March 30, 2003
So, sorry for yesterday's update, it was pretty lame. And today's might not be much better, just longer...in my defense, I was spending most of the day celebrating my birthday (and today I'm gonna write about it.) Lee had invited me along to Fun Spot, an entertainment center in New Hampshire with a ton of classic arcade games, all very well maintained. Take a look at the list of games...it's like MAME but with real machines. Plus, Lee's birthday gift was $20 worth of tokens (and they give you 125 instead of 20*4=80 for that--) I got through like half of the tokens, I'll use the other half when New England Classic Gamers meet there, I think some time this summer.
Quote and Mix CDs of the Moment
"If you are a disc jockey, kindly remember that your job is to play records that people will enjoy dancing to and not to impress possible visiting disc jockeys with your esoteric tastes. People generally enjoy dancing to songs that have words and are of a reasonable length. Sixteen-minute instrumentals by West African tribal drummers are frequently the cause of undue amyl nitrate consumption and shirt removal."
--Fran Lebowiz, from Disco Hints: The New Etiquette. Previously in the passage she suggest people amyl nitrate should be consumed in one's truck, not in the middle of a crowded dance floor, and that fellow dancers interested in your progress at the gym will not be too shy to ask, one does not have to remove one's shirt, despite the warmth.
So I'm finally learning how to make optimal party dance mix CDs...the watchwords, as that quote reminded me, are A. danceability and B. familiarity. (Mix CDs for cars are a different story, there you can try to introduce people to new music.) Also, I've realized that each new generation of mix CDs can be a refinement of the last. To those ends, I loaded my two new mixes with late 80s/early 90s party hiphop, and a lot of modern covers of new wave songs:
Roaring Twenties Disc One:
Groove Is In The Heart (Kirk party mix neccesity)
Burning Down The House (Tom Jones cover)
Like a Prayer (deep throated techno-ish cover)
Bad Touch ("like they do on the Discover Channel" song)
The Humpty Dance
Take On Me (Ska cover)
Shake Your Thang (Salt -n- Pepa)
Tained Love (Marilyn Manson cover)
Stress (Jim's Big Ego)
It Takes Two
99 Red Balloons (Modern cover)
Walk This Way (Run DMC/Aerosmith version)
Funky Cold Medina
Tainted Love (original, here by mistake)
Roaring Twenties Disc Two:
Baby Got Back
Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)
Hungry Like The Wolf (funny lounge cover)
Things That Make You Go Hmmmm
One Way Or Another
What I Like About You
Walk Like an Egyptian
Ice Ice Baby
I Will Survive
I'm Too Sexy
Smack My Bitch Up
Smells Like Teen Spirit
Disc One is a bit stronger than Disc Two. In general, I try to arrange songs in descending order of coolness.(2 comments)
July 25, 2003
Mixes of the Moment
So, previously I discussed my newfound philosophy of dance mixes and here's the latest and bestest incarnation of it--up to three CDs now. I like randomly theming mix sets, starting them with an appropriate .wav, and stumbled on a Star Trek theme...although I still like to push the best songs to the first mix, I used a very geeky method to assure all three were ok (divided the music into hiphop, covers, and misc, and then each of those into two tiers, and then as even a distribution as possible of the 6 categories...Captain Kirk got the first pick from each category though.)
When I posted my last attempt at the perfect dance mix, Deevaa wrote "I want a copy of your CD!!" in the comments section, so I sent her a set, all the way to Australia this morning.
Link of the Moment
You can click on the links above to hear the sound clips I found at Star Trek in Sound and Vision, a site with tons and tons and tons of audio and video clips from all things Star Trek. A really amazing amount of material.
News Line of the Moment
Slate.com had a great front page caption for their story on Blair: "Finally, a Politician for Grown-Ups (Too bad he's English)". I respect Blair a lot, though Bill the Splut was greatly amused when I mistyped his name "Bliar", given his involvement in the whole WMD spindoctoring.
Also the other day Slate.com had a good piece on typical summer jobs for teens, giving "They say you learn how to", "You really learn how to", "Upside", "Downside", "Wages", "Minimum age", "How do I get this job?", and "Hook-up factor" for each.(10 comments)
March 15, 2006
So assuming all goes well, Tomorrow afternoon Ksenia and I will be headed for a few days in NYC! I think I've been there maybe once since 9/11.
I still haven't booked a hotel, hopefully that won't be a problem. Actually I haven't decided if it will be better to have the two of us take a bus there and back, or drive down and pay for a parking garage...any suggestions?
Kirkness of the Moment
Alright, self indulgent personal trivia...
A while back I assembled about 1 1/2 hours of MP3s as backgrounds noise for work. It needed to be energetic, and familiar so that it wouldn't be too distracting.) Plus, it needed to fit on my cheap 128meg MP3 player...
Here's what I came up with (in no particular order, I usually set it to shuffle...)
- Elvis vs JXL-A Little Less Conversation Radio Edit (117 Bpm Groovy Chemical House Pop)
- Sarah McLachlan - Possession (Rabbit in the Moon Mix)
- Prodigy-Diesel Power
- Short Dick Man - Gillette
- Lick It - Roula
- 50 Cents- In da club
- Barenaked Ladies-One Week
- Burning Down The House (with The Cardigans)
- Crazy In Love
- Groove Is In The Heart
- Jims Big Ego-Stress
- ladytron - seventeen
- Salt N Pepa-Shake Your Thang (Its Your Thing)
- Smash Mouth-All Star
- Smash Mouth-Diggin Your Scene
- t.A.T.u.-All The Things She Said
- t.A.T.u.-Nas Ne Dagoniat (Not Gonna Get Us)
- The Bad Touch
- Tom Jones-Sexbomb - with Mousse T
- Run-D.M.C. Walk This Way
- Sir Mix-A-Lot Baby Got Back
- Dave Matthews Band When the World End
- The Romantics What I Like About You
I actually switched over to iTunes to listen to this, instead of WMP, because I remembered it would give me an estimate in amount of time, not just filesize. But that little thing iTunes does where it crossfades from one song to the next really makes a ton of difference...makes it feel like something DJ'd, not jus hacked together. I guess that's one of those little Apple-ish details that have kept them around so long...
So if anyone has been wondering what I've been listening too lately, over and over and over and over, well there you are.
Retrohumor of the Moment
Lileks take on Old Computer Promotional Photos isn't quite as funny as I had hoped... I think the caption for the first one was my favorite. Boingboing like #7. I think it's pretty amazing how there's not a single trailing cable to be found in the whole batch, though I guess some of them might be running 'em under the floor.
April 14, 2007
Game of the Moment
Too make up for the terribly dull and self-indulgent entry below, here's a lovely and addictive flash game: Boomshine... kind of a cross between Missile Command and Maxwell's Demon. The urging on you do of your little boomshine circles to just hold one one...second.........LONGER is amazing.
Ramble of the Moment
|I bought the red iPod, which gave a token amount to fighting AIDS in Africa. Also, this image is about half again as big as the real thing.|
(Admittedly, my judgement is biased towards stuff that's good to do geekwork to, so energetic music tends to have an advantage over the slower stuff, and long jazzy or classical bits have very little chance.)
So I decided to grant myself one final birth day indulgence, or reward for sorting through all this, and bought an iPod. I had an iPod a long while back, but didn't really have a spot for it, the car radio adapter was more trouble than it was worth. But now that I've started walking to and from the T station and my work PC doesn't have a reliable sound setup, this one should be more useful.
It's kind of weird that the 8-gig Nano costs the same as a 30-gig iPod video, but still I went for the former. Besides better battery life, and not having internal moving parts, its petite minimalism just resonates for me.
And for your reading pleasure, and since I was on kind of a self-indulgence roll, I thought I'd blow a day on kisrael discussing the 29 bestest songs on my iPod.
Music of Every Damn Moment
The first three I identified as the Best. Songs. Ever. a long while back. They are Deee-Lite's Groove Is In The Heart (which I am morally compelled to dance to every time I hear it, even if just a little), Buildings And Bridges by Ani DiFranco, which is the most beautiful blend of dimestore profundity and musical grace I've ever heard, and It's Your Thing by the The Isley Brothers, the bass and piano that never fails to grab me by the cajones. (There's a bit more R+B in the Top 29: James Brown's I Feel Good and Soul Man by Sam & Dave.)
I've always loved Fever by Peggy Lee, and Shirley Bassey has a similar vamp effect in the Propellerheads' History Repeating.
Lately I've been getting into mashups, Tripper Trouble is dj BC mixing up the Beatles and the Beastie Boys, Groove's a Bitch by dsico is Groove is in the Heart plus She's a Bitch plus Just 1 Kiss, My Other Car Is A Beatle by Jay-R is an even bigger swath of artists. And before there was mashups there were covers and remixes, like Shake Your Thang, which really is how Salt-N-Pepa introduced me to It's Your Thing, and more recently JXL's A Little Less Conversation revived a sleeper Elvis work. Also two by Tom Jones et al.: Burning Down The House and Sexbomb.
Mystery Dance by Elvis Costello is the only song to appear in the Top 29 twice, it's short enough that both the electric and acoustic versions seem worthwhile.
Cake's The Distance always holds a special place in my heart as being my big solo in Tufts' sQ. Then there's a string of modern stuff... Smash Mouth's Diggin' Your Scene and the overplayed but great AllStar, t.A.T.u.'s All The Things She Said, the nostalgic drumline of Gwen Stefani's Hollaback Girl, and the cool retro-western-gogo of Legend Of A Cowgirl by a Imani Coppola
Slowing things down, Holly Cole's cover I've Just Seen A Face is just lovely, and I find Dar Williams' As Cool As I Am, Paul Simon's Tenderness, and Willy Mason's Oxygen can all move me to tears when I'm on the hunt for that kind of catharsis.
Finally, some oddballs: Johnny Cash's Riders In The Sky is just THE cowboy song for me, Maynard Ferguson's Chameleon is the only instrumental to make it here, and Madonna's Hanky Panky (Bare Bottom 12" Mix), with its giant percussion and naughty spanky talk is the best thing to have spun off from the movie Dicky Tracy.
I might be willing to make a mix cd or mp3 set if anyone is interested.
October 15, 2009
I like music to come into my life my happenstance. I tend to dislike importing other people's musical collections all at once, I think you should take more time and get to know new music.
I prefer interesting singles to full albums.
I've started making smart playlists in iTunes of recently added music, starting a new one every season. And I thought I'd jot down what was in the music here, in case anyone wants me to send them an mp3 or two, and as notes to my future self if I ever wonder "how did I get into THAT"?...
- Closer (NIN song covered by Spiralmouth) - this song reminded of sQ's version that we never actually performed (the lead singer chickening out on singing the f-word)
- Who Let The Dogs Out (Baha Men) --Ugh. Not sure why I dug this one up. The lyric "Get back you flea infested mongrel" seems weirdly mean.
- Right Round (Flo Rida) --moderately suggestive hiphop cover of new wave 80s, what could be better?
- Say Hey (I Love You) Michael Franti) --I think Amber sent me the Flash Mob dance scene from weeds...
- Smooth (Santana Feat. Rob Thomas) --I remember being surprised finding out Santana was just the instrumentalist, not the singer.
- Separate Ways (Journey) --I think the literal version reminded me of this. The real lyrics kind of annoy me though... "If he ever hurts you / True love won't desert you"? Whatevs.
- Mercy (Duffy) --Dig the combination of modern and motown sounds... think it was playing at a party at JZ's.
- Complicated (Avril Lavigne) --Ah, teen pop. But nice.
- Mother of All Funk Chords (Kutiman) --rather awesome Youtube mashup I posted here...
- Burning Down The House (The Used) --A cover they played in that Transformers movie
- Mama Said Knock You Out (LL Cool J) --DON'T CALL IT A COME BACK. I think some Slate article mentioned this.
- Holy Rave Party (Daniel Rhodes) --Another brilliant compilation from Youtube. This one made it to my "psyched" playlist for helping me focus on work.
- Auto-Tune the News #6 (The Gregory Brothers) --Another Youtube bit. This was good but to be honest now I'm getting sick of jokey use of Autotune.
- I Don't Feel It Anymore (Song Of The Sparrow) / Please Forgive Me (Song Of The Crow) (William Fitzsimmons) --Too very sad songs... heard this guy on NPR. Somehow even over the radio I knew he had a beard.
- Okey Dokey (Incredible Bongo Band) --The link is actually from the parody trailer for "2012" - nice 70s feel
- Ring-A-Ling (Black Eyed Peas) --Amber requested that her ring tone be made from this
- The Imperial March (John Williams) --This is the ringtone I use for my boss.
- Children Of Sanchez (Chuck Mangione) --I was trying to remember this song that my marching band played, then I heard it at a Drum and Bugle corps closed circuit thing...
- Bitter Sweet Symphony (The Verve) --More overplayed but still good 90s stuff... I was kind of surprised I didn't have this.
- Natalie's Rap / Jizz In My Pants (The Lonely Island) --The two SNL songs. Both are pretty listenable relative to the other ones.
- Weapon Of Choice (Fatboy Slim) --I like that my mom likes that video so much.
- So I wanted "Meet The Flintstones" for EB's ringtone, but could only find it on "Tv Guide: 50 All-Time Favorite Tv Themes", these are the 17 I thought I might like to hear. A few are recreations, unfortunately.
- Peter Gunn-Theme
- Meet The Flintstones
- Andy Griffith Show Theme
- Addams Family Theme
- Monkees Theme
- Mission Impossible Theme
- Hawaii Five-O
- Sesame Street Theme
- All In The Family Theme
- Jeffersons, The Theme
- Muppet Show
- Miami Vice Theme
- Cosby Theme
- Alley Mcbeal Theme
- Sex And The City
- Malcolm In The Middle
- Powerhouse (Carl Stalling/Raymond Scott) --So glad youtube got me back to the full version of the Loony Tunes cover - I had tried buying it before, but it was only a partial version.
- Sanford & Son Theme/The Streetbeater (Quincy Jones) --One last TV theme, but I think it was this scrubs clip that inspired me.
- Polka Dot Undies (Bowser + Blue) --Jeez, I remember hearing this risque goofy song on, like WMJI's Lannigan and Webster in Cleveland in the late 80s/early 90s.
- I Gotta Feeling (Black Eyed Peas) --I think Amber introduced me to this one, but I dig the anticipatory feeling of the video so much
- Sweet Child O' Mine / Paradise City (Guns N' Roses) --Decided I wanted to relive my high school days, kind of. These songs show up in mashups a lot, secretly I think I like the mashups a lot better.
- Word Up (Boss Hoss) --Like I mighta mentioned, only the second example of Germans singing like American Cowboys I have in my collection.
For the record, I make an honest effort to pay for a (DRM-free) MP3 version of every song, but after that I have little compunction about ripping the music straight out.
It's kind of reassuring that I'm still discovering new music at a fair clip. For a while after college, I felt kind of disconnected, since college is such a good way of hearing new stuff. Now thanks to the Internet (often, background music for unrelated Youtube clips) I hear new stuff, plus have a way to get to buy singles for songs I liked in the 90s but not enough to buy a whole album.
Any new music discoveries for you?
"Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight."
http://www.boingboing.net/2009/10/14/farewell-captain-lou.html - RIP Captain Lou Albano
http://www.wififreespot.com/mass.html - the free wifi spots around Boston
In Elizabethan slang, "something" and "nothing" were sometimes used to refer, respectively, to male and female genitalia. The title of Much Ado About Nothing is thus not simply a reference to the illusory conflict at the heart of the plot, but also a nifty dirty pun.
--The Slacktivist, http://slacktivist.typepad.com/slacktivist/2009/10/tf-an-approved-wanton.html (6 comments)
December 31, 2009
So like I posted after the summer, I've been rounding my new music into seasonal playlists - the season is just a coincidence, when I happen to discover or rediscover some music.
I tended to get music in big chunks this fall, as I ran into some CDs I had forgotten to rip back when I did the bulk transfer to MP3s...
The first few songs listed I particularly like, the stuff from Portugal is great as well.
I made some fun discoveries hunting up videos for these, like how you can find old Beavis + Butthead music videos on youtube, and the Goops/Mallrats "Buttercup".
- Laughing With (Regina Spektor) --Man, what a beautiful song. Weirdly I got kinda misty just listening to the opening chords right now.
- Bubbles (Jess Yoakum) --glad to find this video - bad audio but I love the cd version of this song, worth getting
- I Can Transform Ya (Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne & Swizz Beatz) --man, love the core sound of this
- Kick, Push (Album Version) (Lupe Fiasco)
- Right Now (Na Na Na) (Akon)
- Sex On Fire (Kings Of Leon)
- Littlest Things [Explicit] (Lily Allen)
- The Impression That I Get [Explicit] (The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)
- Superstar (Radio Edit) (David May)
- Torn (Natalie Imbruglia)
- Things I (re)heard in or near Portugal...
- Crazy (DJ Mc Fear) --Awesome remix of a song I was reminded of in Portugal. Fun fact: Gnarls Barkley is not the name of a guy. Just the group.
- First Day of My Life (Bright Eyes) --I think this is the one I saw in a UK insurance ad - lovely, lovely.
- From a CD of Marcos' kids...
- Yahoo Video things
- "The Full Monty" soundtrack --somehow I forgot to rip this back in the day, though I've had it for a while.
- "Lesbian Favorites" --another disc I forgot to rip...
- Obsession (Fem 2 Fem)
- Swimming (Gretchen Phillips) --She's like Ellen but sweeter
- I Kissed A Girl (Jill Sobule) --link is Beavis+Butthead... still like this song better than Katy Perry's...
- Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter (Phranc) --fun little cover
- Just Keep Me Moving (k.d. lang)
- I Spent My Last $10.00 (On Birth Control And Beer) (Two Nice Girls) --an old favorite of Mo's, and funny.
- Twist In My Sobriety (Tanita Tikaram)
- Mallrats Soundtrack - and again, another one. Lots of amusing little dialog snippets
- Cousin Walter [Dialogue] (Jason Lee & Brian O'Halloran)
- That Ski Trip [Dialogue] (Joey Lauren Adams, Jason Lee & Jeremy London)
- Love & Sharks [Dialogue] (Jason Lee & Jeremy London)
- Kryptonite Condoms [Dialogue] (Jason Lee & Jeremy London)
- Post Coital Techno Boogie [Dialogue] (Jason Lee & Shannen Doherty)
- Last Words [Dialogue] (Jason Mewes)
- A Very Uncomfortable Place [Dialogue] (Jason Mewes, Jason Lee, Jeremy London & Joey Lauren Adams)
- Taken With A Grain Of Salt [Dialogue] (Shannen Doherty)
- Build Me Up Buttercup (The Goops) --I was surprised and delighted at the video I found for that
- Seventeen (Sponge)
- Smoke Two Joints (Sublime)
- Alive (Joey Lauren Adams) --from "Chasing Amy" to continue the Kevin Smith thing
- It's Your Birthday (Luke) --I think they also used this Chasing Amy...is this where people saying "it's your birthday" comes from?
- From a random cheap 80s cd at Newbury Comics...
- Tufts sQ -- fun trying to pickout my voice and/or percussion..
- Bizarre Love Triangle
- Not the Doctor
- The Brothers Four --someone in Josh's family gave my Aunt a cheap compilation CD from Thailand of these guys -not bad folk
- Winken,Blinken And Nod
- Symphonic Variation
- BOA Constrictor
- 25 Minutes To Go --love the fatalistic nature of this song
http://www.doublex.com/section/life/tuesday-night-dinner-party-16-key-lessons-learned-slapdash-entertainment - "slapdash entertainment", neat idea... (4 comments)
March 8, 2010
Like I made after last summer and the fall, here is a list of the music I discovered or rediscovered and added into my collection over December through February.
(I like putting the new music in really heavy notation for a while, so it becomes more a part of my life than it would otherwise before going into the mix with the 2,000 other songs I deem iPod-worthy.)
So, most interesting is the (fairly?) new music I ran into: 3 cheers for Shazam and its ability to ID a tune, and 3 cheers for friends who keep me in mind in their own musical journeys and send me sugestions - or sometimes it's just "making the rounds" online.
- Handlebars (Flobots) - posted this one a while back
- This Too Shall Pass and This Two Shall Pass Live (Ok Go) - both great videos, and I love the marching band stuff...
- The Fear (Lily Allen)
- Samson (Regina Spektor) - man, I'm really digging the stuff of both of these women as of late
- Sweet Child O' Mine (Sheryl Crow)
- Baby Love Child (Pizzicato Five)
- That's Not My Name (The Ting Tings)
- Humdinger (Chucklehead) - Obscure-ish band that was a bit popular around Tufts when I started college there in the early 1990s. Surprised to find it on Amazon
- Criminal (Fiona Apple)
- Don't Speak (No Doubt)
- Happy Birthday (Weird Al Yankovic)
- Extreme Ways (Moby)
- Jessie's Girl (Rick Springfield)
- Jesse's Girl (Matt the Electrician)
- 99 Red Balloons (Nena)
- Sunny (Rhett Miller) - couldn't find a video - I guess this wasn't the original like I thought it was, but it's nice
- Sunny (Boney M) nice disco version is what the movie had...
- Brand New Key (Melanie)
- [You Make Me Feel Like] A Natural Woman (Aretha Franklin)
- The Dutchman (Steve Goodman)
- Suddenly Last Summer (2002 Digital Remaster) (The Motels)
- Because I Got High (Afroman)
- Ridin' (Chamillionaire)
- White & Nerdy (Parody of "Ridin'" by Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie Bone) (Main Version) ("Weird Al" Yankovic)
- Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat) (Digable Planets)
- Nickel Bags (Digable Planets)
- Straight Outta Compton (N.W.A.)
- Hard Knock Life (Jay-Z)
- Get Ur Freak On (Missy Elliott)
- B.O.B. (Outkast)
- Fight The Power (Public Enemy)
- We Trying To Stay Alive (Wyclef Jean featuring Refugee Allstars)
- Finally there were a few remixes that I tracked down when the countdown said Peaches and Tone-Loc were touring together...
- My Name Is
- Lose Yourself
- Without Me
- Like Toy Soldiers
- The Real Slim Shady
- Guilty Conscience
- Stan (Feat. Dido
- Shake That (Feat. Nate Dogg)
- dance of the sugar plum fairy (santa)
- jingle bells (santa)
- Beyonce (HARVEYJAMESTM ft. Mary Burgers)
"There is no safety in numbers, or in anything else."
iPhone's Visual Voicemail raised the bar, but if Apple was really smart they'd stop showing a separate "missed call" if the caller left voicemail-- it's annoying to have to check two lists. Heck, even an answering machine knows better than that.
"It occurs to me that when my cat licks me, I don't know whether that means I'm delicious or filthy."
http://www.cracked.com/article_18461_5-creepy-ways-video-games-are-trying-to-get-you-addicted.html - B.F. Skinner, patron saint of video games. Scary stuff, I don't feel so bad about playing so few games these days. Plus, I know "novelty" is what I'm really looking for. Well, that, and the ability to fly a helicopter around.
I guess twitter gmail et al. are my skinner boxes of choice. At least their pellets are based on novelty! (2 comments)
June 18, 2010
So, it's once again time for me to post the 3,4, or 5 star music I added to my collection over the proceeding 3 months. I love how iDevices let me have a closer relation to my music, but I want to make sure new stuff doesn't get lost in the shuffle (so to speak) so every season I make a new playlist of just the new tunes that I listen to over and over so the songs have a fighting chance for long term familiarity with me.
I'm always amazed that I can find Youtube videos for all of this. I usually go for original version videos, but accept live when that's all there is. And, crazily enough, here I am, singing "Fat Bottomed Girls" at the sQ! alum show at Tufts' Goddard Chapel... Err, I'm in the back left, behind the really tall guy, popping out from time to time. The "first generation" Qs sang the first verse, I guess we were supposed to mosey forward but this was crazily under-rehearsed... (though Amber got to hear me listen to sQ's and Queen's version over and over as I tried to learn it on the way back from Cleveland.)
So, in other music... two songs got a 5 star Rating (50 songs out of around 1900)
- Back to Me (Kathleen Edwards) - cmg introduced me to this one- nice innuendo, and I love the dramatic tension between the confidence of the narrator and the scenario implied
- S.M.D.U. (feat. Blur Song 2) (Brock Landers) - I posted this video earlier, took me a while to hunt down the mix it came from
- Casimir Pulaski Day (Sufjan Stevens) - very bittersweet
- The Girl You Lost To Cocaine (Sia) -almost a 5, great sound
- Little Black Sandals (Sia) - Another great song except I keep thinking it's "Little Black Sambo"
- Hey, Soul Sister (Train) - this one keeps popping up random places
- Umbrella (Remix) (Rihanna featuring Lil Mama) - Favorite mix of the 4 or 5 versions Amber inherited.
