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 16, 2005

Friday shuffle

edit: because some people don't know about the internet craze.

1. Canasta – slow down Chicago: You know it’s a good day when you can start your morning off with this. It’s far and away the best song off an otherwise serviceable EP by a Chicago local band. It’s a little folky, a little rock, and dueling trombones. Way to work in all sorts of Chicago landmarks, kids! 8.5/10
2. The Dead Milkmen – Plumb Dumb: Not the best song off of this album. However, I applaud the band for managing to cheat the shuffle system onto way too many of these lists. So they can have a 5/10 to appease them.
3. The English Beat – Cheated: Ooh, that’s right, let’s keep it in the 80s with some laid back, two-tone ska. A little political awareness, a dash of melody, and an excellent sax player = a successful musical movement (see The Specials for confirmation) 7/10
4. Sufjan Stevens – Let’s Hear that String Part again, Because I Don’t Think They Heard it All the Way Out in Bushnell: The song is done as I finished typing the title. That’s good because that’s about when the joke wears thin. Like the album but the song doesn’t really do anything 2/10
5. The White Stripes – I’m Lonely (But Not That Lonely Yet): It’s a pretty simple song off the new album. I haven’t quite decided what I think about it yet. I’ll give it a 4/10 as a placeholder because it doesn’t really seem to elicit a strong reaction.
6. The Wrens – Boys, You Won’t: I love these guys. They’re great live and the recorded version of this CD is always so soothing despite the fact that the CD encapsulates a lot of painful expressions (note: their live shows require them to play all songs at least 2x as fast) and lets me enjoy the melodies and more delicate connections that get lost in the show, 7.5/10
7. The Capricorns – The New Sound: What was that, you said the New New Wave wasn’t dancy enough? Then listen to this song? Synthy organ over some near-breathless vocals and some drum machine high hat. It cries out for a bass line to turn it into some kind of dance anthem, or really to complete it as a song. Oh well, have a 3.5/10 for the effort and the almost finished song.
8. Son Ambulance – A New Dress for Maybell: It’s alright. I’m not wholly convinced about this stuff (stuff = spare, folky, piano singer/songwriter) yet but I’ve got a few friends who are and they probably know better than I. So I’ll give it a compromise 5.5/10
9. The New Pornographers – Three or Four: There really isn’t a song here that you can’t like. If you don’t know what to think about them, allow me to refer you to the 3 Bulls obsession here, here or here. This song is pretty darn sweet. AC and Neko together are a potent vocal combination. The only downside is I keep thinking they’re going to break into some 80’s cover throughout the song which would be even cooler and more random (double bonus points to anyone who knows which song) It still gets a 8/10
10. The Cells – Silver Clouds: Another Chicago group with some pretty guitar-laden pop (see review here). It’s a decent song and now we end start and end with some Chicago bands. So they get a bonus point to get 7/10.

The somewhat inflated because I’m in a good mood score: 5.6

What you got?


At 9/16/2005 12:26 PM, Blogger dontEATnachos said...

Green Day - Whatsername: A pretty decent if nondescript Green Day song off the American Idiot CD. I haven't actually heard it that much but found it to be pretty enjoyable, I'd give it a 5/10 just because of that.

The 5 6 7 8s - Woo Hoo: Bleah, I used to like this song a lot but after it was abused by the Carling ads in England and the Vonage ads here in the US, I've decided that's it's one I skip when it comes up. 3/10

Saliva - Seperated Self: Wow, I forgot I even had this music. It's pretty generic modern "alternative" rock. I find myself strangely entranced by it though so I'd go with 6/10.

A Perfect Circle - Thomas: Off the Mer de Noms CD, this track is nice and steady. I have listened to this CD less than I should have because I bought it at the same time I picked up Tool's Lateralus. Still, a pretty good track. 6/10

Linkin Park - Rnw@y (Backyard Bangers f. Phoenix Orion remix): Sounding a little dated now, this song still has enough going for it that I'll have to give it a 7/10. What can I say though, I'm a sucker for Linkin Park.

Switchfoot - On Fire: Slow and steady is supposed to do the trick but this just kind of bores me. Those crazy Christian rock groups ... 4/10.

Metallica - Nothing Else Matters: Wow, old new Metallica ... this song a classic and there's a reason for that. Unfortunately, I may not have been in quite the right mood for it. Still, 8/10

The Kinison - You'll Never Guess Who Died: This song is not bad. It came free with my iPod and it's nice in a quasi-generic way. Still, it's average enough to be unintrusive. 5/10.

Less Than Jake - 9th and Pine: Ah, late 90's Punk/Ska. How I love thee. This song never gets old 9/10.

Foo Fighters - Burn Away: Hey, Foo Fighters you guys are actually pretty good. How did that happen? Always enjoyable, I'd give this song an 8/10 except when I was just trying to rip their new double disc CD to my iPod it ended up ending completely mangled because of copy protection. You suck Foo Fighters ... for that you get 2/10.

Final Result: 6.0/10 (not determined by actual math!)

At 9/16/2005 2:20 PM, Blogger mdhatter said...

Is this a random shuffle, of the mix of the day?

At 9/16/2005 2:23 PM, Blogger fulsome said...

This be the Friday shuffle. The planned mix would get bogged down by me trying to explain how any two songs can end up next to each other. Too bad I can't still add a title...

At 9/16/2005 2:31 PM, Blogger fulsome said...

A-ha a title, and now you can reap what little blog benefits I can provide, MD

At 9/16/2005 2:57 PM, Blogger dontEATnachos said...

yeah, perhaps we need to add a little heading that specifically says that all these titles are randomly chosen out of your MP3. Just for all the new viewers (since anyone besides us who visits this blog) would most likely be a new visitor.

At 9/16/2005 3:27 PM, Blogger fulsome said...

I'm not really sure what to think about the fact that "others" might come visit. I was trying to keep this place from becoming a bog.

At 9/16/2005 4:00 PM, Blogger dontEATnachos said...

what were you aiming for? Swampy wet-land or marshy pond?

At 9/17/2005 1:07 AM, Blogger Pinko Punko said...

Here's my guess for the Fulsome Quiz:

Billy Squier "In the Dark"

At 9/17/2005 8:45 AM, Blogger Pinko Punko said...

Der Kommisar- After the Fire- that's my second guess.

At 9/17/2005 2:15 PM, Blogger fulsome said...

Both wrong, sorry Pinko.

After some extensive follow ups (because I was humming the line but hadn't actually bothered to figure out what song it was) I have determined that it is Depeche Mode -- Policy of truth (released 1990, but still).

It's those first five little descending notes on the keyboard/vibraphone that do it somehow. Suddenly, I'm thinking "never again is what you swore the time before." Let me know if you can hear it at all.

At 9/17/2005 2:38 PM, Blogger Pinko Punko said...

I can kind of hear it, but I challenge you to listen to the guitar that follows the "three or four out of us" line, it is soooooooooo Billy Squier. Perhaps you are not familiar with that oeuvre. "In the dark- wah wah wah wah wah wah"- except I think it is a synth in the BS case. His masterwork was of course "The Stroke" known to many only because of an Adam Sandler movie. I forget which one, Billy Madison?

At 9/18/2005 5:07 PM, Blogger Pinko Punko said...

I forgot I needed to rip the crap out of dEn's music collection, but that would be mean.

Hows the Sushi shirt working out? Is it a piece o' crap?

Or is it OK?


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