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09 September 2011

Who's up for a little MP3 Shuffle-a-gogo? You know the drill. MP3 player set on shuffle, first 10 songs, post 'em here. [More:] Here's what I got on mine with some real time comments.

1. MATERIAL ISSUE - the Loneliest Heart (Destination Universe 1992) - I'm a major power pop nerd and live in Chicago, so it was inevitable that I'd be a huge Ish fan. I miss seeing them live - they were always lots of fun. One of my favorite Jim Ellison memories is watching him standing by the side of the stage at the Sweet reunion playing airdrums and signing along with just about everything.

2. SOCIAL DISTORTION - Sick Boys (Social Distortion 1990) This album plays like a hits collection - I don't think there's a song on here that I don't love.

3. CHUCK BERRY - Viva Viva Rock & Roll (Chess years Box) A throw-away Chuck song which is still a great listen.

4. NADA SURF - Enjoy the Silence (If I Had a Hi-fi 2009) Nada Surf turn the Depeche Mode hit into a great American pop song.

5. M - Abaracadabara (Official Secrets Act 1980) This is the album after the one with "Pop Musik", which is one of my alltime faves. Not a record that I'd urge others to rush out and get, but for the past 30 years it's been a fave of mine that for some reason I find great comfort in.

6. HUSKER DU - Don't Want to Know If You Are Lonely (Candy Apple Grey 1986) One of Grant Hart's many shining moments in the second half of Husker's career. The man sure knew his way around monstrous pop hooks.

7. ARLO - Silkworm (Stab the Unstoppable Hero 2002) Speaking of monstrous pop hooks! This is one of those albums I recommend to anyone that loves big guitars and an abundance of pop hooks.

8. NIRVANA - Come As You Are (Nevermind 1991) I walked away from Nirvana for a few years because it was hard to go anywhere without hearing them, but this albums still sounds great.

9. HERMAN'S HERMITS - Just a Little Better (Best of) I'm a sucker for innocent goofiness of HH.

10. MARITIME - Faint of Hearts (Human Hearts 2011) From one of my favorite albums of 2011.
1. Finally, by the Frames. One of my favorite bands, and this song is one of my top five for them. Fantastic running song.

2. Neighborhood #2 (Laika), Arcade Fire. I've been listening to this album a lot, but still can't really pick out the songs, other than a few stand-outs. Probably need to give it a less-distracted listen.

3. Hash Pipe, Weezer. Makes me think of high school.

4. Arienette, Bright Eyes. I loved Bright Eyes in college and got back into him a few weeks ago. I don't care that it's emo; I like it.

5. Drop Out - The So Unknown, Jack's Mannequin. No comment.

6. Black and Blue, Counting Crows. This song always makes me wince a lot.

7. Closer to You, the Wallflowers. Love this song so much. It's the basis of a new playlist I've been playing with this week.

8. Fire Escape, Fanfarlo. I saw these guys live a couple years ago, and ended up partying with them afterward. Nice men. We eventually made them pasta at like four in the morning.

9. Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy, Queen. I love me some Queen, and how.

10. Home, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Yeah. I've been listening to this song on repeat for the last three weeks. So much love and goodness in those five minutes.
posted by punchtothehead 09 September | 11:29
Hmm, carrying my little workout Ipod with me, so the selections are going to be immature:

1. Just Got Started Lovin' You, James Otto

2. I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive, The Little Willies

3. Silver Lining, Under the Blacklight

4. All Mixed Up, 311

5. Hold On, Mere

6. Golden Boy, Natalie Merchant

7. Over the Rainbow, Eva Cassidy

8. When It Don't Come Easy, Patty Griffin

9. All You Want, Dido

10. Take Me Out, Franz Ferdinand
posted by bearwife 09 September | 11:59
Kings Of Leon - Molly's Chambers
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - For The Victims Of Ravishment
Duke Ellington - Isfahan
Lamb - Gabriel
John Coltrane - Dedicated To You
The Blow Monkeys - Is Doesn't Have to Be this Way
Gorillaz - Superfast Jellyfish
Kitaro - Symphony Of The Forest
Spencer & Hill - Cool (Cool Radio Mix)
United Balls - Pogo In Togo
posted by arse_hat 09 September | 12:24
1. Kip Addotta – Wet Dream. This was one of the first comedy tracks I heard. I loved this song as a kid. My dad taped it off the air one time, but lost the tape when his car was later stolen. I went years without hearing the track until Napster came around. I forget how I found it, but I was like OMG I THOUGHT THIS SONG WAS LOST FOREVER! I was 5 years old again for the next five minutes.