- Hotel Song (Regina Spektor)
- Samson (Regina Spektor) --Regina has such a sweet sadness, she's one of my new favorite artists.
- Boyz (M.I.A.)
- 5 Years (Bjork) -like how this sounds like an Atari
- Blister In The Sun (Violent Femmes) -kind of a classic
- I Don't Live In A Dream (Jackie Greene)
- Black Swan (Thom Yorke)
- Into Dust (Mazzy Star)
- Fade Into You (Mazzy Star)-I might've heard Mazzy Star a long while back
- Cross Bones Style (Cat Power)
- Close To Me (Closer Mix) (The Cure)
- 1234 (Feist)
- 15 Step (Radiohead)
- Holding Out For A Hero (Bonnie Tyler)
- Holding Out For A Hero (Frou Frou) - Weirdly from the Shrek Soundtrack
- Keys to the City (Album) (The Go! Team)
- Doing It Right (The Go! Team)
- Lollipop [Squeak E. Clean & Desert Eagles Remix] (The Chordettes)
- Jolene (Dolly Parton)
- Local God (2004 Digital Remaster) (Everclear) - Romeo/Juliet
- What's The Attitude (Cut Chemist Featuring Hymnal)
- Sexy Bitch (Featuring Akon;explicit) (David Guetta - Akon) - I think Kjersten showed me this
- Suddenly Last Summer (The Motels) - My UU Group did a "most romantic song" event, this was one of the member's bit of cheesy 80s romance...
- P.I.M.P. [Explicit] (50 Cent) -- Actually I'm still kind of looking for the background mashup in this Penny Arcade drawing video
- Beautiful, Dirty, Rich (Lady Gaga) - I remember hearing this at FYE at Downtown Crossing...
Anyway, this is all some great music. Let me know if you want an MP3 of anything...
"I took a city that was known for pornography and licked it to a large extent."
--Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, on his job as mayor of NYC
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNREP5l4xTw - anyone know what version of "P.I.M.P" is playing behind Penny Arcade's Gabe drawing Boba Fett?
Come to think of it, I'm kind of bummed none of the virtual drum sets I encounter have a "marching drumline" soundset with 4 distinct bass drums and quads. (1 comment)
September 6, 2010
I'm knocked over by how much great music I can run into still. I really thank MP3 players for revolutionizing my relationship with it, and how I can buy songs piecemeal and then give 'em a few months to burn into my brain before they get thrown into the general mix. (I'm also knocked over by how I can find nearly all of them on Youtube...)
Anyway, here are the 3,4, and 5 star songs I added to my collection over the past three months.
Random Modernish Urbanish Pop - I just dig the sound and swagger.
- TiK ToK (Ke$ha)
- Pretty Girls [Explicit] (Wale)
- Don't Stop The Music (Rihanna)
- He Said She Said (Ashley Tisdale)
- Get The Party Started (P!nk)
- Piece Of Me (Friscia and Lamboy Radio Edit) (Britney Spears)
- Hit 'Em Up Style (Carolina Chocolate Drops)
- Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!) (Blu Cantrell) -- I heard the singer isn't too crazy about the central theme of the song, but hey.
- Hey Bulldog (Bill Deal) -- I could't find the original of this obscure "Yellow Submarine" track, but the Bill Deal cover is pretty rockin'.
- I Saw Her Standing There (Beatles)
- The Denial Twist (Album Version) (The White Stripes) -- Incidentally, this is the only song this season I gave 5 Stars this season
- Icky Thump (Album Version) (The White Stripes)
- Sea Of Love (Cat Power) -- So very sweet
- Think I'm In Love (Beck) -- but it makes me kind of nervous to say so.
- Innocence (Bjork) -- there's something subtley Atari-ish about this that I dig.
- Umbrella (Marie Digby)
- Crazy Little Pimp Called Love (Q-Unit) -- originally I heard this in this Penny Arcade inking Boba Fett video
- Candy Bottom Girls (Q-Unit) -- I had to learn "Fat Bottomed Girls" so I could sing it with Tufts' sQ!, but I think I like this version a bit better.
- Disco Language (Q-Unit)
- If I Cant Be A Champion (Q-Unit)
- This Is How We Bite The Dust (Q-Unit)
- Under Pressure All The Time (Q-Unit)
- We Will Rock You In Da Club (Q-Unit)
- Guys and Dolls
- Fugue for Tinhorns
- The Oldest Established
- Luck Be a Lady
- Sue Me
- Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat
- Breakfast At Tiffany's (Deep Blue Something) -- this song still makes me want to watch the movie.
- Sex And Candy (Marcy Playground) -- I came for the "I smell sex and..." and stayed for the "like double cherry pie" -- is that even a thing?
- Push (Matchbox Twenty)
- Just a Closer Walk With Thee (Canadian Brass) -- their signature piece, I remember seeing them a few times with my mom.
- Mozart: Rondo alla Turka from Piano Sonata No.11, K.331 (Empire Brass) - I played this in a few bands. I love how much harder the trumpets had to work than I did.
- Rondo Alla Turca (Hooked On Classics) -- not sure why I decided to go for this one but it's kind of fun.
- Lola (The Kinks) -- Al's was "Yoda". Also kind of a rediscovery from Amber's
- Sharp Dressed Man (Remastered) (ZZ Top) - I think he through this one into a "Polka Party"
- The Wanderer (Dion & The Belmonts) -- I remember doing this as a lipsynch at church camp. (I had the sax solo) Not the most appropriate song, in retrospect.
- Runaround Sue (Dion)
- Under The Boardwalk (The Drifters) -- I remember Veronika say how an English teacher tried to say that this song was about bugs - I guess he was mixing up "boardwalk" and "floorboards".
- Rhythm Of The Rain (The Cascades)
- Transformer Breakdance (ft. Soundwave and Lazer) (Lazer) -- liked this one for years, the breakdancing is great.
- gimmebackmason (Swede Mason) -- oh, will Mel Gibson flying into a frothy rage ever grow old? Um, probably.
- Birds And The Bees (Sliptone) -- (actually the video I posted was Den Meyer's Annual Report which cuts out quite a bit.
- The Ding Dong Daddy of the D Car Line (Cherry Poppin Daddies)
- Here Comes the Snake (Cherry Poppin' Daddies) -- I've always been a bit amused by the lack of subtlety in this song
- When I change your mind (Cherry Poppin' Daddies)
- Zoot Suit Riot (Cherry Poppin' Daddies)
- Good Enough (Remastered Album Version) (Bonnie Raitt) - a suggestion from a therapist I see every once in a while.
- Dance Across The Floor (Jimmy Bo Horne) - Lileks wrote "How we hated disco. We wore skinny ties and were Mods! But allow me to present the brief for the opposition."
- Fresno Drum Cadence (Fresno State Bulldog Marching Band) -- I still long to hear the funk-laden of Euclid High School Marching Band circa 1990 or so... (link not quite what I have on my iPhone)
- The Girl From Ipanema (Stan Getz) -- when I am elected king of the world, EVERY elevator will play this song, by kingly mandate.
- At Last (Etta James) -- not sure where I heard this, but probably a soundtrack.
- Son Of A Preacher Man (The Gaylettes) -- didn't realize "Preacher Man" had so many old covers. This one is good, though I dislike how they change the slant-rhyming "learning from each other's knowin'" to "learning from each other's knowledge"
- Fever (Little Willie John) - I was reading about this earlier version of a song I love from the Peggy Lee cover.
- Sand In My Shoes (Dido) -- I think this song used to be in my collection, not sure what happened to it-- anyway, it's great and happy and sad.
September Blender of Love is here!
December 5, 2010Once again, here is the music I added to my collection this past season, acclimating myself to it via having a big playlist of just the new stuff. Managed to find passable videos for just about all of them. And I'm kind of proud of the weird eclectic nature of it...
A song that deserves to be more well known:
- Ha-he (Just a Band (Kenya))
- One of the more obscure choices, I heard of this on cracked.com's 6 Insane Foreign Memes That Put Lolcats To Shame
- Three Hits (Live From Eddie's Attic, Atlanta, GA) (Indigo Girls)
- Had this one for a while but not on my playlists... heard it again, realized it's great.
- Praise You [Explicit] (Fatboy Slim)
- Another "oldie" but goodie.
- Superstar (The Alan Caddy Orchestra and Singers)
- Remembering how my (usually black techno digging) college roommate had a thing for the Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack.
- What's the Buzz (The Alan Caddy Orchestra and Singers)
- iTunes has dozens of near identical versions of Jesus Christ Superstar versions.
- A Summer Song (Chad & Jeremy)
- This was on an old McDonalds promotional mixtape ("Shake Burgers and Fries"? Wish I could find the tracklist) I remember facetiously quoting
they say that all good things must end somedayin a melodramtic way around my high school graduation.
autumn leaves must fall
but don't you know
how it hurts me so
to say goodbye to you
- Bang on the Drum All Day (Todd Rundgren)
- This was like a staple of WMJI in the late 80s.
- Sunny Came Home (Shawn Colvin)
- I think Amber had this one. This was all over the gym I was going to in 1997.
- Punk Rock Girl (Album Version) (The Dead Milkmen)
- Vaguely remember this from high school. Maybe college.
- Theme From "Shaft" (Isaac Hayes)
- I mostly remember my high school jazz band covering this song.
- Milkshake (Album Version) (Kelis)
- "Mean Girls".
- Threshold (8 Bit) (Brian Lebarton)
- Scott Pilgrim soundtrack, nice-NES-era chiptunage.
- I Heard It Through The Grapevine (Marvin Gaye)
- Big Chill Soundtrack
- Good Lovin' (Single Version) (The Young Rascals)
- Big Chill again I think.
- Take A Chance On Me (Abba)
- Such a catchy still fresh sounding song, but it took this scene from the Office to remind me of it.
- Imma Be (The Black Eyed Peas)
- Amber had this album last summer, when we first started going out.
- Around The Bend (The Asteroids Galaxy Tour)
- I think Kjersten had this, but they used it in an iPod touch ad
- Sugalumps (Flight of the Conchords)
- Miller introduced to me this song.
- Too Many Dicks (Flight of The Conchords)
- Again, thanks Miller.
- Wonder Woman Theme-'E' Candy's (Radio Edit) (Carol Medina)
- Amber has a thing for Wonder Woman, so I tried to find the best remix I could.
- Get The Party Started (Shirley Bassey)
- I previously posted this great Bond-ian cover
- Sexx Laws (Beck)
- This came up on Pandora when Amber and I were assembling IKEA bookshelves.
- Hot N Cold (Katy Perry)
- Heh, it was the too hot for Sesame Street duet with elmo that got me to find the original.
- White Knuckles (Ok Go)
- Already posted this. Love these minimalistic, smart, fun videos.
- Cupid Shuffle (Cupid)
- They were playing this in the afternoon at the Atlantic City boardwalk. Catchy!
- F*** You [Explicit] (Cee Lo Green)
- NSFW, but such bitter clever soul. The only one I ranked 5 stars this month.
- New York City (LP Version) (They Might Be Giants)
- Everybody (Radio Edit) (Rudenko)
- Shut Up and Drive (Rihanna)
- Dancing With Myself (Single Version) (The Donnas)
- Ain't No Other Man (Christina Aguilera)
- Everybody (Radio Edit) (Rudenko)
- This one made it on my "psyched" playlist I use for non-distracting energy at work.
- Survivor (Remix featuring Da Brat Extended Version)
- God Is A DJ [Explicit] (P!nk)
- Summer Girls (Lyte Funkie Ones)
- God Is A DJ [Explicit] (P!nk)
- I have nothing more to say about this one.
There can be a visceral pleasure in typing fast, to have your mind's voice's syllables to the screen in rapid fire succession. Even if I still "wanna live like I type, fast, and with lots of mistakes", it's fun to do.
The power of open competitive markets vs. ripoff retail at retailers: HDMI cables. $2 for 10 feet on Amazon vs $30-50 easy at say Best Buy.
Speed Racer: totally underrated movie. So super-saturated and hyper-kinetic; it feels like a lot of reviewers mighta missed the point. (2 comments)
March 16, 2011
Every season I keep a rolling playlist of music I discover, and then I track down videos for most of them, to share them with you, and to keep around for my future self. Last Winter was a pretty good season for my music!
Recommendations from friends.
- Fidelity - Regina Spektor - such a lovely song, and a great artist, who Amber introduced me to.
- I Want To Hold Your Hand T.V.Carpio - from the "Across the Universe)" soundtrack, but I had forgotten about it until I heard it again from Amber's collection.
- Walk on the Wild Side - Lou Reed - this was on Miller's mix when we did 24 Hour Comics Day last October. Between this, Lola, and Tone Loc's Funky Cold Medina, there seems to be an 80s fascination with the genderbendering...
- Thinking 'Bout Somethin' - Hanson. Gerard LaFond, coworker and big name in the whole infogames thing, mentioned this Blues Brother tribute... despite the boy band roots of these guys, they're pretty great.
- Shut Up & Kiss Me - Orianthi. From Kjersten, I think.
- Pump It - Black Eyed Peas. Maybe the NFL halftime show reminded me of their excellent use of "misirlou".
- The Power Is On - The Go! Team. An NFL commercial used this... I think I just dig that shouty girl voice thing.
- Hi de Ho - K7. They played this before the Celtics game I went to. Uses a lot of Cab Calloway's Minnie the Moocher- he shows up at the beginning of the video. Very hard to track down the song.
- Go Speed Racer Go - Ali Dee and The Deekompressors. Such a vibrant kinetic movie... if you're a friend of mine ask me to watch it on my big projector screen.
- Creep - Scala & Kolacny Brothers. "The Social Network" used this, it's really kind of amazing.
- Mad Men Theme - DJ Swindeal. (Different video) I was looking for a simple version, this remix is ok.
- Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing - Chris Isaak. Rewatched "Eyes Wide Shut" with Amber.
- God's Gonna Cut You Down -- Kevin Lovatt. The video is what introduced me to the Johnny Cash version, but I could only find Kevin Lovatt's cover... his voice though is of the stronger, middle-aged Cash, not the weathered version heard in that video.
- Umbrella - The Baseballs. Such a terrific 60s rock cover of last decade's pop.
- I Just Had Sex -- The Lonely Island. Tacky, but funny. And the music is actually really slickly arranged, it sounds great.
- Gimme Pizza Slow - Olsen Twins. I think I already linked to the creepy weirdness that results from slowing down the 90s kiddie show song.
- Brand New Colony - The Postal Service
- Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy - The Andrews Sisters. Man, I love the musicality when one of the sisters imitates a wailing trumpet.
- Skate or Die - Rob Hubbard. One of the best bits of video game music ever, especially the C=64 version.
- Rollin' (Air Raid Vehicle) - Limp Bizkit. Kind of a catchy but idiotic song, but they used a cleaned up version of it on the old "NHL Hitz" game I'd play with my young cousins.
- Kiss Me Deadly - Lita Ford. The "went to a party last saturday night, didn't get laid, got in a fight, uh-huh, it ain't no big thing" line was in my head for a while-- didn't realize it was a woman singing. The video is actually really sexy in an 80s hairband kind of way.
- Mr. Roboto - Styx. It's weird how the rock-opera-musical story aspect of this song can shine through as you listen.
- You Were Meant For Me -- Jewel
- Bubbly - Colbie Caillat (cvs)
- Listen To Your Heart - DHT (new version)
- Go Go Gadget Flow -- Lupe Fiasco
- Dynamite -- Audio Bullys
- Les Petits Ballons -- France Gall
- Fortune Teller -- Benny Spellman
- Airplanes -- B.o.B./Hayley Williams - scandal
- If I Was Your Girlfriend - Prince
- Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun - Beastie Boys
- Last Leaf - Ok Go
- Face Melter - The Japanese Popstars. Love how this sounds like printer noise.
- Kanye Mahna
- It's Time We Ramble On
- Bjorn Slippy
- Do Your Thing to the Music
- Hop Star
- Imagine Wild Music
- My Shiny Gun Mosey
- Soul Shot
- War Discographer
Kind of weird that the iPhone playlist has the album name before the artist-if you don't listen to the whole album, likely it doesn't matter
http://www.dailymotion.com/swf/video/xhkp04 - Tron "tween" vid, via miller. Weird to think that many of Tron's biggest fans are probably a bit faceblind; so Alan Bradly/Tron being the same guy is harder to "get"
Amber says that if she twittered it would be something like "Surprised Kirk hasn't made any 'Erin Go Braless!' jokes this year. Yet." (11 comments)
June 5, 2011
Another quarter gone by, another 40-odd songs discovered, or rediscovered...
FWIW, I slightly modified how I listen to this music. For a long while I've been building resetting my seasonal playlist at the start of each season. But that led to songs added late in the season not getting as much play, which in turn led to stuff like me holding off on downloading a song 'til the beginning of the next quarter, which kind of missed the point of an ongoing "new music in my life" playlist. So, now I mostly listen to a rolling playlist of the last 25 songs added. I also added a "last 25 songs, 4 stars or higher", which makes my the ranking a little more meaningful...
One five star track last season:
- If You Kiss Jesus - Robin Skouteris. The "My Little Pony" video put to this mashup was played at a Pax East panel on "Playing to Win" (For no particularly good reason, except it rocks.)
- Something Bigger, Something Better - Amanda Blank, used on some youtube video or other. Love the line "my ladies who got their own cash / know how to swing they hips fast"
- Make Some Noise - The Beastie Boys. I'm on their email list. "here we go again / give you more, nothin' less-a / back on the mic is the anti-depress-a"
- S&M - Rihanna. Amber digs this tune - there should be more videos this playfully sexy. "I may be bad / but I'm perfectly good / at it" ... "sticks and stones may break my bones but chains and wips excite me"
- King Creole (Viva Elvis) - Elvis Presley. Played during the final days of the Copley Square Borders (sigh) "He lay downs a beat / like a ton of coal"
- Wild Wild West (Album Version With Intro) - Will Smith. Amazingly catchy song-- Will Smith's delivery is so much fun.
- Satellite (Live 1. Runde) - Lena Meyer-Landrut. Like I posted a few days ago, Veronika and Volker introduced me to this Eurovision winner... "i bought new underwear they're blue / and i wore them just the other day"
- Star Lake Pep Song - Star Lake Camp. I kisrael'd about this. One of a small collection of MP3s where I'm listening to myself.
- That's Some Dream - Good Old War. Heard this at the Copley Square CVS.
- Roam - The B-52's. Old favorite from college a capella days. Love the line "hip to hip, rocking through the wilderness."
- SOS - Rihanna. On one of Amber's play lists, dig the Tainted Love samples
- Immigraniada (We Comin' Rougher) - Gogol Bordello. Boingboing debuted this song -- it's the story of legal immigrants who are still given the short shift in this land.
- Just A Little Lovin' (GB Remix) - Carmen McRae. Heard this on that racy (if heteronormative) Sealy's Mattress Ad. So sweet.
- Blow, Gabriel, Blow - Ethel Merman. (The version I have is higher energy) Might remember this from my mom's musical days...
- Harvey & Sheila (LP Version) - Allan Sherman. This was on a Dr. Demento a family friend (Captain Shenk I think) made for my dad when he was sick.
- You Can't Hurry Love - The Supremes. Classic!
- Here I Come - Fergie. Fun.
- Spirit In The Sky - Norman Greenbaum. I think I heard a radio piece on how many movies use this song, it didn't make Greenbaum rich but he was able to retire.
- Take Me Home - Holly Cole - beautiful retelling of a Tom Waits classic... I've had this for a while, but it was a bad MP3 rip.
- Beatles VS James Brown We Can Work - found this while researching my last musical roundup.
- Mad Men Theme With a Twist - Found this interesting mashup of Mad Men and "Nature Boy".
- Step On My Trip - Dub_Fx. I think I put the live version of this here before; the studio version loses something with the polish, but still good.
- Move - H-Blockx. Found when digging up their version of Snap's "The Power". High energy 90s silliness.
- White Rabbit - Emiliana Torrini. The soundtrack to "Sucker Punch" had some intriguing covers.
- I Want It All / We Will Rock You Mash-Up - Queen+Armegeddon. From the same movie.
- Do The Mario (clean Version) - Hiimrawn & Hi Im Rawn Producer. BoingBoing linked to one of the related videos.
- One More Minute - Weird Al Yankovic. A memory from my even more geek youth...
- Feelin' Alright - Joe Cocker. Heard at Whole Foods.
- Yo Marco El Minuto - Mala Rodriguez. There's a sexy bit of strip tease to this in the movie "Sex and Lucia"
- Give me the seventies - Jean. Fun "Sex and Lucia". Then the guy does a more playful dance to this song in the same move...
- Express Yourself (Album Version) - Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd. Street Rhythm Band. Now seen in a coffeemate commercial.
- E.T. (feat. Kanye West) - Katy Perry. Recommended by my buddy JZ. (No not that JZ)
- Just Can’t Get Enough - Black Eyed Peas. Ditto.
- Sesames Treet (Vocal Mix) - Smart Es. Had this one for a long while, finally looked up the artist to get a legit copy.
- Peppyrock - BTK. I remembered writing down this title in the 90s, forgeting about it, looking it up, realizing it was a song and video, forgetting about it, then remembering it again for no good reason. Catchy song.
- Saturday Night Live Star Wars - Bill Murray. This one I've known about for years.
- Runaway - Del Shannon. Coworker Jon, with leaky headphones, was listening to this. Plus I think it was on one of those old McD's "Shake Burger and Fries" mix tapes I had growing up.
- One Of Us - Joan Osborne. One of those 90s songs. Mighta heard it again in a CVS.
- Ass-n-Titties - DJ Assault. This horrendous little ditty was stuck in the head of Felis Demens a long while back
- Insane In The Brain (Explicit Album Version) - Cypress Hill. Reminded by the movie "Havoc"
- Crazy Vibes - Selah Sue. Heard this in a grocery store in Paris.
- Wonderman (Feat. Ellie Goulding) - Tinie Tempah. They were playing this at the H+M on the Champs d'Elyesee
- Still D.R.E. - Dr. Dre. Ditto.
- Where do I begin (Away Team mix) - Shirley Bassey. I think the cabaret Lido might have been playing this.
- 7 Years and 50 Days (Radio Edit) - Groove Coverage. I don't think Lido was playing a different song by the same folk. Europop fun!
September 11, 2011
Another new season, another overview of the music I added to my regular rotation over the last 3 months...
Starting off with a few four star songs:
- Save A Horse [Ride A Cowboy] Big & Rich. Funny cowboy song, Lynn recommended it when we were trying to think of songs for the intern karaoke night.
- Give It Away Dick Brave & The Backbeats. Fun eurorockabilly cover of the Rot Hot Chili Peppers. Ran into this one in Germany but I had to wait for an import CD to arrive. I also liked their cover of Michael Jackson's Black Or White.
- Run [I'm A Natural Disaster] Gnarls Barkley. An instrumental of this fun retro piece was in the new X-Men film.
- Like A G6 Far East Movement. I kind of resisted liking this song, 'cause singing in praise of a private jet seemed a bit rich, but it's super-catchy, and kind of cool that they're about the first Asian-American group to get a top 10 hit on the mainstream charts.
- Knockin' Luminescent Orchestrii. This song is a sultry wonder. (This isn't quite the version I have, but closer than the live video.)
- Stay Don't Go Spoon. Dig the mild beat box beat of this.
- Cakewalk Into Town Taj Mahal. I don't always like tuba, but this song is a ton of fun.
- Rolling In The Deep Adele. Kinda Amy Winehouseian, in a good way.
- Mr. Big Stuff Jean Knight. A classic.
- Letting Go (Dutty Love) Sean Kingston featuring Nicki Minaj. Carribean-tinged theme.
- The Legend Of Zelda Original Mix HD Zedd. I didn't play this game much growing up, but it's still a stirring piece of exploration.
- La Vie Est Belle MC Solaar. I dunno. It's in French!
- I'm Good, I'm Gone Lykke Li. Nice smooth sound.
- Crystalised Xx. Dark.
- Comme Des Enfants (Le Matos Andy Carmichael Remix) Coeur De Pirate. More French!
- Addictive Truth Hurts. Good Middle Eastern groove.
- If Your Gonna Be Dumb, You Gotta Be Tough Roger Alan Wade. Heard this lovely bit of honky tonk outside the "Texas Roadhouse" restaurant. Love the Homer Simpson montage with this.
