Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Ali and I sauntered up next to him at Sorry Charlies which was all kinds of awesome except that he seemed so very forlorn.
I played "Either/Or" at least once every day in 1997 (except for the two weeks I was in Italy). I was fed up with work and took a leave of absence. Instead of shuffling paper around, I played this album while drinking coffee in my pj's.
Gina, Politi and I went on a roadtrip to Portland for a concert (Coldplay, can you stand it?) in 2001. We ended up in some bar where I met another ES super fan (we are many, especially in Portland). He regaled me with all sorts of great stories about RS (sadly I don't remember any of them). It may still be my favorite conversation I've had with a stranger in a bar.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
If you liked The Roots / Jon Legend song I picked for music club, they are putting out an entire album and Jim, there is sax! NPR is previewing it.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
- Songs Best Listened to Alone (maybe while drinking a glass of whiskey in an easy chair or for Greg, more sad songs!!!!)
- Songs About Family (how you define family people!)
- Most Played songs in your library (coudl be embarrassing)
- One Song Artists in your library
How does September 15 or 16 look for the next meeting?
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
A modest proposal. Let's scrap that sucker.
I suggest the theme of three songs with one word of the title in common.
I promise not to make my word 'tango'.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
And really, how the hell did it take us so long to have an Elvis conversation?
1) Trust. Best song: Watch Your Step. Worst song: Shot with His Own Gun. Depending on the day you might be able to get me to say Strict Time is the best song here. Or New Lace Sleeves. Or Clubland.....you get the idea.
2) Imperial Bedroom. Best song: Beyond Belief. Worst song: Shabby Doll. I am coming around to the idea that Beyond Belief could be his very best song.
3) Taking Liberties. Best song: (I Don’t Want to Go to) Chelsea. Worst song: Wednesday Week. Yeah, it’s a compilation of b-sides but I think that top to bottom it is probably the disc I’ve listened to most over the years. Night Rally is really solid as well.
4) My Aim Is True. Best song: Watching the Detectives. Worst song: Pay It Back.
5) Get Happy!!. Best song: Opportunity. Worst song: New Amsterdam. Riot Act is a really close second for best here.
6) Armed Forces. Best song: Party Girl. Worst song: Goon Squad.
7) This Year’s Model. Best song: Pump It Up. Worst song: Little Triggers.
8) The Delivery Man. Best song: Bedlam. Worst song: Needle Time. This was such a nice surprise.
9) Punch the Clock. Best song: Everyday I Write the Book. Worst song: The World and His Wife.
10) Blood & Chocolate. Best song: I Want You. Worst song: Crimes of Paris.
11) Out of Our Idiot. Best song: American Without Tears No. 2. Worst song: Shoes Without Heels. Another compilation of random stuff is hit or miss, but the best here is better than the original version on King of America.
12) King of America. Best song: Brilliant Mistake. Worst song: Poisoned Rose. Yeah Marcy, I know you love it, and it’s OK but nowhere near my favorite.
13) Spike. Best song: Veronica. Worst song: God’s Comic. I remember playing this a lot when it came out, now looking back on it there is just not a ton that I want to hear again.
14) Goodbye Cruel World. Best song: Inch By Inch. Worst song: Love Field.
15) The Juliet Letters. Best song: Jacksons, Monk & Rowe. Worst song: everything else. I just listed this because I do think Jacksons, Monk & Rowe is a really great song.
As always, feel free to argue! You’ll be wrong, but it's fun to talk.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Friday, April 30, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
However, I quite enjoy just coming up with themes, and thought it might be nice to have a place to document them. Thus this thread.
I'll start with an idea that I mentioned to Deb on our seventeenth trip (and thank God next to last) to Cheney last weekend:
Names in a hat. You draw a name (not yours) and then assign that person their theme for the next meeting.
Example: I draw Marcy's name and say "Marcy, your theme is to find three songs that reference Music Club members". Marcy then says "Man, I hate this theme!". Hilarity ensues. (For the record, I have that exact theme ready to roll at some point).
Feel free to add your own ideas for themes in the comments.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Oh yeah, you know how I usually microwave some random Whole Foods frozen snacks and provide a beer opener? Not this time. In other words, bring an empty belly.
