Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Random Rules

I'm stealing this from the A.V. club website. I'm not famous. You don't care what I listen to, but I want to put my iTunes on random and explain why or what the next few songs mean to me.

1) Black Rebel Motorcycle Culb's "Weight of the World"- BRMC was introduced to me by a guy who worked next door to Wow video. He introduced to me several bands, but this album Howl in particular was one of the best. It was 2005 I believe when this one came out. Seems so long ago, but I still really like this disc. BRMC did a lot more grungy, harder stuff and then they decided to listen to Neil Young, Bob Dylan and The Band to make this more folksy, bluesy rock album. Not particularly the most impressive song on here, but it's definitely a good track.

2) The Beatles' "Come Together"- I don't care how many millions of times I've listened to this song, it still is one of my all-time favorite tracks. Abbey Road is awesome, duh. I don't know what it's about (bukkake?) and I don't care. It's just a fun jammy song. There is something minimal about this song too as compared to stuff from other albums. Not too much going on besides the bass riff, a simplistic drum beat, the occasional guitar riff and the organ solo. The organ a la Billy Preston definitely makes it better.

3) The Roger Sisters'"Why Won't You"- The new album wasn't as good as Purely Evil which was an awesome debut of straight outta CBGB rock. Needless to say The Invisible Deck is a decent album. This is probably the best track, which is a shame because it's the first track. I hate when that happens because if the first track overwhelms the whole album, why should I continue listening? In hopes of more likely songs. But when the rest is just meh, then we have issues.

4) Mose Allison's "I Love the Life I Live"- Mose was a great discovey for me the past month. He wrote several songs that the Who later would cover ("Young Man Blues" and "Eyesight to the Blind") and many other artists of the late 60's and 70's would go on to emulate his jazz/blues style. Van Morrison is one of those. His piano on this track is pretty standard, but it's definitely great stuff.

5) The Earlies' "Low Man's Dream"- Here is one of those bands who probably won't release another album. But I don't know why. This disc came out in 2004, but I only have had it for a year. It's a melding of the Flaming Lips, The Beach Boys and ambience. This is an instrumental from their album These Were the Earlies. I first heard these guys on the Jeff & Tim Buckley tribute album. They do an immaculate version of "I Must Have Been Blind" by Tim Buckley. One of my all time fav. covers. This track is a great meditation piece with sweeping arrangements, flute, oboe, piano and various percussion. It sounds like a Brian Wilson track produced by Eno. Definitely great stuff.

6) Bob Dylan's "Ballad in Plain D"- Here is my kind of Valentine's Day song. Heartbreaking songs are my all time fav Dylan songs. This, "If You See Her, Say Hello" and "Girl From North Country" are so good. I haven't listened to Dylan in a while, but that might have to change. Anyone else get a chance to listen to Modern Times yet (I'm looking at you Lou.) I like it. I like this song too.

7) Jeff Buckley's "New Year's Prayer"- This song is awesome. Buckley has raw power. Everytime I listen to him, I get really angered that he is no longer alive. Just imagine the ouput of music he would have given us. But, alas, two albums worth is all we get. This song is spacey good times. Haunting.

8) The Flaming Lips' "Right Now"- This is from Telepathic Surgery which I rarely listen to. But these early Lips albums are so strange. Much harder rocking is done, much more guitar work and I wonder if they even tour songs like this one anymore.

That's all I feel like doing.

Other updates, FFXII is consuming my life. So many sidequests to do! So much need for leveling up! I love it.

No Valentine for me this year. Good.

And Paul is in need of some D.M.S.R.

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