- Spooky Dusty Springfield. "Lock Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels" had this-- I don't think the gender flipped lyrics make as much sense, but I love Dusty's voice.
- Peace Frog ( LP Version ) The Doors. Quite possibly Amber's favorite Doors song.
- Pac Man Fever Buckner & Garcia. I had this kind of awful novelty album growing up. For some reason I had the lyrics to "Mousetrap" stuck in my head, but I decided to stick with the one that made them (in)famous.
- We Used To Wait Arcade Fire. The song is a little apocalyptic for my taste, but if you haven't played with the AMAZING interactive music video that might literally be able to bring you back to your hometown, you should.
- Dirty Water (Live) Dropkick Murphys. Got to talking about this with Amber's folks... And man, I just love the band name "Dropkick Murphys".
- Remember (Walking In The Sand) The Shangri-Las. Playing at Za, a local restaurant. I had it on a 50s mixtape from McDonalds growing up. I like the emotion in the singer's voice.
- What I Like About You Lillix. I like high energy girlband covers of songs, Amber introduced me to this one.
- Louder Than A Bomb Public Enemy. SOundtrack to "Hot Tub Time Machine".
- No Sex Chris Rock. TV Tropes mentioned the "smudge your puma" line on their Disproportionate Retribution page.
- Johnny Got A Boom Boom Imelda May. Heard this on the soundtrack for "Wild Target", nice gogo sound.
- What Was I Thinkin' Dierks Bentley. Another honky tonk song from outside Texas Roadhouse. Like the line about "little white tank top".
- Muppet Show Theme Song OK Go. SO MUCH FUN.
The Washington Post on the women pilots willing to sacrifice their lives to knock down any more hijacked planes...
http://loveblender.com/2011september/ - new Blender of Love Digest, a tribute to an old stalwart Blenderite...
Man, that commercial with the Budweiser Clydesdale's doing that horse show bowing thing to NYC is just kind of creepy/weird. (4 comments)
December 27, 2011
This year's advent calendar caused me to delay my seasonal music summary... not that there's so much of a clamor for it, but people who like this kind of music will find this a good collection of the music they like.
(Actually my tastes are a bit eclectic, but still, there's some fun stuff here.)
So, the one five star song in the fall was Might Like You Better by Amanda Blank, an incredibly fun and EXTREMELY raunchy song. Another great one was the cover of Addicted To Love by Florence + The Machine. (It was used on the ad for some TV show.)
Other songs by category:
Energetic Electronic or Mashup
- ABC Jackson 5/A.Skillz Remix. From this brilliant remixer.
- California soul (A.Skillz Remix) A.Skillz.
- No Fun/Push It 2 Many DJ's. cmg showed me a three stooges video that used this mashup.
- Satisfaction by Benny Benassi -- also from the Saints Row 3 soundtrack.
- Enemy Crush Skrip Breaks. That video is a crazy silly finger parkour video
- Queen Dot Kong The Dø. SR3.
- Think about the way Frisco vs. Ice Mc. Rediculously happy song, reminded of it by watching "Trainspotting" again.
- Make It Take It Amanda Blank. Another Amber favorite.
- The Wizard's Palace Violent J. Recommendation from a friend of a friend of the most worthwile Insane Clown Posse song-- a fun mix of Wizard of Oz and Marijuana, I love the horns sample.
- Ass Like That [Explicit] Eminem. I was reading about the incident that inspired this, the stand off of "Triumph the Insult Comic Dog" and Eminem's crew.
- Floozy The Knux-- from this very odd indie video game teaser video.
- 'Till I Collapse Eminem. Soundtrack to "Real Steel".
- 911 Is A Joke Public Enemy. Remembered from my high school days.
- Fast Lane Bad Meets Evil. Also from "Real Steel".
- No Mo! Red Astaire. From a random youtube video that made it look like it was the music for an Equestrian Dressage event.
- Power [Explicit] Kanye West. From the "Saints Row 3" game credits.
- Loose Lips Kimya Dawson. I think I heard this on one of Amber's playlists, and/or from the movie Juno.
- Video Games Lana Del Rey. Super sweet song that Amber and I really like. At first I wasn't sure if it was sarcastic, but no, it is gently about slow evenings with her boyfriend, even as he played his World of Warcraft.
- Tip of the Tongue The Donnis Trio. Heard in a cafe.
- Pterodactyls Fujiya And Miyagi. Heard this in a Chipotle.
- They Jem. A favorite of Amber's.
- Taken By A Stranger Eurovision song by Lena Meyer Landrut who did my favorite "Satellite", though I couldn't find her version.
- Done Wrong Ani Difranco. A replacement for a bad rip of an old favorite album.
- Just One Look Doris Troy. The Casanova's go-to song in "Crazy, Stupid, Love"
- Mama Said The Shirelles. Just randomly in my head at some point.
- The Clapping Song and Iko Iko The Belle Stars. I heard some version of the first song in a VW Beetle ad.
- Blister In The Sun Nouvelle Vague, from the movie Bridesmaids.
- Fly [Explicit] Sugar Ray. Heard this out shopping, remembered it was a song I liked the sound of.
- Closing Time Semisonic. Andy on the Office was trying to get every one into singing in this song at the end of the day... another song I have to unafraid to admit I like.
- Epic Faith No More. This song was big in highschool (so maybe late 80s?) Heard it recently in SR3.
- Buck Bumble Theme Argonaut software.
- Moon Patrol Dor-X. One of my favorite basslines in high school, I sought out a good cover of it.
- The Lazy Song Bruno Mars. My cousin Llara pointed it out this comedy to us.
- Banana Boat (Day-O) Stan Freberg. This was on a Dr. Demento tape a friend had made for my dad when he was sick.
- I'm Shipping Up To Boston Dropkick Murphys. Used as the ex-Sox Papelban's theme I think, I was reminded of it by its use in "The Departed"
- Don't Fence Me In (From "The Bachelor") David Byrne. Heard this on Amber's iPod a long time ago.
- Hey Bartender The Blues Brothers. Heard this at a store in Burlington Vermont
- 15 Seconds of Fame Jim's Big Ego. Fun, fun, fun, and Internet-y.
- Drums Live At Ballou Vs. Dunbar Ballou Marching Band Drumline. I'm always looking for good drumline music.
"A robot walks into a bar and says, 'I'll have a screwdriver.'"
--New York Times (3 comments)
March 3, 2012
Another 3 months gone, another time to round up music I've added to my collection... all these I've ranked "3 stars" or greater, with the 4 and 5 ones highlighted in red.
Unfortunately, the very best song I added to my collection this quarter, the only 5-star song and maybe one of my top 5 ever, I can't post here... it's not really released! It's called "As It Comes" by "The Exploding Voids", it was played over the credits of the same German artist's (Daniel Vogelmann) horror short "Wilt" (Welk, originally) and he was kind enough to send me an MP3. I will absolutely write more about it once it's out...
Christmas Hip Hop - one year for Christmas I got the kind of great cassette (it was the 80s) Christmas Rap (I blogged the Cover Art before.) So many of the tracks really stuck with me:
- Christmas In Hollis Run-D.M.C. Such a classic.
- Let The Jingle Bells Rock Sweet Tee. I always loved the slow mechanic loop in the background, and Sweet Tee's syncopated delivery.
- Dana Dane Is Coming To Town Dana Dane
- Christmas In The City King Sun
- Chillin' With Santa Derek B
- Peter Gunn Theme
- Shake A Tail Feather (oo, Movie clip with Ray Charles!)
- The Old Landmark (ditto but with James Brown)
- Theme From Rawhide (triple ditto)
- Minnie The Moocher
- Sweet Home Chicago (quadruple ditto)
- Jailhouse Rock (over the credits...)
- Concrete Wall Zee Avi. My friend Erica had us go see her live, based in large part on the terrificness of this song.
- How You Remind Me Nickelback. I'm not afraid to like music I think sounds good. In this case, I was reminded of this song by a Motown tribute made to placate protesters against Nickelback.
- Unwritten Natasha Bedingfield. More music I'm not afraid to like. This is a great sounding song with a nice upbeat message.
- Solsbury Hill Peter Gabriel. Another unabashedly optimisitc sounding piece... I love the role it has in making this recut trailer for The Shining into a feel-good dramedy.
- Off To The Races Lana Del Rey. Amber's big on this gal right now, and I dig some of her songs.
- Nantes Beirut. Accordians and Euphoniums, what more do you want in a piece?
- The Humbling River Puscifer. This song is the incongruous backdrop for the trailer for the video game Transfomers: Fall of Cybertron.
- The Guitar Guy Clark. Daniel Vogelmann mentioned some of his American cowboy influences, including Guy Clark, so I checked it out. A bit like a softer and more haunting "Devil Went Down to Georgia"
- Glycerine (Acoustic) Bush. 90s Calling! This was on one of Amber's playlists.
- Party Rock Anthem Lmfao. Somehow I totally missed Lmfao 'til one of the summer interns at work came back for a visit and mentioned these guys at played at Tufts' Spring Fling.
- Sexy And I Know It Lmfao. Then when xkcd made a cartoon riff on this song, I downloaded it too.
- Super Bass Nicki Minaj. Weirdly an obscene Eminem to this artist made me wonder if any of her songs were any fun.
- T.H.E (The Hardest Ever) will.i.am. This is a super fun video.
- Smell Yo Dick Riskay. Amber hates this song but I like the note of sadness it carries.
- hooked on a hollaback blue swede vs gwen stefani. I ripped a cover of this mashup from this video of.... well, it's a naked woman hula hooping.
- Christmas Tree Lady GaGa. Lightly racy lyrics, I think this one came up on Pandora's Modern Holiday channel.
- Wu-Tang Clan Aint Nuthing Ta F' Wit Wu-Tang Clan. Weirdly this song has a cameo as a lullabye in that "A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas". Which I somehow managed to see in 2D. Thanks, Somerville Cinema.
- electric pow wow drum A Tribe Called Red. Cordelia, member of the Seneca tribe, LJ'd about this (I think)
- You Got Me Hummin' Sam & Dave. From some Pandora "Hold on, I'm Coming" (Sam+Dave) station I made. Like I've said, I'd like to think I'd know these guys even if they weren't what was on the Blues Bros' car 8-track, but I'm not sure.
- Cherry Cherry Neil Diamond. We saw Diamond honored at the Kennedy Center Honors. Plus, Saving Silverman.
- Streets Of Calcutta. This song is the background for this fantastic fake Nutrigrain "I Feel Great" Ad.
- Dancing Drums
- Pound On My Muffin Shira. Todd was showing this video at his New Year's Party. It's... really bad.
- Seven Nation Army (Remix) The Glitch Mob/The White Stripes. Powerful remix, saw it on this fan video for Pats/Broncos: Round 2.
- Nascar Prayer Songify This. So fun and catchy. I wonder if this is ridiculous, or just what religion should be.
- Oh Yeah Yello. Weirdly, guys in QA were singing this even before the recent Ferris Bueller tribute superbowl ad.
- Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) Marilyn Manson. Kind of goofy cover, saw it in the Wrath of the Titans trailer.
"Just remember: it's not true unless it makes you laugh. That is the one and sole and infallible test of all ideas that will ever be presented to you."
--Hagbard in "Illuminatus!", Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson
I always look for a place to pay for a (DRM-free) MP3, but when that fails beemp3.com is pretty good (Hot Chocolate, Shonen Knife) (4 comments)
June 1, 2012
So by my idiosyncratic, school-year based way of reckoning, Summer is here, and so I can write up the three-star-plus music I added to my collection over the 3 months of Spring.
I kind of bunched these by genre, figuring that's the best chance of making this list useful to folks looking for stuff they like, but a really coherent categorization system is elusive. "Retro" is just "old", but not 90s old, which is a certain time when I was aware of music but not always going out and buying CDs. "Pop" tends to be a bit more polished and/or electronic than "Alt", but, well, you know.
4- and 5-star songs are marked in red.
One five star song:
- All The Rowboats regina spektor. Oh man, what a song. Spektor is one of the best artists out there. So much intensity... (plus I like what I think is just a hint of vocal percussion with the hits at the end.)
- Star Lake March Star Lake Music Camp. A brass band march I remember fondly; I ripped an MP3 from the youtube link, but then sped it up from 120bpm to 140bpm. (I think they were slowing it down for the timbrels, the synchronized tamourine playing that is an odd Salvation Army tradition.)
- I'm The King Royce Da 5'9. I was playing GTA3 on iPhone, and this was one of the songs from the car radios there.
- Rising To The Top 8-Off Agallah Featuring Sean Price & Bazaar. Royale-- again from GTA3.
- Grand Theft Auto (Joyride) Da Shootaz. Actually the theme to an earlier GTA.
- 10th Generation Supercommuter. Heard this live at PAX East.
- Fuzzy Dice Optimus Rhyme. More nerdcore from PAX East, but just as recorded filler.
- DC GO GO. Bruce Brown. Baratunde Thurston's "How to Be Black" mentions "Go-Go" as a type of music only popular around Washington DC and Maryland... it's looping percussion is great, but I had to rip this MP3 from Youtube.
- Shake Your Rump The Beastie Boys. The sadly early death of MCA made me revisit some of their older works.
- Cooky Puss The Beastie Boys. Sometimes, very much older.
- Know The Ledge Eric B. and Rakim. Nice fast hiphop (Heard it on a promo for the first "Saints Row")
- Be Black King Sun. Daniel Nester tweeted about vaguely remember seeing this on MTV, while high, at his college girlfriends. Nice bassline.
- Back In Time Pitbull. Enjoyed the Bass Drop. Not sure why it's not Will Smith though...
- The Next Episode Dr. Dre / Snoop Dogg. I like how it's acapella admonition to "smoke weed every day" was immediately followed by the Salvation Army Star Lake March on my playlist.
- The Scotsman Bryan Bowers. Maybe I heard this folksy-song on public radio way back when?
- Dog Police Dog Police. I think Auntie Pixelante tweeted about the infectious chorus of this song. Maybe a kind of parody of rock operas?
- You Can Touch My Boobies Rachel Bloom. Sexy in the goofiest way possible.
- Still Alive Jonathan Coulton & GLaDOS. I still love "We do what we must because we can."
- Bert, oh Bert! Lena Meyer-Landrut. I think I posted about this German Sesame Street version of her Eurovision hit Satellite...
- I'm Your Mailman Bill "The Fox" Foster- from his album of badly sung but bawdy "Songs Banned in Boston".
- Dracula's Lament -- The Late Late Show had Jason Segal and Dracula giving the full version of the song from "Forgetting Sarah Marshall". I like it's melancholy goofiness, punctuated by the second voice in the back.
- CoinJar-Gettin Booty With It Jason Ricciardi. Super catchy mashup of Will Smith "Gettin' Jiggy With It" and Parov Stelar's Booty Swing. Recommended!
- You're The Top Louis Armstrong. Still wishing I could find a recording of the naughty version of this, but it's such a great and clever song.
- Thanks For The Memories Bob Hope & Shirley Ross. I wish my mp3 had the same tearful ending as this video from the movie.
- Linus and Lucy Vince Guaraldi Trio. The ever-hip classic.
- Hot Chocolate Shonen Knife. Such a great throwback to the mod-60s.
- On The Sly The Bamboos. Heard this in a PF Chang's men's room. Great big retro feel.
- Seven Nation Army Ben L'Oncle Soul. Kinda skinny retro cover of one of my favorite songs.
- Skinny Legs And All Joe Tex. I think I saw this on a list of "Least Essential Music Ever", and it's just a tad offensive, but I dig it.
- Love Is Strange Mickey & Sylvia. I remember people in high school doing the "Come HEAH, Luvahboy" bit (which the "Back in Time" song that samples this ignored...)
- Original Miami Vice Theme Jan Hammer. Man I loved this. I might have to make an animated GIF.
- Stop! Mashup Time [MC Hammer vs. Eurythmics vs. New Order vs. Talking Heads vs. Donna Summer] FAROFF. So many hits packed in this mashup package.
- You Shook Me All Night Long AC/DC. The group weirdly doesn't make their stuff available for download. Ah well...
- Life Is But A Mere Supply Dezma. A final GTAIII track.
- Where Have All The Cowboys Gone? Paula Cole. Favorite line: "Why don't you stay the evening / kick back and watch the tv / And I'll fix a little somethin' to eat".
- Virtual Insanity Jamiroquai. Man, this is a fun video. I once saw a video of him performing live, using treadmills (kind of like a primitive OK GO...)
- How Bizarre OMC. This guy always looks irritated.
- No Woman, No Cry Fugees. They're making that Marley biopic. Figured I liked the sound and tempo of this version, though the update of the lyrics is a little wonky.
- Amanda Blank - Might Like You Better Vaski. Bassdrop-y Dub version of one of my favorite raunchy songs.
- Teeth Lady Gaga. Big stompy drums.
- Chammak Challo Akon. A really fun Bollywood video. A big people were doing synchronized dancing to it at an asian culture festival in DC. (I think the version I downloaded lacks the female vocals, damn.)
- Call Me Maybe Carly Rae Jepsen. Enormously popular, and deservedly so... so catchy.
- Feel Good Inc Gorillaz. These guys were doing that onstage hologram thing WAY before Tupac!
- Starships Nicki Minaj. Good song. And quite the sexy video. I adore the use of the Haka dancers...
- North American Scum LCD Soundsystem. Una at work suggested this. I like the Lo-Fi approach.
- Just You And Me Zee Avi. Saw her live. Love how this song namedrops Kierkegaard
- What-A-Man Lena. Just a sweet song by a German gal I think should be more well known here... not sure why it drops off after 30 seconds.
- Arkansas and Socrates The Lisps. No video for these songs of their Civil War meets Charles Babbage meets the Singularity musical "Futurity".
- Open Rhye. A sexy and polished but very human video to a sexy and polished but very human song.
- Bartholomew The Silent Comedy. They used this in the trailer for "Hatfields and McCoys"... I like the shout-y Appalachian feel of it.
- Infinity Guitars Sleigh Bells. Super lofi shouty stuff. The beginning was used as a bumper in the show "Girls".
- Jolene Mindy Smith. Softer, less glitzy cover of "Jolene".
- Tron Scherzo (Sark's Revenge Mix)
8 Bit Weapon. A tribute to Wendy Carlos
WilliamsDuh, mixing up name with poet William Carlos Williams, but with more percussion.
- Robot Sneakers Trash80. I admit I'm not super fond of most chiptunage, but this is great.
- Numbers Kraftwerk. Ok, probably more of an inspirational piece to chiptunage than part of the genre itself, but still. A use of primitive digital voices closer to when they were the state of the art...
The GOP Sees Dead People--Voting Voter fraud happens retail (if that) and Conservatives are purging voter registrations wholesale. This is not justice.
"People who are brutally honest get more satisfaction out of the brutality than out of the honesty."
--Richard J. Needham
September 2, 2012At the end of every season I make a list of the songs I added to my rolling "latest music" playlist, all stuff I consider 3 stars or above, and I dig up links and post it here so people who share some of my wide-ranging musical sensibilities can find more of what they might dig.
I found a lot of new music this past summer! Some really great stuff in all...
These songs were 4 stars:
- The Rest Of My Days (The Exploding Voids) One of my favorites, but not publically released.
- Too Close (Alex Clare) So good they're using it in that ad for Internet Explorer. Don't dig the sentiment, but the sound is great.
- Hey Boy (The Blow) The absolutely perfect followup to "Call Me Maybe"...
- Bang Bang Bang (Mark Ronson & The Business Intl) Heard this on "Girls". For a while I was too cool to admit how much I liked it.
- When Doves Cry (Damien Rice) Hard to find acoustic cover... knocked over how Prince is using language in this.
- Be My Guest (Gaitana, Ukraine Eurovision 2012) Bright clubby fun with just a bit of a bass drop.
- Aces And Twos (The Devil Makes Three) Bluegrass-tinged -- sometimes Chiptle has the best music.
- Graceland (Paul Simon Cover) (The Tallest Man On Earth) The guy's voice is a little weedy, but I think he brings out some of the sadness of this song in a lovely way.
- Wilderness (Middle Brother) Folksy.
- Ballad of Lucy Jordon (Nicki Gillis) Marianne Faithfull's version of the Sheil Silverstein lyric is the most famous (I heard it in Thelma & Louise) but I find Gillis' version more palatable, if a bit too polished.
- Gimme Some More (Busta Rhymes) That is a freaky video.
- Bonkers (Dizzee Rascal) The Olympics opening had this song. I could see "There's nothing cra-zee about meeeee" being some kind of catchphrase.
- Whistle (Flo Rida) Some people are scandalized by the single entedre of this, but it's not a bad piece of summer bubblegum pop.
- 99 Problems (Jay-Z) I knew about the chorus, but didn't listen to the song 'til I saw this analysis of its second verse in terms of a representation of the 4th amendment.
- Party and Bullshit (Ratatat remix) (Notorious B.I.G.) Awesome remix.
- My Homies Still (Lil Wayne) There was a weird Colorado shooting conspiracy theory floating around, but it's a fun, if filthy, song.
- Gangnam Style (PSY) Making the rounds for its goofy dancing fun, even if (or because) it's mostly in Korean...
- Traktor (Wretch 32) I bought that Olympic Opening Ceremony soundtrack, and this was one of the few other songs I liked on it.
- The Bjork Song (The Brunching Shuttlecocks) (available in MP3 or RealAudio!) "Her name... ahh.. her name is Bjork. Isn't that lovely? It's like a gentle zephyr carressing the surface of a still pond. Bjork."
- Dead Puppies (Dr. Demento) This was on a mixtape of Demento stuff a family friend made for my dad when he was sick. The song is itself a bit sick, but fun. Points for the Roman Hruska reference.
- The Masochism Tango (Tom Lehrer) I prefer the full orchestra version of this over the man at the piano.
- F**k S**t Stack [Explicit] (Reggie Watts) INSANELY catchy a capella groove, in spite or because of the nonstop cussing... at risk for becoming 4 stars.
- Jimmy Fallon, Carly Rae Jepsen & The Roots Sing "Call Me Maybe" (w/ Classroom Instruments Just what it says on the tin.
- Michelle's Song -- ItsYouNotMe (zeFrank) Touching Group Effort.
- Sabre Dance from 'Gayeneh' (The London Symphony Orchestra) For a long while I used to say "I like Classical but only if it's fast" -- this song and "Flight of the Bumblebee" were to big reasons for me saying that.
- Pee Wee's Big Adventure -- Breakfast Machine (The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra) That video is actually the fun fun fun Rube Goldberg-ish clip from the movie.
- Il Buono, Il Cattivo, Il Brutto (The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (Ennio Morricone) I heard Tracy Emin use this in one of her pieces in London last summer.
- Mechanism Eight (UT3 Remix) (Rom Di Prisco) I first heard this great bit of mid-90s techno as a MOD file
- The best drum line video ever! (Keith Urban) Ripped the soundtrack to that video. Man I love funk-tinged drumlines.
- The People's Court 1981-1993 theme music Great music, at least 'til 3:10 or so where it starts to totally wuss out.
- Flat Beat (Mr. Oizo) Oddly chip-tune-ish.
- Someone Like You (Adele) Heard about this after WSJ analyzed why it was so sad...
- Imitosis (Andrew Bird) via The Onion Horrible Couple Really Wants Wedding To Reflect Their Personalities.
- Natural Light (Sun Kil Moon). Crazy Melancholy.
- The District Sleeps Alone Tonight (Album) (The Postal Service) Another work tinged with regret.
- I'm Going To Go Back There Someday (Rachael Yamagata) Loved this song on the Muppet Movie soundtrack...
- Settle Down (Kimbra) Less soft than some stuff here, still paints a wistful tone.
- Come Together (The Beatles) A few years ago I saw this great (unauthorized?) Flash video...
- Sweet Home Alabama (Lynyrd Skynyrd) What can I say, I liked Dukes of Hazzard when I was a kid too.
- Nothing From Nothing (Billy Preston) I enjoy how much Billy Preston seems to enjoy his afro.
- As Time Goes By (Dooley Wilson) Got to take Amber to see this movie for her first time.
- I Love Rock N' Roll (Joan Jett & The Blackhearts) Even better than the Weird Al Version
- Always True To You In My Fashion (Peggy Lee With George Shearing) Sometimes my mom's love of musicals comes out in weird ways.
- Superstition (Stevie Wonder) It's too bad I mostly heard his softer stuff, 'cause man could this guy get funky.
- Steal My Sunshine (Len) Hey remember the 90s? Me too!