Love is ageless and evergreen.
My heart is made of gravy.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
It was pointed out to me that my single act of laziness (not learning how to post the music from Lala on this site) was depriving others of their acts of laziness (just clicking on a link I provide instead of searching for each individual song) and that the sacrifice of the one (me) for the good of the many (you) is the way to go.
Well I figured out how to get 30 of the 40 onto a playlist. As my Granny used to say, "3/4 of a sacrifice is better than none."
21. No Moon At All by Julie London (1:53)
“What a perfect chance to park and there’s no moon at all”
Oh, Julie, I'm blushing.
22. Now And Always by Rockpile (1:57)
A pleasant little guitar part backing a guy talking about how he is so afraid his current situation is going to last forever. He talks about punching the wall and wanting to commit suicide. It’s a pretty song, though.
23. Judy Is A Punk by The Ramones (1:33)
So many Ramones tunes to choose from in so little time. I chose this one because the background vocals stick in my head.
24. Look To Tomorrow by Now Time Delegation (1:10)
Man, I like her voice.
25. Teenage FBI by Guided By Voices (1:39)
Sometimes you need someone to tell you why you do the things that you don't want to do when you're a teenager. Someone with powers of deductive reasoning. Someone with all the resources that the FBI has, only for teenagers. But, more likely, you would end up in some Teenage Gitmo.
26. Love Is All Around by Hüsker Dü (1:48)
I like the part where I see Bob Mould spinning around in the street and tossing his hat into the air. He's gonna make it after all. You know?
27. Three Girl Rhumba by Wire (1:23)
Pink Flag is one of those albums with 20 or so songs, 18 or so less than 2 minutes long.
28. Political Song For Michael Jackson To Sing by Minutemen (1:31)
The Minutemen specialized in short songs. Punk because they only sound like themselves not because they sound like other punks. I think the Minutemen actually confused a lot of punk kids, because they didn't fit the mold.
29. Bombed by Mark Lanegan Band (1:09)
"When I'm bombed, I stretch like bubblegum." I believe Mark has had extensive experience being bombed.
30. Her Majesty by The Beatles (0:23)
When I sing along, I always sing the last note of the guitar.
The Kinks were in a hurry. This was also written as So Tired Of Waiting For You.
32. Karate by Tenacious D (1:07)
In 1:07 they mention Tieneman Square, pubic hair and Motherfucker a couple times each.
33. Man by Yeah Yeah Yeahs (1:50)
Seriously, who doesn’t have a man that makes them want to kill or die or whatever. Am I right? High-five!
34. The Wind by Cat Stevens (1:42)
I think this is used in commercials now. To sell cars or banks or something. If you learn just one thing from this song, it should be that swimming upon the Devil’s lake is a mistake you should not repeat.
35. The Happy Prole by Quasi (1:42)
We need the money so we’ve got to play it dumb. But if you play it long enough, that’s just what you become.
36. What Can I Do? by Antony & The Johnsons (1:41)
Antony and Rufus Wainwright, two singers that have annoyed independently, now do so in tandem. Call me crazy, but they are both awesome.
37. Thinkin' Man's Girl by The Swinging Neckbreakers (1:54)
You can tell he's a thinking man, because he says things like, "Your face and your figure are top shelf." What a Smartypants.
38. Just You, Just Me by Ray Charles & Betty Carter (2:00)
Betty Carter has a weird voice. I can’t sing along with it. It’s like she’s trying to invent a new way to sing. Try playing a piano duet with Thelonious Monk.
39. Road Rage by Rotten Apples (1:31)
This almost went to Boss Hog. They had a yelling part I enjoyed. I suspect Rotten Apples are not as good as I would like, but I so relate to the sentiments in this song. "If it weren't for me we would both be dead."
40. Your Mouth Is Open And Your Eyes Are Shut by Sultans (1:20)
GHOST SHIP by the Sultans is 13 songs in less than 22 minutes. I had a hard time choosing just the one.
11. Happiness Is A Violator (For Condoleezza Rice) by Joan As Police Woman (1:54)
This is the only Joan As Police Woman song I like, so far. It's not her, it's me. It's a little bit her.