2. STP – Creep. Yeah, that's me.

3. Queensr˙che – Della Brown. QR was the second real concert I went to. Dragged a friend to see Rush, he took me to see Queensr˙che. I really liked them, especially the Operation: Mindcrime album, which, for my money, is still one of the best rock operas ever written. This song is from the following album, Empire, which has aged fairly well. The song itself is the sad song of a woman of beauty and her fall. Poor Della Brown. =(

4. Corrosion of Conformity – Albatross. I came back to CoC late in the game. I had a song lyric stuck in my head, and I couldn't place it. I posted it on the namethattune community I started over on LiveJournal, and someone was like, "Oh, that's Clean My Wounds." I loved the tracks I heard so much I had to run out and buy the album. And it's still one of my all-time favorite albums. Albatross is the 2nd track on the album, and the first three tracks comprise one of the best of what my friend Chris calls "three-song salvos" on any album ever. It's sludgy, hard rock, and just great fun to rock out to. It's hard not to start drumming right now, even though I'm at work. Oh, and I always sing it "Albert Ross." I figure he's related to Bob somehow.

5. RAtM – Down Rodeo. Oh man, I love this song so hard. I don't care what anyone says about Rage, it's just hard to top the lyrics: "Now I'm rollin' down Rodeo with a shotgun; these people ain't seen a brown-skin man since they grandparents bought one." That and: "Fuck the g-ride, I want the machines that are makin' 'em." "Can't waste the day when the night brings a hearse," is one of my mantras when I'm feeling shiftless. I was raised on Rush, which means I didn't really grow up on love songs, so I love music that's about something. Even if they're just the poor man's Fugazi, I'll always love Rage. "Just a quiet, peaceful death."

6. Verve Pipe – Photograph. When this song came out, I fell in love with Verve Pipe. Then that stupid Freshmen song came out and it's all anyone remembers them for. It's almost the same song (and around the same time) as Ben Folds' "Brick." And so trite, after what was such a quirky tune. But they redeemed themselves with "Hero," which was pretty good. Still, I've never picked up the album because, ugh, Freshmen. When that Marky Mark movie, "Rock Star," came out, I totally picked up on the fact that the vocals at the end were the dude from VP. Right away.

7. Bloodhound Gang – I Hope You Die. Still remember all the words. This album turns out to be not so great on a road trip with mixed company. Some people can't abide songs about killing strippers, apparently. *shrug*

8. Queen – We Will Rock You. How did that get in there? I love Queen, don't get me wrong. I just usually don't bother d/l'ing the mainstream tracks that you can hear anywhere. (And I've been told that the aforementioned "Good Ol' Fashioned Lover Boy" reminds certain persons of me.)

9. Big Pig – I Can't Break Away. So after my mom took us to see Bill & Ted, I demanded we go to the music store and pick up the soundtrack (on cassette!). This was track #1. In retrospect, it's exactly the kind of decision I would have regretted later in life (never had much money, especially not for music, and I learned early on that soundtracks/compilations tended to be very uneven and not worth my investment). But I was so into the movie and the music that the purchase was just perfect. I still love this track, in fact, which is probably the only one from the soundtrack that I have downloaded in digital format. And to this day, my credo is still: "Be excellent to each other."

10. Sheryl Crow – Strong Enough. Ugh, one of those songs from my whiny emo white knight period (which I imagine is probably still ongoing, apologies to the women [formerly] in my life). Yes, I'm strong enough to be your man. I still have both my testes. But I would rebut this song nowadays with Fastball's "Fire Escape." "I can be myself, how 'bout you?"

Oh, and #11 is Corduroy, the song that finally convinced me to buy Vitalogy, which was the first current album I bought (and on CD!). Again, I never had much money for music, and I was never cool or trendy. So most of the CDs I had at this point (about 10-20? I was still mostly on cassette) were classics, like the Police's singles collection or older Rush albums I didn't have on tape. Though, in retrospect, I probably would have been better served getting Superunknown (which I bought later on, in college, and still listen to quite regularly). Just like when I bought Rad Racer with my Christmas money instead of Metroid (again, about 2 video games a year; one for birthday, one for Christmas). What was I thinking?
posted by Eideteker 09 September | 12:31
[non-randomly currently listening to:
Black & White Years - Up!
Ima Robot - Paint the Town Red
MGMT - Kids
Sparks - Dick Around
Warning - earworms!]
posted by Eideteker 09 September | 12:33
1. Bodies, Cee Lo Green- Not a bad song, but not one of my favorites from his album The Lady Killer, which is overall pretty damn great.

2. I Hear The Rain, Violent Femmes- Haven't heard this in eons. From their 2nd album, which IMO is just as good as their brilliant first album.

3. Fall of the Star High School Running Back, The Mountain Goats- From All Hail West Texas, the last of John Darnielle's "boombox" albums (recorded straight to cassette). A cautionary tale about a kid who goes afoul of mandatory drug sentencing laws.

4. Dancing Girls and Dancing Men, Robert Pollard- Not surprisingly, sounds like a Guided by Voices song, though a little poppier.

5. Only Got One, Frou Frou- It's about time for Imogen Heap to do another solo album, isn't it?

6. You And Whose Army?, Radiohead- From Amnesiac. A bit of a hit-the-brakes moment after the last two upbeat songs.

7. A Day At The Races, The Art of Noise- I've really gotten back into the whole ZTT Records, Paul Morley/Trevor Horn stable of bands lately.