- Northern Cree - Red Skin Girl (A Tribe Called Red) Love this group's mix of Native American and modern sensibilities.
- Chammak Challo Punjab Remix I love Bollywood! Had a hard time finding a version with the female vocals.
- We Like to Party! (Vengaboys) Hey remember that old Six Flags ad? Me too!
- Hell Yes (Beck) I like the peculiary Japanese admonition to "Please Enjoy".
- You're Not All That (The Herbaliser) Retro-funk sound.
- Get Some (Lykke Li) Such attitude in this.
- Count On Me (Mat Kearney) Might be a cover of a Bruno Mars song? Cute number and alphabet puns anyway.
- 1940 (AmpLive Remix) (The Submarines) "Something's wrong when you regret things that haven't happened yet."
- He was tall, thin and bony, like a cadaver trying to remember something,
- Fearless, as he was dumb, he walked over to the edge of the ship.
- Jake was not a man to show much emotion, but he found himself supressing the urge to smile out loud.
October 11, 2012Amber pointed out that it might be more convenient if I did my "music I've found lately list" monthly rather than seasonal-y, that three month's worth of my music would be a bit much for anyone to run into all at once.
Seems like a worthy experiment! Turned out to be a lot easier to put together.
No 4- or 5- start stuff, just 3s all around though I bolded 1 or 2 videos I think are especially noteworthy.
Shouty Gals (is that a category? I think it should be.)
- 1 Thing (Amerie) Dig the percussion. Sometimes I wish I had a 3 1/2 star category.
- Bad Girls (M.I.A.) Nice middle eastern (?) melodies entwined.
- Want U Back (Cher Lloyd) The shoutiest of the shouty gal songs. Love it for that, and the jealousy.
- Autumn Sweater (Yo La Tengo) This group is almost too artsy for me, but this is a nice melancholy song.
- Lisztomania (Alex Metric Rmx) (Phoenix) Phoenix is one of the few groups I've seen live in the past few years, 'cause Amber digs them so much. Good song with lyrics that don't explain too much.
- Sucker (Peeping Tom feat. Norah Jones) Slinky and evil.
- Jigga What/Faint (Jay-Z/ Linkin Park) Hip-hop and metal...
- What's Going On (The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, feat. Chuck D) -- Hurricane Katrina protest song... Dirty Dozen Brass Band made one of the first three CDs I ever owned...
- I'll Go In the Strength of the Lord (Salvation Army) Every once in a while a march or sunday school ditty gets stuck in my head... love the brass bridge in this one.
- Across the Field (Ohio State Buckeyes)
- Jack U Off (Prince) (I have the original, link is a VERY strange cover, but then again, I know this song as a marching band piece called "J.U.O."
- Sonic Reducer (Dead Boys) I guess the Beastie Boys sampled this... very punk.
- Eternal Flame (Bangles) Shmaltzy as heck, but my first girlfriend did a dedication of it on the radio and taped it for me.
- Do It Again (Marilyn Monroe) Sexiest version. Marilyn was amazing.
- It's My Life What Ever I Wanna Do (Vennu Mallesh) Man, this deserves to be more famous. I love that this guy put himself out there like this... a little long, but fun. I love the skeptical glances of the backup singer in the video.
- Red Solo Cup (Toby Keith) Miller mentioned this horrible earwig. I love things that appreciate inanimate objects.
- If You Really Loved Me (Tim Minchin) XKCD mentioned this guy...
- Somebody Kill Me (Adam Sandler) I know the feeling.
"Make love, not war. But also, if at all possible, make money."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP5-iIeKXE8 - the Conway's Game of Life, run on a big copy of Conway's Game of Life
"Everything is vague to a degree you do not realize till you have tried to make it precise."
A friend of my family's, David Knickerbocker, is a Christian pastor who runs a thoughtful little blog. I disagree with a lot of things with him, but I think he really is on the more compassionate and humane side of Christianity, so I feel a little bad for getting a bit snarky when he wrote about 42 and the Answer to Life the Universe and Everything
Fun topic!Again, I'm being a little disingenuous here, but the coincidence of it really did startle me.
I was gonna say 42 now performs the function of "geek shibboleth", a buzzword that shows you you're "in" the community.
And then I wikipedia'd up "shibboleth" and they quote Judges 12:5-6, where the Lord's army of Gilead (under Jephthah-- another funny word to say!) invented the use of the term:
And the Gileadites captured the fords of the Jordan against the Ephraimites. And when any of the fugitives of Ephraim said, "Let me go over," the men of Gilead said to him, "Are you an Ephraimite?" When he said, "No," they said to him, "Then say Shibboleth," and he said, "Sibboleth," for he could not pronounce it right. Then they seized him and slaughtered him at the fords of the Jordan. At that time 42,000 of the Ephraimites fell.
42 thousand killed-- I almost fell out of my chair. God works in mysterious ways.
For fun I did some music math... from 1992-2007, i.e. when I was buying CDs mostly, I added about 100 good songs a year, from 2007 on, when I started buying mostly MP3s, about 150. So now 2/3 of my good music is older, 1/3 newer - but that ignores the filler I leave off of my devices... (2 comments)
November 1, 2012
Found around 25 songs ("3 star and up") in October. 4 stars in red, links prefaced with a * are particularly fun to watch videos.
Bigband and/or Bigdrums
- *Yeah Yeah (Willy Moon) Admittedly I almost like the 30 second Apple ad better, but the percussion in this song makes it the only one I'm labeling with 4-stars this month.
- Sparkling Diamonds (Moulin Rouge! Soundtrack) I've had the album for a while... can't believe I didn't give the beautiful horn hit at the begining 3 stars years ago!
- Collide (Howie Day) Soft and sweet, almost shmaltzy.
- Rhythm Of Love (Plain White T's) Also soft and sweet but with ukuleles.
- *That Man (Caro Emerald) Veronika mentioned this album last year. Besides the nice retro feel, I love the faux-phonecall wooing by some Don Juan (at about 3:16 in)
- Drive By (Train) Maybe technically more Love Lost? Whatevs.
- Tonight You Belong to Me (Janet Klein) That video is actually Zooey Deschanel but there's a ukulele instructional video for this song by Janet Klein.
- *50 Ways To Say Goodbye (Train) Funny video for a slightly bitter song... more songs should have this much mariachi!
- Good, Bad, Ugly (Ani Difranco) Another song that deserved more stars than I gave it. "open open open open open open all the time"
- Paper Girl (July Talk) Alternating growly and sweet.
- *If You Think You Need Some Lovin (Pomplamoose) I love the "making of the song" videos for this, along with Nataly Dawn's way of looking at the camera out of the corner of her eye.
- Not Big [Explicit] (Lily Allen) Heh, harsh.
- Sesame Street [Explicit] (Blowfly) Oh man, the lyrics of this A-Z rundown are funny and FILTHY, but the beat is SO GOOD.
- He Got Game (Public Enemy) Dig Chuck D's lyrics ("folks don't even own themselves / paying mental rent to corporate presidents") overcome Flava Flav's rambles on the Explicit version.
- Girl On Fire (Inferno Version) (Alicia Keys / Nicki Minaj) The sparse but huge beat and rap intro make up for the overly repetitive chorus.
- Pony Pop (DJ Amtrak / Ginuwine / Lil Wayne) There's a whole blog Dancing Along to Pony, and it's a great riff, but better when mashed up with some modern sexed up hiphop.
- *Gold Digger (Glee Cast) Funny how every "ass" is censored-- makes the core message left behind that much more offensive. Still, the choral backgrounds punchup a good song.
- *Frank Sinatra vs Freddie Mercury (Epic Rap Battles of History)
- 25 Or 6 To 4 (Remastered) (Chicago) I think my jazz band played this one. (I like DJ Magnet's Best of Bootie mashup "Chicago Bump" a bit better)
- Mama Told Me Not To Come (The Wolfgang Press) Cover as seen in the movie "Party Girl"
- East Bound And Down (Jerry Reed) From "Smokey and the Bandit", not sure where I saw it. Fun song though.
- Johnny Law (William Elliott Whitmore) Banjo player at Harvard Square was covering this.
- *Thank Heavens for Little Girls (Ruby and Lesley Rankine) Ha, I had to rip this from the commercial that I loved in the 90s. It turns out there was no full length version of the song. There's a minute version of the commercial, but the 30 seconds has the good bits and no voiceover.
- Monsters (Monsters Are Waiting) A suicide girls video once had this odd little work.
- Red Alert (K5) Surprisingly hard club track to find, despite its use in "Chasing Amy"
"What did the guy say to his glasses? I can see right through you."
--Joke I made up this morning. While looking for my glasses.
Fetch from the stick's PoV:
"We can’t say that steroids caused any one home run by Barry Bonds, but steroids sure helped him hit more and hit them farther. Now we have weather on steroids."
--Eric Pooley, VP of the Environmental Defense Fund, on Superstorm Sandy
http://twentytwowords.com/2012/10/31/20-silly-pictorial-responses-to-disney-buying-lucasfilm/#more-59108 fun visual puns about disney + star wars -- only 1 darth-in-mickey ears.
"I will never apologize for America"
--Mitt Romney banner ad.
"I will never apologize for the United States -- I don't care what the facts are..."
--VP George Bush.
I hate Republicans. The idea that we are above apology is disgusting. (1 comment)
November 30, 2012
November was a terrible month for me in most ways, but oddly enough a great one for discovering music, especially Golddust which you really need to watch.
All songs here I call 3 stars or better, 4+ star songs I've colored red. Songs with videos (vs just static image music uploads) are marked with an exclamation point, multiple exclamation points indicate extra goodness.
- !!!Golddust (DJ Fresh) Oh my goodness. My first 5-Star in a long while. Both the video (amazing and well-shot jumprope action) and the song are so full of energy. (Tough MP3 to find; avoid the slower (and sadly more common) dubstep version)
- Humming the Bassline (Hideki Naganuma) From the "Jet Grind Radio" sound track, great bouncy bass.
- !Lazy (X-Press 2 Ft. David Byrne) I'm reading David Byrne's book... I guess this was a big hit for X-Press, and as some reviewer quipped, he'd collaborate with anyone "for a half-empty bag of Doritos"
- !!Thrift Shop (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis) Warning, kinda racy lyrics, but sometimes I like this song a bit more than "Golddust", even.
- !!Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney (Epic Rap Battles of History) Honestly, I was too stressed to listen to this 'til the election wsa one... but so much fun, and such great lines.
- !My Vag (Awkwafina) More racy lyrics, but laugh out loud funny.
- !My Ding-A-Ling (Chuck Berry) Man, this is a funny classic. At first I didn't realize the crowd is british, but you can kind of hear it, especially when the women sing. Like the pro-gay aspect of it too.
- Happy Hour (Is The Saddest Time Of The Day) (Ray Stevens) Jeez. I had this on a tape when I was a kid. The hamfisted laugh track really is something.
- !Tell Me 'Bout It (Joss Stone) Sexy fun, with a great retro sound.
- !A Simple Motion (t.A.T.u.) I've known about the Russian version of this song for a long while; I think the more orchestral English version is new for the anniversary of "200 km/h in the Wrong Lane". Sexy and direct.
- !Dog Days Are Over (Florence + The Machine) Amber digs this song. It's a little long, but good.
- !Rolling In The Deep (Adele) Obviously this one has made the rounds, but it's such a good sound.
- Give It to Me (Reel Big Fish) Heard this in the restroom at Summer Shack. Not the biggest Ska fan, but this is alright.
- Linger (The Cranberries) Lovely little song from a while back.
- Express Yourself (Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band) Kind of amazed it took me so long to get this song.
- Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho (The Jordanaires) Back in my Salvation Army days, there was a novelty spoken word and brass band arrangement of this. Couldn't find that, but this version is more direct.
- They Built The Ship Titanic (Margaret Ann) The video isn't the song I found... but I remember singing this one with my mom.
- Rum & Coca Cola (Lord Invader) A classic, a bit more raw than the Andrews Sisters' version.
- Accentuate the Positive (Horace Heidt & His Orchestra) My version is different than the link. What strikes me is how many covers mention that it's a Johnny Mercer song.
- !My Way (Sex Pistols) A guy at Alewife quoted "regrets, I've had a few..." and I had to find a version of this. The Sex Pistols cover is idiosyncratic to say the least but I like how they also use it over the credits of "Goodfellas"
- !Always On My Mind (Willie Nelson) Oh, man, oh man oh man. Heartbreak like no other.
- !!These Boots Are Made For Walkin' (Radio Edit) (Jessica Simpson) Countrified remake. The video gets an extra exclamation point for gratuitous bikini-ness.
- !!Who Dat (Explicit Version) (J Cole) I was looking for marching band drum samples, and someone looking for similar referenced this song. Fun video.
- !Pitbull - Culo (DJ Amtrak Remix) Sweet remix by a talented DJ.
- !Fatty Boom Boom [Explicit] (Die Antwoord) Oh, man. "Weird", and leave it at that.
January 1, 2013
December was only an ok month for me for finding new music. The stuff that resonated most was on the sad side, for kind of obvious reasons; but it felt like kismet or maybe some kind of synchronicity.
The four-star songs are marked in red; leading exclamation points indicate videos that are compelling (other than as a holder for the song)
- !What It Might Have Been (Chris Smither). Zenlike, and yet so sorrowful.
- !!!la ritournelle - Mr dan's magic wand mix (Sébastien Tellier) I didn't realize quite how beautiful and sad this song was 'til I sent the link to Amber. The video is also so lovely.
- !!Heartbeats (José González) A pretty song, and the video (technically an ad, but who cares) is that universe of bouncy balls dropped down a SF hilly street.
- !Everybody Knows (Leonard Cohen) With clips from "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."
- Giant Dwarf (The Exploding Voids) I literally might be these Germans #1 American Fan, but the stuff isn't released yet.
- Honorable Mention: !!A Long December. Not a new song, and it often resonated for me before, but it never felt more accurate.
- !!Crazy in Love (Rude Mechanical Orchestra) Marching band cover -- great. Now that I have a tuba I need to get my act together and join the pickup band at the HONK fest.
- !!Baby, It's Cold Outside (She & Him) The best song ever about date rape gets a new look with a gender swap.
- Chinese (Lily Allen) Almost on the "wistful" list -- learned that the English say "get a Chinese" for getting Chinese food.
- !The Old Apartment (Barenaked Ladies) Kinda funny, if a bit too goofy with its twist.
- !!Hook (Blues Traveler) Haha, such a jaded, meta-song.
- Too Old To Die Young (Brother Dege)
- Who Did That to You? (John Legend)
- !Unchained (The Payback / Untouchable) (James Brown/2Pac) I had such high hopes for this... if the track was just the Payback remix that kicks in at 0:53 of the movie trailer, it would be perfect. With movie clips and a mashup with Tupac, it's just pretty good.
- Freedom (Anthony Hamilton) Had to see the movie for me to notice this. Sounds a bit like Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy"
- Man of Constant Sorrow (Kraak & Smaak) This is like the 4th or 5th version of this song I have, and it lacks the background chorus, but it sets a mood nicely.
- Underwater Rimes (Remix) (Digital Underground) Haha, early 90s hiphop comedy against the awesome Chameleon bassline. Calling it "Rimes" is hella clever, but made it tougher to search for on e-stores.
- !!!Bane - Freestyle Rap (Auralnauts) Terrifically terrible freestyle. I find the youtube rip better than the version I paid for.
- Shame On a N***a (Wu-Tang Clan) Heard this somewhere. Just kind of fun.
- I See You Baby (Fatboy Slim Remix) (Groove Armada) Big energy.
- !!!Video Computer System (GOLDEN SHOWER) Loving tribute to the sounds and gameplay of the old Atari... the Matrix shout out at 1:50 is terrific.
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
"Going to Facebook has become the equivalent of opening the fridge & staring inside, even though you're not hungry."
"The night Kim Kardashian got pregnant is the night she told Kanye, 'Imma let you finish.'"
Ha, the format of trying to predict this year's Xth anniversary of Y headlines, stock art, and lead-in sentence feels right on. (1 comment)
February 3, 2013
Janury was a relatively light month for finding music, but contiuned the kizmet of melancholy songs for me with two astounding covers... 4 or more star songs in red, exclamation points mark more visually compelling videos.
Amazing and Melancholy Covers
- Something About You (Cary Brothers feat. Laura Jansen) -- the lyrics are have a perfect complexity, and the treatment here is just perfection. 5 stars.
- One (Damien Rice) I'm not crazy about the lyric flip he does, but the sweetness is amazing
- Je t'aime moi non plus (Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin) - wikipedia's explanation of this piece, including the heavy breathing and the Dali joke that inspired it, is kinda neat.
- Light You Up (Radio Edit) (Shawn Mullins) Kind a Santana vibe to this one.
- Bread & Butter (Hugo) Big percussion and sexed up lyrics....
- A Crimson Rose and a Gin Tonic (Asuka Sakai, Ado Mizumori) The 50s vibe of this song is so fun.
- Sasasan Katamari (Yu Miyake, Yuusama) Gets the extra star because it's charming and short, but...
- Katamari on the Rock ~ Main Theme (Yu Miyake, Masayuki Tanaka) ...I kind of like the Orchestra in this one better.
- !We Are the Champions (The Busters) Ska cover.
- !!@$$ on the Internet (Dormtainment) -- warning, that is one Booty Shakin' video.
- !!19-2000 (Soul Child Remix) (Gorillaz) I picked a slightly more upbeat mix than played here, but that is a fun video.
- Don't Say Nothing (The Heavy) Great big percussion.
- The Neon Light of the Saints (Shawn Colvin) Nice blend of softness and drums.
- Voodoo (Red Callender Sextette)
- Oh My God (Jay-Z) from the "Gangster Squad" soundtrack, oddly enough. Big horns and funk.
New Saucony sneakers to help me and my flat as hell feet pound across the frozen tundra this Superbowl morning.
Apparently some people are living my dream, the one where I'm kind of soaring and flying:
Valentine's Blender of Love
"GOOD THING ALL THOSE DINOSAURS DIED HELLA LONG AGO SO WE CAN SIT IN THESE CHAIRS MOVING 80 MILES PER HOUR ACROSS THIS DESOLATE WASTELAND"
As an ex-Clevelander I have very ambivalent feelings about the Ravens. But my rules is, if I don't have a dog in the fight, root for the team in a city that seems less pleasant to live in. So, yay Baltimore Ravens!
March 4, 2013February is a short month, but it's a particularly short new playlist... as always, 4-stars in red, exclamation points mark interesting videos.
- Got to Get It Over (The Bamboos) Awesome Motown-tinged stylings.
- !Glowworm (The Mills Brothers) Old time, nice.
- When Yuba Plays the Rhumba On the Tuba (Rudy Vallée) A childhood song I just recalled... nice tuba work!
- The Bare Necessities (Bruce Reitherman & Phil Harris) The Disney Classic... happy to hear the tuba here too.
- What a Difference a Day Makes (Dinah Washington) The standard
- Hey World (Remote Control Version) (Michael Franti & Spearhead) Thanks to EB.
- Heartbeats (The Knife) Kind of like the Killers, this sounds like new wave but came out 20 years later.
- Tightrope (Janelle Monáe) Heard a good DJ at the Bryant Park's hotel cellar
- Harlem Shake (Baauer) I like the fad based on this song.
- The Chosen (Scott & Brendo) Dubstep to a very odd video -- funny if you know the game, or even if not
- Last Words (The Real Tuesday Weld) from Nick + Nora's Infinite Playlist
- Ho Hey (The Lumineers) Excellent bare bones romantic song.
- Tighten Up (The Black Keys) Lotta percussion
April 7, 2013
March was a very solid month for music... I'm wondering if I'm too stingy with the 4 and 5 stars, because "So Fast, So Maybe" is so near a 5, and some of the other ones are close to a 4. Maybe I should start using 1/2 stars like people tell me I can now... (UPDATE: I decided to be a little less stingy. "So Fast" is 5 stars, and a few other 4 stars are marked in red.)
As always exclamation marks point out videos that are more than just static images.
- So Fast, So Maybe (K.Flay) Just a terrific song -- attitude, a good beat, surprisingly thoughtful lyrics. This close to being 5 stars.
- !Werkin' Girls (Angel Haze) The 3 1/2 star song I was thinking of.
- !!Adam vs Eve (Epic Rap Battles of History) This is a very amusing series of videos. If I like the background music, I generally like the battle.
- !Ah C'mon (Chuggo) Finally decided I couldn't live without 2006's biggest hiphop hit. Terribly bad, or badly terrible? Still his paired couplets are catchy.
- !Be By Myself (Asher Roth & Cee-Lo) Funny little hiphop bit, with a Cee-Lo Motown sound.
- !Fun For Me (Moloko) Kind of weird faux-retro stuff, like the voice is over the old tannoy loudspeakers.
- !Ooh La La (Goldfrapp) Also retroish, maybe an austin powers vibe.
- Valentine (Fiona Apple) A really odd, soft, and thoughtful piece. Took a while to grow on
- Rock Me Now (Metric) Kind of an odd spoken word piece as well... I like when she clears her throat and says "sing with me".
- !Just Give Me a Reason (feat. Nate Ruess) (P!nk) Hopeful but melancholy.
- !!Silent E (Tom Lehrer) Terrific old Electric Company bit... I was kind of hoping to find the naughty version, but no luck.
- !6 Underground (Nellee Hooper Edit) (Sneaker Pimps) The 90s called....
- !Back to Life (Soul II Soul) ...they want their music back.
- !Come Out and Play (The Offspring) "Gotta keep 'em separated" is kind of an earwig.
- !Inside Out (Eve 6) BAck to the 90s. I kind of missed the "Heart in a Blender" / Love Blender reference 'til recently.
- !Joy in the Salvation Army (Chicago Staff Band) Video isn't the version I had friends dig up. I enjoyed playing this song, especially the puckish "TRY AND FIND IT" riff in the lower brass.
- !Hot Lunch Jam (Irene Cara) From the movie Fame -- but my marching band played this, nice bassline.
- Marching Band Medley (Drum Line) Love the music sequences from the movie "Drumline". (This video isn't quite the track. Wish I could find the lyrics for the part that has a guy singing about a "train comin'"
- D&K Cadence (D&K Cadence) Short and sweet rhythm.
- My Dreamy Jeannie - Level 4 Cadence (Cassidy Byars) Still on that Marching Band Kick... no video though.
- Look-A Py Py (Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band) Fun Instrumental -- lots of steel drum (AND BONGO FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO LIKE THAT SORT OF THING)
- !In My Life (Johnny Cash) Very moving cover from his swan song album.
- !Rumour Has It / Someone Like You (Glee Cast Version) (Glee Cast) Miller has got ne listening to these Glee covers. I wouldn't dig a whole album of 'em but sometimes they do some new cool stuff..
- Try a Little Tenderness (Glee Cast Version) (Glee Cast) More coverage.
- Call Me A Hole (pomDeter/NIN/Carly Rae Jepsen) This mashup made some noise recently... some are offended by dark poster child Trent fitting in so well with the upbeat "Call me Maybe", but there's overlap in the production personnel.
May 3, 2013
The music I added to my collection last month -- Needing/Getting was fan-tas-tic. Exclamation points mark worthwhile videos.
Alt with Big Drums
- !!!Needing/Getting (Video Version) (OK Go) I love the lyrical resignation of this song, and this version, with its car-powered percussive instrumentation, is amazing to hear and to see.
- !!!This Too Shall Pass (Marching Band Version) (OK Go) Most songs are better when you add a marching band.
- !!Beast (Nico Vega) Perfect song for the credits of "Bioshock Infinite"
- !Ain't No Rest for the Wicked (Live from The Vic In Chicago) (Cage the Elephant) Kind of a White Stripes vibe to this.
- !10. A.M. Automatic (The Black Keys) Man, I love this kind of drum.
- !We Are Young (Radio Edit) (Fun) I guess this song has gotten a lot of play, but it's pretty good.
- !!Somebody That I Used To Know (Walk Off the Earth) A beautiful post-breakup duet -- the video, with all the performers on one guitar thing, is pretty awesome
- !Blowin' Smoke (Kacey Musgraves) NPR had a thing about this singer-songwriter, kind of a Sheryl Crowe vibe.
- !We the Common (For Valerie Bolden) (Thao & The Get Down Stay Down) Gentle bluegrass elements to this. Must be the banjo.
- !Long Hard Times to Come (From "Justified") (Gangstagrass/T.O.N.E-Z) Hiphop over bluegrass.
- !Justified (Cumberland River Band) A little too much Wild Wild West swagger, but good banjo.