12. Where Eagles Dare by The Misfits (1:59)
“An omelet of disease awaits your noontime meal
Her mouth of germicide seducing all your glands”
No, seriously. He says that.
19. Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want by The Smiths (1:51)
I never really got the feeling he really wants that thing he said he wants.
13. England Swings by Roger Miller (1:55)
This was one of my possible directions when I was putting together my “Song About A City “ theme. Then I remembered that England isn’t a city.
14. Tame by The Pixies (1:56)
The bridge is a duet of rhythmic breathing. You’re welcome.
16. Career Opportunities by The Clash (1:53)
It was hard in England back then. Not like now, but kids these days still complain. Whatcha gonna do?
17. Watcha Gonna Do About It by The Small Faces (1:59)
Speaking of Watcha gonna do...
20. You're Pretty Good Looking (For A Girl) by The White Stripes (1:50)
I have no idea what any of this means, but I like it a lot. Let's dance.
18. In The Valley by Marty Robbins (1:51)
It was either this or El Paso, but El Paso is, you know, like 4 or 5 times longer.
15.Silver Bullet by The Briefs (1:08)
In the center square of downtown Detroit there is a statue of Bob Seger. In one hand he holds an old record he has just taken down of the shelf. In another hand he holds something like a rock. In a third hand that no one has bothered to explain to me he holds naked pictures of your Mama. Ooh! Burn!
1. It's Not Unusual by Tom Jones (2:00)
Grandpa and Grandma had a rec room with a full bar in it. On one side of the door Grandpa had a blue velvet painting of a bare-breasted Polynesian girl. On the other side Grandma had a black and white poster of Tom Jones singing in a tuxedo. I miss that painting, but do have some Tom Jones playing every once in a while.
2. Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie by Black Flag (1:47)
At my old job, Mike would reminisce about Black Flag shows he would see where Henry Rollins would punch the faces of people in the front row. "It was so cool", Mike would say. Being a born again Christian, Mike was conflicted.
3. Cat Walk by Beat Happening (1:59)
I put this song on a mix tape for Carol when we first started dating. This is the only song I think she liked. I’ve listened to that tape a couple of times. This is the only song I think I like.
4. If It's In You by Syd Barrett (1:57)
I like the part when Syd starts singing and then stops because he came in too early. I do that, too.
5. Surrender by Elvis Presley (1:55)
When Carol and I visited Graceland, we met a man named Jesse. Jesse said he was “Elvis’ real Pappy.” He told us a long sordid story about his one night stand with Grace Presley. He went on to tell us about being in the CIA and being one of the “original Top Guns.” Jesse really started to creep us out after a while.
6 Reno Dakota by The Magnetic Fields (1:05)
Pantone 292 really is quite a nice blue. Soft and quiet.
7. If It Were Left Up To Me by Sly & The Family Stone (1:59)
“If it were left up to me/ It would take more than a notion”, but I always thought they said it would take more than an ocean.
8. My Funny Valentine by Elvis Costello (1:30)
This was my introduction to Elvis Costello. In college, I found Miles Davis’ version at the library, but I couldn’t hear the melody in it. I was disappointed. It was another 3 years before I could listen to Miles again.
9. I'm In Love With A Girl by Big Star (1:48)
I tried putting together a Makeout CD. This was on it. The CD was really hard to do, and it never really came out the way I wanted it to, but children by the millions sing for Alex Chilton when he comes 'round. The CD was titled GLOBAL WARMING, but I'm thinking of changing it to PARTYING WITH DON HART.
10. Bloodstains by Agent Orange (1:53)
Joe and I went to see Agent Orange at the Washington Performance Hall. I was driving up 14th and had Joe keep a lookout for the cross-street, Fir Street. We passed it twice before finding it because he was looking for Fur Street. When the band played Bloodstains all the kids in the balcony jumped down to the dance floor. It was raining punks.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
I love the idea of this category! What defines it? Can you guys think of other examples of yacht-punk? Marcy and I just came up with a few this morning:
Tom Tom Club?
They Might Be Giants?
Ben Folds Five (but NOT Ben Folds solo)?
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
It's time for my annual Cognitive Psychology Music Club - they've picked their favorite songs! Enjoy!