8. Unrecorded, M83- These guys DO have a new album coming out soon, and I look forward to it. This is from their first album Dead Cities, Red Seas, & Lost Ghosts.

9. Entertain Me, Blur- Wow, I haven't listened to anything by Blur in eons, either. Sounds like the 90s.

10. Deer Stop, Goldfrapp- A quiet, torchy song to wrap up with. Very icy and mysterious sounding, like the whole album it comes from (called Felt Mountain). The song veers into David Lynch territory by the end of it.
posted by BoringPostcards 09 September | 13:02
Rock And Roll - Velvet Underground , ahh, prime nodding music. Nod nod nod nod nod nod....

New Orleans Rock - The - They are such a fun band you guys. And they dance barefoot!

I want You - Elvis Costello - I do not remember getting this? It's okay.

My Boy Lollipop - Sakura And The Quests - WFMU to the rescue, oh my weakness for insane foregin language covers of candy pop.

Crimson And Clover - Joan Jett - Man we are getitng into some real high School shit now. Who hates Joan Jett? No one. The answer is no one.

All I Have To Do Is Dream - The Everly Brothers - Shuffle is being a total square today!

Pull Up To The Bumper - Grace Jones - Not my favorit, I think got the wole back catalouge a while ago but man does this sound dated and cheesy now.

Too Much Information - Plastics - Ahh Twitchy insane shreaking electronic pop. Ahhh.

Nightmare - Artie Shaw And His Orcestra - The Aviator is an underrated movie there I said it.

Nightclubbing - Iggy Pop and David Bowie - I always feel like this song is just ALMOST perfect but ther eis SOMETHING it's not doing. Werid.

posted by The Whelk 09 September | 13:59
1. Lady Gaga - Summerboy
2. Noxshi - Aliyah (SXSW 2011 showcasing artist to keep up my indie cred) *
3. NEU - See Land *
4. Flogging Molly - Thr Kilburn High Road
5. Dance Laury Dance - Living For The Roll (another SXSW 2011 showcasing artist) *
6. Vancouver - Penalty Box *
7. Green Day vs. Oasis vs. Travis - Boulevard of Broken Songs (Party Ben remix - I love this way more than the original)
8. Moby - The Low Hum
9. Elmer Bernstein - Nearing East Proctor *
10. Sleigh Bells - Rill Rill *

* I download a lot of indie stuff and listen once or twice then never again. If it grabs me immediately I star it in iTunes and pull it into a few smart playlists that I listen to more frequently.
posted by rhapsodie 09 September | 14:53
1. The Clash - What's My Name? (live, but not the linked version)

2. The Dodos - Fables (I know nothing about this band. This song was on a SXSW sampler I downloaded earlier this year. Not a bad song, but not really my style either.)

3. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Showgirl Pts 1 & 2 (a band I don't really listen to much anymore, but I'd kill see 'em live again).

4. Talib Kweli - Give 'Em Hell (not his best track, but dude's got undeniable skills)

5. The Mekons - Last Dance (I'm not as huge of a Mekons fans as a lot of folks I know - including some people on here - but this is song is a definite winner)

6. The Coup f/ Dead Prez - Get Up (holy shit, major irony alert, what with all of the 9/11 stuff going on this week)

7. The River City Tanlines - Black Knight (another band I don't know much about, this song came off of a Dirtnap Records sampler. It's pretty damn fun though. Need to check this band out a bit more)

8. Descendents - I Like Food (It took me longer to link to the Youtube video than it did for the song to play)

9. Mission of Burma - That's When I Reach For My Revolver (here's a nice live version from Ireland for you!)

10. Aesop Rock - Basic Cable (from "Float", Aesop's first full-length, and frankly the one I still listen to the most. Love this guy. Can't wait for him to come out with a new album)
posted by ufez 09 September | 16:02
I pressed 'shuffle' on where the iPod app was sitting when I opened it on my iPad, which was a playlist I put together for a recent get-together that involved sitting around a fire and drinking significant quantities of alcohol. Not very indicative of my entire collection at all, but very indicative of my taste, I guess.

Time - Pink Floyd
Art for Art's Sake - 10cc
Cats in the Cradle - Cat Stevens
Helter Skelter - The Beatles
In the Year 2525 - Zager and Evans
Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
Do You Feel Like We Do? - Peter Frampton
Grey Cortina - Tom Robinson Band
Jumpin' Jack Flash - Rollng Stones
Pinball Wizard - The Who.
posted by dg 09 September | 16:51
Without a Heart - Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
Golden Slumbers - Beatles
Comin' Home Baby - Mel Torme
Let's Save Tony Orlando's House - Yo La Tengo
Baby Lee - Teenage Fanclub
Le Pyromane - Karkwa
The Lonely Moan - The Besnard Lakes
Dizzy Miss Lizzy - Beatles
Wild Thing - Noah And The Whale
Stable Song - Death Cab For Cutie
posted by chococat 10 September | 00:46
Harry Winston update || CAT BOUNCE!