- Viva Las Vegas (Shawn Colvin) Great soft cover from the credits of Big Liebowski.
- !Don't Dream It's Over (Sixpence None the Richer) I sang this in college, and it's a nice enough version.
- !Eternal Flame (Atomic Kitten) Oy. I like the modern polish, and have nostalgia for this song, as awful as it kind of is.
- Play Your Part (Pt. 1) [Explicit] (Girl Talk) Kind of gross pimp hiphop over terrific R+B...
- !Into Action (Tim Armstrong) Catchy boogie-woogie like movement.
- !Poisoning Pigeons In the Park (Tom Lehrer) ...I actually sang this goofy, whimsically dark number for my high school Senior talent night. It didn't go over all that well.
- !NYC Bitche$ (Awkwafina) From the singer of "My Vag", kind of a novelty number with a lot of authentic details from the buroughs.
- !!We Hate Everyone (K.Flay) Not as good as "So Fast, So Maybe", but the beat is great.
Slate on LOL Heh. Just like I'll never be really comfortable wearing a backpack with both straps because that was totally uncool in the late 80s, I will never be at ease using "LOL" because that's what the AOL noobs used in the mid-90s...
"Likeness is a most slippery tribe"
--Plato (6 comments)
June 2, 2013
May was a pretty lackluster month for me for new music. So few songs that rather than collate into genres I'm putting them in rough chronological order (based on the original versions, even when it's a cover.)
I would have hade 3 or 4 more, but I didn't get the gumption for hunting down some international songs.
No 4-stars, and as always exclamation marks point out better than average videos.
- Ode To Joy (Beethoven) After playing a lot of the video game "Peggle" I wanted a version of Ode to Joy w/ Chorus (what they use as an end of level reward.)
- !I Want Candy (Razed In Black Remix) (Bow Wow Wow) Felisdemens, one of the people I keep doing these "musics I found" updates for, played me this when we met up for dinner last month.
- Edge of Seventeen (Lindsay Lohan) Yeah, it's probably sacrilege to go for this instead of the Stevie Nicks version, but I like modern-polish covers with glossy female vocals.
- Rockit (Single Version) (Herbie Hancock) Shortest version I could find of this breakdance-era song you didn't realize you knew. (Mentioned in "Off to Be the Wizard", a great book that deserves the love "Ready Player One" has slavered all over it.)
- !!None of Your Business (Salt-n-Pepa) Solid sex-positive 90s hiphop.
- !Mambo No. 5 (Lou Bega) A song I kind of liked from a time when I wasn't buying singles... fun. The rest of his album gets really repetitive, though.
- The Rooster (OutKast) Nice retro riff ... it's similar to the one I used in my Atari game, which was also used by Britney Spear's "Circus"
- !Open Your Eyes (Snow Patrol) One of the final "The Office" episodes had this romantic song. I admit when I hear the opening I'm always a little bummed when it turns out not to be Blacked Eye Peas' I Got A Feeling
- !I Feed You My Love (Margaret Berger) Ever since Satellite I keep one ear open for catchy songs from the Eurovision contest. (This recap video was handy.)
- !!Hell Broke Luce (Tom Waits) Rough Antiwar song. The word "Luce" in the title is so weirdly evocative, though I couldn't find anything that it meant.
- !!Radioactive (Imagine Dragons) Fun, BIG song, cool video.
Yankees had a 111-year old fan in the stadium! Red Sox help pay tribute by winning 1-11.
Blender of LoveNow with FB likes...
"Whatever you now find weird, ugly, uncomfortable and nasty about a new medium will surely become its signature. CD distortion, the jitteriness of digital video, the crap sound of 8-bit - all of these will be cherished and emulated as soon as they can be avoided. It’s the sound of failure: so much modern art is the sound of things going out of control, of a medium pushing to its limits and breaking apart. The distorted guitar sound is the sound of something too loud for the medium supposed to carry it. The blues singer with the cracked voice is the sound of an emotional cry too powerful for the throat that releases it. The excitement of grainy film, of bleached-out black and white, is the excitement of witnessing events too momentous for the medium assigned to record them."
--Brian Eno (3 comments)
July 2, 2013
June was a relatively sedate month for new music... maybe I'm spending more time out doors, or maybe just getting old and curmudgeonly.
Three sound clips I had used a decade ago as intros to party mix CDs:
- !Press Hop (DJ Steve Porter) Hey, remember 4 years ago when we were all finding out about autotune?
- !Celebrity Skin (Hole) Not the concert version where Courtney Love has the song living up to its title.
- William Tell Overture (Grimethorpe Colliery RJB Band & Major Peter Parkes) One of the few classical songs that I know I like that I didn't have.
- !!Older (They Might Be Giants)
- Move Prudence (dj BC) Not sure if you can still grab a copy of this, "Dear Prudence" behind Beastie Boys. The only track on "Ill Submarine" I liked.
- !Come Get It (Yummy Bingham) It's repetive but I like the sweeping horns of the sample.
- !!Big Machine (Acoustic Version) (Mark Duplass) Very sweet scene from the movie.
- Immigrant Song (Tomoyasu Hotei) Not quite the cover I've been listening to (but it is by the guy who did Battle without Honor or Humanity.
- Dark Knight Rises (Spine Punch Surgery Mix) (Auralnauts) From the same folks who did Bane Outtakes, a dubstep remix... good stuff.
- !Fireflies (Owl City) Schmaltzy, but sweet...
- !Crazy Kids (Ke$ha) I dig the will.i.am-ness of the chorus.
- !Bounce (Iggy Azalea) Its been pointed out this video and song are extremely co-opted of Bollywood-ish themes. I dig it though.
- !I'll Form the Head (MC Frontalot) Geekcore tribute to Voltron. Still think they should have had all 5 pilots, not just 3.
- !Money (Musical Cast Recording) Been meaning to get this Broadway standard for a long time. This video is actually clips from the new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Ugh. The pilgrimage to Mecca could be a killer.
"fuck this fake nostalgia bullshit, props to the 80s for drawing inspiration from the future, a time that DIDN'T EVEN EXIST YET"
"the closer-up the thumbnail, the farther from reality #aphorismsOfTomorrow"
Amtrak, Assault, Axel, BC, Class, E-Z Rock, Flack, Fresh, Jay-R, Jazzy Jeff, John, M.I.F., Mc Fear, Moule, Mystic, Shadow, Steve Porter, Topcat #postyourDJs
Neologism from Wendy M: "Jackass of All Trades". I need to find opportunities to use that. (4 comments)
August 1, 2013
The songs I added to my regular rotation, not many this month so I kept them in the order I added them. 4-stars marked in red, interesting videos with a "!".
- !Blurred Lines (WARNING: BOOBS) (Robin Thicke)
I grabbed this before I realized how well known it was. Catchy tune, if (arguably) Date Rape-y. The Gender-swapped version made me think about femininity in general.)
- Fools Gold (The Stone Roses) Not sure if I dig this beyond the little drum beat or not.
- Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Israel Kamakawiwo'ole) I prefer this to the one that includes "Wonderful World"
- Niggun (J.A.) A "niggun" is a pleasant, stylized (often prayer-ish) song in the Jewish tradition.
- Wake (M.G.) ... a song made by for J.A., during a set of fraught and heart-tearing circumstances.
- Lollipop (MIKA) Switching gears, a catchy bit of summer fluff.
- Asshole (Denis Leary) Dumb comedy song but I like the yodeling. EB says he can't stand how Denis Leary ripped off Bill Hicks.
- Sailor's Hornpipe (Harvey Reid) Decided I needed a little popeye action. Surprised the version I liked was banjo-y.
- Easy - Dub Fx Cover | ft. CAde (Dub Fx)
Cool cover. I really like the line "Easy like Sunday Morning".
- Under Pressure (Queen & David Bowie) A classic though I always think of the Vanilla Ice version. The vocal only version is interesting.
- It's Alright With Me (Frank Sinatra) More upbeat than the version I have... actually I'm surprised at what a happyface spin so many artists put on this kind of melancholy song.
- Barney Miller - Theme from the TV Series (feat. Dominik Hauser) (Jack Elliot & Allyn Ferguson) I always liked this one.
- !Map of Tasmania (feat. Amanda Palmer & Peaches) (The Young Punx) The best song about the Delta of Venus imaginable. I love its attitude. (The version I have has a decent rap break by Peaches.)
- !Please Mr. Brown (Pontus Winnberg of Miike Snow Remix) (Sarah Vaughan) Verve is still milking that "remix of our awesome back catalog" thing, but when it works it really works.
- Cups (Movie Version) (Anna Kendrick) Sweet little rhythmic song.
- Thank You (Dido) Maybe I know this from "Better Than Chocolate"?
- Back 2 Back - Digital Remakin' Track / Water Palace: Act 1 (SEGA / Hideki Naganuma) Kind of a funky take on Louie-Louie... I like it because it reminds me of the same artist's work on "Jet Grind Radio"
"Gas prices don't seem so bad once you realize you're buying explosive liquid dinosaurs"
New "prime the canvas" technique in art class.
September 2, 2013
Busy month, not many new songs but some good ones. 4-stars in red.
- 222 (Paul McCartney) 222 is my lucky number. Kind of a Phillip Glass-ish piece, a bonus track to "Memory Almost Full" which is my new favorite album name, especially by an older artist.
- Retrograde (James Blake) This is the most haunting song I've heard in a while.
- Get Low (Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz & Ying Yang Twins) Conversely, this is the stupidest, raunchiest song I've heard in a longer while.
- Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words) (Julie London) A bossa-nova tinged version of the standard. I heard Julie London was one of my grandfather Papa Sam's favorites.
- Girl Control (The Polish Ambassador) Very odd bit of hiphop, but it grows on you.
- Sam Hall (Johnny Cash) "Damn your eyes" is such a curse.
- 3 am (Acoustic) (Tabitha's Secret) I kind of nice version of the kinda overplayed song. Heard this in Alaska.
- I Won't Back Down (Dawn Landes) A very sweet acoustic cover of the Tom Petty song, also heard it in Alaska
- Going (Sam Phillips) Wish I could find the lyric sheet for this, but the way the music pauses on "I'm more than halfway through" is darkly striking for us folks coming up on that point in our lives. An amazing song for 2 minutes.
- Bang Bang (will.i.am) Very odd retro/modern blend, I think from that recent "Great Gatsby" movie. Such a use of white space.
- Bitter Heart (Zee Avi) Lovely and sad. Zee Avi is amazing.
Some amazing "motivational" posters from the 1920s (2 comments)
October 2, 2013
A lot of Youtube rips this month. Emeli Sandé's "Heaven" is the only 4 star-- great song, that.
- How You Like Me Now (The Heavy) Decent neo-James-Brownian feel (James Brownian Motion would be a good name for a band.)
- Where Do I Begin (Away Team mix) (Shirley Bassey) Powerful remix.
- Q.U.E.E.N. (feat. Erykah Badu) (Janelle Monáe) A favorite of mine and FOSO's... took a while for the song itself to grow on me, and not just the line "is it peculiar that she twerk in the mirror?" (pre-Miley) but it's really pretty great.
- Africa (The Amalgamates) -- Toto cover by a Tufts A Cappella group. Had it for a little under 20 yeears, hearing the original made me like this version more.
- Oh Shit (The Pharcyde) Ugh. Catchy song despite the Transphobia.
- So Watcha Want (Arsenio Hall 1992) (The Beastie Boys + Cypress Hill) I've gotten into Youtube rips!
- Roar (Katy Perry) Not much to say. Like that shouty chorus.
- I Beeped You (Father) Old school hiphop I missed back in the day... good Jackson 5 sample
- Sweet Brown - Aint Nobody Got Time for That (Autotune Remix) (The Parody Factory) I like this even though I'm worried it might be racist.
- Straight Lines (Dawn Landes) Sweet and gentle.
- The Fox (Ylvis) I think I like this-- unironically? Like not for the comedy, it just has a good sound.
- Heaven (Emeli Sandé) It was probably the tight funk beat that first grabbed me, but the vocals are so powerful.
- Compliments (Kollektivet) Comedy bit... but I know that feeling.
- Werewolves of London (Warren Zevon) My street band is putting a version of this together, and everyone else in the group is surprised I never heard this. Good for halloween!
- Sweet Child O' Mine (Step Brothers) A clip from the movie -- I think the blatantly mediocre a cappella resonates with me!
November 2, 2013
No 4-stars last month. You should see An Interpretive Dance For My Boss Set To Kanye West's Gone if you haven't already.
- Time Just Gets Away From Us (feat. Rachel K Collier) (Lung) Nice bit of softer electronica.
- Rill Rill (Sleigh Bells) Always dig their use of female vocals and big sounding percussion.
- California (Mazzy Star) Mazzy Star's return, hardly a thing has changed but it's dark and lovely.
- Young and Beautiful (Lana Del Rey) Guess this is 4 "female vocal centric tracks" in a row.
- Bassheads (Gangrene) A little bummed that I didn't find more new good stuff on the GTA 5 soundtrack, but this bit of hiphop is fun.
- The Agency Heist (GTA5 Soundtrack) On the other hand, this original, 70s-tinged hiest music, with its giant hornfall, was great.
- John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt (Wee Sing) Had an urge to have this old childhood classic. Umm, the version I settled on has a better bassline than this one.
- Wonderlust King (Gogol Bordello) Shout-y folk.
- Kashmir (Bond) For some reason Led Zep's Kashmir kept coming up this month. I like this string over of it, in part because it's shorter than the original.
- I'll Be Mellow When I'm Dead ("Weird Al" Yankovic) I ended up periodically grabbing songs from the first album I bought on my own, Weird Al's first release. I always like the existential stance of this one.
- Gone (Featuring Consequence & Cam'ron) (Kanye West) This "I Quit" video was making the rounds, and brought an 8 year old song back to the charts. I could watch her dance for hours. Also, I like the note of sadness in the original song.
- Nosey Joe (The Brian Setzer Orchestra) Heard this before the HONK! Parade. Like a lot of that 90s swing revival stuff, it's catchy but maybe a little too "clean".
- Rhubarb and Custard (Taxman Remix) (Zen) Rhubarb and Custard is a flavor combo for candy in the UK. Researching it I found out about this raver favorite.
- Wicked Games (feat. Anna Naklab) [Radio Edit] (Parra for Cuva) Lovely, haunting cover. Odd little high pitched noise they use; surprised it's not more annoying.
- ZOMOFG The REAL Harlem Shake Remix (ZOMOFG) The Problematics Of The Fake Harlem Shake introduced me to this video showing the real deal. That said, I still kind of like the surreal co-opting version.
- Hurt (Johnny Cash) On the flight back from the UK, I had the misfortune of watching "The Hangover 3" and it reminded me of this cover, from just before I started getting MP3s of songs I liked.
- Mr. Brightside (The Killers) This clip from "The Call Centre" had an oddball pushy boss make his new recruits karaoke to this (because "Happy People Sell, Miserable Bastards Don't")
- Crazy In Love (The Puppini Sisters) A friends dance class video introduced me to this cover, I like it better than the one in "The Great Gatsby"
February 2, 2014New songs added. More "clumped" than some months, with a big row of awesome female vocalist cover and originals.
Soft Covers and Female Vocalists
- Hold Me Tight (Scraps) Heard this track in in merrit kopas' HUGPUNX, a hugging simulator
- Black Horse and the Cherry Tree + Seven Nation Army (KT Tunstall) More acoustic covers... I had know idea KT Tunstall had that accent.
- Seven Nation Army (Vyvienne Long) A woman, a cello, a great cover.
- Toxic (Juliet Turner) Terrific acoustic cover of a pretty good song.
- Listen to Your Heart (Edmee's Unplugged Vocal Edit) (DHT) Shmaltzy, but I like it.
- Material Girl (Walk Off the Earth)
- Love Has Come for You (Steve Martin & Edie Brickell) Banjo and one of the sweetest voices in music.
- Techno Syndrome (Tha Immortals) MORTAL KOMBAT... (if it's good enough for Batman....)
- Shake a Lil' Somethin' (2 Live Crew) Really, Kirk?
- Timber (feat. Ke$ha) (Pitbull) The Cotton-Eye Joe for our time.
- Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Kevin and the Octaves) After struggling to id this song that was in my head, I decided I preferred a shortened rock cover.
- Vato (Snoop Dogg featuring B-Real) About twice as long as it should be, but a nice loop.
- Woke Up This Morning (Vinne Pauleone and the Ba Da Bing Orchestra) Been on a Sopranos kick.
- Army Life (Leadbelly) I remember hearing this on M*A*S*H... and Leadbelly is an important figure.
- Stayin' Alive (Bee Gees) Had this in a few mashups, but the original is pretty good.
- Get a Job (The Silhouettes) My friend Zack in middle school sang a variation of this.
- Doo Wop (That Thing) (Lauryn Hill) Pretty cool video.
- Kids In America (Tiffany) Not sure why I liked Tiffany's version more than Kim Wilde's original.
- Caravan (Fanfare Ciocarlia) Saw these guys live at Johnny D's-- great brass band from Romania!
Too early to ask the Carroll vs Belichick thing? #kiddingithink
March 9, 2014Songs I added last month. In reverse chronological order, which is actually how I listen to 'em.
- Fix You (Jake Coco & Savannah Outen) The sweetest version of this Coldplay song I could find.
- Tea for the Tillerman (Cat Stevens) A enigmatic (but pro-apocalyptic, I think) brief song. Used for the credits of Ricky Gervais' show "Extras".
- Achy Breaky Pt 2 (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus) (Buck 22) What is Larry King doing here? Insanely catchy hook and a good little bit of hiphop. Also, I've never seen dancers so undressed without actually being naked.
- Boobs a Lot (The Fugs) Read the disappointing comic novel about "The Beats", and this group had a connection to the movement. Crazily sexist song, but catchy.
- Hard Work (The U.S. Army Airborne) Finally found the song used in the Eastern Bank commercial (the trick was they're saying "Hard Work Work" not "Aww Work Work". I think if I ever get back into running I might try to use one of those CDs of military cadences.
- Little Sadie (Crooked Still) Cool little bluegrass-y number.
- Coffee and Wine (Chadwick Stokes) Also kind of southern feeling (I'm so crap at identifying genres) -- hook-y chorus
- Everything Is AWESOME!!! (Tegan and Sara & The Lonely Island) The Lego Movie was pretty great.
- I'm Awesome (Spose) It's really funny how this track comes up after the Lego Movie one. A weird exercise in self-deprecating rap. "Lyrically, I'm not the best / Physically, the opposite of Randy Moss, and yet..."
- Friendship (Remastered) (Kay Kyser and His Kollege of Musical Knowledge) Man, this song is great. I love the variations on a rhyming theme. Also the understatment of "and If they ever put a bullet through your brain -- I'll complain."
- Forest Whitaker (Brother Ali) More self-deprecating hiphop, a little more polished.
- Wut (5kinAndBone5) (Le1f) Some say Macklemore ripped off the riff, but I think just the sax sound? Still, great gay hiphop, not just that ally stuff Macklemore makes.
- Bitter Rivals (Sleigh Bells) Shouty Girls. Man, these gals record LOUD.
- Don't Wait (Mapei) Hard to pin this one down, but it has a nice sound.
Even my bedside clock (that also projects the time onto the ceiling... highly recommended) self-adjusts for Daylight Savings Time. I was psyched thinking I had caught up on some sleep before I realized that my clock, phone, and laptop all had automagically switched without mentioning it to me.
"you are a fabulous arrangement
of whatever it is we
are made of"
--Star of David, on the loveblender
New Blender of Love
April 2, 2014An OK month for music. Video wise, Turn Down For What and the Pomplamoose Pharrell Mashup are definitely worth checking out.
Reverse chronological order for these, which is the way I listen to 'em.
- Lidl (Afrikan Boy) An intriguing African-in-UK song; the iTunes version has cooler percussion but more boring lyrics.
- The Guitar (They Might Be Giants) I think I'm just a sucker for the "Lion Sleeps Tonight" chorus.
- A Night Like This (Caro Emerald) Beautifully Retro.
- Jenny from the Block (Jennifer Lopez) Inane, but catchy. Man, she likes show off her abs.
- What I Am (Marnie) A notably terrible cover from "Girls". I actually like the autotuning, but the breathy echo is horrible.
- Look Out, There's a Monster Coming (The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band) Pity the video is kinda racist as hell, because it's an intriguing song, quirkily haunting
- Turn Down For What (DJ Snake & Lil Jon) O MAN I can't get enough of this video. My only regret is that the MP3 doesn't have the hip-cocking shotgun klik-klak at 1:16 like the video does.
- The Moon Song (Film Version) (Scarlett Johansson & Joaquin Phoenix) Such a good film, and a sweet, tender, slightly shmaltzy song.
- Girls are a Waste of Gasoline (Ject) Super-indie track; a little bit too "Red Hot Chili Peppers" wannabe-ish, but the title line is so funny and jaded.
- Pharrell Mashup (Pomplamoose) Amazing one-take video, playing with video projection in extremely clever and visually appealing ways. Also a good song!
- Orange Blossom Special (Johnny Hiland) I'm not usually one for instrumentals, and the iTunes track is even longer than this one, but still-- catchy.
- Good Old Days ("Weird Al" Yankovic) I remember this from a tape I listened to over and over at camp before high school. It's weird how the nostalgia hint appealed to me even then.
- Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (Queen Latifah) My Honk Band is playing this song... I dig her version, if it's a bit too polished.
- I Feel Like I'm Fixin To (Country Joe & The Fish) Another tune my honk band is doing... interesting funny protest song.
- L8 CMMR (Lily Allen) Heh, wasn't expecting a retro-game themed lyric video for this.
- I Feel Free (Cream) A classic.
- Clocks (Coldplay) There are a lot of covers of this but the original is pretty good.
Michael Jackson would lay out tracks a cappella...
May 2, 2014Few in number, not bad in quality, last month's songs. Arranged in descending order of "I really think you should check this out"
- Lo Lo Lo Lo Lohan (Zach Anner & The Gregory Brothers) I find this song funny and inspiring, and it reminds me to be grateful for a well-functioning physical body.
- The Star-Spangled Banner (Minor Key) (Chase Holfelder) The minor key transformation blows me away.
- Throw It Down (Dominique Young Unique) The finest twerksh thing I've seen this month.
- Lorde 2Pac Beck Mashup (Pomplamoose) Really good cover/mashup.
- Beat It (Demo Version) (Michael Jackson) Unfortunately, these seems to be removed from a lot of video sites, but it's worth listening to at least once.
- Cool Jerk (The Capitols) Rollickin'
- Free Fallin' (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) One of those songs I kind of forgot about, but like. Especially good since I am going to do that whole zero-g thing.
- A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got) (Fergie, Q-Tip & GoonRock) One of those Great Gatsby remake style blends.
- Party Up (Up in Here) (DMX) Admittedly it's the Llama Video ("why vine exists") that reminded me of this song.
- Wobble (It) [Street] (Freak Nasty) I just realized this is NOT the song in this hilarious deadpan video...
June 3, 2014Check out "Coffee", if nothing else.
- Sexual Healing (Hot 8 Brass Band) New Orleans Cover, saw it in the movie "Chef"
- Tightrope (Wondamix) [feat. B.o.B and Lupe Fiasco] (Janelle Monáe) Cool duel version of a great song.
- Aqua Teen Hunger Force Theme (Schooly D) I've always enjoyed the meatwad section of this theme song.
- It's a Miracle (Singing Nun) Very random song I remember from my childhood.
- Riot Rhythm (Sleigh Bells) With its shoutiness, hooks, and big beats, I think Sleigh Bells would be the kind of band I'd make, but they turn it up to 11 where I would be content with 8 or 9.
- Hanky Panky (Tommy James & The Shondells) Was reminded of the existence of this by "Coffee" below
- Modern Family Another TV theme -- one episode had an extended version I was hoping to find but I wasn't able to locate it.
- I Say It's Spinach Not the version I have. Kind of obsessed with this phrase since reading that New Yorker cartoon book.
- Semi-Charmed Life (Third Eye Blind) I'm kind of amazed how raw the lyrics to this song are in parts.
- Coffee (Sylvan Esso) A beautiful song and nice video.
- Tradition (London Festival Orchestra) Another song from my youth, my mom was in this musical. Hella fun to sing along to.
- Underground Theme (Nintendo) from an unreleased Super Mario Bros. 2 prototype. Not usually a huge chiptune fan, but this one is simple and good.
- Shake, Rattle and Roll (Big Joe Turner) This song has coma-ending powers.
