The [Ninja Turtles] henchmen Bebop and Rocksteady have hijacked the musical genres for us just like the Lone Ranger hijacked the William Tell Overture for our parents.

- xkcd

Friday, September 23, 2005

Friday Random Shuffle: Party in an Electronic Box Edition

1. Devendra Banhart - Now That I Know: This song (and album) are proof that the Left Coast is getting to me. I would have scoffed at simple, elegant folk music but I can't seem to resist his scratchy vocals and slightly dark lyrics, "And I know it ain't fair / And if God forbid you care / It's enough to get you in a whole lot of trouble." (8/10)
2. The New Pornographers - Broken Breads: Well, this oughta teach me to put this album on my computer. I think they've made it every week since. Although, I think I am slowly coming to agree with Tuning Fork's review/idea that I like them best in a shuffle. It's another gloriously happy Canadian pop song with great AC Newman choruses. 8/10
3. The Wrens - 13 Months in 6 Minutes: As I'm sure I've said before, I really love this band. This song manages to encapsulate college romance and the changes that come afterwards as some people have a plan and some flounder. 9/10
4. Quintron - Place Unknown: It's a fun, slightly bizarre, sort-of electronic song. It is a great song for a party and I like it genreally but on this Friday morning, it only gets a 6/10.
5. Scenario Rock - Schitzo Dancer (Justice Remix): Whatever I just said about Quintron, double it. Twice as fun, twice as weird, twice as electric! 12/10
6. NOFX - 180 Degrees: Power-pop-punk from California that can still bring a smile to my face. However, the best song on this album is definitely Champs Elysees and I just end up wishing that's what I was listening to here. 5/10
7. Caribou - Pelican Narrows: A really good song off of a solid album. The piano/keyboard line always sounds almost out of tune to me, and I that always intrigues me. Then it's got some varied little effects sprinkled throughout the rest. It's a good "cool down" song. Good enough for my Springtime comp and it gets 8.5/10.
8. Throwing Muses - Tango: I like this song and love her voice. Fairly straight-ahead mid-90's alt-rock with the occasional little vocal cadenza too offset. 6/10
9. Boys of Scandinavia - Worse Than a Girl: Apparently I'm supposed to be dancing this morning and no one told me. This song has that disco-groove backbeat over some decent vocals. I love getting the chance to mention the title. 6/10
10. Eleventeen - crestfallen: I got this from It's a Trap because I am a sucker for Scandinavian music. It's a servicable song but I worry the band could veer into Creed/Nickelback territory so they get a pre-emptive 5/10 to try and keep them on the straight and narrow.


At 9/23/2005 11:15 AM, Blogger dontEATnachos said...

Spiderbait - Black Betty : A good song off a pretty good CD. Unfortunately, this song gets overplayed in commercials, trailers, and stuff like that. Still an excellent song though, 8/10

Nine Inch Nails - You Know What You Are?: Off their new album, this is a good enough song I guess. It's not really single worthy but it fits into the album well. I'd give it a 6/10

Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Road Trippin': Hey, another good song. This whole album is great though. Still, I've got to give it a 7/10.

X-ecutioners - XL feat. Large Professor: The first track off of Built From Scratch, this is a decent enough song but nowhere near the best on the album. I'll give it a 5/10.

The Strokes - New York City Cops: Meh, I can kind of take or leave this song. It just seems to go on a little too long. 4/10

Rancid - Reconciliation: Off their 2000 CD (and an attempt to prove that their still hardcore sometimes) this song is short and good. 7/10

NoFX - We Don't Play Ska Anymore (Live): Poor audio quality and half of the song is them introducing the song. The other half is them singing "We don't play ska anymore ... because it sucks." 4/10

Less Than Jake - Help Save The You of America From Exploding: Pop/Ska/Punk that knows how to give every song a catchy melody. I'd say 6/10 but just because I know how good some of their other songs are.

Tenacious D - Friendship: JB and KG at their finest. This track makes your realize that there's more to life than money. There's having friends and rocking. And there's also money. A fine piece of work by the D. Now if only their feature movie The Pick of Destiny would come out! 7/10

Rancid - Ghost Band: One of the better songs of Indestructable (2003) but not that great. If I had the option I probably would have skipped to the next track. 5/10

Overall, I'd give it a 6/10. If only I'd gotten to add more tracks. That totally would have upped the average. My next couple random songs included: Tool, Linkin Park and Foo Fighters

At 9/23/2005 3:32 PM, Blogger mdhatter said...

Re: Throwing muses.

My sister eats Thanksgiving dinner with Tanya Donnely almost every year. I think it's odd too. (she married the brother of my sisters best friend).

At 9/23/2005 3:33 PM, Blogger mdhatter said...

donteat - i haven't liked anything the RHCP have done since track 7 of mothers milk.

is there really a reason for me to try again?

At 9/23/2005 8:43 PM, Blogger Pinko Punko said...

I love how md just got old school on dEn's ass. That's the way ya treat 'em- SLAP EM DOWN.

Also, md, I am 100% going to Thanksgiving at whoevers. I will GET DRUNK. MAKE A FOOL of myself. MORE THAN usual. And I WILL HIT ON TONYA DONNELY.

I can't wait for dEn to have his horizon's expanded. Fulsome, GET ON IT>

At 9/23/2005 8:47 PM, Blogger dontEATnachos said...

mdhatter, well the last Chili Peppers album I've gotten is Californication (it came out in 1999), which is what Road Trippin' is off. I'd assume you might have heard some of those songs since they were played on the radio all the time.

I wasn't really a fan of their older stuff though and found Californication to be a really solid album. You might find it worth checking out.

Their newer stuff is supposed to be good as well but I've never really bothered to actually listen to it all the way through.

At 9/23/2005 8:54 PM, Blogger dontEATnachos said...

I think I expanded his horizons by bringing him back some nice brit rock from when I was living in England.

Also, I'd like to point out that I was 8 when Mothers Milk came out.

At 9/24/2005 9:17 AM, Blogger fulsome said...

Pinko - believe me, I've tried. I really thought there was hope when he showed up on my doorstep with cool new britrock (The Magnificents, The Zutons) but he seems to keep slipping back into his rap-rock ways. Besides, the poor kid has 2(!) Rancid tracks on there.

Also, I think I have proved that I will make a superior drunken Thanksgiving spectacle. I will take pictures and blog hilariously about the incident. So I think I have dibs on that.


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