Wednesday, June 28, 2006

The Week of June 28, 2006

Let's bust out the jams...

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Blogger M Beran said...

1. Rage Against the Machine - War Within a Breath (Live at the Olympic Auditorium)
What I would have given to have been at this show. I believe it was Rage's final show ever. (If not, I do know that the album is their last, released after Renegades.) I can hear just how energized the crowd is, the disgust and (excuse me) rage within Zack de la Rocha, how Tom Morello rips through his guitar, treating it like a red-headed step child... I can only imagine the mosh pit, the jumping up and down, the raw power this crowd had.

2. Pink Floyd - A New Machine (Part 1)
Damn, two weeks in a row with a shitty David Gilmour song. It's a short song, around 1.45. All it consists of is Gilmour grunting out lame lyrics in a combination vocoder and Stephen Hawking computer voice.

3. Sleater-Kinney - What's Mine is Yours
Yeah, they've been around for 11 years, but I only own The Woods, and I'm pretty impressed with it. Yeah, they broke up, I'm not heartbroken. This, however, is one of my favourite tracks on the album. I especially like the lyrics "Did you ever get the feeling / That you don't belong / Said the teacher in the classroom / I thing there's something wrong"

4. The Penguin Cafe Orchestra - Surface Tension
I don't specifically know many Penguin Cafe songs, other than Vega. I tend to load up all four discs in WinAmp and put it on shuffle. So I can't comment too much on this track, other than I really like their music. /shrug

5. The Dandy Warhols - Country Leaver
Off of Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia, a disc I just recently received and absolutely fell in love with. It's a brilliant album. I only regret I didn't know about it earlier. Sure, I love Bohemian Like You, heard it for the first time like 6 years ago, but didn't investigate. I'm glad that I have the album now.

6. Miss Saigon Soundtrack - The Telephone Song
Yeah, I have a lot of musical theatre on my mp3 player. I'm ok with that.

This song happens when they're about to pull out of Vietnam (for the 2nd time). Chris is talking with John about how they have to get the hell out of Saigon, they can't take anything with them, Chris wants to take (I forget her name) and ultimately has to leave her behind. /shrug, I don't know what else to say. Miss Saigon is one of my favourite shows.

7. Paul McCartney - Friends to Go
Off his latest solo album, which I never got into. I have it, but I never listen to it. I don't really care for it. I'm a definite Beatles-Paul, with a bit of Wings-Paul (Maybe I'm Amazed, specifically) fan.

8. Norah Jones - Feelin' the Same Way (Live in New Orleans)
Got this bootleg album from the girl I dated a few months ago. I'm a definite sucker for female vocalists - Jewel, Norah Jones, Rachael Yamagata... That said, I love the earthiness of Norah's voice, her tender caress of the ivory, and I'm pretty pleased that she can write a decent lyric. This isn't my favourite Norah Jones track, but it's very enjoyable nonetheless.

9. RENT Soundtrack - Tune Up #2
Like I said, I have a lot of musical theatre on my mp3 player. (Damnit, I need something as ubiquitous as "iPod" to say about my Zen and still have people know what I'm talking about.) Anyways, here we find Mark attempting to film Roger playing his guitar but they're interrupted by a phone call. Again. Calling is their former roommate Tom Collins, saying he's downstairs and to toss him the key to come up. Mark obliges, Tom hangs up and gets mugged. Mark films Roger again, and gets interrupted by the phone, again. This time by their other former roommate, turned landlord, Benny, who says he'll evict them if they don't pay the past year's rent. That all segues into the first major all-cast song of the show, RENT.
By far, above and beyond, all-time-desert-island, RENT is my favourite show.

10. Rolling Stones - Sympathy for the Devil
Favourite Stones song, hands down. (Followed by the cliched You Can't Always Get What You Want.) I don't think there is anything I can say that does this song justice, as I can't seem to write my way out of a wet paper bag. So I'll leave you with this thought: What the hell was Keith Richards thinking, climbing a palm tree?!

That's my shuffle, and I'm stickin' to it.

11:49 AM  
Blogger C. said...

1. 'Beep' - Pylon
Detritus of the Athens music scene in the early 80s. They actually had the gall to release an album called 'Hits'. Nice try. They weren't too bad, though. REM-heads may recall a b-side track called 'Crazy,' which was a Pylon cover.

2. '5 1/2 Minute Hallway' - Poe
Have you read House of Leaves yet? I was sliiiightly (*cough* completely) obsessed with it 2 or 3 years ago. The author (Mark Z Danielewski) is Poe's brother, so she wrote a concept album about it called Haunted. It's not great. The book is.

3. 'Hand in Glove' - the Smiths
Love it. Morrissey's lyrics are so hyperbolic that I can't help but find them a little absurd, but oh how I adore him. He's one of a select few celebrities I'd be comepletely starstruck upon meeting.

4. 'You Look So Young' - the Jayhawks
One of the better songs off Rainy Day Music. I often find myself inexplicably craving the Jayhawks.

5. 'Waterloo Sunset' - the Kinks
Absolutely lovely.

6. 'Forty Days' - Yesterday's New Quintet
One from Reid. Quite loungy, modern. I'll have to give this album a more thorough listen.

7. 'A Short Film About Sleeping' - Pipas
When I first heard Pipas (out of one side of a shared earphone on the N21 bus) I was charmed by their simplicity. Throw one song on a mix and they stand out, but listen to an entire album and you're bound to grow a tad bored.

8. 'Lolita Ya Ya' - Nelson Riddle
From a cocktail mix I stole from my roommate.

9. 'Nerds Who Say Nym' - the Word Nerds
An extremely geeky podcast that I love, chatting about words, etymology, and language. This episode is about homonyms, synonyms, antonyms, and contronyms. Exciting stuff.

10. 'Breath of Life' - Erasure
I don't know why I love pop dance music but I totally do... Madonna, Kylie, Annie... It's not so much a guilty pleasure as an inexplicable one.

9:40 PM  

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