- Wobble (V.I.C.) I just love this video, not the official one, just a hilarious scene from what looks like a camp.
- Round Here (Counting Crows) I don't know if it's shmaltzy but I appreciate the emotional space Counting Crows explores.
- Total Eclipse of the Heart (Bonnie Tyler) I've had some covers of this song, but the original has some power.
- Come Get It Bae (Pharrell Williams)
July 6, 2014Last month was pretty good for music... listed here in descending "you should really listen to this" order...
- The Writing's On the Wall (OK Go) The optical-illusion-rich video has made the rounds, but the wistful sentiment of the lyrics grabs me as well.
- I've Got My Mind Set On You (James Ray) A lot of people didn't realize that George Harrison's song was a cover - but the original has brass and choir and is generally terrific.
- Empire (Shakira) A few people were surprised that "this is Shakira?" An interesting range of moods, from the Indie to the Epic.
- Iko Iko (The Dixie Cups) A band I joined for a 4th parade covers this... simple but so so catchy.
- Love Me Again (John Newman) A good Alex Clare / Too Close vibe.
- Mash Machine (FAROFF) I love a great mashup. James Brown vs Gorillaz vs The Doors vs Queen vs Aerosmith vs Led Zeppelin vs Pink Panther vs Stevie Wonder vs AC/DC vs Torpedo Boyz.
- A Drum Beatin (Atticus Avenue) SO CUTE... a dude bumps out a little beat on (his son's?) back, and the boy's delighted squeaky giggles become part of the rhythm.
- Mercedes Benz (Janis Joplin) A classic. Some people have tried to mix/techno up but the original just works too well.
- Work B**ch (Britney Spears) Stupid song, but I like its concept as a motivator. (First verse kind of works as a counter to "Mercedes Benz")
- Problem (feat. Iggy Azalea) (Ariana Grande) Not a bad pop song... I like that they seem to sample the original Star Trek "Red Alert" whoop.
- WHEN WILL THE BASS DROP (The Lonely Island) I love how this comedy short plays with the life of a DJ...
- Aqua Teen Hunger Force Theme (Schooly D) The animation opening...
- World Music Day - Dont Worry Be Happy (Culture Machines/ Various Artists) A nice cover featuring lots of artists from India.
- The Vatican Rag (Tom Lehrer) The classic.
- Flys (P.I.D.) Christian Hiphop from my youth.
- Give a Man Enough Rope (Will Roger's Follies) I saw this musical in NYC way back when. I remember the sentiment of "Give a Man Enough Rope" was kind of moving, but maybe in the reprise.
- Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah (Allan Sherman) An ok song sort of ruined by a laugh track.
- Make It (Coco Brown). Oh dear. This is one of the raunchiest songs I've heard in a long, long while. I kind of like the request to "arch my back" but maybe I'm just into backs.
The conservative Supreme Court justices are sneaky, misogynist liars.
Sometimes on a freelance or independent project I get chuffed at how many esoteric little geek tricks I rely on. (Like using Perl, Processing, phantom.js, and general CSS mojo to get stuff prepped for a cool turn page effect library turn.js) Then I get worried that you know - this tool shouldn't be this hard, maybe I'm just doing it wrong. And then impostor syndrome slash general anxiety kicks on, and I think yeah, I can solve THIS set of challenges, but without a lot of wiggle room, what if the next ones aren't so amenable?
Ah well. Like Bogost says, "The solution to impostor syndrome is to accept that you are in fact a fraud and just get on with it."
August 2, 2014July was terrific for music, especially R+B wise... The first 4 songs here I all rated 4 stars.
- Apache (Fat Boy Slim Remix) Apache is a song that has been sampled all over the place, like Missy Elliot's We Run This. I wanted to find a version that wasn't as ridiculous and racist as the Sugarhill Gang's version... this remix draws heavily from The Incredible Bongo Band's Version and is pretty slammin'- love that drumbreak.
- What Is Hip? (Tower of Power) Knew about this song, but the live version (heard it at the Milky Way at the JP Porch Band after party) kicks up the speed a notch and is great.
- Hard to Handle (Otis Redding) The big horns and big piano mean the original is better than the Black Crowes cover (which is pretty good too.)
- Graciously (Chandler Travis Philharmonic) Starts a little slow, but I dig the simple bass riff, and then it builds beautifully, and the refrain "Gra-cious-ly" is really resonant.
- Bob What's-Is-Name (Chandler Travis Philharmonic) Another catchy song with subtle-y terrific lyrics.
- It's Time to Make a Change (Madison's Lively Stones) Gotta love this tuba. Ya gotta!
- Tootie Ma Is a Big Fine Thing (Preservation Hall Jazz Band & Tom Waits) Waits' gravel voice works pretty well here.
- Little Numbers (BOY) Great indie piece. I'm a little distracted because phone numbers aren't "7 little numbers" any more.
- Superstarr Pt. Zero (k-os) The sample of Pal Joey Hot Music has one of the most complex beats I've heard in a hiphop piece.
- Wait (The Whisper Song) Remix (Busta Rhymes, Free, Lil Scrappy, Missy Elliot, Mr. Collipark & Ying Yang Twins) Probably the sexiest hiphop song ever; the gimmick of the whisper from the original is pretty effective. (I like the poured scotch sound at 0:12)
- Down the Road (C2C) Groovy blues/house remix.
- Mission Statement ("Weird Al" Yankovic) Love the vacuous joy of business speak set against a decent cover of Crosby Stills & Nash and the white board video is enjoyable on its own terms.
- Yakety Yak (The Coasters) Don't talk back.
- My Girl's Pussy (Harry Roy & His Orchestra) Single entendre from the 1930s...
- We Can Work It Out (Stevie Wonder) Getting back to the R+B, a good cover.
- Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to Be Cowboys (Johnny Paycheck) Of all the versions I had to pick, I think I grabbed this one because I love the name Johnny Paycheck. (Err but this is the Jennings/Nelson version)
- Don't Let Me Die (R. Kelly & JAY Z) Nice big sound to this hiphop, plus you don't hear too many songs where the MC lets himself sound scared.
September 2, 2014Last month was oddly dominated by hiphop for me.
With everything listed in descending order of MAN you really gotta hear this, five things that I think are intriguing:
- Peach (Novel) I think I found this trying to find good footage of "I could eat a peach for hours". Terrific sexy slow song.
- Bottom of the River (Delta Rae) This song is kind of getting lost in the shuffle, but it's worth hearing, kind of old-- gospel/blues feel? With some big percussion.
- Crazy In Love (Fifty Shades Of Grey) (Beyoncé) Cover used in the 50 Shades movie trailer... song is great slowed down.
- I Like Farts (New Brian / Family Guy) Comedy. The best part is Peter's delighted/horrified AUGH as soon as the chorus kicks in and he figures out what the song is about.
- Let Me Clear My Throat (Old School Reunion Remix '96) (DJ Kool) I missed this one somehow. I really love the beginning when Biz Markie is announced and he's like "HEYYYYYYY!" - he just sounds so happy to be there doing his thing.
- NOW That's What I Call Polka! ("Weird Al" Yankovic) For the yong nerd growing up it's Weird Al's parodies are that important, but as you grow up, it's the polka mashups that mean the most.
- Forgot About Dre (Chris Pratt / Treytech) Actor Chris Pratt did a good eminem and someone put it to music.
- Rollout (My Business) (Ludacris) Not bad but I like the mashup better. Plus it doesn't have that weird miniskit with a guy being put in a sleeper hold.
- Shake It Off (Taylor Swift) I just think it has a good sound. Also I think that one live track where they isolate her audio is totally unfair.
- Peanut Butter (feat. Big Freedia) (RuPaul) Probably literally the gayest video I've posted here? Men booty poppin', packages flailing wildly... dumb fun!
- Anaconda (Nicki Minaj) Mixed feelings about this, I guess? It's novel hearing "Baby Got Back" repurposed. I kind of like how unfocused and rambling the rest of it is.
- Feel This Moment (feat. Christina Aguilera) (Pitbull) A so-so pop song, I'm kind of fascinated by the pretension of Pitbull.
Once or twice a year, I'll get a nice email thanking me for http://mortals.be/ and/or the comic I need to get off my but and find a publisher for. Sometimes I engage further with people who are still wrestling with angst of being mortal by nature, and finite in impact. Today I wrote this:
I suspect ultimately there will be no way to come to terms with the non-immortality of even our finest acts, and the corresponding "lack of significance" vs what our imaginations can posit, that of something eternal and everlasting, except by personal contemplation and reflection.
One thought I had... we want to be significant and remembered outside our "reference frame", the people who know us, and then MAYBE culture as a larger whole, and then, somehow, the space time continuum (I think I'm misusing physics terms like "reference frame" here). In a way, this seems as misguided, as at odds with the makeup of reality, as desperately longing to have an impact outside of our "light cone", that somehow we should be able to make an impact that would resonate instantaneously across all space and time, rather than propagating at the slow speed of light.
I think that's just the inversion of the same problem; we want to resonate not just instantly, but forever, and, ultimately, everywhere. It's a natural desire, and frustrating that even B-list celebrities will have a "bigger" impact than we will (as my friend Dylan put it, "it makes me said that cartoon character Dilbert will has more influence on this world than I do"), but even Elvis has a reference frame he will never transcend, never be known outside of.
25 Years Ago Today, I played tuba in the marching band for the first nationally broadcasted high school football game... it's kind of weird to think that I've been blogging daily for over half that time.
October 1, 2014New songs I found out about last month, in descending "You gotta hear / see this!" order...
- Let Forever Be (The Chemical Brothers) This video is so amazing, by some of the same folks who did "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind".
- My Name Is (Kellylee Evans) Beautiful retro song - the video looks like a Bond movie intro.
- Mister Rogers Remixed: Sing Together (B-Side) (John D Boswell) Inspirational!
- Lemonade (SOPHIE) "But the most delightful part of this song is the amazing sound effects which are indescribably enjoyable and unique, like sliding on a soapy surface."
- Honkey Tonk Women (Old & In the Gray)
- Lose Yourself (Kellylee Evans) I wonder about the history of this, her other song shares a title with an Eminem song, and then this is a straight up cover.
- The Rocky Song Remixed (Ronald Jenkees) Ronald Jenkess just loves music so much.
- Beat It Dubstep (Poppin John - Ricardo Walker) Some amazing dancing here.
- Make Those Move (I Am Legion) In Bass Wars Jango and Boba Fett totally blow out Obi's "The Dip"
- The Greeks (Is Tropical) Reminds me of Phoenix, a bit.
- You've Got Time (Regina Spektor) Title song to "Orange is the New Black" - Regina Spektor is always so good.
- All About That Bass (Meghan Trainor) Full figure empowerment! I guess this one is making the round?
- Poisoning Pigeons In the Park (Tom Lehrer) I actually sang this for High School Senior Talent Night. Not well received.
- The Pussycats in Outer Space (Josie and the Pussycats) Theme song - man I miss Saturday cartoons! And the design of the spaceship really left an impact on me.
- Bring down The Birds (Herbie Hancock) Source of the "Groove is in the Heart" bassline...
- Exactly Like You (New Orleans Jazz Vipers) Honk Band Tune
- Oye Como Va (Los Lonely Boys) Decent cover.
- Feelin' Alright (Dave Mason) Also a decent cover.
November 2, 2014In terms of important music videos this month, I think an honorable mention goes to Bootsy's Basic Funk Formula tutorial, it cemented and affirmed ideas I had been stirring up about what music appeals to me, and what just won't, no matter how much I think I "should" like it:
ONE two three four...OK, on to the list, in super-rough descending order of awesomeness.
and you hit on the one ya know? ONE -- -- -- ONE.
And then you would try to fit your different notes, what you felt, in between that-- And that's the funk.
And you can change that! It's however you feel, but you just have to fit it between that little space that you got, which is ONE, two three four -- ONE two three four... ONE, two three four. And then you go back to your funk!
Here you go! And then you want to break it down. You got your basic funk formula there. You can do anything you want to do with it! Ya know?
- Bang Bang (Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj) This month's singular 4-star. Has a great sound (and no shortage of bigness on the ONE)
- Scoreboard (Apollos Hester) I love how the Songifiers remixed and plumped the message. It's seriously uplifting.
- Safe and Sound (Capital Cities) This one took a while to grow on me, but as JP Honk played it with the kids from the Conservatory Lab School (getting ready for the Honk parade) I realized it's terrific.
- FUNKNROLL (Prince) It doesn't have a proper video, but that still of Prince with custom sunglasses that also shield his third eye captivates me.
- Lemme Freak (Lil Dicky) Kind of raunchy, and goofy. I adore how he puts super-realistic dialog into hiphop form. Also the little Mario turtle kick SFX.
- 99 Problems (Hugo) It's interesting that he only steals the chorus, but puts his own verses in.
- Cellophane (Sara Jackson-Holman) Sweet little song I heard on "Orange is the New Black".
- Push It (Rude Mechanical Orchestra) Just a great honk-style cover. I wish JP Honk had as much brass and big percussion. (Original MP3 here)
- Thriller (2003 Edit) (Michael Jackson) I think I underestimate Michael Jackson, because he was so popular when I was a kid. JP Honk does a fun cover of this one every hear for Dunster Rd Halloween.
- Creep (Diego Luna & Gustavo Santaolalla) Nice mini-cover from Dia los Muertes-themed "Book of Life"
- Rattlin' Bones (Preservation Hall Jazz Band) A candidate that didn't make it into our Halloween playlist... hope it gets in next year.
- Watermelon Man (Jon Hendricks) A listener said that JP Honk's version of "Watermelon Man" was the first one she liked... and many don't interest me that much, but this one with lyrics caught my fancy. Wish I knew why "Save the rind for cucumbers" got such a chuckle from the audience.
- Pencil Neck Geek (Freddie Blassie) A Dr. Demento staple from my childhood. This particular video adds in some weird, framebreaking playacting at the end where Blassie realizes the engineer is also a Pencil Neck Geek. Violence ensues!
- Game of Thrones Theme - WesteOrn Cover (Bendan) It makes good cowboy music.
- Look-Ka Py Py (The Meters) My lack of excitement about these guys (even more so on their Cissy Strut) is what got me thinking about how important the downbeat is for me digging any particular song... these guys are funky, but they ain't rooted on the One.
- Hola (Snow tha Product) Dumb-ish hiphop, but fun. (On the playlist this one trainer who runs a weekly exercise class at my work uses)
- I Don't Give a Fuck (Boss) "Orange is the New Black" uses this to punctuate spurned "Crazy Eyes" peeing on the main character's cell floor.
- Funny Walk in Old Fashion - Mori no Blend Mix (Fuzita Blender ) Odd song I got from tumblr or twitter or something. EB says it causes him physical pain.
Jeez, was wondering why I am up at six. Having devices that are better at remembering the time change than I am is weird. Wish we had daylight savings all year long- Boston is too easterly to have Standard Time make sense.
100 Pumpkins vs a Snowblower At first I thought this was, like, a horror film for pumpkins. But then I remembered what macabre things are done to them, by individuals but on a semi-industrial scale, to make Jack-O-Lanterns-- every fall is a horror movie for them!
If the election goes as badly for the democrats as some fear, I'm kind of hoping to draw a metaphor with climate change; this winter's gonna suck, but that doesn't mean the climate isn't getting warmer. (I realize I just compared the democrats to global warming, but I mean in a good way)
November 5, 2014My favorite personal tech site Lost in Mobile is running a Ultimate Mix Tape competition. Here's what I sent in to Shaun, webmaster, and music judge:
My ultimate mix has two sides,
attack side and regroup side
the final song on each kind of leads to the other group
Plus a bonus song, the titular kirk's best song in the world,
the one he's obligated to dance to each time he hears it,
if only for a little head snake.
- Chameleon - Maynard Ferguson
- All The Rowboats - Regina Spektor
- Might Like You Better - Amanda Blank
- Super Holla Tricka - Beastie Boys vs Gwen Stefani vs aSkillz Krafty Kuts
- Cool As I Am - Dar Williams
- Buildings & Bridges - Ani Difranco
- As It Comes - The Exploding Voids
- Concrete Wall - Zee Avi
- Tenderness - Paul Simon
- It's Your Thing - Isley Brothers
- Groove is in the Heart - Deee-Lite
25 of the best photos of Mohammed Ali. I like that the commentary talks about what works and doesn't for each photo.
January 2, 2015Two 4-stars (for me, YMMV)
- Pay Day (Tasha) Yoon Mi-Rae is suing Sony for use in "The Interview". Four stars because that "Drumline" music never gets old for me, and the rest (including some Korean) is solid.
- Happy (NEUS Remix) (Pharrell Williams) You know, I just love the message of this song, and this is a good remix.
- Hippy Shit (Akasha) Used in the game "Far Cry 4"...
- The Bombay Twist (The Bombay Royale) Also from Far Cry 4, kind of like a India version of Misirlou
- Superman (Remix) (Mika Singh) Folks from work went to the Fresh Pond Cinemas for Bollywood movie night, and this was on one of the previews.
- You Don't Know My Mind (Hugh Laurie) I honestly do not know how this album got added to iTunes, but this song is hyper-catchy.
- It's Almost Christmas Again (Chandler Travis Philharmonic) My favorite song that I helped with at the Johnny D's gig.
- I Just Want the Girl In the Blue Dress to Keep On Dancing (Mike Doughty) The perfect song for the bows after "The Slutcracker" burlesque. I had no idea it was the same guy from Soul Coughing!
- The World Is Just Awesome (Boom De Yada) (Discovery Channel) A commercial from a while back... I just saw its parody on xkcd and realized it's an awesome sentiment, and a catchy tune.
- A Little Respect (UVA Sil'hooettes) An obscure but lovely cover EB had on CD, when they sang with the 'Bubs. Some 80s just seem sonically designed for college a cappella, and sometimes the female voice adds a sweetness as well.
- Shimmy Shimmy Ya (El Michel's Affair) Big horns in this Wu-Tang spinoff thing.
- Christmas Wrapping (Single Edit) (The Waitresses) Someone on twitter said this is the best Christmas song of the last 33 years. I love its slice of life nature.
- With a Little Help from My Friends (Joe Cocker) RIP Joe Cocker
- It's The Hard-Knock Life (Annie 2014) I'm happy hollywood has caught up to Euclid High School 1990, in terms of a black actress for Annie! Anyway, I like the modernization of this version.
- Keep Your Hands to Yourself (The Georgia Satellites) There's something about that 80s southern rock sound.
- Sloop John B (Me First and The Gimme Gimmes) Respectable little cover I heard in "The Wolf of Wall Street"
- Carol of the Bells (Pentatonix) An a cappella-ish version of one of my Christmas favs.
- Vinter Undervare (Stan Boreson) Corny old Dr. Demento song.
- groot struck (tumblr) An odd, but brief, mashup. "I am groot". Can't find much info on it, but I guess it's a genre piece.
TIL "50 Shades of Grey" was originally Twilight Fan Fiction.
I don't mean to be totally dismissive of Fan Fiction, but I got to say it explains my reaction to how it felt when I started reading it. There's just a clumsiness to it, with characters really clearly being just the way they are for the author's convenience (and a giant heap of Mary Sue-ism) rather than feeling grounded in some kind of reality and more generalized relatability. (Then again, the original Twilight felt the same way, kind of like it's its own fan fiction...) Though maybe I'm just not used to first person narration in general.
"Alright, Aesop, but what happened after the wolf gave up on the sour grapes? Maybe he opened a grape farm. Maybe there's a type of grape that gives him superpowers. Are there other trees with different fruits? Maybe there's a Mrs. Wolf. You've crafted a very interesting universe here, Aesop, and we'd like to explore it."
--James Harvey vs Fan Fiction
Director's Commentary for this year's Advent Calendar.
February 2, 2015January was a low quantity, high quality month for new music finds
- Ghost of Stephen Foster (Squirrel Nut Zippers) The menace of this song! And the awesome early-animation-style video. I wish I knew what "if we were made of cellophane we'd all get stinkin' drunk much faster" meant.
- Log Driver's Waltz (feat. Ann Downey) (John Kirk, Dan Berggren & Chris Shaw) I grabbed a different version of the song, but this cartoon is terrific. I love the subtle suggestiveness of the lyrics "What pleases her most from her head to her toes / She'll say, "I'm not sure that it's business of yours", "A log driver's waltz pleases girls completely", and the "again" in "And when the drive's over, if he asks me again, I think I will marry my log driver"
- Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars) (Mark Ronson) Slate's analysis of this song sounds about right: The early 80s sound that never hit the top of the pop charts finally there.
- Feeling Alright (Joe Cocker) For dumb reasons I dug up the Dave Mason version of this earlier, but Joe Cocker's piano and bongos version is more awesome.
- Love Is Endless (Mozella) ADmittedly this is the McDonalds shortened version... but I love all the characters they threw into it!
- Fat Bottom Girls (Live) (Tufts sQ!) I'm in with the alums singing this on stage at Tufts' Goddard Chapel.
- Good Times Bad Times (Led Zeppelin) I don't like much of the guitar rock genre, but they have a lot of percussion stuff going on.
- Stupid Hoe (Nicki Minaj) Much of her music and her delivery is so great. She is "the female weezy"
- The Chills (Peter Bjorn and John) An older(ish) song? But good.
- I Want To Hold Your Hand (Al Green) Somehow a little better in theory than practice.
"We were on defense."
--Bill Belichick in his post-XLIX interview, when asked to second guess Pete Carroll's final play call. Even when goaded with the "hypothetically", he's all "we're different teams".
March 2, 2015February was a pleasingly eclectic month for my new music playlist. 4-stars in red.
Jazz and Instrumental
- All of Me (Frank Sinatra) My band started playing this song, and I really love it. Sinatra's version stood out when I looked for a cover.
- My Sweet Hunk O' Trash (Billie Holiday / Louis Armstrong) Dr. John covered this one with his musical guest, the original is also a delight.
- Heart of Glass (The Puppini Sisters) A bit brighter and cheerier than the similiar Nouvelle Vague cover.
- Edmontosaurus (Paul Leonard-Morgan) Some sports commercial had this... AMAZING big acoustic dinosaur picture.
- Animals (Martin Garrix) Not many electronic instrumentals make it onto my play list... love the tick tock sound.
- Take Me to Church (Hozier) Sacred, Profane, etc.
- Shiver (Lucy Rose) Sweet, gentle song that closed an episode of Girls.
- Unconditional Rebel (siska) Such an amazing video...
- The a Team (Ed Sheeran) Another kind of calming song.
- Can't Hold Us (feat. Ray Dalton) (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis) When Hunter and I heard this demoing headphones at Target, I thought it was Pitbull. Really cool sound though.
- Remember the Name (Fort Minor) Rap.
- Yeah! (feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris) (Usher) Surprised I hadn't grabbed this earlier.
- Lose Control (Missy Elliott ft. Ciara & Fat Man Scoop) I hadn't been forewarned of Missy Elliot's guest appearance at the Superbowl Halftime, and it was a serious delight.
April 2, 2015Ok month for new music... 4-5 stars in red. A lot more instrumental stuff than usual.
- Trouble (feat. Jennifer Hudson) (Iggy Azalea) I really dig this... nice gospel(?) sound with good percussion, and fun lyrics with a slick delivery - kind of like that Kanye West "Gone"
- Palladium (The Hip) (Liz Brady) Super-hip French song. The lyrics are mostly about dancing... I like Le Monkey sound though.
- That's the Way (Daniel Lenz) Random clubish (?) music via "Broad City"
- Freedom Hangs Like Heaven (Iron & Wine) Still acclimating to this foksy piece.
- In My Cult (Jim's Big Ego) Odd little heaven's gate reference by the makers of Stress (love that video)
- Dear Future Husband (Meghan Trainor) - kind of retrogade bit from the "All About That Bass" gal. I enjoy the naughty "left side of the bed" fake-out rhyme.
- The Creator (Pete Rock & CL Smooth) Old school Hiphop.
- 928 Horn Jam (Trombone Shorty) Minute long piece, reminds me of Dirty Dozen.
- Hurricane Season (Trombone Shorty) Used as a bumper on his appearance on Wait Wait Don't Tell Me - great horn "fall"
- Night Falls (Wont Back Down) (B-Side Remix) (Booka Shade vs. Plastic Operator) Electronic groove with some "Won't Back Down", DJ was playing this at the "Bring Your Own Beamer" art event
- Whiplash (Hank Levy) Decent movie. I learned how the 7/8 time signature makes the title song a "Time Chart".
