash Pipe", 7) "Island in the Sun", 8) "Dope Nose", 9) "Keep Fishin'", 10) "Beverly Hills", 11) "We Are All On Drugs", 12) "Pork and Beans".  Here's a different take: 1. " Say It Ain't So"  (from Weezer , 1994)  A little bit heavy, a little bit catchy, quiet-loud dynamics. So basically, it's Pixies lite. The song is interesting lyrically because it's basically nonsense until the "Dear daddy..." bridge, which lets out a t

12 by Jenny Lewis

Here's the drill: 12 songs to summarize an artist's career, in chronological order (of course). This one features... Completely separate from Rilo Kiley, Jenny Lewis has put together an impressive oeuvre that is very difficult to winnow down to just 12 songs (if you include her work with Rilo Kiley, fuhgeddaboudit). But I've made what I feel is a valiant attempt. Because I admire Jenny's lyrics so much, I'm going to limit my commentary to a favorite couplet from the song. (If you have Amazon Music Unlimited, you can listen along here .) 1. "Rise Up With Fists!!!" (from Rabbit Fur Coat , 2005) "But you can wake up younger, under the knife / And you can wake up sounder, if you get analyzed." 2. "Melt Your Heart" (from  Rabbit Fur Coat , 2005) "It's like a valentine from your mother / It's bound to melt your heart." 3. "Born Secular" (from Rabbit Fur Coat , 2005) "God works in mysterious ways / And God give

12 by Vicious Vicious

Here's the drill: 12 songs to summarize an artist's career, in chronological order (of course). This one features... If you need a reference point for the work of Vicious Vicious mastermind Erik Appelwick, the most appropriate would be Beck. Like Mr. Hansen, Minnesota-based Appelwick has the ability to navigate between making you laugh and making you cry and making you want to dance, and embraces genres from country to R& B to folk to pop.  I've included songs from the two albums Appelwick did under the name Tropical Depression, because honestly there's not a lot of difference between that and Vicious Vicious.  I very literally  wrote the book  on Appelwick, so please feel confident you are hearing from an authority here.  If you have Amazon Music Unlimited, you can listen to an alternate version of list here  (sadly, not all of VV's music is on the service). 1. "Shake That Ass on the Dance Floor" (from Blood + Clover , 2003) A loungy, laconic come-on