- If I Were a Bell (Guys and Dolls) My friend Liz's fav. I like how-- y'know, she actually sounds a little tipsy (the singer, not Liz)
- Adelaide's Lament (Guys and Dolls) But I kind of missed this one too...
- Puttin' On the Ritz (Pomplamoose) Cool cover.
- DJ White Shadow vs. PacMan(tm) (DJ White Shadow) The 90s called... and they were with their friend the 80s. Came from a Bud Light commercial. Pac-Man is in the air lately...
--from http://dogscantlookup.com/post/115268609033 ...
"C'est la Vie!"
"this should not be!"
more stoically; philosophically--
"C'est la Vie..."
--A poem I wrote 7 years ago... I had forgotten about it, but really it was the same idea I rediscovered recently, the concept that if you expect life to be suboptimal, and stop demanding that it live up to all of your momentary hopes and expectations, it can be easier and less scary when small(ish) things do go wrong -- SNAFU usually won't lead to FUBAR.
"[On worrying about "Skynet" scenarios] Humans are going to die on this planet. We're not going to go through a wormhole to another galaxy; it's just not going to happen. What will survive on our behalf is AIs--if we manage to create them. That's not problematic, it's desirable."
--Alex Garland, talking with Wired about his new film "Ex Machina". I really agree with his point here. (Also, is he getting a dig into the film "Interstellar"?)
May 3, 2015Only a few 4 stars, listed in red. The rest put in descending order of interestingness, either for the song or the video.
- Bounce No. 1 (Dave Leanza & Andy Manista) I ripped from a cassette tape [Cleveland] "Heights Jazz Night 1991". I think it may be an original composition, and catchy as heck.
- Joe and Paul (Barton Brothers / Stutchkoff) A Yiddish comedy bit from 1:00-2:55 - the video has some loose translation on screen.
- Bottom of the River (Tufts sQ!) New single by my college a cappella group, just had their 20th birthday. Freshman singing in the group were born around the same time I started singing with them, senior year. (The version from iTunes has better sound quality)
- Steal My Kisses (Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals) Surprised I missed this one when it came out, but everyone at the sQ reunion knew it.
- Rudy (Fusik) The soundtrack to that aweseme bboy/bgirl video. Man that is some amazing dancing/gymnastics.
- Loyalty Never Leaves (Lance Knight) On a radio station in GTA5, this odd Rasta-ish version of "Royals" - reading the lyrics helps a little.
- Opa Cupa Fly (Brass Menazeri) Romani Brass - I think this is a remix.
- Get Back (Ludacris) Wow... the Popeye Arms he's sporting in this video...
- Monty Python's Galaxy Song (Stephen Hawking) Hawking sings Python. (sad the buy now link only works in the UK; I had to rip it.)
- Leprosy (Eu-Four-Ia) An obscure Dr. Demento cassette-tape rip - I should probably put it on youtube.
- Lose It (In the End) (Mark Ronson & The Business Intl.) Ronson often has great percussion.
- Tables and Chairs (Andrew Bird) I think cmg sent me this. I like the post-apocalypse-with-snacks vision.
- Statistician's Blues (Todd Snider) Comedy bit. Like the tone but wish the numbers were better.
- God Knows (You Gotta Give to Get) (El Perro del Mar) Soft song I heard on "Girls"
- Moonlight In Vermont (Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong) When my superniece's Mama K need to scat some song to operate a lamb puppet, she sang this, a song I hadn't heard.
- Can't Nobody Love You (The Zombies) The romantic 60s.
- Send It Up (Kanye West) James Harvey keeps me interested in Kanye.
- Knock On Wood (Eddie Floyd) Very Sam+Dave sounding.
- Fancy (feat. Charli XCX) (Iggy Azalea) The examplar from a "why we love pop music [that sucks]" article, but I have to admit I like Iggy Azalea's delivery.
- Work Song (Hozier) Not quite as good as "Take Me To Church"
A few photos by Joni L, from JP Honk at yesterday's "Wake Up The Earth" parade and festival in JP. It was a LONG haul up Centre St but the chance to do a set at Stony Brook, and really walk around and through the audience, was special
June 2, 2015In decreasing order of "you should hear this!":
- Do You Swear To Tell The Truth The Whole Truth And Nothing But The Truth So Help Your Black Ass (Amanda Palmer) NSFW, quite, and with an unfortunate title/refrain - but I love the tale of the artist figuring out her life and sex life on her own terms, it's very sweet in its own way.
- Feel Right (feat. Mystikal) (Mark Ronson) I thought this was a 5-star but I think I ended up liking the video version more than the bare song. But the song is pretty good.
- Hold Heart (EmilÃana Torrini) Almost syrupy in its sorrow, there's an amazing amount of nuance in its delivery.
- Bulldozer (Goldishack Guerrillas) Political piece, uses a kind of Bro outlook in an amazingly catchy protest work.
- How Naked Are We Going to Get? (The Blow) This vido is a train-station a cappella version of a thoughtful little song.
- Common People (Full Length Version) (Pulp) I think it's good for me to get back to the original from the William Shatner / Joe Jackson cover
- J.Rabbit - Tequila Remix v5 (J.Rabbit) Tweak of a classic. I love the movie clip (?) it samples, "Just drive over to my place, kick back, get some tequila..." - the way she pronounces te-Qui-la...
- The Full Retard (EL-P) An aggresively stupid and NSFW song... the perfect club music for "Hot Tub Time Machine 2"'s future scene.
- Spiders and Snakes (Jim Stafford) Dig the shadow of youthful sexiness in this one.
- Alfie (Lily Allen) What's hilarious about this is that it's about the actor who plays Theon Greyjoy in Game of Thrones.
- That's Life (Frank Sinatra) For a while I mirrored my dads anti-mafia-based dislike for Sinatra, but given his strikingly progressive views, I've been digging him more.
- The Thrill Is Gone (1969) [Single] (B.B. King) RIP, B.B. King... I like the haunting orchestral strings in this.
- Where Your Eyes Don't Go (They Might Be Giants) Hmm, I like this version a lot better than the one I got, but I love the line "Every jumbled pile of person has a thinking part that wonders / What the part that isn't thinking isn't thinking of"
- Star Wars Imperial March (Dubstep Remix) (Lduk) I like remixes that don't pad their idea into 8 minute jams.
- I Learned the Hard Way (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings) I'd like this song more except for this weirdly off-pitch flute that toots in on the chorus - is it supposed to be like a train whistle?
- Partition (BeyoncÃ©) Is this just half the song? Anyway, some good sexy pop.
- Breaking Bad Remix (Seasons 3-5) (Chris Lohr) A goofy exercise in sampling (in a show I never watched) but I like the percussive elements of it.
July 9, 2015June was pretty decent for new music for me. If you check out nothing else, look at Super Spice Bros 2.
- Super Spice Bros 2 (Old Spice) This is advertising turned up to way beyond 11. At least 15 or 16. I love the little touches in it.
- Danger (Been So Long) (Mystikal featuring Nivea) John Oliver sampled the "DAAAANGER!" refrain. I just love Mystikal's delivery, Louis Armstrong meets Pigmeat Markham meets... I don't even know.
- Run (Radio Edit) [feat. Wretch 32] (Baby Blue) Ah, the appeal of british-accented women rappers.
- House Party (feat. B-Case & U-Jean) (DJ Antoine & Mad Mark) Played on the Atlantic City Board Walk. Like the way the bass kicks in around 1:38.
- Get Busy (Sean Paul) Dance Hall goofiness.
- Wicked Ones (DOROTHY) Some of that epic / western-tinged stuff
- Wasp Nest (The National) Mellow, sad song. The refrain "you're a wasp nest" is weirdly visceral and evocative.
- Suite: Judy Blue Eyes (Crosby, Stills & Nash) Years ago I recorded the quote "Fear is the lock, and laughter the key, to your heart". Now I realize this was what Weird Al Was parodying in Mission Statement
- Aw Naw (Chris Young) My Aunt introduced me to this fun dumb country song. Aw Naw != "Aw HELL Nah".
- Default (Django Django) Very Phoenix-like Indie stuff.
- Sweet Dreams Are Made of This (The Soul Rebels) My college A cappella group covered this, and the brass version is sweet.
- They Will Know We Are Christians (Mosaic) I think once upon a time I had a cassette with the Star Lake Men's Chorus doing a kick butt version of this song, with a tight drum and piano. This is as close as I could find. I think it's also the best aspiration for Christianity.
- Our God Is an Awesome God (Rich Mullins) Another song from my more religious youth. This isn't the version I grabbed, which also has Organ, but it's short and powerful and fun to harmonize to.
- Solid (Soulive) Instrumental, reminds me a bit of Booker T & The M.G.s - used as bumper music on WNYC
- I Believe In Miracles (Jackson Sisters) I think the Beastie Boys sampled from this... great 70s funk
via Gizmodo, housing values across the USA. I love how this looks like a beating heart energized by where people want to live.
Fascinating post-exit interview with a "Blue Man". We've gotten kind of used to them, but they've really assembled an amazing thing.
In defense of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. That was a fun show.
"dont say 'man up' say 'level up' because video games are cooler than gender binary"
SO IT TURNS OUT Crown Royal on the rocks is kind of gross but Crown Royal neat alternating with Skinny Cow Chocolate Truffle popsicles is sort of awesome. WHO KNEW???
August 3, 2015This marked the month I fiddled around with Apple Music; never again. They should have made it a separate app, this whole conflating of music available locally and via streaming just sucks, and there are a number of weird glitches.
So, an ok month for music, here arranged in rough order of "harsh and electronic" to "soft and acoustic"... it seems like most of these songs fell on one side of that or the other. 4 stars and up marked in red, though as always it's more "stuff I'd like to hear" more than a judgement of the quality of the music.
- Map of Tasmania (Club Mix) [feat. Amanda Palmer & Peaches] (The Young Punx) I was showing the original to Melissa and this excellent remix, big percussion remix came up.
- Hey Mama (feat. Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack) (David Guetta) Fun Mad Max-themed video
- Beg For It (feat. MÃ˜) (Iggy Azalea) I know there are a lot of people who don't dig Azalea, but I think she has really good delivery.
- Scare Me (feat. Peaches & Timberlee) (Major Lazer) I'm kind of a sucker for any song "featuring Peaches"
- Zeus vs Thor (Epic Rap Battles of History) Legofied Rap Battle!
- Ex's & Oh's (Elle King) Good sounds - a bit like Paper Girl.
- I Wish (Skee-Lo) Nice mid-90s hiphop groove, kind of in that party-hip-hop thing that was so big for us in high school.
- Do Your Thing (Basement Jaxx) Some movie trailer is using this... I've heard it in remixes, but the original is solid too.
- That Time (Regina Spektor) So cheap and Juicy!
- Good Old Mountain Dew (The Womenfolk) Weird crackle and pops on the mp3, but a fun country song.
- Copperhead Road (Steve Earle) Saw this guy live last month... he looks different these days.
- Sensitive New Age Guys (Christine Lavin) This would be 5x as funny if the chorus said "well it's because we're TOO sensitive"... anyway.
- Here Comes the Sun (The Beatles) When I "discovered" The Beatles in college, I kind of completely missed "Abbey Road". I'm not crazy about most of the songs, and to be honest this one as well.
- Close To Me (Minnie Driver) Such a great cover - the album versions a bit cleaner.
- Wild Horses (The Sundays) Good cover.
- It's Alright With Me (Harry Connick, Jr.) From an album that was good for making out to in highschool...
- The Waltzing Fool (Guy Clark) Lyle Lovett's original is mentioned in the book "Set This House in Order"
- Remember Me (Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses)) Oh man... Many feels, the story of an older parent and a young child.
"Someday a few decades from now, some kid is going to ask me, 'Is it really true that you remember a time before the Internet?' and I'll feel like some wise sage who used to extract information straight from the Earth."
Feynman vs Gell-man. Ok, if digging on Feynman and his diagrams isn't hipster enough for you, you should become an acolyte of Murray Gell-man.
I do appreciate the Gell-man's knack for the naming of things, though I wonder if this article is remiss for leaving out Feynman's work on the Challenger explosion investigation.
It's weird thinking that almost all of what I consider both my adult life, and my recorded life (when I got into daily blogging, private journaling, and also started having a camera in my pocket at all times) happened in the aftermath of 9/11. And also, half of that happened before iPhone, and half after.
Time is weird.
September 4, 20155 and 4 star:
- My Favorite Picture of You (Guy Clark) The studio version of this made my 5-star list. It feels so true; the picture he's showing on the album cover must be the one in the song. When he says "click" it gives me a shiver; such love, such remorse.
- Wild World (Cassandra Jenkins) A LOVELY cover of Cat Stevens' song.
- The Time Is Now (John Cena & Tha Trademarc) There's a new version of Rick Rolling that uses this, Cena's entrance music. It's a super energizing song.
- Tusk (Fleetwood Mac) I kind of like this song, and the use of Marching Bands, but wish the sound balance was more in favor of the band...
- Barley & Grape Rag (Rory Gallagher) A prodigous 13 year old was playing this at Rockport's Acoustic Musical Fest... nice little bluegrass-y number
- Sail (AWOLNATION) I missed this one when it was fresh. I've seen it on cat videos since...
- X Gon' Give It to Ya (DMX) Maybe I saw this on a trailer? I like his powerful angry delivery.
- Shoop (Salt-n-Pepa) I really dig Salt-n-Pepa's uninhibited and uncompromising enthusiasm about sex on their terms. (Could do without the songs use of 'retard'; interesting that that word gets censored in the video.)
- Can't Let Go (Lucinda Williams) Heard a cover of this at Bryan's birthday party, another nice bluegrass-y number
- The Peoples' Champ (feat. Hellnback) (A Tribe Called Red) I dig the mix of hip hop and first people's music, along with the activist sentiment
- Encyclopedia Frown (Jonathan Mann) Anna Anthropy's cat in exciting pirate adventures! Fun video... also a version with more people singing than the one I have. Actually, I may have to replace the guy-and-guitar version I have with this one.
- Music From the "Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation" Movie Trailer (The Action Band) A remake of the actual progression of music from the trailer. (I'm still looking for awesome remixes of the original theme... I remember trying to march to it at Tufts Marching Band... we take the field once a year, so that year we pick the song that goes 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 1 2??)
- Cheeseburger in Paradise (Jimmy Buffett) I remember Mo requesting this song in Florida. And more recently Melissa didn't realize it was an actual song, she thought that the title was just like a metaphor.
- New York (Angel Haze) Angel Haze is kind of harsh, but I like the sound of it.
"No one's being jailed for practicing her religion. Someone's being jailed for using the government to force others to practice her religion."
--https://twitter.com/rachelheldevans/ on Kim Davis. See also: @NextToKimDavis... Davis is either terribly misguided or just trying to ride the Loony Conservative Gravy Train.
October 2, 2015Music I added last month... 4-stars in red, the first four videos are worth a watch.
- Downtown (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis) -- fun song, bringing in a few different genres, beautifully. The video is cool too, especially the chariot of motorcycles.
- Like a Boss (Amy Kucharik) I saw this artist busking at Davis Square before a School of Honk event... actually I played along on tuba with her ukelele. This video has lots of fun business-speak innuendo.
- Epic Rap Battles of History - Everything's a Product (Honest Movie Trailers) - funny mini-parody of "Everything is Awesome"
- This Land is Your Land (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings) Crazy good R+B cover of a fantastic song.
- The Noncommittal Love Song (Amy Kucharik) -- shades of Weird Al's "You're the woman that I've always dreamed of -- Well not really, but you're good enough for now"... but with more ukelele.
- Inertia Creeps (Massive Attack) A dark electronic-ish piece with some middle eastern overtones.
- I Am Mine (Pearl Jam) This song had big signifigance in this tragic story of a 38 year old with Alzheimers.
- Hand Clapping Song (The Meters) Some nice R+B
- Suplex (feat. Northern Voice) (A Tribe Called Red) I dig the blend of first people's music with some modern stuff
- Worth It (feat. Kid Ink) (Fifth Harmony) Cool klezmer-y bits
- Wanna B Ur Lovr ("Weird Al" Yankovic) Weird Al takes on Prince. Leaving a nation asking... "she has yugoslavian hands"? What?
- Goin' Up the Country (Canned Heat) Weird surfer-ish 60s bit.
- Tetris (Seinfeld Remix)(SynaMax) burbly cover of the old russian folksong, known to a million gameboys.
"It's a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you're ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any."
--Hugh Laurie (just to have it in text)
November 5, 2015Arranged in descending order of "hey this is interesting!"...
- Scrubs- Sanford and Son (Scrubs) - I just love this comedy bit, so I dumped this whole video as an MP3.
- Umbrella (Mechanical Bride) Latest I got in the "creep slow cover" genre.
- "YMCA" reworked to Minor key (Village People / Oleg Berg) When the Village People become villains in a video game, this is their theme music.
- Believe (Pomplamoose) I really like this cover of Cher's song... I love how much denial the lyrics carry.
- It's the Music (A.Skillz & Stickybuds Remix) (The Mighty Mocambos) A rare addition to my energy playlist. For a while I thought the refrain was "Stinky Butts" not "stickybuds".
- Fancy (Reba McEntire) A lovely song about a terrible situation
- Feeling Good (Bassnectar Remix) (Nina Simone) Strong Remix of great song.
- Radioactive (Pentatonix & Lindsey Stirling) Another cover, with a lot of strings.
- Keep Your Heart Young (Brandi Carlile) Good advice on a kind of country/western tip.
- Pay Attention (Pomplamoose) Cool original song (though I had to tell itunes to cut out the last bit, when it turns into a skit like thing)
- You're Not the One (Blood Diamonds Remix) (Sky Ferreira) Just some decent pop.
- Sat (Time) (Atlantic Brass Quintet) Instrumental
- Introdiction (Scroobius Pip) Kind of sophomoric (e.g. "In the end they are just words, you give them power when you cower man, it's so absurd" on the c-word) but some good stuff
- Fireball (feat. John Ryan) (Pitbull) - like "Girl on Fire", I'm left wondering "why is it ok to rhyme a whole phrase with itself as long as it ends with 'fire'" (as in "roof on fire")
"You have the rights to my face. You do not have the rights to my lagoon of mystery!""
--Carrier Fisher on what she said to George Lucas about an overly revealing action figure. (via)
December 4, 2015Music I added to my collection last month, 4-stars in red.
- May I Suggest (Red Molly) Aw jeez, can this song give me a bad case of the feels.
- 'Round Midnight (Amy Winehouse) Slightly corny but nice take on Sarah Vaughn's classic.
- Roses (feat. ROZES) (The Chainsmokers) Shazam misidentified a Mazy Starr as this, but it's smooth and great. Like the line about "smoke a little weed on the couch in the back room"
- Annie (Overture) ((2014)) I liked the percussion for this when I heard it at a local ice skating competition, and I'm partial to the music ever since I was in the pit orchestra for the stage show.
- (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher (Jackie Wilson) Just rounding out my R+B... maybe all the Ghostbusters talk made me think of it.
- Ballerina (Leona Naess) Very sweet soft song that Melissa showed me.
- WTF (Where They From) (Missy Elliott) So cool to see her back, great sound. The spins in the video at 1:20 are amazing.
- Working In the Coal Mine (Lee Dorsey) Got this hearing about Allen Toussaint's death.
- Hold 'Em Back (Kenan Thompson) It's a funny, novelty song, but I love that bass sound.
- Stomp to My Beat (Radio Edit) (JS16) Funny... I thought this sounded like a DDR song... but I love the beat that comes in at 1:26
- Lips Are Movin (Meghan Trainor) I don't always dig the throwback feminism, but the throwback sound is catchy.
- Encyclopedia Frown (Jonathan Mann) I kind of had to beg the artist via twitter for this version, which is shoutier than the other one he released. Anna Anthropy's cat. As a pirate.
- Ricky ("Weird Al" Yankovic) I think eventually I will purchase every song on Weird Al's first album, which was one of my first and most heavily listened to tapes as a kid.
- Rusty Cage (Johnny Cash) Just good.
- Prisencolinensinainciusol (Adriano Celentano) - a weird, catchy song, nonsense syllables of what English sounds like to an Italian speaker... (music starts at 1:45)
advent day 4
"Show Your Work". I think I do that too much when I write: it's not enough to state what I believe, but why I believe it, because I have this subconscious fear that at any moment I might be held to account for it, and being Wrong is kind of Sin.
But in truth, no one (or at least a small select) gives a damn. The indifference of the universe is at once utterly disheartening and rather freeing.
"The winds blew and the clouds moved on as if they were oblivious to their mortal plight." <- best video game quote ever.
"With a presumed life span of over 500 years, it's safe to say that every plastic bottle you have used exists somewhere on this planet, in some form or another."
--Debra Winter on The Violent Afterlife of a Recycled Plastic Bottle.
after ordering a nice cheap pair of gloves from Amazon, I wonder what it will be like for kids who witness their parents doing this... I mean money and the worlds of commerce are already kind of mysterious for kids, I think-- witnessing parents who type at a computer and then two days later or so stuff just shows up on the doorstep... That's kind of weird!
January 4, 2016Semi-decent month for new music last month, the first one listed is the only 4-star.
- Charlie On the MTA (Live) (The Heebee-jeebees) My one 4-star this month... I literally started laughing with delight the first time I heard it. This is a slightly different cover, but the way they take it lower and lower is so much fun...
- Popcorn (Hot Butter) For being such a "hey electronic music!" song, this song's percussion is beautifully acoustic. Also: this video.
- Bill Murrayâ€™s â€œStar Wars" (Oscar Isaac) The new Star Wars' awesome and enthusiastic supporting hero covering my favorite Star Wars lyrics? Yes please!
- Drop It Like It's Hot (Pharrell Williams & Snoop Dogg) I only had a Best of Booty Mashup of this... I love the tongue cluck sound.
- Mind Heist (Zack Hemsey) I was watching a video of how like every trailer now uses the "Inception Honk"...
- Christmas At Ground Zero ("Weird Al" Yankovic) Eventually I'm going to get like every Weird Al song I loved on tape as a new MP3 purchase. I think the dark humor of this was a big influence on my Nuclear War Fun Club doodles.
- Love the One You're With (The Isley Brothers) Tony at "Million Year Picnic" loves the Isley Bros. I'm still intrigued by the message of this song.
- Nothing but a Heartache (The Flirtations) Some great R+B
- Metroid II Return of Carmen Sandiego (Spindley Q Frog) Lovely mashup (Rockapella and Gameboy Chiptune) for a glorious little trainwreck.
- Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone (The Mills Brothers & Tommy Dorsey) Folks at the Dunster Road Holiday Party had a great songbook including this one.
- Brimful of Asha (Cornershop) Somehow I missed this one in the 90s. It's been pointed out as such a terrifically South-Asian-in-England song without needing to make a big frame around it.
- Sesame Street (Maynard Ferguson) I played this in my high school senior talent night band, and I love the bassline - bringing it to my current bands now.
- DADDY (feat. CL) (PSY) Not quite a Gangham Style, but still.. ."got it from daddy" resonates with me. Creepy video tho.
- Look On Down from the Bridge (Mazzy Star) Remembering the scene from "Rick and Morty" where SPOILER (?) Morty is absorbing the fact he's now going to be in an alternate universe where everyone he knows is an identical copy of the people he really knew... I dunno, it's kind of great.
"To discard the stuff we've acquired is to murder the version of ourselves we envision using it."
--Laura Miller, in a critique of Marie Kondo's tidying up books and philosophy. She also cites June Thomas labeling it as encouraging an "anorexia of things." (I guess the counter-argument is: that's true, about the "murder", but so often that vision of what "could be, maybe" interferes with our pleasure in "what is")
All Hail DiscordiaFNORD...
Amused that Google Maps for IOS clearly wasn't tested in a walking city such as Boston; even when on a walking route it gives you real time turn directions blocks ahead of time, as if you were zipping along in a car.
February 3, 2016Ok month for music to start the year. You GOTTA watch the alternate video for TOO MANY ZOOZ.
- Spocktopus (TOO MANY ZOOZ) This is the 3-musician version of this mind blowing sax-dance video. A real inspiration to my tuba dancing
- Last Night in Texas (The Maverick Mikel Knight) The guys got some fascinating (if sketchy) bootstrap business practices, but this is one catchy bit of hick-hop.
- Extended Funky Chimes (Sesame Street) JP Honk is putting together a cover of "Sesame Street", and two of the members were super-psyched to make an ending for it based on this great bit of bumper music.
- Genghis Khan (Miike Snow) Good example of a modern indie rock vibe, with a really fun video.
- All You Fascists Bound to Lose (Nina Hagen) I couldn't find Woody Guthrie doing his own songs, so I have a (different) version of this German actress.
- La La La (Brazil 2014) (Shakira/Carlinhos Brown) Theme for the recent world cup. I like the percussion.
- Caramel (Suzanne Vega) This song was languishing with 2 starts 'til I randomly heard it at the end of a trailer for the movie "Closer"
- I Like It Like That (Pete Rodriguez) A classic.
- Sad (Bo Burnham) Funny- at least watch the first 15 seconds. His book of poetry is good too, very Shel Silverstein-y...
- Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (The Buckinghams) I'm surprised I didn't find this version when i was looking for covers, when JP Honk added it to their repertoire.
- Hey Na Na (Galactic) Funky!
- Jessieâ€™s Girl (Mary Lambert) Very sweet cover.
- Superbad (Top Dogz) Love how those horns come in!
March 2, 2016New (to me) music I added last month! 4 stars in red.
- This Woman's Work (Kate Bush) At first I thought this song was just overwrought, but reading up on it, and remembering its probably from a new father's perspective, it's powerful. Think I heard it in "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia."
- Ni**as in Paris (JAY Z & Kanye West) Is it weird to own music whose title you're not allowed to say? Anyway, the DJ was playing this before "The Soul Rebels Brass Band"
- Dont Blame The Dynamite (Dr Teeth & The Electric Mayhem) Muppets! "There's a party all the time, for them what choose..."
- GDFR (Flo Rida) I think this is playing in a strip club in "Deadpool"
- Groovulation (Youngblood Brass Band) Awesome tune I played with the Bread + Puppet Overtakelessness Circus.
- Son of a Preacher Man (Aretha Franklin) How had this cover flown under my radar? Thanks Obama. I mean, Melissa.
- Anyone Else But You (The Moldy Peaches) Favorite lyric of the month: "Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start, just because we use cheats doesn't mean we're not smart"
- You Are My Sunshine (Pt. 1) (Elizabeth Mitchell) Hunted around, this was the best version I found.
- Kangaroo Court (Capital Cities) Love the video for this.
- Gravel Pit (Wu-Tang Clan) The youtube video is crazy censored, but I was very impressed by the Austin Powers-esque groove
- Thunderstruck (Steve`n`Seagulls) i think I prefer the youtube version of this song, and not just because of the hats.
- When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along (Al Jolson) Is... this version racist? Like just by himself, the voice he does? Vs "the Jazz Singer" I mean. Anyway, Dylan like to sing this one.
- Iko Iko (Jimmy Fallon, Sia, Natalie Portman, The Roots) Man do I dig Fallon + The Roots + Celebrity Singer Kindergarten Percussion covers. Plus my band totally needs to get back into this song.
Tuba travel planning. I find it charming , yet pragmatic, that multiple exemptions for musical instruments have been carved out for airline baggage policies.
And it's irregularly shaped to boot. "My hump, my hump, my lovely tuba lump"
Wow-- remember that old computer animation of a fantasy contraption, hundreds of spheres bouncing and playing (percussion, and impact-y strings)? Someone made that a reality!!
It's like a music box*100!
April 1, 2016A middling-fair month for finding music - no 4 stars. Sorted in inverse "you gotta hear (or see) this!"
- Upside Down & Inside Out (OK Go) The song is solid, dig that "CD skip" effect, but the video... it's like that Zero-G trip in video form.
- Iko Iko (Dr. John) Been getting more into this song, I like Dr. John's cajun pronunciations.
- Jody, Come Back and Get Your Shoes (Bobby Newsome) I got this solid R+B tune after this article on the name "Jody" - in some military marching songs, Jody is the guy who steals your gal.
- 212 (feat. Lazy Jay) (Azealia Banks) Sexy energy in parts... and I gotta admit "212" scans better than "617" (an answer I saw on Kottke: It's 2006. You're DJing a club. You have a 2016 iPod. What song do you put on to make everyone go nuts?)
- Stand By Me (Ben E. King) I was just surprised this one wasn't in my collection already.
- Seven Bridges Road (Live) (Eagles) To quote The Comics Curmudgeon "ha ha ha punk rock dude, youâ€™re in a band that plays Eagles covers"
- Leader of the Pack (The Shangri-Las) - "Betty, is that Jimmy's ring you're wearing?" - my parent's names, by chance! I like that "look out look out look out!" yell.
- Suicide Is Painless (Johnny Mandel) (aka "Theme from M*A*S*H" - literally written by a 14 year old, with the mandate that 'it had to be called "Suicide Is Painless"; second, it had to be the "stupidest song ever written"'. I really appreciate the exquisite sophomoric aspect of it, plus it just sounds good.
- Maximum Effort (Junkie XL) - from the movie "Deadpool" - I saw this documentary that talks about the Synclavier II sound sample it makes such good use of.
- Groove Is In The Heart (Edwin van Santen) SID Chiptune cover of my favorite and most sacred song.
- Here's Where the Story Ends (The Sundays) A favorite of Melissa's... So. 90s.
- Rag Mop (Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra) If you're ever worried music is getting meaningless, come back to this old classic.
- The Ballad of Irving (Frank Gallop) Dr. Demento classic, Big, Short, Fat Irving, the 142nd Fastest Gun in the West... (parody of Lorne Greene's Ringo) - kind of weird that songs can have their own laughtracks...
Seriously amazing Empire-centric, 80s-anime-style short Star Wars battle drawn and animated weekends over 4 years by one fan...
May 3, 2016An uncommonly good month for music, with me puting the first four listed at 4 stars.
- Kiss (KIDDO KAT feat. Heidi Joubert+Ozzy Lino) Weirdly this subway Prince cover was making the rounds the day before his death...
- Fuck This Shit I'm Out (feat. Youngblaze) (The Theme Song) Admittedly this version adds some verses, but the essence is this video...
- Shadrach (Beastie Boys) Kickin' old school. Nice video! Also, adding it to my "Psyched!" work playlist
- Stare Into the Sun (Graffiti6) My company used this as some filler before the allhands screencast... I'm such a sucker for this kind of drum
- Dying Day (Gin Wigmore) Small sweet song
- Give Me Some Ska / Donne-Moi Du Chien (Environmental Encroachment) Wrong song, right band - I grabbed their CD in Austin
- Two Guys (For Every Girl) (Peaches) Raunchy electro-clash
- Pursuit of Happiness (Lissie) Saw her live at the Royale, this is her closer. She says she's mostly making money to become a beekeeper.
- Rockin' Robin (Bobby Day) Ok, now THIS is old school.
- Kill Da Wabbit (Skit) (Thic Man) I found a random 15 second excerpt of "Kill Da Wabbit"...
- Almost Unreal (Roxette) So, I wasn't sure why some songs from the "Mario Bros" movie soundtrack (pretty good soundtrack actually) didn't make it or got removed from my collection. Anyway, sweet and kind of sensual song.
- Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) (Us3) Another Mario Bros refugee... That year, this song was in like every movie soundtrack.
- Bomb Intro/Pass That Dutch (Missy Elliott) I always dig her stuff so much.
- Orange Sky (Alexi Murdoch) My yoga teacher played this once.
- Tales of Brave Ulysses (Cream) To Gawker said this song is probably more the model of Sarah Palin's "slam poetry" style (over "White Rabbit" or "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds")
- Move It On Over (Hank Williams) Great honky tonk.
- Stressed Out (twenty one pilots) Aww, millennials.
"Not less than three times in his or her life should everyone read Don Quixote, in youth, middle age, and old age." said Aubrey Bell (I thought there was a longer version of this quote that compared it to viewing a lovely building in the morning, afternoon, and twilight but I couldn't find it.)
Anyway. I started reading Don Quixote, again.
June 2, 2016As usual, in rough descending order of "you should hear this!", 4-stars in red.
- Go Your Own Way (Lissie) The big drum and general big sound of this cover is terrific.
- Berzerk (Eminem) Sweet oldschool tribute; I like the cleverness of the old school Beastie Boys shout shout-out: Just like I did with addiction I'm 'bout to *kick it* / Like a magician, critics I turn to *crickets*
- Get Ya Hands Up (Fatman Scoop Vs. Amerie) (TheFunkyFr34k) Mashup with awesome drums. 4 stars. Not sure why the Statham.
- H.S.K.T. (Sylvan Esso) It's no "Coffee" but it's not bad.
- You and I (Ingrid Michaelson) One of those sweet-lyric'd ukulele duets.
- J. R. R. Tolkien vs George R. R. Martin (Epic Rap Battles of History) I love the opening - "Brace Yourselves! Gather up your trolls and your soldier elves!"
- Creep (Hungover At Soundcheck In Berlin) (Amanda Palmer) Porch-I-Oke's performance of "Creep" got me interested in covers... she hits some notes a bit too hard, but still, good.
- One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer (John Lee Hooker) Melissa introduced me to the George Thorogood version which tells a great story but is kind of long.
- California Dreaming (Lee Moses) Soulful cover.
- Batman Theme (Neal Hefti and His Orchestra) Full version of this is pretty sweet.
- Neato (Three Loco) The video is even dumber than the rapping!
- Blackbird Special (Dirty Dozen Brass Band) School of Honk started doing this one, and I wanted to get a better feel for the tricky syncopated bassline.
- Too Soon to Tell (The Subdudes) You can really hear that this is Bonnie Raitt song, even when it's just the guy singing.
- Walk on Water (Ira Losco) Every year I watch the Eurovision recap and see if there's a song I like - I've never found the equal of Satellite but I like the drums in this one.
- In The End You're An All Star (Jeremy Turnbull) Odd but functional little mashup.
- Beer Barrel Polka (Frank Yankovic & His Yanks) No explanation needed. I hope.
- Yes Bitch (K Rizz) Club music from "Broad City", and probably the most perfect Broad City song ever.
- Slow Down (Brand Nubian) Got this because it sampled Edie Brickell, but the misogynist lyrics almost made me put it back.
July 13, 2016So-so month for new music last month.
- Our Glorious Leader (Japanese Trump Commercial Theme) (Mike Diva) MUST SEE VIDEO.... Trump as the cutest, most anime apocalyptic force ever! You'll be glad it's the end of the world.
- Ghostbusters (I'm Not Afraid) (Fall Out Boy / feat. Missy Elliott) Somewhat gratuitous remake, but I like the Missy Elliott break, and the drums ain't bad. (Also a song School of Honk does)
- Motherf***er Got F***ed Up (Folk Uke) via "Orange is the New Black" - coasts on the juxtaposition of street talk and sweet ukes, but good in both.
- Froggy Went a Courtin' (Informal Rehearsal) (Elvis Presley) Elvis really cracks himself up on this...
- Your Feet's Too Big (Fats Waller) "Say, up in Harlem, at a table for two- There were four of us - me, your big feet, and you -- from your ankle up, I'll say you sure are sweet...from that down there's just too much feet - Yasss, your feets too big..."
- Bauchtanz (Beckmann, Djorkaeff & Beatzarre) / Macho Man (Santipe) Ok- so "New Girl" had a cheesy middle eastern themed wedding with groomsmen doing a 'hoverboard' choreographed number to a song called "Magic Carpet" that from an obscure German/Turkish movie "Macho Men", and I had to buy the whole soundtrack. "Bauchtanz" (local copy) was cooler than the song I was hunting for, and "Macho Men" is swagger stupid but fun - I like the second guy coming in with a calm "clickety click BOOM"
- i (Kendrick Lamar) (song starts around 0:44) Heard this at Liberty Hotel lounge, nice beat and sonic space, decent message.
- Mexican Hat Dance (Allan Sherman) Cornball! I guess potentially racist, but not really.
- Stadium Pow Wow (feat. Black Bear) (A Tribe Called Red) Native American blend.
- So Beautiful or So What (Paul Simon) I've missed the last few Paul Simon albums. I like the message embedded in the title / refrain - two ways of looking at the world
- Do Watcha Wanna (Extra Crispy Brass Band) A piece I play in School of Honk that I wanted to hear more of.
- Changes (Langhorne Slim & The Law) Sweet song.
61 glimpses of the future, starting in the Far East.
I'm not a very privacy-minded guy, but Waze kind of freaked me out the other day - I was used to it "helpfully" asking "Are you on your way [Home]?" (after I registered more or less my home address with it") at random times I thought maybe there was some heuristic about home and realizing I wasn't near there. The other day it asked me "Are you on your way to [Stony Brook]?" - where we have our regular band practice at that time... Now, I entered Stony Brook as a favorite just for that purpose, but man... that moves Waze from "take a guess" heuristics to low-key stalker.
August 2, 2016It was a rough month for me and iTunes; I realized that 180 or so songs were just gone, so I had to spend a lot of time digging them up from archives and what not. (and it's frustrating, because I'd prefer to use "smart" playlists based on "Added" dates, but iTunes doesn't let you backdate files.) Not sure what caused that; my dalliance with Apple Music, some bungling on my part, or what, but now I'm out to be a lot more careful with my music collection. 4 stars in red.
- Cocaine (John Martyn) (Gin Wigmore) Strong cover.
- Love Train (The O'Jays) Nice R+B.
- Money (Pink Floyd) Pink Floyd lives in that gap in my teenage music experience; it's an ok song, despite the sound fx beat there's not a lot of rhythm to it.
- Know Your Presidents (Reggie Cous) Via tumblr... it's the presidents!
- Love Letter (To My Muse) (Paper Waves) Local group who did JP Porchfest, I know one of the members from School of Honk.
- Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours) (Stevie Wonder) Stevie Wonder also lives in that gap in my music background, but he's fantastic, I really like how he captures that old R+B and blended it to something so fresh.
- National Emblem March (Clemson University Marching Band) Heard this in Ocean Grove, decided to find a version with just brass, no strings.
- Devil Devil (MILCK) Nice dark song.
- GHWT Expert Bass - Rondo (Guitar Hero World Tour) Always like Rondo ala Turca, this is a fun version even with all the video game glitches in it.
- Track Suit (Minor Mishap Marching Band) School of Honk does this song. Love the percussion, kind of like DC's Go-Go rhythm.
- Formation (BeyoncÃ©) Acoustically really interesting, and I love that "Lets get in formation / Lets get information" play, the subtle differences in the two lines.
- Shake Hands with Danger (Jim Stringer) You can get the original MP3 from the safety video MST3K was ripping on. It's catchy.
- Flashdance...What a Feeling (Yael Naim) Soft cover really brings out the beauty.
Second Best Photos of 2009. Several years have had some bonus images thrown in, but 2009 was strong enough that I thought it could use its own runner-up gallery dozen.
With R+D we made a legion of homemade peeps and then puffed Totoros.
Ariana at the shore.
Amber with strawberries.
4th of July kayak.
Jane at Old Orchard Beach in Maine.
Me at Old Orchard Beach in Maine.
Amber at ICA.
Jack O' Lanterns at Sarah's.
Bonus: haunting child from Cozy Coupe box.
"In its essence, technology is something that man does not control."
September 2, 2016A surprising amount of 4-stars (marked in red) last month...
- Phantom (Redux) (Shirt) and Nobody Speak (feat. Run The Jewels) (DJ livew) - these two songs feel a bit similar, awesome old school electric strings and horns.
- Move Bitch (feat. Mystical & I-20) (Ludacris) Song is a little harsh, but I really dig Mystical.
- GREEN TEA (FEAT. MARGARET CHO) (Awkwafina) Awkwafina is terrific in general.
- Nuevos Tiempos (Pueblo Cafe) One of those "credits for Silicon Valley")
- Blockbuster Night, Pt. 1 (Run The Jewels) These guys are good.
- Supermarioland (Ambassadors Of Funk) I was delighted that this song uses the rarely-covered "Super Mario Land" Gameboy theme... super nostalgic.
- Mario Hanafuda (Nintendo) The more often covered original SMB theme, but with Japanese instruments.
- Fortunate Son (Creedence Clearwater Revival) I forget why I thought to dig this one up.
- End of the Line (The Traveling Wilburys) Brings up that 90s case. The song Melissa thinks of first when I'm trying to describe George Harrisons "I Got My Mind Set on You"
- Up to Me (Bob Dylan). Penn Jillette like this one. There's surprisingly little Bob Dylan in my collection.
- Closer (feat. Halsey) (The Chainsmokers) Found out about this via Slate's series on current #1 hits. I like the description "For the first 10 seconds, the song sounds like itâ€™s building to something monumental: thundering piano chords, sweeping synth washes, and a swelling echo like youâ€™re down in a vast ravine. And then, at 0:11 â€¦ click. It all switches off like a lampâ€”a finger-snap and a meek 'Hey' "
- Polkarama! ("Weird Al" Yankovic) Polka parties are now my favorite type of Weird Al.
- Give It Away and Black Or White (Dick Brave & The Backbeats) Favorite genre: Germans pretending to be American Country or Rockabilly cover bands.
- Try to Remember (Isabelle Georges) (link is not the version I found on iTunes) - I think this song from "The Fantasticks" is getting a lot of play after being in Marvel's "Civil War"
- Bizarre Love Triangle (2014 Remaster) (Frente!) This is a song I did a cappella at Tufts... come to think of it it may have been inspired by this version.
- Masterpiece (Clarence Reid) Nice R+B.
- In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (Neutral Milk Hotel) Really just love the line "Can't believe how strange it is to be anything at all"
- Call Your Girlfriend (Erato) There was a video with Emma Stone and Maya Rudolph doing a similar "butter tubs" cover of this song, but it generally got removed. This version is a fine substitute.
Best daytime firework I've seen!
October 4, 2016Pretty decent month. 4-star stuff in red.
- You Really Got Me (The Kinks) These guys were really ahead of their time. (Looking to whip up a version for JP Honk)
- Ghost Town (Hot 8 Brass Band) Another song we're thinking about for JP HONK, especially for halloween.
- I Wish (Stevie Wonder) Been on a Stevie Wonder kick lately - to me he kind of felt like a harbinger of a new generation of motown.
- I'm My Own Grandpa (Willie Nelson) This is such a fun song. So glad I found a non-Ray Stevens version.
- Cookie Thumper! (Die Antwoord) I'm kind of amazed by the whole Afrikaans / Xhosa elements to this. Also I like the lyric "I rhyme tight! Tight! Tight! Tight! / Spark mosh-pit shit cause I rhyme so hype / Put me in front of someone I don't like I go punch! Kick! Bite! Fight!" Actually the sense of menace in this thing is amazing.
- Drunken Sailor (The Irish Rovers) Another fun novelty song.
- Major Tom (Shiny Toy Guns) I took me a while to realize this is only a sequel to "Space Oddity" - I think a Tufts a cappella group might have smushed them together. Anyway, nice cover.
- One Hundred Years From Today (Frank Sinatra) I liked this song. Also, I like that Sinatra is more a humanist than you might have guessed, and this song reflects that.
- Soy Yo (Bomba EstÃ©reo) I guess its made the rounds but this a fun song.
- toxic but it keeps getting faster (britney Spears Ft. Fast) What a genre! Someone said "this is what anxiety sounds like"
- Tearin' It Up (Gramatik) Funky.
- Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky (Lee Dorsey) Also funky.
- Fast As You Can (Fiona Apple) Fast as you can is not as fast as Toxic but it keeps getting faster.
- Chelsea Hotel #2 (Leonard Cohen) Love the lyrics.
- Epic (Faith No More) Is there a more 90s video than this? Fun fact: VVN Music found [Faith No More lead singer] Patton to possess the highest vocal range of any known singer in popular music, with a range of six octaves.
- F**k You Mistletoe (Kyle Dunnigan) This tale of cowboys who stumble into gayness is one of the funniest songs I have. I think it really nails the genre.
- Gyruss (Game Theme) (8-Bit Arcade) This is, hands down, the best music on the Atari 2600.
- Do You Feel It? (Chaos Chaos) From a sad scene in "Rick and Morty"
- Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee (Sticks McGhee & His Buddies) A favorite of Tom Parmenter, the man who came back from being dead. Wine, wine, wine - Elderberry - or Cherry - Black Berry - Half + Half ------- Half what and Half what else??
- Talk To Me (Run The Jewels) Man are the guys intense. Impressed how Adult Swim is releasing this stuff.
- Ha Ha Ha Ha (Yeah) (White Denim) Nice R+B tip.
- Puma (Andrew Bird). This was on Public Radio; light pop feel to a serious subject, when you have to be isolated because of thyroid surgery stuff...
- GRAB'm by the PU$$Y (will.i.am ft Apl.de.ap and Liane V) Best election season song. So funny when they break the structure of the song to have Black Trump talks over his opponent.
- A Cimma (La Fanfare Invisible) I made my own mp3 from this video, of this band from Paris I marched with HONK! weekend - a few days earlier at a joint parade we stopped at a funeral, and they played this song. It has such big emotion for me, the seen of the new widow dancing with a relative on their porch... this song complements it perfectly.
- Waiting for My Real Life to Begin (Colin Hay) Another deep song, from "Scrubs"
- Whirled Beat (WashingMachineDrummerKid) Another mp3 I made - kids got rhythm! I just love the sound of it.
- Right On (feat. Ms. Charm Taylor) (Galactic) More great funk.
- One Step Beyond (Madness) Someone propose JP Honk cover this. Took me a while to reassure myself the it's "The Nutsiest Sound Around" and not the "Nazi-est"
- Raw (San Holo) Also had to look lyrics up, I guess it's "We Can Feel Us". Not sure if it's meant to sound like "We Can Feel Loss" as well.
- Todo Mi Vida (Pueblo Cafe) More latino hiphop from the end of "Silicon Valley". With tuba!
- Wolverine: Adamantium Rage Boss 2 Tri-Fusion A friend said this predates a certain musical genre. The version I ripped from youtube much better than the "8 bit arcade" version I paid for.
- A cimma (Fabrizio De AndrÃ¨) The original of that song I mentioned above. This page translates and explains it.
- Prince Ali (Nick Santa Maria and The Ensemble of Aladdin). Realized I wanted this song, it's fun to sing. Bummed this version says it "swords" and not "swo-ords"
- Carioca (Jonathan & Darlene Edwards) A kind of parody song used for the credits for "Kentucky Fried Movie". Love the "It has a met-- it has a meter that is tricky"
- Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho (Mahalia Jackson) Thinking about suggesting this for my honk band.
- Hallelujah (John Cale) Got this version from scrubs but I guess some people know it from Shrek.
- They'll Know We Are Christians (Star Lake Music Camp) I had this version on a tape, from Salvation Army's Star Lake Music Camp 1991 - I lost the tape but my friend Eric Dinah had a copy he ripped for me. The minimalist beat and piano has always stuck with me, and I think it's an excellent aspiration for Christians.
December 2, 2016A shorter than average list, sadly I didn't hear much new music in Malaysia. 4 stars in red, check out the video for Carment
- Carmen (Stromae) Oh man this video is brilliant! I was just enjoying the song.
- Play It Right (Sylvan Esso) I dig the intensity of the dancing.
- Birds (Thomas Sanders & Dodie Clark) Cute little duet.
- Get Ugly (Jason Derulo) I watched "Absolutely Fabulous the Movie" on the plane back from Malaysia... it opens with this song. Fun video here.
- The Jeffersons Theme Song (Janet Dubois) Ripped this off of youtube... man is it fun to sing along with. I think I'd like to try to arrange it for band.
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Opening theme (Fox) Only 20 seconds, wish it was longer.
- Black Beatles (feat. Gucci Mane) (Rae Sremmurd) The background for the mannequin challenge.
- Black Hole Sun (Ramin Djawadi) Player piano cover from Westworld.
- CariÃ±ito (Los Hijos del Sol) School of Honk plays this song.
- Paint It Black (The Rolling Stones) There was a great orchestral cover of this in Westworld, but I decided I like the original. Another candidate to do in band.
- Smokin & Drinkin (Danny Brown) Fun hiphop, infectious chorus.
- We Shall Not Be Moved (Mavis Staples) Old protest song.
- How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (Al Green) I think I actually heard of this in in the Sex in the City movie... his "lalalalalalalalala" is crazily sensual.
- Rise Up (feat. Tom Morello) (Cypress Hill) Kind of goofy 90s hiphop but I like the Donkey Kong reference.
"The phoney electoral college made a laughing stock out of our nation. The loser one!"
--Donald Trump, on Twitter in 2012 when he wrongly thought Obama lost the popular vote. Presumably he meant "won".
Very mixed feelings about Trump scotch taping his tie.
advent day 2
Ugh, vague feeling of remembering "Oh I should put this down someplace where I'll remember it" followed by less vague feeling of being pretty sure I didn't.
The 52 Things I learned in 2016. Whoa.